The Lil Smokies take on SF & burn down the house

The Lil Smokies

PHOTOS: The Montana progressive-bluegrass outfit rolled into Slim’s and graced the Bay Area with some of their sweet sounds.

The Mother Hips celebrate a Merry ‘Hipmas’ with their hometown fans at Great American Music Hall

The Mother Hips

PHOTOS: This performance was specifically dubbed as an “Ultimate Setlist” show where fans could submit their dream setlist and the band would choose one to play.

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band emanate plenty of positivity during their two-night run at The Fillmore

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

PHOTOS: With the singer-songwriter and his cohorts flashing numerous smiles for their Bay Area fans, it proved to be a fun-filled time.

Chris Robinson delivers chills at The Chapel

Chris Robinson

SHOW REVIEW: The sound at the first of his two SF shows was impeccable, and the vibe was all smiles. Even in a near-silent room, you could feel it.

With Nicki Bluhm joining them at The Fillmore, The Infamous Stringdusters kick things into overdrive

The Infamous Stringdusters

PHOTOS: After Della Mae opened the show, the Charlottesville bluegrass band whipped up a great double set that was incredible to witness.

Glen Hansard casts a spell on his SF fans

Glen Hansard

SHOW REVIEW: That feeling you will take away from Glen Hansard’s live show will stay with you for days and weeks, like a warm sweater of good.

With Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Slash rocks the socks off of his SF fans

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

PHOTOS: Playing Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver songs, these two acts bring a perfect mix of new and old.

High Sierra celebrates 25 years in grand fashion

2015 High Sierra Music Festival

PHOTOS: High Sierra is a special event, made special by all those who make it what it is. It is exactly what many want in a festival and so much more.

Loop master Keller Williams keeps his fans guessing at Sweetwater Music Hall

Keller Williams

PHOTOS: Just when you think you know how the songs are going to play out, Keller Williams spins them on their head and kills it.

Aussies take over The Independent as The Preatures display uncontainable energy

The Preatures

PHOTOS: Sharing the stage with opening acts The Bots and Bloods, alt-rock outfit The Preatures tore the roof off the SF venue with their welcoming, fresh sound.

Tumbleweed Wanderers showcase perfect blend of bluegrass, classic rock at The Independent

Tumbleweed Wanderers

PHOTOS: A rock band, a bluegrass band and a soul band walk into a bar. A genie says, “Kazam!” and poof! … you get the Tumbleweed Wanderers.

The Devil Makes Three has the golden ticket!

The Devil Makes Three

SHOW REVIEW: Fueling the Fox Theater crowd with energy, the band brought a sold-out show to its knees, reminding everyone once again that this trio kicks serious ass.

Bluegrass takes center stage at The Chapel for a night

The Neckbeard Boys

PHOTOS: The Chapel hosted another night of string-picking and foot-stomping bluegrass of all tastes, as some of the best in the Bay Area played together to a packed house on a Saturday night.

EOTO take live improvisation to next level with special guests

PHOTOS: With members of Tea Leaf Green and Leftover Salmon, EOTO reminded everyone about the evolving nature of what we call instruments and the never-ending evolution of influence and style.

Bassist Alana Rocklin is sparking a creative revival with STS9

PHOTOS: “Alana Rocklin has far surpassed what I was hoping for in breathing a new and rich beam of light into one of my favorite bands.”

Zion I, MKSMTH, 1-O.a.k. bring genre-bending hip-hop back home

PHOTOS: Zion I’s presence on stage is undeniable, and their vibe is contagious as ever, and they headlined at the Indy earlier this month.

PHOTOS: Cool Ghouls, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel at The Chapel 5/15

San Francisco’s rising Rock n Roll outfit Cool Ghouls were ‘Ballin’ at the Chapel a couple weeks back for their co-headlining gig with Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel.

Childish Gambino integrates digital tech ‘because the Internet’

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, delivered a hyperactive performance at the Fox that included an interactive, projected background where showgoers could participate via Snapchat.

PHOTOS: Los Rakas, Fortunate Youth & True Press at the Indy 5/1

PHOTOS: Smoke filled air and with heavy bass and easy tunes about being good to one another, and everything you love about the music was there — Happy people were all around skunking around and enjoying the Thursday night show.

PHOTOS: String Cheese Incident at the Fox Theater Oakland 4/24

PHOTOS: Thursday shows are sometimes seen as a warm up to the weekend. People leave early to make sure they go to work and so on, but the boys came to kick ass and take names.