Best Of 2019: Ian Young’s favorite show photos from 2019

Princess Nokia (photo: Ian Young) It was another year of incredible live music, from catching my favorite artists playing at my favorite festivals to discovering new acts playing in new cities and new venues. In total, I photographed 104 shows and 9 festivals, seeing a total of 394 performances. (Thank goodness for earplugs and insoles.) It was also a year where I explored new ways to express myself artistically, expanded my photography comfort zone, met some amazing new photographers, and of course had a helluva time in the pit. It may only last for three songs, but the photo pit [...]

SXSW Day Three: Heating up with Japanese Breakfast, Charly Bliss, De La Soul

Charly Bliss (photo: Ian Young) Photos and additional reporting by Ian Young and Norm deVeyra Ian's Highlights Japanese Breakfast at Fader Fort: Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast, has a busy SX this year with five showcases over three days. Her first at Fader Fort was a short but mighty set that included a cover of The Cranberries' "Dreams." In fact, her show was so nice I'll see it twice, since her second showcase is this afternoon. Fader Fort: Speaking of Fader Fort, this festival-in-a-festival boasted free entry, free booze, free CBD vape pens, and free good vibes. Plus this adorable [...]

Live This Month: January 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: January 2018 (Podcast #420) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the start of the new year come new releases by local musicians, and this mix features new songs from Santa Rosa punks Brown Bags and the old school country-influenced sounds of Laura Benitez and the Heartache, as well as Sacramento post-punk band Screature. We've also included great new-to-the-podcast songs from records Madeline Tasquin and GLO released last year. January also provides opportunities to check out [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, May 5 – 7

Charly Bliss is a sure bet for a good Sunday night. Friday, May 5 Gobbinjr @ Eli's Mile High Club Gobbinjr's doing double-duty in the Bay this weekend: This is one of two. Aye Nako @ The Stud Read our excellent profile of this rising NYC rock and roll band. Van Goat @ The Crepe Place South Bay residents can gather at the Crepe Place for Van Goat, formerly known as Bear Lincoln. IAMSU! @ The Phoenix Theater Richmond's own IAMSU! heads north to the Phoenix. Saturday, May 6 Princess Nokia @ Starline Social Club The exciting genre-shifter from Harlem [...]

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