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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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Geographer’s stock continues to rise to the delight of their Bay Area fans

Geographer

PHOTOS: Mike Deni’s dreamy take on things has earned him a loyal following of 20-somethings, made evident by his band’s packed show at The New Parish.

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to The Big One at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/31 (THUR)

The Big One SF

Win a pair of free tickets to our “Show of the Week” in SF at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on December 31st.

RAC validates its headliner status at Club Nokia

RAC

SHOW REVIEW: You know an artist must be destined to play in LA when their first big hit is titled “Hollywood” and another one of their songs is named after the city’s most infamous freeway.

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.

First Times: Experiencing Seattle’s music scene

Seattle skyline

FIRST TIMES: “With so much of my youth influenced by the musicians who have called this majestic seaport city home, it will always remain an important place for this music lover.”

Magik*Magik Orchestra look back to “When We Were Young” at Fox Theater Oakland

SHOW REVIEW: Minna Choi and Magik*Magik Orchestra delivered on the promise of an uplifting, collaborative evening with three breathtaking sets of emotive music.

11 reasons to celebrate five years of Magik*Magik Orchestra at Fox Theater Oakland

SHOW PREVIEW: Fox Theater Oakland is hosting a gala concert January 31st celebrating 5 years of Magik*Magik Orchestra with help from a diverse group of collaborators. Expect goosebumps.

Showbams Photography 2013: A year in review

BEST OF 2013: Take a look at some of the best live music photography snapped by Showbams photographers this year.

Geographer finalize tour full circle at Bimbo’s 365 Club

SHOW REVIEW: Geographer brought their dream-pop rock back home to Bimbo’s 365 Club to cap off a busy 2013.

Showbams’ best live music photography of 2012

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

Geographer on noise complaints, reclaimed synths and courtesy cookies

INTERVIEW: Showbams met up with the guys from Geographer at Outside Lands to discuss everything from their beginnings to their upcoming plans.

Father John Misty, The Dodos & Geographer set a dreamy tone on Treasure Island

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bay Area music fans were treated to a free mini-fest on Treasure Island. The Dodos, Geographer, Father John Misty and White Fence played unique sets that delivered.