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.

Nas preaches positivity while closing out this year’s Sound in Focus series in style

Sound in Focus - Nas

SHOW REVIEW: If this was Nas’ reminder to the world that he’s still working and grinding like he always has, then a whole lot of fans got to hear that message loud and clear.

Snakehips consummate steamy sold-out set at The Indy


SHOW REVIEW: With little stage production to offer inside a jammed-packed, steam-filled room, UK production duo Snakehips kept their set focused directly on the music.

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.

Wild Belle discuss sound development and rocking the electric kalimba

INTERVIEW: Natalie and Elliot Bergman spoke with Showbams before their first headlining set at The Independent, flashing their impeccably sunny disposition with cocktails in hand.

Wild Belle continue fast-rising ascent at The Indy

SHOW REVIEW: Natalie Bergman is an all around package of star power — from her seductive voice to her striking blonde locks, she beams on stage and is Wild Belle’s not-so-secret weapon.

Outside Lands 2013: Five Friday Favorites

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Day 1 is in the books, and glorious sets by Paul McCartney, The National, Twenty One Pilots, Wild Belle and Houndmouth were witnessed.

2013 Outside Lands schedule announced!

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Here are 2013 Outside Lands’ biggest schedule conflicts and what you should see.

Yeasayer show mad love for SF at Mezzanine

Live Music Review: The love was reciprocal at Mezzanine in SF on Friday as Yeasayer played an intimate, performance-based set.

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.

Coachella 2013: Predictions, wishes & rumors vs. reality

Showbams examines headliner reality & rumors, artists to see before they get big, possible EDM acts that won’t be in the Sahara Tent, and artists we hope to see at Coachella 2013.