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.

MainFest Alhambra throws an all-out dance party with Capital Cities, Miami Horror & !!! on the bill

MainFest Alhambra - featured

FESTIVAL REVIEW: All in all, the City of Alhambra had to be pleased with what it accomplished for the inaugural MainFest.

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.

Hot Chip take their game to the next level at LA’s Greek Theatre

Hot Chip

SHOW REVIEW: It takes a special kind of band that can pack the Greek on a Tuesday night and ignite a full-blown dance party within minutes, but Hot Chip proved to be more than up for the challenge.

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.

Outside Lands 2015: Lineup locks, likely acts & long shots

Outside Lands 2015 speculation season may now commence.

WKEND MIXTAPE V11: Galantis • Todd Terje • !!!

Get your WKEND started RIGHT with new mixtapes from Galantis, Todd Terje, and !!!.

PHOTOS: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at the Chapel 1/25

PHOTOS: The amount of energy this Nic Offer can produce is arguably more powerful than nuclear fusion, and if nothing else, certainly more entertaining.

New Music Tuesday: Iggy and the Stooges • !!! • Akron/Family • Neon Neon

Iggy and the Stooges - Ready to Die

Every Tuesday, we focus on new music releases by naming our top tracks, album highlights, lowlights and important takeaways for select albums.

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) go deeper into embracing change and pushing boundaries

INTERVIEW: Nic Offer and Mario Andreoni from !!! (Chk Chk Chk) discuss their new studio production process and how their forthcoming album “Thr!!!er” is different than previous efforts.

Chk Chk Chk “Slyd” their way through Noise Pop!!!

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW!!! Dance punk is back and better than ever as Chk Chk Chk plays their first live show in support of their forthcoming LP “Thr!!!ler.”

Noise Pop preview: Indie music, film and art take over SF

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Showbams breaks down the headliners, emerging artists to catch before they blow up and cultural highlights as Noise Pop expands to 25 SF venues in its 21st year.