Photos: Big Freedia at the UC Theatre

Big Freedia (photo: Ian Young) Big Freedia, the Queen Diva, brought the bounce back to Berkeley on Tuesday night at the UC Theatre with a raucous wave-your-ass-in-the-air-like-you-don't-care set filled with booty shaking, clapping, twirling, flexing, jumping, pumping, and humping. Photos of the feel-good celebration below.

By |November 21, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: Ghostland Observatory at the Midway

Ghostland Observatory (photo: Ian Young) Austin's Ghostland Observatory kicked off the weekend Friday night at the Midway with a late-night dance celebration featuring singer Aaron Behrens' manic dance moves, synth-player Thomas Ross Turner's ribcage-shaking beats and an incredible laser, fog, and light show. Check out photos from the show below.

By |November 18, 2019|Tags: |

Beyond the Bay: Iceland Airwaves thrives on serendipity and schnapps

Anna of the North (photo: Ian Young) We take music discovery north (way north!) of the Bay to check out the best up-and-coming artists from Iceland, Europe, and beyond. The end of October tends to mark the arrival of some self-evident truths. The World Series. Crisper weather. Pumpkin spice lattes. But for the last five years, it’s meant one thing in particular for me: getting ready for Iceland Airwaves. Airwaves, which began in an airplane hangar in 1999, is a showcase festival that attracts over a hundred up-and-coming Icelandic, international, and American artists — as well as a handful of [...]

By |November 15, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: Kero Kero Bonito at the Regency Ballroom

Kero Kero Bonito (photo: Ian Young) Flamingoes and crocodiles, oh my! Kero Kero Bonito stopped by the Regency Ballroom on Wednesday night to play their sick beats to an enthusiastic crowd. The band played crowd favorites from their debut album, which featured a more chiptune, DIY sound, and heavier songs from their latest album Time n' Place. Enjoy these photos from the night's festivities below.    

By |October 31, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: Claire George + the Y Axes at the Independent

Claire George (photo: Ian Young) The mystery machine stopped by the Independent on Saturday night to drop off a night's worth of incredible music. Singer Maiah Manser kicked off the evening with a powerful solo performance. San Francisco locals the Y Axes followed, channeling their inner Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Fred. Claire George headlined the evening, captivating the audience with her powerful, emotive voice.

By |October 28, 2019|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony bring ‘S&M2’ to Chase Center

Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony (photo: Ian Young) There's a new stadium in town, and it was christened in style on Friday night when Metallica took the stage with the San Francisco Symphony to reprise the unexpected mashup that took place 20 years ago. In 1999, the SF Symphony, helmed by the late Michael Kamen, joined Metallica at the Berkeley Community Theatre to perform all-new interpretations of the band's songs. Singer James Hetfield credits the collaboration to Cliff Burton, Metallica's bassist from 1982 until 1986. Burton tragically passed away in a bus accident. At Chase Center, the band paid [...]

Photos: Meernaa at Starline Social Club

Meernaa (photo: Ian Young) Oakland's Meernaa threw a party on Saturday night at Starline Social Club to celebrate the release of their first full length, Heart Hunger. Playing with string chamber ensemble Capo and backup vocalists Taylor Vick (aka Boy Scouts) and Rose Droll, it was an evening of incredible performances by some of the Bay Area's best musicians. Electro-pop band Yassou kicked things off with a powerful set that included a rendition of Radiohead's "Videotape" complete with string accompaniment. Heart Hunger is out on Native Cat Recordings and is available to stream, download and spin. [...]

By |August 7, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: ‘Incandescent Body’ by Post:Ballet and Star Amerasu at Heron Arts

Incandescent Body (photo: Ian Young) We went behind the scenes of Post:Ballet's ambitious and awe-inspiring multi-disciplinary show Incandescent Body, which brought singer Star Amerasu's deeply personal songs to life. Featuring choreography by Robert Dekkers and Vanessa Thiessen, music by the Living Earth Show, and shibari rope work by Simön Malvaez, Incandescent Body was a visual masterpiece that will hopefully return for another run of performances. In the mean time, you can catch Star Amerasu performing at Bandcamp in Oakland this Friday.

By |July 31, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: The Beths at the Independent

The Beths (photo: Ian Young) New Zealand's the Beths headlined an incredible night of music at the Independent on Friday, playing cuts from their latest album Future Me Hates Me (one of the best of the year in this humble photographer's opinion). Also on the bill were Ariel View, who started the night off with a mosh pit, and Girl Friday.

By |July 31, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: Robyn at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Robyn (photo: Ian Young) Swedish pop star Robyn stopped by Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last Thursday night in support of last year's excellent album, Honey. The animated singer danced on her own (and with a partner), commanding the stage in front of a ravenous crowd.

By |July 30, 2019|Tags: |
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