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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile aren’t there yet, but they could be on the verge of something great

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

PHOTOS: Like their new collaborative album, their live show felt like two talented musicians still getting to know each other.

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Cate Le Bon lets her music do the talking in SF

Cate Le Bon

PHOTOS: With the release of her fourth studio album last month, the Welsh singer-songwriter played the final stop of her North American tour at The Chapel.

Julia Holter digs into her latest album at The Chapel

Julia Holter

PHOTOS: Julia Holter’s songs are multi-layered, well-produced and full of arrangements, and with her band in sync, her SF performance was one that definitely delivered.

We can’t stop loving this honeybear who goes by the name of Father John Misty

Father John Misty

SHOW REVIEW: Between his power poses and stage antics, Joshua Tillman’s showmanship skills, combined with his music, make Father John Misty one of the most entertaining shows you can see live nowadays.

Belle and Sebastian take crowd participation up a notch at the Greek

Belle and Sebastian

PHOTOS: Joined on stage by a group of roughly 50 fans who were invited to register online, the Scottish indie-pop band played songs from its latest album and also pleased fans with some other classic tunes.

JEFF the Brotherhood beef up with expanded touring band

SHOW REVIEW: Nashville-based JEFF the Brotherhood are usually a duo, but they have filled out with two additional touring members in support of their new LP.

BØRNS charms The Independent after going from opener to last-second headliner

BØRNS

PHOTOS: Sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time. For BØRNS, that was the case when MisterWives had to cancel their headlining set in SF.

Rainbow Girls headline first all-female show at The Fillmore

Rainbow Girls

SHOW REVIEW: For the first time in its rich history, The Fillmore hosted an all-female show with the five gals from Rainbow Girls leading the way.

Things get rowdy as Shannon and the Clams storm The Chapel

PHOTOS: Bringing plenty of their youthful fan base from across the bay to the sold-out Chapel, Shannon and the Clams put on one hell of a show.

Allah-Las close 2014 with festive vibes at The Chapel

Allah-Las

PHOTOS: While it may have been December 30th on this particular night, it already felt like New Year’s Eve inside The Chapel.

Old Crow Medicine Show’s sweat sound & punk-rock energy even gets security dancing at The Masonic

PHOTOS: “My ears heard the sweet sounds of an Americana string band, but my eyes saw the energy of a punk-rock band taking over stage and audience.”

Craft Spells fill the Chapel with their magic

PHOTOS: A recent move to Seattle was a shock to fans, but on this night, it was as if Justin Paul Vallesteros was the current local rock hero, never missing a beat.

PHOTOS: Crystal Fighters at the Indy 5/29

PHOTOS: Last Thursday night, San Francisco welcomed back british band Crystal Fighters, who performed at a sold-out Independent after a year since the last time they played in the Bay Area.

Chet Faker’s soulful performance takes the short road to body & soul

PHOTOS: A sold-out Independent gave Memorial Day weekend a smooth farewell, as an eclectic crowd danced their troubles away to the soul-influenced sound of Australian producer Chet Faker.

PHOTOS: The Knife at Fox Theater Oakland 4/15

PHOTOS: As the audience followed the dance steps and pop mantras recited by the person in charge of warming things up, we knew that we should expect nothing typical for the rest of the evening.

PHOTOS: Blood Orange at Great American Music Hall 4/15

PHOTOS: The crowd intensity quickly translated from the stage onto the entire venue, with the London-native acting as the master of ceremony, surrounded by talent.

Future Islands connect amid high expectations at The Chapel

SHOW REVIEW: By the end of the concert, the bond established between the band and crowd was solidified with the stage becoming public domain.

PHOTOS: Marco Benevento, Ghost & the City at The Independent 3/29

PHOTOS: Marco Benevento, improvisational pianist and winner of the “most genuine smile in live music” award for 15 years running, returned to the Independent Saturday for another glorious night of experimental jazz fused with rock.

PHOTOS: Mutual Benefit at Rickshaw Stop 1/25

PHOTOS: Mutual Benefit is a young band with only one LP, but it was enough to make you listen, as it’s message is delivered in the form of a crushing diamond, sticking deep, hard to shake off.

Big Freedia bounces through the City

PHOTOS: Big Freedia and his crew jumped onto stage at the Independent November 15 in a flurry and hopped right into what they do best: shaking ass and takin names.