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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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From club gigs to the Hollywood Bowl, Bloc Party close their U.S. tour with their largest show ever

Bloc Party

SHOW REVIEW: I know they say you shouldn’t live in the past, but for a little more than an hour in the Hollywood Hills, Bloc Party made it feel OK to do just that.

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.

Albums you’ll want to hear in 2016

2016 albums

NEW MUSIC: There’s plenty of ear candy that’s already set to be released this year.

Was FYF Fest 2015 the ‘best weekend of summer’? Here are 10 highlights from this year’s festival

FYF Fest 2015

FESTIVAL REVIEW: From everything we witnessed over two action-packed days, it felt like a major success.

Kanye West to replace Frank Ocean as headliner at FYF Fest 2015 this weekend

FYF Fest 2015

FYF Fest sent shock waves across the Internet less than two days before this weekend’s festival takes place.

FYF Fest unveils 2015 set times with later end times

2015 FYF Fest

After ending the two-day festival at midnight in previous years, FYF is taking things up a notch in 2015.

Skipping FYF Fest? You can still see all these shows

2015 FYF sideshows

If you’re not keen on catching headliners Frank Ocean and Morrissey at FYF but still want to see Bloc Party or The Jesus and Mary Chain without paying for a two-day GA pass, you’re in a bit of luck.

FYF Fest reveals 2015 lineup

FYF Fest 2015

The 12th annual FYF Fest once again promises a delicious distillation of indie, electronic, rap or rock acts. Although, this year seems to be pretty lean in the rock department.

Showbams’ best live music photography of 2012

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

Best tracks of 2012

BEST of 2012: Our contributors list their Top 10 tracks from 2012. What was your favorite song from 2012?

Bloc Party pulverize expectations at the Fox Theater Oakland

LIVE REVIEW: Bloc Party’s first show of this tour was highlighted with punk influenced dance-rock anthems and many tracks from their upbeat 2012 LP “Four.” The show included a raging double encore.