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Run the Jewels hit the Bay Area hard with shows at City National Civic & Fox Theater Oakland

Run the Jewels at Fox Theater Oakland

PHOTOS: El-P and Killer Mike catapulted off the energy from their Southern California performance and sailed into a lyrical stratosphere.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe expands at Terrapin Crossroads as Phil Lesh joins the party

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Phil Lesh

PHOTOS: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe brought the funk to the intimate venue for a two-set, sold-out performance that induced smiles all around.

Silversun Pickups get up close and personal with their hometown fans at The GRAMMY Museum

Silversun Pickups

PHOTOS: With all 200 seats inside the diminutive Clive Davis Theater occupied, Silversun did their best to show why they’re definitely one of LA’s best homegrown acts.

SF artists perform for charity at The ShowUp

Richie Cunning

PHOTOS: Richie Cunning, Aria Rostami, Quaaludes and Mikey Walz hit the stage at The Independent to raise money for four non-profit organizations.

Emancipator liberates minds at The Roxy Theatre

Emancipator

PHOTOS: This wasn’t the Emancipator Ensemble experience that we’ve witnessed before, but Douglas Appling’s performances have continued to get better with each and every year.

GOODFest hits Oakland with an All-Star lineup featuring Solange & Fantastic Negrito

Solange

PHOTOS: Everyone there knew they were part of something special, and the resounding fact that you were there for a reason bigger than the moment was unanimous.

SoMo & Stanaj steam up Social Hall SF on their ‘Less Stress More Love Tour’

SoMo

PHOTOS: The intimate venue lent itself to a rather intimate night for fans as they watched these two heartthrobs up close and personal.

Sturgill Simpson ends his North American tour with an anti-election party at the Fox Theater Oakland

Sturgill Simpson

PHOTOS: The singer-songwriter shifted the focus from the unfortunate events of November 8th to the celebratory vibes that come with finishing a long tour.

Lucius exhibit power, beauty at a sold-out Fillmore

Lucius

PHOTOS: Led by the powerhouse vocals of Holly Lessig and Jess Wolfe, the ever-stylishly caped duo from Brooklyn kept the crowd rolling high through its set.

Låpsley shows at The Regency Ballroom why she continues to be one to watch

Låpsley

PHOTOS: The smooth coolness of Holly Lapsley Fletcher’s electropop ballads belie her mischievous and humorous personality.

Toro y Moi keeps moving forward at The UC Theatre

Toro y Moi

PHOTOS: As Chaz Bundick continues to tend to his musical endeavor better known as Toro y Moi, the music is not the only thing growing.

Tory Lanez ebbs and flows at The Warfield

Tory Lanez

PHOTOS: The Canadian-born singer/rapper knows how to lift a crowd, and apparently, his fans understand as well.

Sunflower Bean treat SF to a solid Halloween show

Sunflower Bean

PHOTOS: The upstart indie-rock outfit proved to be engaging and confident as the trio performed songs from its 2016 debut LP.

The Faint highlight their history for one night in SF

The Faint

PHOTOS: Those seeking an all-out dance party on a Sunday night were in luck when the Nebraska-born dance rockers dropped by The Regency Ballroom.

The Boxer Rebellion kick off their North American tour at The Independent

The Boxer Rebellion

PHOTOS: The London indie-rock outfit’s performance consisted of mostly songs from their two most recent albums.

At The Regency Ballroom, Danny Brown sets himself apart from all the other rappers in the game

Danny Brown

PHOTOS: No one can be compared to Danny Brown because well, there’s no one like Danny Brown.

As their frontman battles drug addiction, The Head and the Heart press on at LA’s Greek Theatre

The Heart and the Heart

PHOTOS: Though there’s no doubt the indie-folk outfit misses Josiah Johnson’s presence onstage, it seems to be doing just fine without him for the time being.

Highly Suspect get highly spirited at their SF show

Highly Suspect

PHOTOS: The Brooklyn three-piece appealed to the crowd’s appetite to dance, hear heavy riffs and ultimately witness one hell of a live performance.

Foals ignite a sold-out Fox Theater Oakland in their triumphant return to the Bay Area

Foals

PHOTOS: The English indie-rock giants held nothing back, feeding off the crowd’s emotion with some inspired playing.

Bloc Party breathe life back into the ‘indie-rock’ club scene at a sold-out Mezzanine

Bloc Party

PHOTOS: The seminal post-punk quartet blasted through a 17-song setlist that spanned all five of its studio albums and played into the audience’s energy.