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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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The ‘EDM bubble’ may be bursting, but Pretty Lights remains a beacon of hope at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Pretty Lights

SHOW REVIEW: If there’s one electronic artist whom others should look to for inspiration, it’s unquestionably Pretty Lights.

STS9’s stunning live show transports their Bay Area fans to a magical world

STS9

PHOTOS: An STS9 show is something every live music fan should witness at least once in their life.

Treasure Island Music Festival drops 2015 set times

Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

The two-day festival has released the set times for its 2015 edition, and attendees can now start filling out their schedules for next weekend’s festivities.

Treasure Island Music Festival releases 2015 daily lineups

Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

With the ninth annual Treasure Island Music Festival a little more than a month away, the two-day festival has released the daily lineups for its 2015 edition.

Treasure Island Music Festival unveils 2015 lineup featuring headliners The National, Deadmau5

Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

After bringing Outkast and Massive Attack to the bay last fall, Treasure Island Music Festival has released the lineup for its 2015 edition — and it’s another doozy.

Bassist Alana Rocklin is sparking a creative revival with STS9

PHOTOS: “Alana Rocklin has far surpassed what I was hoping for in breathing a new and rich beam of light into one of my favorite bands.”

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.

STS9, Tycho see split scenes in Oakland

PHOTOS: STS9 stopped by Fox Theater Oakland for another uplifting set of jamtronic goodness, even though many Tycho fans had departed after his opening set.

STS9 evolve time at The Fillmore Auditorium

SHOW REVIEW: STS9 played two sets of mind-melting material that pleased old and new fans alike in Denver.

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?

Impending Apocalypse Now: 21 Songs for the End of the World

BAM OF THE WEEK: So the world ends on Friday. Get down to some very literal tunes about our last day alive! (See you on Saturday)