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Jim James, The Claypool Lennon Delirium take us on a psych-rock roller coaster at The Wiltern

Jim James

SHOW REVIEW: The frontman of My Morning Jacket sent a strong reminder of how powerful music can be as a unifying force while sharing the stage with the Claypool Lennon Delirium.

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Empire of the Sun are walking on more than just a dream after selling out three straight shows in SF

Empire of the Sun

PHOTOS: The Australian synthpop outfit hit the West Coast hard to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album with a three-night stand at The Regency Ballroom.

A sold-out crowd at Hollywood Palladium propels Local Natives to new heights in their hometown

Local Natives

SHOW REVIEW: Sometimes three amazing vocalists singing in harmony is all that you need to pack a 5,000-person venue as the LA indie band exhibited after Middle Kids’ opening set.

From T-Pain to Usher, Smokin Grooves Fest turns up the heat in 2019 with a slew of top-notch talent

Smokin Grooves Fest 2019 - Usher

FESTIVAL REVIEW: With R&B’s new crop of talent continuing to innovate and inspire, here’s hoping that the festival will keep coming back year after year.

The Chemical Brothers give fans at Shrine Expo Hall the electronic show they desperately need in 2019

The Chemical Brothers

SHOW REVIEW: The legendary UK electronic duo created a scintillating audio-visual experience to remember and one of the best we’ve witnessed in a while.

Modeselektor return to U.S. soil & pound our ears with their new material at a sold-out Echoplex

Modeselektor

SHOW REVIEW: After a nearly eight-year break between albums, the German IDM duo is still selling out clubs with its dark, pulsating beats and brash, in-your-face sounds.

Noise Pop 2019: Celebrating Bay Area indie culture with great music & a whole lot more

Noise Pop 2019 - Caroline Rose

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Another epic edition of Noise Pop is now in the history books, and here are a few of our favorite moments from 2019.

These acts are ready to make a big splash in 2019

BLOXX, Eighty-Ninety, IDER, Simple Creatures & vverevvolf

NEW MUSIC: Here are five that might have flown under the radar but are about to do some big things and can breathe new life into your outdated playlists.

10 new songs that you should know about & hear

Top songs - Weezer, Hozier, Foals & Bad Suns

NEW MUSIC: Don’t have time to dig into all of the new releases? That’s why we created this cheat sheet of the latest earworms.

Premiere: Foxx Bodies – ‘The Walk’ music video

Foxx Bodies

Watch the LA-based band’s new music video for “The Walk” that we have premiered exclusively at Showbams before copping tickets to one of its upcoming shows.

Our favorite performances from 2018

Best live shows of 2018 - Foo Fighters, NxWorries, Pusha T & Courtney Barnett

The 2018 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2018 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2018

David Byrne at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2018.

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.

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.