The Stone Temple Pilots jet through San Francisco

Stone Temple Pilots with Spiral Arms April 10th, 2015 The Fillmore, San Francisco What’s a Stone Temple Pilot show like without the Pilot in command? The answer is um, not bad. Chester Bennington is talented and being the current singer of STP allows him to stretch his vocals from one coast to the other without being cornered into the higher ranges he’s known for with his other band, Linkin Park. It’s a joy to hear the clarity he brings to [...]

NAMM Weekend: Great White at the House of Blues Anaheim

NAMM concert weekend Great White House of Blues Anaheim Jan. 24, 2015 Some wonderful things came out of the '70s: Star Wars, disco, Atari, cassette tapes and some of the best rock music ever to grace the planet. Enter Great White, one of the myriad of rock bands that were born of the '70s--but one of the few that is still going strong with a recent 2012 release and a consistent touring schedule. These fab five bring rock & roll--no fluff, no glitter, [...]

SuicideGirls tantalize San Francisco

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour Dec. 4, 2014 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco What do you get when you attend a SuicideGirls show? Titties, titties, more titties--and then some titties to top it off. At first glance, that is the experience; hot, tattooed chicks taking their clothes off. However, in actuality and underneath the innocent tongue-piercings, the message goes deeper. The SuicideGirls are about empowering women. They are about alternative-looking women being in control of their sexuality, feeling beautiful, and exuding confidence always. The SuicideGirls [...]

Baryshnikov Back in Berkeley

“The Old Woman” Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe Directed by Robert Wilson Nov. 23, 2014 Cal Performances, UC Berkeley Bizarre! Absurd! Irrelevant! Nonsense! Disjointed! These are words used by publications worldwide, including the BBC, the New York Times and our own San Francisco Chronicle. They sum up “The Old Woman” perfectly. It is all these things, and not much more. Based on a 1939 political novella by the Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms, adapted for the stage by Darryl Pinckney and directed by Robert Wilson, this 100-minute [...]

The World According to Dale Bozzio

Missing Persons Nov. 9, 2014 Rockbar, San Jose You might remember Missing Persons, the new wave hitmakers of the '80s? If not, then you certainly would remember Dale Bozzio. Lead singer of the band, she was best known for her eclectic, revealing outfits, including transparent plastic-cupped bras and her grand coifure, studded with fuchsia and cobalt blue. Dale and her then husband/drummer Terry met via Frank Zappa, fell in love, and then catapulted Missing Persons into the average American home via MTV. [...]

The Black Keys: A Class Act at Oracle

The Black Keys Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 Oracle Coliseum, Oakland The Black Keys, The Black Crowes, and Black Sabbath. What could these bands possibly have in common? The word "black," of course--but they are also three bands who brought a fresh, new, authentic sound to the masses, regardless of the current temperament and façade of pop music at that particular time. The Black Keys have just released their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, which also happens to be their first Number 1 [...]

A sneak peek at the Spookeasy Extravaganza!

Mr. Nobody’s Spookeasy Extravaganza Oct. 30-Nov. 2 The Great Star Theatre, Chinatown San Francisco was on fire last night! Not only was it a whopping 70 degrees at 10pm within the city limits, but of course the Giants had won the World Series--did we ever have any doubt? But I digress. There was another flame burning bright over in kitschy Chinatown at the haunted Great Star Theatre. With his Spookeasy Extravaganza, creator Barron Scott Levkoff of Edwardian Ball fame has truly done [...]

A Conversation with Joe Perry

Above: Joe Perry  (c) Perry Collection Joe Perry --lead guitarist, contributing songwriter, and founding member of Aerosmith--gets personal with Cie Martin of BAM and talks about his new memoir, bandmate Steven Tyler and the state of rock & roll.  Does Joe agree with Gene Simmons--is rock & roll finally dead? Read on to find out... For clarity and continuity, some of the text has been edited from the original interview. BAM: Joe, thank you so much for taking the time out [...]

Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith Book Review

Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith Joe Perry with David Ritz Simon & Schuster 416 pages; List Price $27.99 First, we had Walk This Way by Aerosmith and Stephen Davis; then came Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer’s Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top; then finally, Aerosmith vocalist/frontman Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise In My Head Bother You? And now, a new read for your Aerosmith book collection, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, by Joe [...]

Alice’s Now & Zen has come and gone

Alice’s Now & Zen Fest Sept. 28, 2014 Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park A carefree Sunday brought thousands of fans to Golden Gate Park for an afternoon of free music, courtesy of our beloved local radio station, Alice 97.3 (KLLC). The Buddhist-themed event took place on a perfectly warm day with some exceptional talent, such as Lindsey Stirling, American Authors, Matt Nathanson, and Neon Trees. The incredibly talented YouTube prodigy Lindsey Stirling started things off. Her violin playing and playful performance wowed the crowd. [...]

An Intimate Evening With Heart

Heart Sept. 26, 2014 Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa There’s Plant and Page, Tyler and Perry--and then there’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, creators of the Seattle-based rock band, Heart. On Thursday night, Heart entertained fans with a 17-song set at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. As they took the stage, Nancy played those initial notorious riffs of “Barracuda,” and the audience roared. As always, Ann’s vocals were in stellar shape, just as they were when [...]

Katy Perry ROARS at SAP Center

Katy Perry Sept. 22, 2014 SAP Center,  San Jose Five random and trivial things I learned about Katy Perry at the SAP Center: She’s gluten-free. She loves to garden and grows kale. Her speaking voice sometimes sounds like Glinda the Good Witch. She was part of the lineup for the 2008 Vans Warped Tour (WOW! Seriously?) She can really sing. "Prismatic" is Perry’s third concert tour, supporting her fourth album, Prism. This tour reaches the far ends of the Earth, making stops in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, all [...]

SoCal invades NoCal for the Live 105 Punk Rock Picnic

Live 105 Punk Rock Picnic: The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals, Stiff Little Fingers, The Story So Far August 31, 2014 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View Over 10,000 punk rockers hit the parking lot at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Sunday for the last date of the Punk Rock Nationals Tour, aka the Live 105.5 annual Punk Rock Picnic.   This year’s roster was fierce, with each band bringing its own particular version of punk rock, always sticking to the poignant message in these short, succinct [...]

Why is Dave Matthews so… contagious?

Dave Matthews Band August 22-24, 2014 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley Grammy award-winning artist Dave Matthews and his band were in the Bay Area for three back-to-back sold-out shows at Berkeley's  Greek Theatre. One thing is for certain, the fans love the Dave Matthews Band! Since DMB came together in 1991, they’ve been nothing but an unstoppable force, picking up new fans in droves each year, like hitchhiking hippies waiting for the magic bus. And that leads me to my next statement. The [...]

Lila Downs’ spiritual journey at The Fillmore

Lila Downs w/Luz Elena Mendoza y Edna Vazquez August 16, 2014 The Fillmore, San Francisco 2013 Grammy award-winning singer Lila Downs and her entourage took over The Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday night with an evening of signature vocals, Mexican tradition, and indigenous beats. Lila has been gracing us with her voice for over a decade, and people from all over the world know and love Lila Downs. However, here in the States, she unfortunately has not yet achieved household name status. [...]