Show Reviews

10 Years of Outside Lands: A Look Back

July 26, 2017

This year marks the 10th year of the Outside Lands Music Festival. It feels like the first one was just yesterday, and it also feels like it’s been happening since the beginning of time. It’s been a fantastic August tradition that I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy nearly every year. (I did miss the one […]

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Show Review: Ben Folds with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, June 21, 2017

July 23, 2017

“Rock this bitch!” Ben Folds had just finished his second song in the set after the intermission, when an audience member screamed out from the balcony, “Already?  We just started!” Ben Folds turned around to face his backing band for the evening, the venerable San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and said, “I should probably explain this.” […]

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Here Is A Safe Space: Burger Boogaloo 2017

July 17, 2017

I used to go to a lot of shows. I spent most of my twenties in Chicago, which, oh man, the music scene. Ten bucks could get you a Huber Bock and what felt like constant access to [The] Gossip. Gingerman, Elbo Room, Delilah’s, the Metro, Empty Bottle, the Vic, and countless little dank bars. […]

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Show Review: Ghost, The Warfield, July 2, 2017

July 15, 2017

Swedish band Ghost has returned to the US and is currently on a 7 week tour as the sole support act for the mighty Iron Maiden!  In addition to those 26 shows, Ghost booked 14 headliner theater shows, including The Warfield in San Francisco.

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Festival Review: Punk Rock Bowling – Day 3 (Las Vegas, NV)

June 10, 2017

“No one can take away our memory!” If Day One was about old school and hardcore and Day Two was about politics, then Day Three was about unadulterated partying and England. Admittedly, I am not much of an “oi/streetpunk” fan. It’s not that I am opposed to it, mind you, it’s just that very few […]

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Festival Review: Punk Rock Bowling – Day 2 (Las Vegas, NV)

June 8, 2017

“Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!” Despite, or maybe in spite, of the heat I woke up for day two feeling refreshed and ready to go. The usual first day kinks had been worked out and entrance into the venue was faster, although I heard some rumor about ISIS threatening to bomb Las Vegas was […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Festival Journal, Day 3

June 4, 2017
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Where had the time gone? Somehow it was already Sunday, and Day 1 and Day 2 were already behind us! Sunday promised to have the best weather of all, as well as some acts I’d been really looking forward to. Because I’d missed The Helmets last year – but heard them from my house and was […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Festival Journal, Day 2

June 4, 2017
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This year’s Saturday at BottleRock Napa Valley promised to be a beautiful warm and breezy 75 degrees, the perfect weather for a festival full of good music, great food and all the beer, wine, and cocktails you can handle! Once again, there were more acts scheduled than was possible to see all at once, so […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Festival Journal, Day 1

June 4, 2017
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Last weekend marked the return of my hometown’s beloved music, food and drink festival, BottleRock Napa Valley, which turned five this Memorial Day weekend. In addition to boasting phenomenal music lineups year after year, BRNV offers a wine garden, a “beer bend,” a silent disco, a beer and bourbon garden, displays of art throughout the […]

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Show Review: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir at the Fox Oakland, 4/30-5/1/2017

May 5, 2017

Two nights of intimacy and storytelling with the man who plays a hundred instruments The Magnetic Fields are an extremely strange phenomenon: a group that is wildly talented, successful, and fiercely loved by their fans, despite staying relatively far from the radio-friendly limelight. The songwriting of creative leader Stephin Merritt evokes memories of both Sondheim-esque theatrical compositions […]

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