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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.

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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.

Peaches leaves her fans at The Chapel dripping wet

Peaches

SHOW REVIEW: A Peaches gig is 50 percent rock show, 50 percent genitalia-forward performance art and 100 percent awesome.

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.

Lil Yachty continues to carve out his own path in SF

Lil Yachty

SHOW REVIEW: The Atlanta native has captured the attention of an increasingly distracted generation with his self-described “bubblegum trap.”

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.

Blonde Redhead deliver a poignant performance at The Regency Ballroom

Blonde Redhead

SHOW REVIEW: Despite being around for more than 20 years, Blonde Redhead is anything but stagnant.

The Drums entertain a sold-out Fillmore with their energetic brand of indie pop

The Drums

SHOW REVIEW: The Brooklyn outfit sounded rather polished, and with their fans’ energy becoming increasingly evocative, the evening ended on quite a high note.

AIR celebrate ‘twentyears’ at The Masonic

Air

SHOW REVIEW: It was a no-brainer to catch the French downtempo/space-rock project for what could be the last time in the Bay Area.

Chris Robinson delivers chills at The Chapel

Chris Robinson

SHOW REVIEW: The sound at the first of his two SF shows was impeccable, and the vibe was all smiles. Even in a near-silent room, you could feel it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Featuring members of AFI & No Doubt, DREAMCAR make their SF debut at Great American Music Hall

DREAMCAR

SHOW REVIEW: This was only their third show, yet you’d think that they’d been playing together for years.

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.

The xx luminesce the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium during their three-night Fauxchella run

The xx

SHOW REVIEW: The London trio entranced the capacity crowd, taking us on a breathtaking journey through light and sound.

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.

At a sold-out Fox Theater Oakland, the live-band experience puts Bonobo in a league of his own

Bonobo

SHOW REVIEW: There is nothing quite like a night of watching Bonobo perform with his live band.