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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.

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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.

Desert Daze 2017: Another stellar year for one of California’s premier music festivals

Desert Daze 2017

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Led by Iggy Pop, Spiritualized and more, the sixth edition of this psych-rock and garage-rock extravaganza was quite a doozy.

Coldplay live up to their “biggest band in the world” claim in front of 60,000 strong at Levi’s Stadium

Coldplay

SHOW REVIEW: Chris Martin and company certainly did nothing during their electric, almost two-hour performance to dissuade that sort of thinking.

Bonobo gives his new hometown a beautiful night to remember at LA’s Greek Theatre

Bonobo

SHOW REVIEW: If the nearly sold-out crowd was any indication as to how far he has come, then Simon Green picked just the right place to now call home.

Grizzly Bear are making ‘chamber pop’ sound cool again as we discovered at Apogee Studio

Grizzly Bear

SHOW REVIEW: With members who all can sing (and do it well collectively), the band is certainly among rare company these days.

Day N Night Fest 2017: From Chance to Kendrick, hip-hop’s finest shine bright in the OC

Day N Night Fest 2017 - J.I.D

FESTIVAL REVIEW: If the insight of Migos is any indication, we have a bigger, brighter and even more explosive festival to look forward to next year.

Outside Lands 2017: Our 10th anniversary awards

Outside Lands 2017

FESTIVAL REVIEW: We hand out some hardware after the 2017 edition of Outside Lands.

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.

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 - featured

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.