The Revivalists put on a good ol’ time at The Indy

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The Independent – San Francisco
February 23rd, 2013 //

The Revivalists aren’t a traditional New Orleans group. While they certainly incorporate brass instruments in the true spirit of NOLA, this seven-piece inches closer to indie rock than most groups out of The Crescent City, and David Shaw’s soulful vocals pair well with Ed Williams’ pedal steel guitar for a Southern blues feel.

It’s not easy to pin down The Revivalists’ sound to any one genre, and they are a live act that is more than worthy of your ears and eyes. The Independent hosted the fast-rising group last Saturday, and Marc Fong captured plenty of breathtaking moments.

Con Brio bids farewell to Xandra Corpora at The Independent

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Xandra Corpora, the lovely lead lady for Con Brio, said goodbye to her bandmates in what was her farewell performance Friday evening at The Independent in San Francisco. Loyal fans were in attendance for the local SF band’s final performance with Corpora’s strikingly soulful vocals taking center stage.

Ellie Goulding is lights-out at The Fox Theater Oakland

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Genre-bending pop queen in waiting Ellie Goulding performed to a sold-out Fox Theater Oakland on Friday in continued support of her 2012 long-player Halcyon.

Marc Fong was in the pit grabbing great snaps of the singer songwriter & multi-instrumentalist.

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Fun. celebrate a year of triumph at the Fox Theater Oakland

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Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
February 7th, 2013 //

No one can disagree that Fun. has had a banner year. During the 2012 Super Bowl, their horrifyingly catchy track “We Are Young” was featured in Chevy advertisement, and the pop sensation led by Nate Ruess haven’t looked back. They sub-headlined festivals throughout 2012, started playing much bigger venues and won best song for “We Are Young” on Sunday evening at the Grammys. They also won Best New Artist, even though they released their sophomore LP in 2012.

In support of Some Nights, Fun. performed at the small-yet-quintessential SF venue The Independent last March, and it was clear by then that Fun. would never play such a small venue again in the Bay Area. Now that they are one of the most popular acts in the country, they were able to sell out the Fox Theater Oakland months in advance of their show. Marc Fong was on the scene last Thursday to capture the moment.

Local Natives drench Fox Theater Oakland in harmonious grooves

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Local Natives //
Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
January 30th, 2013 //

Local Natives sold out the Fox Theater Oakland on Wednesday night, supporting their brand new LP Hummingbird (read our review here). The LA-based group put on a strong show, and they have a great stage presence as they deliver ascending harmonies over contemplative grooves.

Check them out live if you can, as they should be touring throughout most of 2013.

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PHOTOS: Cody ChesnuTT at The Independent 1/29

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Cody ChesnuTT brought his R&B, neo-soul stylings and battle gear to The Independent on Tuesday. Most of the songs performed this night were from his two most recent efforts, Black Skin No Value and Landing on a Hundred.



Upcoming Independent shows similar to Cody ChesnuTT:
The Wailers performing Survival on February 7
North Mississippi Allstars on February 8 and 9
Con Brio on February 22

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PHOTOS: The Knocks and Gemini Club @ Popscene

The Knocks headlined Popscene Thursday night at Rickshaw Stop

The Knocks headlined Popscene Thursday night at Rickshaw Stop

Live electronic awesomeness saturated Rickshaw Stop Thursday night in SF, as The Knocks and Gemini Club performed to a sold out crowd.

Take a look at this fresh eye-candy from Maggie Corwin.

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Erykah Badu & The Coup ring in the New Year at Fox Theater Oakland

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It was an activist-themed new year in Oakland. Erykah Badu (and her awesome hair) headlined the Fox Theatre Oakland this week to ring in the New Year. The Coup delivered a strong set as always, opening for the Queen of Neo-Soul.

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Wintersalt Fest brings beats and top electronic talent to SF

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Eye Heart SF curated Wintersalt on December 28th & 29th, a two day DJ-driven festival that took place at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The event showcased some of the best electronic acts, such as Diplo, DJ Shadow and Mixmaster Mike, along with fast-rising stars Zedd, St. Lucia, Dillon Francis and Paper Diamond.

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Rufus and Martha Wainwright bring friends & holiday cheer to the Fox Oakland

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“Rufus & Martha Wainwright’s Christmas 101” delivered holiday cheer & fun family sing alongs December 19th at The Fox Theater Oakland. The couple is continuing the seasonal gathering that their talented musical parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle started many years ago.

The show featured country legend Emmylou Harris, former Eeels drummer Butch Norton, Van Dyke Parks, Maria Muldaur, and many more.

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Blondfire at Rickshaw Stop’s weekly club night Popscene

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On Thursday November 29, 2012, LA based Blondfire headlined at The Rickshaw Stop’s weekly club night Popscene. Playing to an intimate crowd, brother-sister duo Bruce and Erica Driscoll kicked off the start of their North American tour in style.

