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…
King Princess @ The Fox Theater Oakland
Rising star King Princess played a sold-out show at the Fox Theater in Oakland on January 21st, on her “Cheap Queen” tour. Brooklyn rapper Kilo Kish opened the show…
Rex Orange County @ The Masonic
English singer Alexander O’Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, played the first of two Bay Area shows at the Masonic in San Francisco on January 16th.
Oso Oso at Music Box
New York rock band Oso Oso kicked off their tour with a phenomenal set at the Music Box in San Diego. The indie-emo rising stars, led by frontman Jade Lilitri, raced through hits off their acclaimed 2019 album basking in the glow, unleashing a heart-on-your-sleeve spirit upon the enthralled sold-out crowd.
Tool @ SAP Center
Maynard James Keenan brought Tool back to the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on January 14th, in support of the bands fifth record, Fear Inoculum, their first record since 2006. One-man industrial band Author & Punisher opened the show with a bombastic set.