Concert Reviews

There is nothing quite like a concert to really show you how powerful music can be. It’s a long standing tradition for humans to gather to one place to hear music, long before any form of amplification was ever invented, and the tradition will always carry on through the musicians, venues, bookers, managers, bartenders, and roadies who keep this business running and get fans in the door.

Arroyo Seco Weekend is not fussy. The beer's quite good, the food more than a cut above and, yes, it felt like a day in the park with a rich soundtrack. The inclusive, relaxed setting and vibe made for...
May 8th was the first 100* degree day of 2018 and Chris Robinson, with his new project "As The Crow Flies", added to the inferno. 🔥 Robinson and his crew took over the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and put their spin...
The last date of the Carry Fire Winter tour landed Robert Plant at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in DTLA. The tour has stuck to smaller venues (the Orpheum holds about 2,000) while drawing on a consistent setlist of multiple...
WORDS BY HEATH CLAYTON Lineup: "Everyone Loves Terrapin" Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe. Grahame Lesh and Ross James of The Terrapin Family Band Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of TAB w/ special guest...
I flat out think the Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of the best touring bands on the road anywhere. It’s not just the nimbleness of a 12-piece unit that can fly like a jazz trio, or the cauldron that...
WORDS BY CHRIS ARWADY | PHOTOS BY FASSBINDER PHOTOGRAPHY The refurbished antique light fixtures suspended from the ceiling in Chicago’s Thalia Hall dim to an amber glow and are finally extinguished as the venue fills in with a young, energetic...
San Diego was the first stop on the tour featuring the "superduo" of Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, playing shows together for the first time in support of a new LP Lotta Sea Lice which was released today (Friday,...
TOKiMONSTA has one of the most inspiring stories in music today. Toward the end of 2015, Jennifer Lee AKA TOKiMONSTA, was diagnosed with a rare brain disease where she lost the ability to speak and even comprehend music. She has...
This past Wednesday, The Magpie Salute pulled into Sin City for the first time since their inception and landed at the amazing Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Guitarists Rich Robinson and Mark Ford along with bassist Sven Pipien, and backup...
PHOTOS BY SEAN O'BRIEN The last couple of years have been particularly kind to Sylvan Esso, as the dance pop duo continues ascending the venue ranks in each market they frequent. From the bar-sized Gasa Gasa in 2014, to Tipitina's...
Goldenvoice's Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival wrapped up last weekend, and our friend Jim Brock went and covered both days (June 24th & 25th) giving us a look into the inaugural festival set in the "shady oaks and Brookside parkland...
This is one of the first years that I'm not able to make a trip to High Sierra Music Festival up in Quincy, CA -- UGGGGGGH -- so instead of wallowing in the #FOMO of not being there, I...
WORDS BY MACKENZIE KELLER / PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YEE Angel Olsen and opener Chris Cohen joined together at Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom this past Sunday, February 12, after their last pit stop in Albuquerque and before they promptly embarked for Los...
You would not expect a Jason Isbell show to be lively, but it was
I had the pleasure of waking up fully blissful this morning, a rare occurrence on Mondays for me. Sure, it can seem a bit like a cliched joke at this point that Mondays are a tough day, but it's...
This year's 15th Annual Bonnaroo was marked by hot weather, (mostly) sunny skies and considerably smaller attendance numbers than in years past, making 2016's edition a comparably intimate affair for those who made the trip. Perhaps it was the...
Wednesday's Deerhunter show at the downtown Civic Theatre was announced a mere three weeks ago, and, during most of Bitchin' Bajas opening set, it looked like it could've been criminally undersold (for a band of Deerhunter's stature...and quality). By...
Over the last half-decade, Anders Osborne's ascendancy from a veteran NOLA journeyman singer-songwriter to a powerhouse guitarist known by most has been a marvel to behold. Being from New Orleans, the overwhelming majority of Osborne shows I've witnessed have...
Lou Fest returned to Forest Park in St. Louis for another eclectic year of music, and our friend Tim Bottchen was there to shoot the fest for LIVE. Check out his gallery from day one here and from day...
KAABOO Del Mar was the most relaxed fest I’ve attended, and it has a great San Diego vibe. This is not a pop-up on dirt, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are first class. Musically diverse with a splash of New Orleans, a...
On Monday night, Wilco (w/ the opening assistance of William Tyler) played the first rock concert in over a decade in The Orpheum Theater, a 1,500 capacity Beaux Arts style hall that reopened just eleven days prior to last...
On August 23rd and 24th, FYF Fest returned to the neo-chic DTLA with a breathtaking line-up of alt-faves and Kanye West to prove to Southern California –- nay, The World! -- that they know truly know Los Angeles better...
Immediately after disembarking from my first Jam Cruise, I had a ton of friends asking me what my highlight was. Because that’s a loaded question full of many answers, the easiest answer I can give that sums up my...
Love or hate his schtick, you can’t deny Father John Misty's attention-grabbing abilities; the man’s good at forcing a reaction out of you. After taking the world by storm with his newfound alter-ego’s first album, 2012’s Fear Fun, Josh...