Blondfire played songs off their recently released EP Where the Kids Are and their upcoming full-length album due out in January. Highlights of the set included “Waves,” “Hide and Seek” and iTunes Alternative chart topper “Where the Kids Are.”

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Neurosis at The Fox Theatre Oakland 11.17.12

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Neurosis played their record release show to the hometown crowd the Fox Theatre Oakland Saturday, performing tracks from their brand new LP Honor Found in Decay. The veteran post-metal group is led by Scott Kelly on vocals & guitar.

PHOTOS: ‘Trail of Dead’ at The Independent 11/8

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead //
The Independent – San Francisco
November 8th, 2012 //

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, more commonly referred to as “Trail of Dead”, trashed away at The Independent last Thursday after playing Fun Fun Fun fest in their hometown of Austin, Texas.

While their name sounds like a melodic death metal group, their hardcore sound lies somewhere between punk and progressive rock. The group, led by Jason Reece and Conrad Keely, is in the middle of a quick two-week tour.

Die Antwoord bombard Fox Theatre Oakland with zef music

Photos by Marc Fong
Written by Michael Frash

South African superstars-on-the-rise Die Antwoord blasted Oakland’s Fox Theatre Friday with Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er’s awe-inspiring dance moves, DJ Hi-Tek & outrageously dope outfits (or lack of them) that got the freaky crowd jumpin’.

Die Antwoord reps zef music, vivid ‘rap-rave’ that originated in Cape Town’s Afrikaans suburbs. And their 2012 tracks ratchet up the lyrical shock value & the EDM factor, & this shows live. For example, The Fox crowd was treated to classic gems like “EXP€N$IV $H1T’s” line ‘It’s like an Angel peed in my mouth’ after Ninja repeats ‘Sippin Dom Perignon Dom-Dom-Perignon’ for 4 verses. And huge bass drops are more present than ever.

Die Antwoord was headlining the penultimate show of the Sónar on tour in the US, which also featured azari & III, seth troxler, paul kalkbrenner, tiga, gesaffelstein, & nic fanciulli.

Sea Wolf at The Independent 11.05.12

Alex Church’s indie group Sea Wolf played The Independent Monday in San Francisco supporting their excellent new album Old World Romance. Marc Fong was there to snap photos.

Check out The Independent calendar for upcoming shows, including Social Studies, A.C. Newman, & Milo Greene in the next week.

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Bassnectar & Ghostland Observatory @ Bill Graham Civic 10.20.12

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Bassnectar & Ghostland Observatory lit up the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last Saturday to the delight of half naked tweens, bros & bass-heads. Check out these photos from the scene.

View photos from Marc’s photo blog.



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PHOTOS: My Morning Jacket @ The Wiltern 9/12

By Pete Mauch //

My Morning Jacket //
The Wiltern – Los Angeles
September 12th, 2012 //

View the full photo gallery at the Showbams Facebook page.

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What A Wonderful Man
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Carried Away (Carl Broemel)
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Smokin From Shootin
O Is the One That Is Real
Evil Urges
Tyrone (Erykah Badu cover)
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I Will Be There When You Die
Steam Engine
Isn’t It a Pity (George Harrison cover) (with Iron & Wine)
Honest Man
Rock the Casbah (The Clash cover)
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PHOTOS: My Morning Jacket @ The Wiltern 9/11

By Pete Mauch //

My Morning Jacket //
The Wiltern – Los Angeles
September 11th, 2012 //

View the full photo gallery at the Showbams Facebook page.

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6. Lay Low
7. War Begun
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9. Masterplan
10. Old September Blues
11. Rocket Man (Elton John cover)
12. Strangulation!
13. Evelyn Is Not Real
14. Easy Morning Rebel
15. Anytime
16. The Day is Coming
17. Touch Me Im Going to Scream Pt. 2
18. Gideon

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19. Butch Cassidy
20. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
21. It Makes No Difference (The Band cover)
22. I Could Never Take the Place of your Man (Prince cover)
23. Phone Went West

PHOTOS: FYF Fest 2012

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LA State Historic Park – Los Angeles
September 1st-2nd, 2012 //

We hit FYF Fest in LA last weekend to cover the two-day music festival for our very first time. With headliners Refused, M83 and Beirut leading the way, the FYF lineup also featured sets from James Blake, Yeasayer, Desaparecidos, Sleigh Bells, Simian Mobile Disco, Dinosaur Jr., Warpaint, Twin Shadow, Cursive, Liars, Chromatics, HEALTH, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Tycho, Purity Ring, Baroness, Gold Panda, Aesop Rock, Cloud Nothings, Father John Misty, Dâm-Funk, Wild Nothing, The Allah Las and many more.

You can view the full gallery here on our Facebook page, and you can also check out our favorite sets from the fest here. All photos by Pete Mauch.

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