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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.

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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.

Supergroup or not, Gone Is Gone roar loud at their album release party in LA

Gone Is Gone

SHOW REVIEW: Featuring Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In members, Gone Is Gone are a rare collection of musicians who all complement each other’s playing.

Albums you’ll want to hear in 2017

2017 albums

NEW MUSIC: The year starts off with a bang thanks to these forthcoming releases.

The 25 best live music acts of 2016

Best live music acts of 2016

The 2016 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2016 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2016

Danny Brown at The Regency Ballroom

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2016.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood put the pedal to the metal at LA’s newest home for jam bands

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

SHOW REVIEW: The Fonda Theatre appeared to serve the five-piece well, and it felt like a good way to celebrate a Saturday night in LA.

GOODFest hits Oakland with an All-Star lineup featuring Solange & Fantastic Negrito

Solange

PHOTOS: Everyone there knew they were part of something special, and the resounding fact that you were there for a reason bigger than the moment was unanimous.