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.

Inaugural One Tribe Festival canceled just weeks before coming to Southern California

One Tribe Festival

In what came as some surprising news, EDM promoter SFX has canceled the first edition of One Tribe Festival after ticket sales failed to meet expectations.

Is Lightning in a Bottle shedding its ‘boutique’ label to go mainstream?

Lightning in a Bottle

FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Do LaB has created one of the most unique experiences on the entire U.S. festival circuit, but whether LIB can maintain its “boutique” label remains to be seen.

alt-J, Tycho stun a sold-out Fauxchella crowd at the Greek Theatre

alt-J

SHOW REVIEW: Beautifully executed and perfectly syncopated with its surroundings, this show is one that those in attendance will definitely be talking about for quite some time.

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.

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2014

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2014.

Showbams’ Top 50 albums of 2014

The Bam Team presents the Top 50 Albums of 2014. Yes, ALL of 2014 (ahem D’Angelo).

Outside Lands Day 2: HAIM take another step toward the top

FESTIVAL REVIEW: If HAIM continue to write undeniably catchy songs while retaining their fierce attitudes, the LA-based sisters could be headlining big festivals in 3-5 years.

Tycho take a big step forward in LA

Tycho's Scott Hansen

SHOW REVIEW: What may be most impressive about Tycho is the way Scott Hansen continues to captivate electronic-leaning audiences without any EDM flare.

WKEND MIXTAPE V9: Bonobo • Tycho • James Murphy & Pat Mahoney

Get your WKEND started RIGHT with new mixes from Bonobo & Tycho, along with a throwback mix from James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (formerly LCD Soundsystem).

Outside Lands 2014 daily lineup highlights

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Still choosing which day might be best for you? Here’s our take on the headliner options, along with choice picks and reasons to get to Golden Gate Park early this August.

New Music Tuesday: Foster the People • Tycho • Black Lips • Freddie Gibbs and Madlib • The War on Drugs

Every Tuesday, we focus on new music releases by naming our top tracks, album highlights, lowlights and important takeaways for select albums.

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.

Pretty Lights with live band enhances the EDM experience in SF

SHOW REVIEW: Accompanied by a full band and his armada of laser-light visuals, Pretty Lights blasted through Thanksgiving weekend with two electrifying, back-to-back performances.

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.

Tycho guide fans into an ethereal trance in SF

SHOW REVIEW: SF producer Tycho showcased his ambient, slow-building sound and striking visual imagery for a hometown crowd over two nights.

WKEND MIXTAPE: Tycho x Heathered Pearls – Dazed Mag Mix

WKEND MIXTAPE: Get your weekend started right! Tycho put his ambient touch on this mix from 2012 that includes tracks from Caribou, Tame Impala, Black Moth Super Rainbow and more.

Treasure Island Music Festival: 10 best sets

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Saturday didn’t have an obvious header, and Sunday had a seemingly weak under-card. But both days delivered.

PHOTOS: FYF Fest 2012

PHOTOS: We hit FYF Fest in LA last weekend to cover the two-day music festival for our very first time.