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Monterey Pop’s 50th anniversary 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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B and The Hive bring the honey to The Mint

B and The Hive

SHOW REVIEW: There’s a lot of buzz surrounding B and The Hive’s new album, and their recent stop at one of LA’s oldest venues validated it.

Dirtybird BBQ celebrates summer in its return to SF

Dirtybird BBQ 2017

PHOTOS: The SF record label kicked off the season with another BBQ on Treasure Island, and the best place to be was on the dance floor.

Phono del Sol 2017: Our list of do’s & don’ts

Phono del Sol 2017

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: We concocted a list of do’s and don’ts and curated our own playlist so that you can have the best time.

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.

Dirtybird BBQ 2017: Get ready for the SF edition with our Spotify playlist

Dirtybird BBQ 2017

The Birds are heading back to their home base where it all started as Dirtybird’s BBQ series returns to SF.

Jagwar Ma incite a high-energy, psychedelic dance party for their Bay Area fans

Jagwar Ma

PHOTOS: The Australian trio straddled an exciting line in the current gamut of psych-indie bands at Mezzanine.

No matter what their band’s name is, JR JR are still a well-oiled, indie-pop machine

JR JR

SHOW REVIEW: Despite changing their name almost two years ago, JR JR’s momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Woods lead an eclectic night of music at The Chapel

Woods

PHOTOS: The Brooklyn folk rockers performed in support of their new album as Peacers and Golden Daze opened the show.

In front of a hometown crowd at Rickshaw Stop, Lauv already looks like a natural performer

Lauv

PHOTOS: Although he’s still on the up and up, you could hardly tell due to his natural ability to get the audience adrenalized.

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.

Pallbearer, Gatecreeper fill Echoplex with plenty of doom & gloom in their return to LA

Pallbearer

SHOW REVIEW: If the names listed on the bill didn’t already scream “metal night,” the pit of black in front of the stage certainly sealed the deal.

DIIV showcase their fuzzy riffs, hazy melodies in SF

DIIV

PHOTOS: The Brooklyn indie rockers invaded Mezzanine for a strong set that heavily leaned on material from their 2016 LP.

Conor Oberst’s sad songs make us feel happy at LA’s Greek Theatre

Conor Oberst

PHOTOS: For anyone who has been comforted by Conor Oberst at some point during his career, this was the truth that will keep us listening.

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.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness take a big leap at The UC Theatre with Atlas Genius, NIGHT RIOTS

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

PHOTOS: With pool inflatables and space suits in tow, the singer-songwriter kicked off a two-night run in the Bay Area.

Cursive’s Tim Kasher breathes an orchestral breath into his solo music at The Echo

Tim Kasher

PHOTOS: Touring behind his latest LP, the singer-songwriter performed some older songs that don’t normally get the spotlight.

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.

The Avalanches make their long-awaited return to SF after more than a decade

The Avalanches

SHOW REVIEW: Yet, there was a clear issue when combining the mixing of their studio samples with what sounded like a conventional funk/rock band.