The Bay Area was treated to a host of incredible acts this past weekend, and with such a diverse menu of options, it was hard to make a wrong decision. The LIVE crew opted for The Wood Brothers at...
As we sailed down the dark, lakeside highway from Tahoe City to South Lake, we read the SnowGlobe Music Festival lineup aloud one more time. From seasoned favorites to fresh, new talent, the best of the best would...
On New Year's Eve, Railroad Earth wrapped up a three-night run at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse to help ring in 2015. Both local Atlantans and those who traveled a long distance for the run were handsomely rewarded as the jamgrass...
Last week James Blake rolled through both San Francisco and Los Angeles and played to sold-out, tiny rooms timed around the release of a new EP called 200 Press. Justin Yee was at the show at the Chapel here...
The two raw Brooklyn hip-hop groups The Underachievers and The Flatbush Zombies combined forces for a tour hyped by the release of a new collaborative five-song EP in late 2014. During their final tour stop in Philadelphia, we...
On the eve of Halloween, the streets of downtown Oakland were all abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Less than 24 hours before, the San Francisco Giants had won their third World Series in five years, and now the Bay...
The Southern Soul Assembly is not the horn-laden, Stax-driven sound the name might conjure up. Southern, most certainly, with Mark Broussard, Luther Dickinson, J.J. Grey and Anders Osborne covering that geographic territory. The soul is of a more personal...
It had been awhile since STS9 played Los Angeles. Ten months ago they announced they were parting ways with founding bassist David Murphy, consequently canceling their upcoming show (and the entire tour) and sending their fan base into "now...
Every so often a musical experience comes out of left field and smacks you right in the heart. I had heard one or two of SOHN’s more upbeat tracks at a friend’s house before – I wasn’t familiar, but...
Beats Antique continued on with their Creature Carnival tour earlier this month by bringing their friends Emancipator and Shpongle to Colorado's 1stBank Center. Our friend Christian Johansen was there to get photos from the show. --Editor
On the same stage that his parents once played as members of the Grateful Dead, Zion "Rock" Godchaux (middle name ftw) and longtime friend Russ Randolph brought a new type of groove to San Francisco's legendary Fillmore with their...
HARD Day of the Dead was definitely the biggest thing happening in EDM over Halloween weekend (and damn there was a lot going on), and our very own Molly Gale went and completely crushed her way through the two...
Built in 1929, the renovated North Park Theatre sits in the middle of what many people call the center of the beer universe right now. Tucked behind the popular West Coast Tavern which dishes out craft beer and and...
On Thursday night Greensky Bluegrass added another barn burner to their Southern California resume playing The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA to a near sold-out crowd. The Michigan natives are no strangers to LA, working their way up from...
Julian Casablancas is currently out on tour supporting his latest release, Phrazes For The Young. He brought his new band The Voidz to San Francisco to play the Regency Ballroom and our friend Justin Yee was there to grab...
Little Dragon recently rolled through the Bay Area on tour in support of their LP release earlier this year, Nabuma Rubberband. Our friend Nathan Garcia shot the show at The Fox Theater over in Oakland and brought back this...
Luther Dickinson recently rolled through St. Louis to play the Old Rock House as a solo show in support of his release earlier this year, Rock 'n Roll Blues. Our friend Jamie Schroeder was on hand to grab snaps...
For those that have never attended, Treasure Island Music Festival can be a bit unique in how "easy" it is as a festival experience. With it's Coachella-ready lineup and it's Burning Man ready vibes, convenient shuttle buses carry passengers...
Bassnectar ended his NVSB tour at San Francisco's Bill Graham this past Saturday to a packed house. With GRiZ opening the night to some serious funk, the room was ready to rage with Lorin correct. Throughout the night he...
Primus is in the midst of one of their most ambitious projects yet, a full concept album and tour in support of their latest release, Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. Their tour recently rolled through...
Wilco finished up a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last week and our friend Cory Schwartz was there to grab photos from the final night. They ended the night with a cover of the...
Phish just finished off their fall tour with a three-night run at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. We were here taking in the shows and were totally blown away by how well the band was performing;...
Matisyahu is currently on tour promoting his new album, Akeda, and he just rolled through Las Vegas a few nights ago to play the Brooklyn Bowl. Our friend Paul Citone was there to get photos from the show, and...
Beats Antique brought their friends Emancipator and Shpongle to New York City late last week to play the Best Buy Theater; they're all on tour together and lovingly lumped together as the Creature Carnival. Our friend Scott Harris was...
Life is Beautiful kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas for the second year in a row, and our friend Brandon Magnus is shooting the festival for us and brought back this set from day one. Sadly we weren't approved...

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