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Albums you’ll want to hear in 2017

2017 albums

NEW MUSIC: The year starts off with a bang thanks to these forthcoming releases.

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BottleRock unveils 2017 bill, topped by Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5

BottleRock Napa Valley - 2017 lineup

BottleRock Napa Valley returns this Memorial Day weekend for its fifth edition with more than 80 artists scheduled to perform over three days.

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.

Modest Mouse and Brand New aren’t ‘Strangers’ to each other, but their fans are a different story

Modest Mouse

SHOW REVIEW: Judging from the audience’s behavior at The Forum, we certainly wouldn’t count on these two bands being billed together again.

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.

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.

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2015

Caribou

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2015.

Fruit Bats are back together and hitting the road this fall on My Morning Jacket’s latest U.S. tour

Fruit Bats

INTERVIEW: Opening for My Morning Jacket was an opportunity that Fruit Bats leader Eric Johnson couldn’t pass up when the offer was presented to him.

Cold War Kids are finally getting the respect they deserve

Sound in Focus - Cold War Kids

SHOW REVIEW: Things are at an all-time high for these Cold War Kids right now.

Are Built to Spill indie rock’s most important band?

Built to Spill

SHOW REVIEW: If there is one “indie” band that revolutionized the gritty, lo-fi sound before most even had a chance, it’s these guys.

Sasquatch! continues to reign supreme as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Embracing the culture of the Pacific Northwest, Sasquatch! caters to the growing breed of indie-centric fans caring just as much about the festival experience (if not more) than the music itself.

Death Cab for Cutie are still my guilty pleasure after all these years

SHOW REVIEW: Everyone has a guilty pleasure band. Well, at least I do — and that band happens to be Death Cab for Cutie.

Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves // Community Review

The Showbams co-review this week is Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers to Ourselves. Comment with your quick review to win free tickets to shows in SF.

What do Modest Mouse’s 5 new songs say about the upcoming album?

ALBUM PREVIEW: In short, it’s going to be fantastic.

Outside Lands 2014: Lineup locks, likely acts & long shots

FESTIVAL RUMORS: As we inch toward springtime, some Bay Area music freaks (like us) are beginning to speculate who will be gracing the stages in Golden Gate Park come August.

FCF finds first-year success for five game-changing reasons

First CIty Festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW + PHOTOS: The inaugural First City Festival in Monterey, CA was a big success for five game-changing reasons — view over 170 artist and scene photos.

Coachella 2013: What you should know before you go

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Check out our breakdown of the reunions and first-time performances, possible artist collaboration predictions and our can’t-miss sleeper acts from the bottom lines.