Erratic Impulse, Hardflip & Rubbing Alcoholics at City Heights Skatepark
Erratic Impulse, Hardflip, and Rubbing Alcoholics gave San Diego’s DIY scene a much-needed shot in the arm with a fiery, bombastic show at City Heights Skatepark in Park de la Cruz. Hopefully a sign of big things to come for the local scene & beyond. Check out the mayhem for yourself…
Metallica Drive-In Concert Experience
COIN at House Of Blues Orlando
Nashville-based indie-pop trio COIN pulled off an effusive set at House Of Blues Orlando in what would ultimately be the last night for live music in America for the foreseeable future.
Frances Quinlan at Doug Fir Lounge
Frances Quinlan captivated the crowd at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR with a mix of tracks off her excellent new LP ‘Likewise’ as well as a smattering of Hop Along hits.
Refused at The UC Theatre w/ METZ + Youth Code
Swedish hardcore punk band Refused played the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA on March 7th. Canadian punk stalwarts METZ and LA-based EMB duo Youth Code opened the show…
Tame Impala at Pechanga Arena
Australian psych-rock titans Tame Impala kicked off their U.S. arena tour with a transcendent sold-out show in San Diego. Kevin Parker & co. delivered a thrilling mix of greatest hits and ‘Slow Rush’ cuts, as well as an eye-popping array of LED screens, confetti cannons and lasers.
The Soft White Sixties w/ The Younger Lovers, Andrew St. James at The Chapel
The Soft White Sixties headlined the Chapel in San Francisco on March 5th, a Fast Times.! series show presented by Andrew St. James, who also opened the night and was followed by Oakland’s The Younger Lovers.
Sudan Archives at Doug Fir Lounge
Rising R&B star Sudan Archives thrilled the sell-out crowd at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR – commanding the stage with her captivating presence and her mix of hits off ‘Athena’ and ‘SINK.’
JennyLee + TT (of Warpaint) @ Bottom of the Hill for Noise Pop Festival
JennyLee + TT (aka Jenny Lee Lindberg and Theresa Wayman of Warpaint) played Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on February 25th, as part of the annual Noise Pop music festival. The set included solo work from both artists, as well as a healthy dose of Warpaint songs…
Tove Lo w/ Broods @ The Masonic
Swedish Electro-pop singer Tove Lo–hobbled by a fractured ankle suffered earlier in the month–played the Masonic in San Francisco on February 27th. Despite being in a large cumbersome boot, she was able to dance around to the delight of the crowd, and didn’t require the large throne-like chair she’d used in her recent performances after fracturing her ankle in New York. New Zealand pop rock duo Broods are out on tour with Tove Lo, and played a stunning set of their own.
Best Coast w/ Mannequin Pussy @ The Regency Ballroom
Best Coast just released their fourth record, Always Tomorrow, and hit San Francisco on February 29th for the Bay Area’s annual Noise Pop music festival. Philly’s Mannequin Pussy are out on tour and opened the show with a trademark bombastic set.
This Will Destroy You at Doug Fir Lounge
Texas post-rock greats This Will Destroy You unleashed a mesmerizing set at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge. Armed with their staticky riffs and towering crescendos, the band had the sold-out crowd in the palm of their hands.
The New Pornographers @ The Fillmore
Canadian indie-rock supergroup the New Pornographers, out on tour supporting their eight record In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, played the Fillmore in San Francisco on February 1st. Despite being a touring outfit for over 20 years, this was the band’s first show at the historic venue. The band was is at full strength for this tour, with vocalist Neko Case once again in the live lineup. And despite the absence of Destroyer’s Dan Bejar from the last two records, the group still performed his songs, with leader AC Neman taking vocals.
“Psychedelic Motown” singer Shaun Fleming, aka Diane Coffee, opened the show…
Juliana Hatfield w/ Pottymouth @ Slim’s
Indie-rock institution Juliana Hatfield played Slim’s in San Francisco on January 28th. In addition to a career-spanning setlist, she played tunes from her two recent albums- covers of Olivia Newton-John and the Police.
LA rock outfit Pottymouth opened the show with a frenetic set of 90s-tinged rock…