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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.

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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.

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.