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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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Toro y Moi keeps moving forward at The UC Theatre

Toro y Moi

PHOTOS: As Chaz Bundick continues to tend to his musical endeavor better known as Toro y Moi, the music is not the only thing growing.

Les Sins hypnotizes his fans at The New Parish

Les Sins

SHOW REVIEW: Some DJ’s can play music throughout a night and they would all sound like one track, but with Les Sins, you can feel the difference in every mix.

Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Les Sins at The New Parish 8/19 (FRI)

Les Sins

Win a pair of free tickets to our “Show of the Week” at The New Parish in Oakland on August 19th.

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.

Was FYF Fest 2015 the ‘best weekend of summer’? Here are 10 highlights from this year’s festival

FYF Fest 2015

FESTIVAL REVIEW: From everything we witnessed over two action-packed days, it felt like a major success.

Kanye West to replace Frank Ocean as headliner at FYF Fest 2015 this weekend

FYF Fest 2015

FYF Fest sent shock waves across the Internet less than two days before this weekend’s festival takes place.

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.

FYF Fest unveils 2015 set times with later end times

2015 FYF Fest

After ending the two-day festival at midnight in previous years, FYF is taking things up a notch in 2015.

TBD Fest expands 2015 artist lineup, adds Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Toro y Moi and Allah-Las

TBD Fest

Elevating an already stellar lineup of music this September, TBD Fest has announced four artist additions to this year’s bill.

Skipping FYF Fest? You can still see all these shows

2015 FYF sideshows

If you’re not keen on catching headliners Frank Ocean and Morrissey at FYF but still want to see Bloc Party or The Jesus and Mary Chain without paying for a two-day GA pass, you’re in a bit of luck.

FYF Fest reveals 2015 lineup

FYF Fest 2015

The 12th annual FYF Fest once again promises a delicious distillation of indie, electronic, rap or rock acts. Although, this year seems to be pretty lean in the rock department.

Is the Lightning in a Bottle lineup becoming a mini version of Coachella’s?

Lightning in a Bottle

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: LIB has slowly but surely started to share more and more of the same artists that have recently graced the polo fields in Indio.

Toro y Moi – What For? // Community Review

The Showbams co-review this week is Toro y Moi’s new record, What For? Comment with your own quick review to win free tickets to shows in SF.

Which 2015 Coachella artists will premiere new music on the polo fields?

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Going to Coachella? These 29 artists will likely unveil new material in Indio this weekend.

Toro y Moi pivots to psych-disco-funk & a greater sense of band unity

SHOW REVIEW: And their live performance is as heady, loose and psych-disco-funk spectacular as ever.

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.

Les Sins get The New Parish grindin’

Les Sins

SHOW REVIEW: Once those who were committed settled into their dance space, The New Parish exploded into a funky house party that extended into the early a.m. hours.

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.

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.