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Wet Leg @ Rickshaw Stop + Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
British duo Wet Leg, wrapping up a US tour that saw the buzz around the band magnified with each stop on the tour behind the insanely catchy single “Chaise Longue,” made their debut in San Francisco at the Rickshaw Stop on December 15th. The next night, the were the second opening act for Chvrches at Bill Graham Civic auditorium. Check out photos from both sets in the gallery.
Metallica 40th Anniversary show at Chase Center
Metal legends and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Metallica celebrated 40 years in their hometown of San Francisco with two nights at the Chase Center. The band played a setlist of classics, covers, and deep cuts from a circular stage in the middle of the arena floor. Check out photos from the first night on December 17th, 2021.
Courtney Barnett @ The Fox Theater
Courtney Barnett, who released her third solo record, Things Take Time, Take Time, in November, played to a packed house at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on December 12. Buzz-worthy singer Bartees Strange opened the show with his blend of indie rock/hip-hop hybrid.
Beach Bunny at The Fillmore
Indie-rock darlings Beach Bunny played a sold-out show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 7th.
The Aces at August Hall
The quartet from Provo, Utah, finally kicked off their tour this month in support of their second record, Under My Influence, released last summer. After opening the tour in Seattle, they hit August Hall in San Francisco.
19-year-old alt-pop newcomer Madeline the Person opened the show decked out in blue hair and fairy wings, and delivered a winning set of vivid, personal songs.
Idles at The Warfield
British rock band Idles played the Warfield in San Francisco on November 6th, ahead of the release of their fourth record, Crawler. New York art-punk band opened the show. Check out the gallery of both bands…
Outside Lands 2021, Day 3
The autumn edition of the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, moved from August this year to October, closed out the weekend of festivities on Halloween. Check out the gallery for pics from Sofi Tukker, Kehlani, RUFUS DU SOL, TroyBoi, Yves Tumor, Nelly, LP Giobbi, Cam, Cannons, mxmtoon, and Claud.
Outside Lands 2021, Day 2
Day 2 of Outside Lands featured a headlining set from Lizzo, plus Vampire Weekend, Angel Olsen, Dr. Dog, Hinds, Noga Erez, Jessia, Rico Nasty, 24kGoldn, Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Dijon, plus rapper Anime filling in last minute for a no-show Young Thug, and Reggie Watts subbing in for an injured Marc Rebillet.
Outside Lands 2021 Day 1
The Outside Lands music festival returned to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. After the cancellation of the 2020 dates, the festival came roaring back, shifting from its normal August weekend to Halloween weekend, which added a little more flare for all involved, from the bands to the attendees. Day 1 highlights included Tyler the Creator, Glass Animals, Sharon Van Etten, Khruangbin, JPEGMAFIA, SG Lewis, Buscabulla, The Hu, Remi Wolf, Sofia Valdés, Bartees Strange, and Madeline Kenney.
Wolf Alice at August Hall
Wolf Alice played August Hall in San Francisco on October 30th, out on tour in support of their critically-acclaimed third record, Blue Weekend. Being Halloween weekend, the band were decked out in costumes that could best be described as car crash victims/zombies. Despite the show coinciding with the rescheduled Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, the sold-out show was packed with an unbelievably excited crowd.
Finneas @ The Fillmore
Grammy Award-winning producer/singer-songwriter Finneas played to a raucous sold-out crowd at the Fillmore in San Francisco on November 1, 2021.
Sleigh Bells at Rickshaw Stop
Sleigh Bells, out in support of their recently-released fifth album Texis, played the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on October 24th, the second of a two-night stand in the Bay Area. After playing a set at the New Parish in Oakland while the venue flooded, the atmospheric bomb cyclone continued to pound the area throughout the next day. The weather couldn’t keep the crowd away, though, and Sleigh Bells played hard enough to blow out the power to the sound system multiple times. Punk quartet Kills Birds, whose singer Nina Ljeti directed the video for Sleigh Bells’ “Locust Laced,” opened the show.
Phoebe Bridgers with Julien Baker at the Greek Theatre Berkeley
An ascendent Phoebe Bridgers played an insanely sold-out show a the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on October 16th, in support of her second record, Punisher. With fans lined up for hours before doors, the queues spanned a half mile in two directions. Adding to the excitement was the promise of a “surprise opener,” who turned out to be acclaimed singer Julien Baker, Bridger’s friend and bandmate in supergroup Boygenius. Not surprisingly they each guested during the other’s set. Check out photos from both performers…
Japanese Breakfast at The Regency Ballroom
Michelle Zauner brought her band Japanese Breakfast to San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom on September 30th, the first of two nights in the Bay. Toronto singer Luna Li opened the show with an energizing set of her won.
St. Vincent at The Greek Theatre Berkeley
Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent, brought her “Daddy’s Home” tour to the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on September 23. Special guests Spoon opened the show. Check out the gallery from both sets…
Modest Mouse at The Masonic
Modest Mouse, out on tour in support of their recently-released 7th record, The Golden Casket, played the Masonic in San Francisco on September 16th. Check out the full gallery…
Waxahatchee at The Castro Theatre
Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee hit San Francisco on September 22, as the band finally tour in support of last year’s very excellent record, St. Cloud. If the yearlong postponement of the tour had an upside, it’s that the band played a much bigger venue than they were originally scheduled to play in 2020. They played nearly the entire record, along with some older tunes and a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Wrecking Ball” and closing with a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.”
Nashville’s Katy Kirby charmed with an opening set that delighted the crowd, many of whom were seeing their first concert in over a year.
Bully at The Independent
Nashville’s Bully hit the Independent in San Francisco on September 9, 2021, touring in support of Sugaregg, the third Bully record but first as Alicia Bognanno’s solo project. Though the record was released in August 2020, Bognanno and her band hadn’t played a show in over 20 months, and both the band and the (vaccinated and masked) crowd were ecstatic to hear the new record live.
BottleRock Napa, Day 3
The final day of the 2021 BottleRock Napa music festival saw massive headlining sets by Foo Fighters and Megan Thee Stallion. Dave Grohl, who appeared with Guns N’ Roses the day before, was all over the place, taking the Culinary Stage with chef Jose Andrés, as well as playing the small JamPad stage to play his “Hanukah Sessions” songs. Other performers included Cage the Elephant, Jack Harlow, Jessie Reyez, the Black Pumas, Donna Missal, Future Islands, and the Village People.