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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.

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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: 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.

Milky Chance know how to make us feel good

Milky Chance

SHOW REVIEW: If music has the ability to heal the body, then these guys played doctor to their fans at The Independent all night.

Spoon give us plenty of ‘Hot Thoughts’ during their private show at Apogee Studio

Spoon

SHOW REVIEW: I’d like to think it didn’t take me nearly 25 years to come around to Spoon’s unique sound, but this is one band I never should have slept on.

Run the Jewels spoil 5,000 fans in LA with special guests Zack de la Rocha, Danny Brown & more

Run the Jewels

SHOW REVIEW: As their sold-out show at the Shrine Expo Hall proved, El-P and Killer Mike have already reached hip-hop’s mountaintop in just a matter of four years.

Once and Future Band crush The Chapel at their record release show

Once and Future Band

SHOW REVIEW: The stamp of Castle Face Records and Burger Records also lends itself to the notion that something special is happening here.

After two decades in the rap game, Talib Kweli is still fighting for what he believes in

Talib Kweli

SHOW REVIEW: Whether it was convenient or not, the man with a lot to say made sure to give us a whole lot to think about.

Supergroup or not, Gone Is Gone roar loud at their album release party in LA

Gone Is Gone

SHOW REVIEW: Featuring Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In members, Gone Is Gone are a rare collection of musicians who all complement each other’s playing.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood put the pedal to the metal at LA’s newest home for jam bands

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

SHOW REVIEW: The Fonda Theatre appeared to serve the five-piece well, and it felt like a good way to celebrate a Saturday night in LA.

In his new hometown, Jim James reminds us why he’s one of the most gifted songwriters out there

Jim James

SHOW REVIEW: The My Morning Jacket frontman is in rare company these days, amid a dying breed of guitar-rock gods like Jack White and Josh Homme.

Nick Murphy shows he’s the new-and-improved version of Chet Faker to close out 30 Days in LA

Nick Murphy

SHOW REVIEW: Call him Chet Faker, Nick Murphy or whatever name you want — it doesn’t change the fact that he always pours his heart and soul out onstage.

Lucky to be alive, YG is celebrating life to the fullest

YG

SHOW REVIEW: If extended album delays, a near-death experience and government censorship can’t stop YG, I don’t know what can. And neither does he.