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Treasure Island Music Festival 2018: A strong return for one of the Bay Area’s best live music events

Treasure Island Music Festival 2018 - Jungle

FESTIVAL REVIEW: With great weather, excellent organization and a near-perfect sequencing of artists, TIMF was back in full form.

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Cal Jam 18: The closest we might ever get to seeing Nirvana perform as Foo Fighters take us ‘way back’

Cal Jam 18 - Foo Fighters

FESTIVAL REVIEW: If we learned anything from Cal Jam 18 at Glen Helen Regional Park, it’s that you can never underestimate Dave Grohl or the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

Courtney Barnett reminds us why she’s simply the coolest at LA’s Greek Theatre

Courtney Barnett

SHOW REVIEW: If you’ve been lucky enough to see her live, you know it and you also know that she, somehow, still doesn’t know it herself.

Grizzly Bear & TV on the Radio unite for one night in their new hometown to play the Hollywood Bowl

Grizzly Bear

SHOW REVIEW: Now both based in LA, the two Brooklyn-bred bands gave us one last taste of summer on the season’s final day.

After winning their first Grammy, The National don’t hold back at the Hollywood Palladium

The National

SHOW REVIEW: Like any good band these days, Matt Berninger and company have been expanding their fan base with each and every album they release.

At the age of 66, David Byrne is completely nailing one of the year’s most ambitious tours

David Byrne

SHOW REVIEW: The former Talking Heads leader knows how to mix his mediums to absolute perfection in a way that’s not only relevant, but also completely engrossing.

Jack White proves at the Santa Barbara Bowl that a phone-free show is a better experience for us all

Jack White

SHOW REVIEW: One of rock’s last remaining guitar heroes hasn’t lost his unique ability to surprise an audience at any moment, especially when we all aren’t staring at our phones.

Outside Lands 2018: A return to form in Year 11

Outside Lands 2018

FESTIVAL REVIEW: While this year’s lineup might not have appealed to the core demographic from its incarnation, the event still offers something for everyone.

Weezer show a sold-out crowd in their hometown that they can still be wildly entertaining

Weezer

SHOW REVIEW: From costume changes to a surprise “Weird Al” cameo, Weezer made it clear why they’ve been performing second on their summer co-headlining tour with the Pixies.

Thirty-five years later, the Melvins are still rockin’ as hard & loud as they ever have

Melvins

SHOW REVIEW: With a sold-out crowd on hand at SF’s Great American Music Hall, Buzz Osborne and company performed as if everything depended on it.

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018: Ringing in summer at Goldenvoice’s chilled-out Coachella for grown-ups

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018

FESTIVAL REVIEW: With a clear identity, Arroyo Seco Weekend stands more than a fighting chance at a time when music festivals are sadly a dime a dozen.

After 16 years, Smokin Grooves Fest makes its long-awaited return & blazes a new trail in Long Beach

Smokin Grooves Fest 2018 - NxWorries

FESTIVAL REVIEW: For one day only, a sold-out crowd descended upon The Queen Mary to enjoy the sounds of The Roots, Miguel, Erykah Badu and many more.

Soulwax make up for lost time with a wild LA show

Soulwax

SHOW REVIEW: After a hypnotic set at Coachella, the group’s performance at The Fonda Theatre only further cemented its live legacy in Southern California.

With CyHi the Prynce on the bill, Big K.R.I.T. shows fans why his moniker is much bigger than him

Big K.R.I.T.

SHOW REVIEW: The rapper painted a picture of his royal advancement — a positive one that he explained is not only meant to be a reminder for him, but also for us.

Our 5 favorite moments from Coachella 2018

Coachella 2018 - Etherea

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Here are five highlights from Coachella’s 19th edition (and no, Beyoncé wasn’t one of them).

Moby might think he’s old, but his 15th and newest album doesn’t sound it at Apogee Studio

Moby

SHOW REVIEW: As one of electronic music’s, if not simply music’s, most important figures, his star continues to burn bright in 2018.

Five highlights from Shaun White’s Air + Style 2018

Air + Style 2018

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Air + Style’s fourth installment in Los Angeles boasted several excellent performances over two action-packed days at Exposition Park.

Our favorite performances from 2017

Best live shows of 2017 - The xx, Miguel, Moderat & Coldplay - featured

The 2017 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2017 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2017

Coldplay at Levi's Stadium

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2017.

Lo Moon are officially LA’s newest buzz band after their sold-out show at the Troubadour

Lo Moon

SHOW REVIEW: This may only be the beginning for the indie-electronic trio, but these guys sure know how to shoot for the moon.