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Deep Purple, Alice Cooper shake a sold-out crowd at LA’s Greek Theatre

Alice Cooper

PHOTOS: The British heavy metal pioneers and “The Godfather of Shock Rock” energized a capacity crowd with plenty of old favorites.

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The War on Drugs’ new album sounds like another masterpiece after their preview at Apogee Studio

The War on Drugs

SHOW REVIEW: It won’t be long before the whole world gets to hear what Adam Granduciel and company have been up to — and there’s a lot to be excited about.

Five emerging artists you need to hear

Sabrina Claudio, Little Simz, Grace Mitchell, Amy Shark & TRANSVIOLET

Get ready to discover your new favorite artist.

Our 10 favorite shows from the first half of 2017

Best live shows of 2017 - Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Ryan Adams & Run the Jewels

The 2017 BAMS List: Showbams revisits the best performances we’ve witnessed over the past six months.

Tool continue to melt minds on their latest tour

Tool

PHOTOS: The three-time Grammy winners haven’t released an album since 2006, but they did debut new visuals on this latest jaunt across North America.

Phono del Sol turns the heat way up in 2017

2017 Phono del Sol Music Festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: You want your Saturday to be served up scorching hot? Well, that’s what the masses at the seventh annual Phono del Sol got.

Monterey Pop 50 pays tribute to the Summer of Love & the festival that started it all

Monterey Pop International Festival 50

PHOTOS: We all left with a sense of gratitude for the legendary festival’s impact on contemporary culture and how we see music today.

Ryan Adams & The Unknown Band remind us at LA’s Greek Theatre why we keep coming back for more

Ryan Adams

PHOTOS: The singer-songwriter treated fans to some extended full-band jamming, a couple of solo acoustic performances and his usual witty banter.

Five female emerging artists you need to hear

Billie Eilish, Sigird, Sampa the Great, Mabel & Jessie Reyez

Get ready to discover your new favorite artist.

With summer near, Skyline festival makes its debut at the new & improved LA State Historic Park

Skyline 2017

FESTIVAL REVIEW: In what felt like a trial run for larger music events to be held at the park again, the inaugural Skyline festival proved to be mostly a success.

After more than 30 years, The Flaming Lips are still one of music’s most wildly entertaining live acts

The Flaming Lips

SHOW REVIEW: Wayne Coyne and company are one of those bucket-list bands every live music fan should see at least once.

After making Coachella history, Klangstof are blazing a trail for other Dutch indie bands

Klangstof

INTERVIEW: Being the first Dutch band to ever perform at Coachella is already paying huge dividends back home for this Amsterdam outfit.

At LA’s Mayan Theater, Moderat transport their fans to another world

Moderat

SHOW REVIEW: For those of us who had just come back from spending three days in the desert, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

A Perfect Circle make their triumphant return to SF at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

A Perfect Circle

SHOW REVIEW: In the world of rock supergroups, there are few that have sprung up in the last few decades that can hold a candle to A Perfect Circle.

Our 5 favorite moments from Coachella 2017

Coachella 2017 - palm trees

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Here are five highlights from Coachella’s 18th edition (spoiler alert: Lady Gaga wasn’t one of them).

Spoon give us plenty of ‘Hot Thoughts’ during their private show at Apogee Studio

Spoon

SHOW REVIEW: I’d like to think it didn’t take me nearly 25 years to come around to Spoon’s unique sound, but this is one band I never should have slept on.

Five emerging artists you need to hear

Ray BLK, Kali Uchis, KING, MUNA & Camp Cope

Get familiar with these five emerging artists.

Noise Pop 2017: Our top moments from the festival

Noise Pop 2017 - Temples

FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Bam Team frequented many Bay Area venues for Noise Pop’s 25th anniversary. Find out which were our favorite performances.

Run the Jewels spoil 5,000 fans in LA with special guests Zack de la Rocha, Danny Brown & more

Run the Jewels

SHOW REVIEW: As their sold-out show at the Shrine Expo Hall proved, El-P and Killer Mike have already reached hip-hop’s mountaintop in just a matter of four years.

After two decades in the rap game, Talib Kweli is still fighting for what he believes in

Talib Kweli

SHOW REVIEW: Whether it was convenient or not, the man with a lot to say made sure to give us a whole lot to think about.