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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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SF Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to Treasure Island Music Festival night shows

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

Keep the party going by winning a pair of tickets to the festival’s night shows in SF.

Dan Deacon vs. The Fillmore: Crowd thoughts from a sold-out show in SF

Dan Deacon

SHOW REVIEW: Who better to give us some perspective on Dan Deacon’s latest SF show than the members of a sold-out audience?

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Dan Deacon at The Fillmore 1/29 (FRI)

Dan Deacon

Win a pair of free tickets to our “Show of the Week” in SF at The Fillmore on January 29th.

The 25 best live music acts of 2015

Best Live Acts of 2015

The 2015 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2015 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.

Outside Lands 2015 highlights: Eight years strong and feeling ‘fantastic’!

Outside Lands 2015

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Outside Lands has officially become a bar-setting force to be reckoned with on the festival circuit.

Outside Lands 2015: Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar are your headliners

The eighth Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has unleashed the 2015 lineup, and it’s a winner.

Noise Pop 2015: Who made the ‘most’ of SF’s 12-day indie fest?

Caribou

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Noise Pop never fails to create some of the most memorable experiences in live entertainment throughout the Bay Area each year.

Dan Deacon could be the ideal Noise Pop artist

SHOW REVIEW: Dan Deacon takes all sorts of frequencies and cross sections of genre elements and whirls it all together into a crescendo of weird, atypical pop. And by weird, I mean the very good kind of weird.

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.

The 15 best stage banter spewing musicians in live music today

Who banters best? These 15 musicians are most interesting live music artists today that own the art of talking between songs.

Live music artists ignite the dawn of a smartphone backlash

TRENDS 2013: Our collective screen addiction & social media mentality are starting to suck the life out of the live music experience for fans and artists alike, but 2013 will be remembered as the year musicians fought back, establishing the battle of Instagram & iPhones vs. audience immersion.

10 Reasons to say ‘Fuck Yeah’ at FYF Fest 2013

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: With a vast array of attractive, buzzed-about artists gracing FYF’s four stages, here are 10 acts to focus your valuable concert time on for the fest’s 10th year.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 predictions

FESTIVAL SPECULATION: The 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival lineup drops May 28th, so who will perform? Take a look at our artist predictions for the Festival in the Bay.

Coachella 2013: Predictions, wishes & rumors vs. reality

Showbams examines headliner reality & rumors, artists to see before they get big, possible EDM acts that won’t be in the Sahara Tent, and artists we hope to see at Coachella 2013.

Showbams’ best shows of 2012

BEST SHOWS of 2012: Our contributors reflect on the best live music they witnessed in 2012 and list their favorite shows. What was your favorite show of 2012?

Dan Deacon discusses improvisation, being part of the American system and supporting Prop 37

INTERVIEW: Showbams catches up with Dan Deacon at the Great American Music Hall while on tour promoting his new album “America”.

Interactive summer camp with Dan Deacon at GAMH

LIVE REVIEW: Dan Deacon is so adept at pacing his show with manic stress & release sounds, participatory activities & visual aesthetics that he might be the best Camp Counselor ever.

New Music Tuesday: Swans • Wild Nothing • Matthew Dear • Dan Deacon • Divine Fits

Swans - The Seer

Every Tuesday, we focus on new music releases by naming our top tracks and supplying the latest videos for select albums.