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Neko Case brings some stomp-foot vigor & sway-sweet happy to the Fox Theater Oakland

Neko Case

PHOTOS: The New Pornographer member’s distinguishing voice and guitar playing intertwined beautifully with her backing band during a fun and lively performance.

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Deap Vally unleash a full-on assault at The Chapel

Deap Vally

PHOTOS: The LA indie-rock duo showcased their grungy riffs and garage-heavy sound in SF with Shana Falana serving as support.

RÜFÜS DU SOL are on top of the music world after selling out three straight shows at Shrine Expo Hall

RÜFÜS DU SOL

PHOTOS: Touring in support of their third studio album, the Australian alt-dance trio made a powerful entrance and even showcased a Portishead cover.

Gov’t Mule honor Tom Petty & more at The Wiltern

Gov't Mule

PHOTOS: Every show the Southern rock act plays these days feels like a special one with Warren Haynes at the helm.

Dancing the night away with Cut Copy in LA

Cut Copy

PHOTOS: No strangers to the City of Angels, the Australian four-piece undoubtedly enjoys coming to California every time it drops a new album.

10,000 Maniacs evoke 90’s nostalgia at The Indy

10,000 Maniacs

PHOTOS: The six-piece band with more than three decades worth of experience brought its folk-rock vibes to SF and revealed some new creations, too.

Rivers Cuomo delights Weezer fans with a rare acoustic performance at Bottom of the Hill

Rivers Cuomo

PHOTOS: The Weezer frontman played a 27-song set that lasted more than two hours and featured special guest Jason Cropper, his former bandmate.

A Perfect Circle’s new album ‘Eat the Elephant’ plays a lot better live than its critics might think

A Perfect Circle

PHOTOS: Between Coachella performances, the alt-metal supergroup stopped in San Jose to perform material from its first new album in 14 years.

Diet Cig don’t let a fever get the best of them in SF

Diet Cig

PHOTOS: Despite lead singer/guitarist Alex Luciano’s illness, the New York pop-punk duo delivered one of its trademark, high-energy (and high-kicking) performances.

John Maus’ synth work captivates a sold-out Slim’s

John Maus

PHOTOS: The Minnesota native enthralled a capacity crowd in SF, blazing through songs from his expanding discography.

Wafia makes her Bay Area debut at Rickshaw Stop

Wafia

PHOTOS: The 24-year-old Australian singer-songwriter signed to Future Classic performed standouts tracks from her recently released EP.

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band emanate plenty of positivity during their two-night run at The Fillmore

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

PHOTOS: With the singer-songwriter and his cohorts flashing numerous smiles for their Bay Area fans, it proved to be a fun-filled time.

Phoebe Bridgers inspires a sold-out crowd in her hometown at LA’s Lodge Room

Phoebe Bridgers

PHOTOS: The singer-songwriter’s album release show will likely be one of the last times we’ll be able to catch her in such an intimate setting.

Jessie Ware charms SF with an intimate show

Jessie Ware

PHOTOS: The gig marked only the second of three stops on the UK pop-soul crooner’s current U.S. tour, but she made the most of it.

After a long wait between albums, Mister Heavenly resurface at Resident DTLA

Mister Heavenly

PHOTOS: It took the indie-rock supergroup six years to tour again, but they’re finally back on the road in support of their new album.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile aren’t there yet, but they could be on the verge of something great

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

PHOTOS: Like their new collaborative album, their live show felt like two talented musicians still getting to know each other.

Tank and The Bangas deliver thrills at The Chapel

Talk and The Bangas

PHOTOS: The New Orleans-based group had the sold-out crowd grooving to their genre-spanning set of funk, soul, hip-hop, rock and R&B.

Sheer Mag bring their feverish, high-spirited brand of rock ‘n’ roll to SF

Sheer Mag

PHOTOS: The Philly-based rockers unleashed a feverish set for the first of two shows in the Bay Area.

Jay 305 backs up his ‘more LA than the Rams’ claim in front of a hometown crowd at The Roxy

Jay 305

PHOTOS: The South Central rapper has seemingly pushed his legal troubles and album delays aside to focus on his craft — and it showed.

The eclectic sounds of Bonobo sweep through the Bay Area at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Bonobo

PHOTOS: The magic behind Bonobo’s live performances produces something that feels whole and cohesive for his audience.