Styx and Foreigner Reunite at Concord Pavilion
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by Raymond Ahner
1w ago
Styx and Foreigner Concord Pavilion, Concord July 1, 2024 Photos by Raymond Ahner Having last toured together way back in 2014, legendary classic rockers Styx and Foreigner announced the  Renegades and JukeBox Heroes tour late last year, with the bands co-headlining dates throughout the summer, with British rocker John Waite opening the shows. With over twenty dates left on the tour, it promises to be quite a busy summer for everyone. Foreigner The bands rolled into the Concord Pavilion in Concord, Ca. on their scheduled Bay Area date of June 29, but approximately 15 minutes aft ..read more
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Marissa Nadler Mesmerized Cafe Du Nord With Her Otherworldly Songs
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by Tyler King
2w ago
Marissa Nadler Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco June 27, 2024 Photos by Geoffrey Smith The last time that Marissa Nadler put out a record was three years ago, 2021’s magnificent The Path Of The Clouds. With no newly released material to promote, she announced a run of West Coast dates that promised “deep cuts, discog faves, and more,” and I knew that that was a set I couldn’t miss out on. Despite being a fan Nadler’s for nearly a decade, the only chance I’d had to see her live before was a short opening set close to the beginning of the pandemic. The music of Marissa Nadler is hard to put into one ..read more
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“I’ve Only Ever Wanted To Authentically Be Myself.” Zeo Boekbinder Talks Their New Album And Touring Post-Pandemic
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by Tyler King
2w ago
The singer/songwriter Zeo Boekbinder was a Bay Area native for many years. Originally part of the sibling duo Vermillion Lies, Zeo set out on a solo career fifteen years ago and has released six studio albums since then. Their new album, Wildflower, was recently released and Zeo will be playing their first West Coast tour since the pandemic in support of it. Some of the first live shows that I ever went to were to see them in various spots around the East Bay, and this tour will be my first time seeing them since 2010. I sat down with Zeo over Zoom to ask them about their new album, the change ..read more
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Echo and the Bunnymen Needed Someone to Come to Their Rescue in San Francisco
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by Tyler King
3w ago
Echo and the Bunnymen The Warfield, San Francisco June 6, 2024 Photos by Raven Divito Before I go about this review, I feel like a little bit of background is required. I’ve loved Echo and the Bunnymen for at least the last fifteen years or so. Not only have I loved their classic albums like Crocodiles, Porcupine, and Ocean Rain, but I’ve also looked forward to the releases of their later albums like Meteorites and The Stars, The Oceans, And The Moon. For one reason or another I had always missed them when they’d come through, so I knew that I couldn’t miss their stop at The Warfield for their ..read more
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Interview: Eduardo Arenas of Chicano Batman
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by Paul Piazza
3w ago
The Stern Grove Festival is set to begin its 87th year of live music in its beautiful outdoor Sunday San Francisco setting in the city’s Parkside District. This year’s lineup is stellar with an amazing array of talent that features performances by Herbie Hancock, Lucinda Williams, Chaka Khan, and the return of the festival’s very first performers, the San Francisco Symphony. Of course these standard bearers are balanced out with newer talents like  Tegan & Sara, Masego, and Franc Moody. Perhaps, one of the most anticipated Sunday shows of this year’s series is the Stern Grove debut of ..read more
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Vampire Weekend Amps Up The Greek
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by Raymond Ahner
3w ago
Vampire Weekend Greek Theatre, Berkeley Jun 15, 2024 Photos by Raymond Ahner To support their latest studio release Only God Above Us, long-time indie rock darlings Vampire Weekend recently announced a lengthy cross country tour that sees the band playing well into the fall. Three cities will be treated to two-show engagements where the band will be playing on a Saturday evening, and then again on Sunday afternoon. The Greek Theatre in Berkeley was the first venue to host the two shows in one weekend concept, and judging from their fans’ reaction to the Saturday night show, the entir ..read more
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Kamasi Washington Blazes Through New Music On Scorching Sacramento Night
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by Paul Piazza
1M ago
Kamasi Washington Crest Theater, Sacramento June 5, 2024 Photos by Paul Piazza Saxophone giant Kamasi Washington played Sacramento’s Crest Theater recently on an evening that at the time, had registered as the hottest day of the year thus far in the state capital. The musician was touring on his recent album Fearless Movement and the Sacramento crowd was treated to a full run through of the album, albeit a little out of order. And all of that happened in a very good way, because we were all indoors with air conditioning as the band heated up the interior with world class chops. The band played ..read more
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Tedeschi Trucks and Little Feat team up to get down at the Greek
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by Jeff Spirer
1M ago
Tedeschi Trucks Band and Little Feat The Greek Theatre, Berkeley June 1, 2024 Photos by Paul Piazza Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have a unique reverence for the great songwriters of the world. The pair and their marvelous 12-piece band recently did a two-night run at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. The group have the rare ability to include and interpret a treasure trove of covers that range from the well known to the relatively obscure into their setlists. This joyous skill, paired with all of the band’s great originals and the fact that they are one of the great rock, soul and blues alliances o ..read more
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The Miki Berenyi Trio Left New And Old Fans Alike Wanting More At San Francisco Debut
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by Tyler King
1M ago
Miki Berenyi Trio Great American Music Hall, San Francisco June 1, 2024 Photos by Raymond Ahner When the Miki Berenyi Trio took the stage at the Great American Music Hall, they did so to a rapturous applause. Lead by Miki Berenyi and featuring Ollie Cherer on guitar and Mick Conroy on bass (a lineup specific to this tour), it was the first time that Miki had played in San Francisco since her old band Lush did a short reunion tour in 2016. Since then, shoegaze and dream pop has grown in popularity due to social media apps like TikTok and Instagram, exposing younger generations to the kind of mu ..read more
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Madness Show at The Fox Shakes It Up
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by Raymond Ahner
1M ago
Madness Fox Theatre, Oakland May 23, 2024 Photos by Raymond Ahner Having recently announced a string of US tour dates in support of their latest record Theatre of the Absurd Presents C’est la Vie, U.K ska legends Madness hit the Fox Theater in Oakland recently, and delighted their fans with a twenty three song setlist that included all the hits. Swept up in the music, the packed house responded by dancing and singing along to every song. Madness The band opened their set with mega-hit “One Step Beyond,” and from their played song that spanned their entire career. Showcasing their exceptio ..read more
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