SOJA and Dirty Heads Stop By Somo

Special thanks to Justin Crom Photography for providing the photography coverage for this event.   July 11th, SOMO Concerts put on one of their best shows to date as Reggae sensations SOJA and Dirty Heads performed to an enthusiastic crowd.  Having seen both of these bands perform earlier this summer at Cali Roots down in Monterey, we went in with the bar set pretty high, and even with those high standards we were impressed with every aspect of this show.  From [...]

Night Ranger Closes Out the Alameda County Fair

  On Sunday July 9th, the Alameda County Fair came to an end, but not before local legends Night Ranger had a chance to say their peace.  The San Francisco band gave a high energy performance in a town across the bay from where it all began, and missed no opportunity to tell the crowd how grateful they were for the experience.  “We’re home, baby, we’re home!” lead singer and California native Jack Blades exclaimed as the band took the [...]

Meeting Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba

Dashboard Confessional, one of the musical pioneers who helped set the tone for popular music of the early 2000’s, was instrumental in defining the genre of Emo music.  With songs like Hands Down, they became the soundtrack for a movement, and served as an inspiration to so many artists to follow them.  In anticipation of their upcoming performance with The All American Rejects at San Francisco’s Masonic Center on Friday, July 14th, we spoke with Dashboard Confessional’s lead singer and [...]

Phantogram comes to Berkeley

This last Saturday, traffic was backed up all along the UC Berkeley campus as fans lined up to see Phantogram perform live at the Greek Theatre.  Accompanied by Miike Snow, and Amsterdam’s own Klangstof, the lineup took us on a mind-altering journey from beginning to end.  The stadium filled up before the opening act even came out, as students and the general community alike flooded into the seats to get a glimpse of the band that has over the [...]

BAM’s Top 10 moments of ID10T Fest

Last weekend was the inauguration of Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Fest, and with it came two days of nonstop action at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.  ID10T Fest can only be described as one quarter Music, one quarter Comic-Con, one quarter Comedy, one a quarter Rave.  With so much going on, it can be hard for anyone to narrow down their priorities of what to see, so in case you missed anything from the festival this year, here is the list of [...]

BAM Sits Down with Party Favor

Dylan Ragland, more commonly known as Party Favor, has been one of the fastest growing names in the EDM scene over the last few years.  Known for singles such as Bap U, he has been influencing the Electronic world through his solo work, as well as his collaborations with other artists.  A graduate of Chapman University, he has spent much of his life in California, and has grown to call it home.  We were able to sit down with [...]

DLD’s Francisco Familiar Stops By San Francisco

Latin Grammy nominated band DLD has been tearing it up worldwide in the years since they first took the stage.  Known for songs like Mi Vida, and their latest album, Futura, they have truly worn their hearts on their sleeves and drawn us into their hearts with their music.  Recently, BAM spoke with lead singer and lyricist Francisco Familiar to get his perspective on the success DLD has had over the last few years.  Join us as we sit [...]

CaliRoots 2017: A Photo Diary

Special thanks to Justin Crom Photography for providing BAM's photo coverage of this year's California Roots festival.   Synrgy: Check out our exclusive interview with Brian Zach, lead singer of Cali Roots' opening band, Synrgy, Here!   Skank Roots Project:   Zach Deputy:   Common Kings:   Matisyahu:   Stick Figure:   Jesse Royal: Check out our exclusive interview with Jesse Royal Here!   SOJA:   Tyrone's Jacket:   Darenots: Check out our exclusive interview with Darenots Here!   Tribal Theory: Check out our exclusive interview with Nico of Tribal Theory Here!   Protoje: Check out our exclusive interview with Protoje Here!   Alborosie:   Yellowman:   Iration:   Easy Star All Stars: Check out our exclusive [...]

BFD Starts the Summer Off Right

For as long as I can remember, I have always thought of Live 105’s BFD as the real first day of summer.  The one-day music festival held at Shoreline Amphitheatre sets the tone for a summer of music in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It really inspires a “School’s out” feeling.  This year’s lineup was stacked full of big names, constant excitement, and a few surprises along the way.  Join us as BAM goes inside BFD and comes up [...]

BAM Meets Easy Star All Stars

Known for reinventing songs such as Radiohead's Karma Police, Pink Floyd's Money, and Michael Jackson's Beat It, Easy Star All Stars have been setting the standard for covering music in their own way.  Open about the fact that they are a product of artists coming together through the encouragement of their managers, Easy Star All Stars chose to highlight the positive side of the business end of music, and have nothing but positive things to say about the industry. [...]

BAM Sits Down with Protoje

Modern reggae star Oje Ollivierre, better known as Protoje, has established himself as a cornerstone of the modern Reggae scene in recent years.  Known for hits like Rasta Love, his work has not gone unnoticed by the Reggae community.  In sitting down with Protoje, the first of his qualities that is noticed is his modesty and his commitment to prioritize the integrity of his music over fame.  A truly genuine person, his music reflects his views in an intimate [...]

BAM Weighs in with the Heavyweights: Interview with DARENOTS

For anyone who has not yet heard of Darenots, please do yourself a favor and Check Them Out Now.  The Toronto based band has been quickly gaining popularity in the midst of their American tour, and have been “sending it” every step of the way.  In meeting Darenots at CaliRoots, we had a chance to see just how genuine their chemistry is, and why we should all be looking forward to their new album, Strange Love, dropping on June [...]

BAM Interviews Landon McNamara

The native of the North Shore of Oahu, Landon McNamara, has lived a life dictated by the philosophy of following his passion.  Formerly, Landon has made a career as both a professionally ranked surfer and a professional model, and now has been making strides in his new career as a professional musician.  With his music reaching the heights of both the iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts, he is surely a musician on the rise worth keeping an eye on.  [...]

Jesse Royal agrees, “West Coast is the Best Coast”

Originally from Kingston Jamaica, Jesse Royal has traveled the world spreading his wisdom and Rasta faith along the way.  This year, he played Monterey’s Cali Roots festival for the first time in his career, in an experience he passionately described as a “blessed time”.  In talking with Jesse, we learned very quickly just how genuine of a person he was, and how authentic his music is to his being.  Take a look as we explore what inspires Jesse to [...]