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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…
Hailey Whitters at The Independent
Country star Hailey Whitters, Grammy-nominated for co-writing the Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile single “A Beautiful Noise,” played the Independent in San Francisco.
Snail Mail at Fox Theater Oakland
Snail Mail, the solo-project moniker of 22-year old singer/guitarist Lindsey Jordan, played the Fox Theater in Oakland on April 24th. She released her critically-acclaimed second record, Valentine, last year. Australian indie-pop band (and Matador Records labelmates) The Goon Sax opened the show.
James Arthur w/ Nina Nesbitt at The Masonic
James Arthur’s “It’ll All Make Sense in the End” kicked off this month, and hit the Masonic in San Francisco on April 23rd. Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt opened to an extremely enthusiastic audience who came early for her set. Check out photos from both sets…
Cavetown with Tessa Violet and Addison Grace at The Fillmore
Cavetown, AKA the English singer/songwriter, and YouTuber Robin Daniel Skinner, headlined the Fillmore on April 13. A rapturous (and young) crowd turned out and were equally enthusiastic about openers Addison Grace and Tessa Violet, the latter of whom executed a mid-set, onstage costume change from an anime-inspired dress to a sparkly, winged unitard.
Check out the photos from all three sets…
Song and A Slice with Jay Gonzalez of Drive-By Truckers
Sasami at The Chapel
Sasami Ashworth, the singer/songwriter performing mononymously as SASAMI, played the Chapel in San Francisco on April 12. She released her second solo record, the 90s-rock-tinged Squeeze, in February.
Ashe at The Fillmore
Bay Area native Ashe played the Fillmore in San Francisco on April 8th, the first of a two-night stand in the City (she played a much more intimate show at the Independent the next night). The “Moral of the Story” singer thrilled the sold-out crowd, running back and forth across the stage, reaching into the crowd, and generally feeling it all night. Check out the gallery from her set and opener Blake Rose…
Wallows with Spill Tab at The Warfield
The LA rock trio Wallows– Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston–played the first of two sold-out nights at the Warfield in San Francisco on April 6th. The band release their second record, Tell Me That It’s Over, in March.
Spill Tab, aka singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Claire Chicha, is out on tour with Wallows. Check out photos from both sets.
Clairo with Arlo Parks at The Masonic
Claire Elizabeth Cottrill, aka Clairo, is out on tour in support of her second record, Sling, released last summer. She hit the Bay Area for two nights, and played the Masonic in San Francisco on March 30th. Rising star, British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks, opened. Check out photos from both sets.