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JMSN jumps to headliner status in one quick year

SHOW REVIEW: JMSN’s R&B singing style, paired with indie back-up bass and drums, gave his spirited set at The Indy a subtle-folk feel with a good-vibe glow.

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Sage Francis spits brutally-honest lyrics with spoken-word flare

Sage Francis

SHOW REVIEW: The innovative rapper from Rhode Island gave fans a performance unmatched to any other solo hip-hop artist, bursting with his unique sound, style and grace.

Deap Vally’s hard-rockin’ sound is gritty, raw fun

SHOW REVIEW: The bold duo from LA ripped massive guitar and pounded heavy drums when they opened for Band of Skulls at Regency Ballroom, compelling head-banging and toe-tapping to every outspoken song.

Awesöme Orchestra team up with Van Dyke Parks and Matt Montgomery in Oakland

SHOW REVIEW: Melodic, symphonic, orchestral pop songs raised spirits and seemed to place everyone in attendance under a peaceful spell.

John Newman’s gospel essence impresses at Rickshaw Stop

SHOW REVIEW: A mature crowd got to POPSCENE’s 18-and-up weekly club event early to see 23-year-old, multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer John Newman.

Geographer finalize tour full circle at Bimbo’s 365 Club

SHOW REVIEW: Geographer brought their dream-pop rock back home to Bimbo’s 365 Club to cap off a busy 2013.

Anna Calvi’s vocal range and intense guitar mesmerize in SF

SHOW REVIEW: Immense sounds from petit singer-songwriter and guitarist Anna Calvi definitely impressed at The Independent.

Atlas Genius connect with crowd at The Fillmore

SHOW REVIEW: With only one album of material under their belt, Aussie upstarts Atlas Genius impressed with high energy and a balanced setlist.

The Polyphonic Spree attempt to transcend technology at The Chapel

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: The 18-piece ensemble attracted an eclectic crowd to The Chapel August 19 for a euphoric performance that included frontman Tim DeLaughter’s request to put phones away.

Smallpools bring summer anthems to Popscene, their first California show

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: SF music fans were in for a treat at the Smallpools Popscene show August 8, as the Jersey foursome made their debut California performance.

Fitz And The Tantrums give intense energy & crowd engagement to SF

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: Fitz & the Tantrums paid respect to SF fans that helped catapult the group to mainstream success at The Warfield July 28.

SF locals Cool Ghouls add horn section at Phono del Sol

SHOW REVIEW + INTERVIEW: Cool Ghouls added a horns section for the first time at Phono del Sol, and Showbams spoke with bassist Pat Thomas about George Clinton and more.

The Limousines get hot and sweaty at their “Hush” album release party

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: Anya and the Get Down opened for local indie-tronica ragers The Limousines on a offensively hot night in San Jose June 28th.