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The 25 best live music acts of 2016

Best live music acts of 2016

The 2016 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2016 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.

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Wavves, Best Coast create polarizing summer vibes in SF on their co-headlining tour

Wavves

SHOW REVIEW: Having the opportunity to catch these bands on one tour stop in an intimate setting was truly unique regardless of season or sentiment.

Noise Pop 2015: Get the most out of San Francisco’s essential 12-day indie fest

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Get the most out of Noise Pop 2015! Take a gander at our top picks in music, film, photography and stage for the 12-day Bay Area festival.

First City Festival continues to raise bar in second year

First City Festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: FCF returned to Monterey for its second edition last weekend, and both artists and attendees quickly deemed it “the most peaceful and beautiful festival we’ve ever been to.”

First City Festival returns to Monterey for second edition

First CIty Festival

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: With such a fantastic roster of both well-known and buzz-worthy acts, we tell you which ones you won’t want to miss.

PHOTOS: Pixies, Best Coast at Fox Theater Oakland 2/21

PHOTOS: Pixies, back on the road, played a career spanning set at Fox Theater 2/21, with Best Coast getting things started.

Showbams’ best live music photography of 2012

BEST of 2012: Take a gander at our favorite contributor photos from 2012.