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.
Thievery Corporation + Dessa at Stern Grove Festival
Thievery Corporation played the Stern Grove Festival on a chilly summer day in San Francisco on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Rapper/singer Dessa opened the show.
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.
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…
Deadmau5 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, New Year’s Eve
Deadmau5 lit up the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and rang in 2020 with a two hour and a half set. The San Franciso crowd was showered throughout the night with beats, balloons, and streamers by the end of the night. The second night of his set featured support from Lights (DJ set), Justin Martin, and Qrion.
The Black Keys w/ Modest Mouse + Shannon and the Clams @ Chase Center
The Black Key’s brought their Let’s Rock tour to the Chase Center in San Francisco on November 20th, with fantastic openers Modest Mouse and Bay Area natives Shannon and the Clams.
Death Valley Girls at The Chapel
Los Angeles-based garage rock/psych-pop/occult-tinged group Death Valley Girls played the Chapel in San Francisco on November 20th. They group released their third record Darkness Rains last year on Suicide Squeeze Records.
The Regrettes @ August Hall
Teenage LA punk-pop band The Regrettes played August Hall in San Francisco on October 18th, in support of their recently-released sophomore record, How Do You Love?.
Clairo @ The Regency Ballroom
Singer-songwriter Claire Cottrill, aka Clairo, played two nights at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Check out photos from night 1, October 13th, including an opening set from London singer-songwriter Beabadoobee.
Kurt Vile @ The Fillmore
Indie folk-psych rocker Kurt Vile played the Fillmore in San Francisco on October 5th, a day before hitting the stage at the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park.
Vampire Weekend @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Vampire Weekend packed Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on October 1st, their first show in the city in over 5 years. The band played an epic 27-song setlist, running over 2 hours, heavy on songs from their latest record, Father of the Bride.
Shura at The Independent
Alexandra Denton, AKA British singer/songwriter Shura, played the Independent in San Francisco on September 30th. Her second record, Forevher, was released in August on Secretly Canadian.
Fast Times @ The Chapel
The debut of Andrew St. James’ local music showcase FAST TIMES! at The Chapel in San Francisco featured the debut performance of his new band of the same name.
Grace VanderWaal @ The Fillmore
Teenage chanteuse and America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal played the Fillmore in San Francisco on August 29th. Singer Jade Jackson opened the night.