The Dillinger Escape Plan Rips Open Thee Parkside SF-Aug 13 2016

New Jersey ‘s The Dillinger Escape Plan made a stop in San Francisco’s Thee Parkside during their recent tour of smaller-sized shows.  TDEP are known and loved for their rowdy crowd-participating stage antics, such as singer Greg Puciato and guitarist Ben Weinman walking the audience and climbing the rafters.  Fans at this intimate venue were given a rare treat tonight, and they came out in masses to capacity at this venue and are selling out numerous stops on this latest [...]

Death Cab For Cutie drives it home at BottleRock

BottleRock 2016 Death Cab For Cutie By: Walter Morgan Death Cab For Cutie was playing on the major stage at Bottlerock, right before the headliner Saturday night. This Seattle alternative rock band really stole the show this day. This really is a band that every age group here could identify with. They had a little of everything, soft pop, with lots of melody, and some spacey instrumental work. Vocalist Ben Gibbered has a very low key demeanor; he also plays guitar, and piano, [...]

Lamb of God Rocks the Fox!

Lamb of God by: Paul Piazza Lamb of God rocks the Fox, but COC pulls off the night's biggest surprise There was a palpable buzz in the air as people began heading into the Fox Theatre in Oakland the night before Memorial Day. The Lamb of God/Clutch/Corrosion of Conformity triple-header had intrigued many heavy music lovers for some time. Anticipation was high. The trio of groups had joined up for a wildly successful tour run that had just killed at the legendary [...]

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival brings a remarkable line-up to the redwoods By: Paul Piazza The Santa Cruz American Music Festival takes place annually at the Aptos Village Park. It's a beautiful setting for a concert. The stage is built in a meadow is a natural amphitheater surrounded by thick groves of oaks and redwoods. This year marked the second year of the event, which featured blues, jazz and funk on Saturday and country and Americana on Sunday. Overall, the event [...]

Ziggy Marley fires it up at BottleRock

by: Walter Morgan One of the biggest, if not the biggest Reggae star of our time is indeed Ziggy Marley. His lyrics can be political and social, much like his father and Reggae giant Bob Marley. Ziggy has risen to create his own name, and is such a talented singer, songwriter, and musician. His band featured two good background female singers, and a fantastic backing band. His modern day Reggae music is very easy listening; his voice matches the style [...]

Lenny Kravitz brings it, at BottleRock Napa!

Lenny Kravitz was not only one of the best bands to play on Friday, securing the Main Stage, before Stevie Wonder, but one of the best bands of the entire festival. Lenny has it all, his music transcends all ages at BottleRock. From the young to the elder age group, he really put on a great show. He’s  previously won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row. His voice can change according [...]

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth North American Tour 2016 Supported by; Entombed AD San Francisco, Warfield Theater 5/20/16 Written By: Walter Morgan Photos by: Chris Kentzell Johan Hegg − vocals (1992–present) Olavi Mikkonen − guitar (1992–present) Ted Lundström − bass (1992–present) Johan Söderberg − guitar (1998–present) Jocke Wallgren − drums (2016–present) Amon Amarth kings of Swedish Viking Melodic Death Metal, are in San Francisco, on a blistering North American Tour which has 35 dates. This is the night before their last show of this very successful tour. This crowd is no ordinary metal [...]

Bad Company and Joe Walsh

Bad Company And Joe Walsh by: Walter Morgan Photos by: Kevin Graft One Hell Of A Night Tour 2016 Concord Pavilion Joe Walsh 5/17/16 There is nothing better than to kick off the Bay Area Summer Concert season than with Bad Company & Joe Walsh, a co-headlining tour, the third night of the tour at the Concord Pavilion.A perfect pairing on this beautiful night, with a heat wave with temperatures in the 90's.  Tonight's crowd is an older, more mature lot, (the 45 and over [...]

Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes: “We Can Do Anything Tour” The Fillmore SF May 10th 2016   Vox/Guitar:Gordon Gano Bass: Brian Ritchie Drums: John Sparrow By: Jenny Cash   They CAN do anything!  More than 15 years later, the Violent Femmes’ find themselves back under the familiar stage lights, and on tour in support of their ninth full-length studio album, WE CAN DO ANYTHING, which hit record stores on March 4,2016.  The boy’s latest journey brought them to The Fillmore SF for two Sold Out nights beginning on May [...]

All Time Highs

All Time Highs hits the Bottom of the Hill By Jesse Amazeen | May 18, 2016 Who: All Time Highs When: May 12, 2016 Where: Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco   Explosive. There you go, a one-word review. OK, there's more to the story, but I really could stop there. Witnessing All Time Highs is akin to standing in front of a blast furnace wearing a suit made of ice cream. Expectations melt away as you're enveloped in the searing sounds of ATH's blistering [...]

NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival

Death Angel Headlines the NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival By Jesse Amazeen   Cal Expo was the scene of last weekend’s NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival, a three-day gathering of tattoo artists, tattoo seekers, bands, and thrash metal aficionados. Featuring over twenty-five bands, the NorCal Fest wisely chose Death Angel to headline the festivities. Clocking in at well over thirty years in the Bay Area Thrash Metal business, Death Angel knows how to deliver the goods, and they didn’t come up short [...]

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe Serenades the Luther Burbank Center Review and Photos by: Jesse Amazeen   Equal parts southern rock, folk, and blues, Larkin Poe is a standout in today’s music world. Talent, honesty, and feeling are the tools this dynamic duo from Georgia uses to get their message across. Santa Rosa was treated to their soulful stylings Tuesday night, as they warmed up the stage for Elvis Costello at the newly renamed Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Formerly known as the Lovell [...]

Nightwish

Nightwish Lights Up The City National Civic By Jesse Amazeen Being a Finnish symphonic metal band isn’t easy nowadays. Having spent two decades forging a new genre of metal, Nightwish has spawned legions of imitators. None however, have the staying power, nor the commitment to flawless performances as the original. San Jose was treated to one such performance Friday night, at the City National Civic. Following sets by supporting acts Delain and Sonata Arctica, Nightwish took the stage, suddenly emerging from the [...]

Megadeth

Megadeth Nukes The Warfield By Jesse Amazeen After their 2013 release Super Collider failed to impress fans and critics alike, lead vocalist and guitar player Dave Mustaine knew that Megadeth had to come back with all guns blazing. And that’s exactly what they did with a new lineup, and a new album, Dystopia. An army of amped-up metalheads lined up down the block to get into the sold out show at the Warfield Monday night. Kicking off the festivities was Havok, an [...]