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Our favorite performances from 2017

Best live shows of 2017 - The xx, Miguel, Moderat & Coldplay - featured

The 2017 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2017 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

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Outside Lands 2017: Our 10th anniversary awards

Outside Lands 2017

FESTIVAL REVIEW: We hand out some hardware after the 2017 edition of Outside Lands.

Outside Lands 2017: Top 5 things to see, eat & drink

Outside Lands

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: We’ve outlined our top sets that you won’t want to miss, biggest scheduling conflicts, potential guest appearances and the best beverages to drink.

Outside Lands reveals its 2017 schedule

Outside Lands - 2017 schedule

The three-day festival has unveiled what every live music fan clamors for … set times!

Outside Lands reveals 2017 lineup, headlined by Metallica, The Who & Gorillaz

Outside Lands - 2017 lineup

Outside Lands is going BIG for its 10th anniversary with a lineup for the ages.

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.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016: The Good, The Bad & The Muddy

treasure-island-Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Here are the best, worst and most muddied (good ideas that ultimately went wrong) moments of TIMF 2016.

Treasure Island Music Festival releases 2016 lineup with headliners Sigur Rós, Ice Cube

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

Treasure Island Music Festival is back for its 10th anniversary this fall, and after months of speculation, we now know who will be performing in 2016.

How to Dress Well reinterprets ‘Pour Cyril’ with orchestral backing // LISTEN

Tom Krell is as close as you can get to a male siren — his voice is simply that beautiful and hauntingly dynamic.

The New Pornographers don’t miss a beat in Neko Case’s absence at Fox Theater Oakland

The New Pornographers

SHOW REVIEW: Perhaps with The New Pornographers being one of the most acclaimed bands in this year’s Noise Pop lineup, fans of all ages came out to enjoy the show.

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.

11 songs with finger snaps from the past three years that won’t make you want to jab things in your ears

You can’t find a texture bed more minimalist than the repeating finger snap — when you think about it, cavemen probably made music by pressing their hand digits together.

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.”

How to Dress Well premiers new songs, live band in SF

SHOW REVIEW: Launching a co-headlining U.S. tour with experimental producer Forest Swords, Tom Krell of How to Dress Well has arrived at his potential.

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.

How to Dress Well previews new music at The Independent

SHOW REVIEW: Tom Krell, aka How To Dress Well, added live instrumentation to his live show and was harassed for not calling his Mom on her birthday.

WIN FREE TICKETS to How To Dress Well at The Indy 8/26

WIN FREE TICKETS to How To Dress Well’s “final” SF show at The Independent in San Francisco 8/26.

Showbams’ best live music photography of 2012

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