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Outside Lands 2022 Portraits

Purity Ring at Fox Theater Oakland

Canadian electronic pop duo Purity Ring–singer Megan James and multi-instrumentalist Corin Roddick–played their long-delayed date at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on July 24th.

Horsegirl at Rickshaw Stop

Up and coming Chicago indie rock trio Horsegirl brought their 90s alternative rock sounds to a packed show at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop on July 19th, their first show in SF and part of their first nationwide headlining tour.

Kraftwerk at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Pioneering electronic music quartet Kraftwerk played Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on July 6th for their 3D concert tour.

The Shins at The Warfield

Singer/songwriter James Mercer’s band The Shins played the Warfield in San Francisco on July 12th, kicking off 21st Birthday Tour for their critically-acclaimed debut record, Oh, Inverted World. Despite a slew of lineup changes in the past decade, Mercer and co. sounded as sharp as ever, tearing through the album’s 11 tunes, then launching into a greatest-hits set of a dozen more songs–including a cover of Stone Temple Pilot’s “Vaseline” (?!) and a bit of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”
Folk rock sister trio Joseph–reduced to a duo due to sister Allison Closner’s appendicitis the day before–opened the show, with sisters Meegan and Natalie joining the Shins on backing vocals for several songs.

Haiku Hands at Rickshaw Stop

Australian hip hop/electro pop group Haiku Hands played the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on June 28th.

Ani DiFranco at Stern Grove Festival

Folk singer/songwriter/feminist icon Ani DiFranco played the Stern Grove Festival’s Pride Weekend show in San Francisco on June 26th. DiFranco was in town to play the Fillmore that night, and stepped in to play an afternoon set after Liz Phair was forced to cancel her scheduled appearance in the Grove. Drag queen Peaches Christ also performed, hosting an impromptu drag competition during her set.

Bright Eyes at The Masonic

The reunited Bright Eyes lineup, featuring Conor Oberts, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott, played the Masonic in San Francisco. Hurray for the Riff Raff opened the show, with singer Alynda Segarra joining Bright Eyes for their song “Haile Selassie.” Check out photos from both sets in the gallery.

Orville Peck at The Fox Theater

Orville Peck, out in support of his second record, Bronco, played the Fox Theater in Oakland on June 14th.

Chvrches at JaM Cellars Ballroom

Chvrches played the third of three consecutive nights of Bay Area shows on Saturday, May 28th, at the JaM Cellars Ballroom in downtown Napa, CA, a day after performing at the BottleRock music festival. It was the second club show in three days for the Scottish band, having played the Fillmore in San Francisco two nights prior. Given the late-show status, it was a short and sweet set, without the wardrobe changes from singer Lauren Mayberry that have become customary for every show on the band’s current Screen Violence tour (though she still remained committed to the fake-blood-covered finale numbers).

BottleRock Napa Valley 2022, Day 3

BottleRock 2022 wrapped up it’s Memorial Day weekend return with a great headlining set from Pink, and a rowdy party from Pitbull. Also making appearances were Luke Combs, Alessia Cara, Aly & AJ, Tessa Violet, Grandson, Vance Joy, Tai Verdes, Wild Rivers, and more…

BottleRock Napa Valley 2022, Day 2

The second day of BottleRock Napa Valley music and food festival featured sets from Twenty One Pilots, Mount Westmore (the rap supergroup of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, and E-40), The Black Crowes, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Silversun Pickups, Banks, and more. Plus, appearances on the Culinary Stage by Pink, Rickey Henderson, Too $hort, Roy Choi, twenty one pilots, and more.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2022, Day 1

The BottleRock Napa Valley music and food festival returned to its regular Memorial Day weekend slot for the first time since 2019 this year. Check out photos from Day 1, with Greta Van Fleet, Chvrches, Misterwives, Spoon, Marcus King, Kygo, and more.

Chvrches at The Fillmore

Chvrches played the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 26th, ahead of their appearance at the BottleRock festival in Napa the next day. This was the first of three Bay Area shows in three days for the group, who are touring in support of their fourth record, Screen Violence.

Peaches at The Masonic

Musician/producer/director/visual artist Peaches is out on tour on a belated 20th anniversary celebration of her breakthrough second album, The Teaches of Peaches. A wildly theatric affair, the show featured vagina hats, topless (and sometimes bottomless) dancers, simulated childbirths, abortion flags, walking on the audience, and more. Check out photos from the entire show, along with shots from the opening set of New York rapper Lil Mariko.

Royal Blood at The Fox Theater Oakland

Royal Blood, the English rock duo of singer/bass guitarist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, played the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on May 3rd.

Paul McCartney at Oakland Arena

Rock and roll icon/pioneer/legend/member of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sir Paul McCartney played the second of two sold-out shows at Oakland Arena on mother’s day, May 8, 2022. The third stop on his Got Back tour, McCartney and his band kicked off the 36-song set with the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and tore through a career-spanning set going back to his Quarrymen days (“In Spite of All the Danger”), and hit after hit from the Beatles, Wings, and a few new songs for good measure. There were tributes to his late bandmates, playing a ukulele version of the George Harrison song “Something,” and the song he wrote after the death of John Lennon, “Here Today.” The set crescendoed with a pyro-technic filled “Live and Let Die” followed by a arena-wide sing along of “Hey Jude,” before an encore that featured a virtual duet of “I’ve Got a Feeling” with a video of Lennon, and closed out, fittingly, with the Beatles’ “The End.”

Amyl and the Sniffers at Great American Music Hall

Austrialian punk/pub-rockers Amyl and the Sniffers, touring in support of their second record Comfort to Me, hit San Francisco for two sold-out nights, with fellow Aussie band C.O.F.F.I.N opening both nights. Check out sets from both bands from the first night, May 6th.

Interpol at The Greek Theatre Berkeley

New York City indie rock vets Interpol played the Greek Theatre in Berekely, CA on April 30th. Previewing songs from their upcoming record, The Other Side of Make-Believe, the band are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed debut record Turn On The Bright Lights. Bay Area ambient/chillwave band Tycho played an hour-long set as well, after opener Matthew Dear. Photos from all three sets in the gallery…

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