Concerts

SHOW REVIEW: Maggie Rogers brings a magical soul touching performance to Fox Theater

April 21, 2019

We have been anxiously awaiting the return of Maggie Rogers to the Bay Area. Last year, she blew us away with her outstanding performances at Outside Lands and the Fillmore. Well, Friday night she returned with a phenomenal show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. The night kicked off with an impressive set by Melanie Faye. She captivated the crowd with funk and flash, rockin her guitar and having us applaud her  every note. I was grateful for the introduction to the new artist and I can’t wait to see Melanie once again. You can catch her return to the Bay Area on May 18th as she will be opening for Mac DeMarco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. As expected, when the lights dimmed, the sold out crowd loudly sang to Abba’s Dancing Queen, inciting energy throughout the venue. The set kicked off in high gear with a flawless intoxicating performance of Give a Little. From the first song to the last, the crowd was fully enveloped in the intense energy that Maggie gave to [Read More]

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An evening with Devin Townsend in Munich at the Freiheiz. By Alex Bock

April 8, 2019

In November 2018 Devin Townsend released some special tour dates for up, close and personal acoustic shows with Q&A’s for the fans afterwards. So here we were at the Freiheiz in Munich in April 2019. The show was, as was to be expected, sold out. Like many acoustic shows there were seats in neat rows and some bar stools on the side walls. The stage set up was simple, a chair, two acoustic guitars, a laptop, two monitors and a small sound effect board. But hey, you don’t need big amps, colorful lighting arrangements and loud music for a performance to be good. What you need is a musician who really loves what he’s doing and is an outstanding artist. With Devin Townsend we got everything we needed. The show lasted for three hours with a 20-minute break in-between. Devin performed songs like ‘Funeral’, ‘Sister’ and ‘Hyperdrive’, but also many from the Devin Townsend Project like ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Ih-Ah!’ and ‘Let It Roll’. He also included one Strapping Young Lads song, ‘Love’. Although he’s [Read More]

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James Bay returns to Oakland, and shines at the Fox Theater with a phenomenal performance

March 28, 2019

    Fans  have been patiently waiting for the return of James Bay and his rescheduled date for the cancelled 2018 Greek Theater show. Well, they might have had to wait a bit for the rescheduled date, but James made sure it was well worth the wait! He delivered a phenomenal performance at the Fox Theater. The night opened with a stellar set by Noah Kahan and the crowd was more than warmed up.  James hit the stage at 150% and never let up throughout the night. He kicked off the set with a high energy performance of Pink Lemonade, followed by Craving and right into Just for Tonight.  The crowd went wild at such an epic start of a set.  The energy was released into the crowd as they reciprocated by singing loudly the entire night. The set was filled with songs from Chaos and the Calm, Electric Light, his latest single Peer Pressure and even a new unreleased song, Bad. songs. It was the perfect balance including the old, new, and fan favorites.  It [Read More]

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Noah Kahan captures the heart of fans at Fox Theater in Oakland with stellar set

March 28, 2019

It is so rewarding to see an artist progress through their music and to see their fanbase and popularity grow.  We had the pleasure of catching Noah Kahan perform last night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, as he is out on tour opening for James Bay. We first met Noah in San Francisco as he opened for Milky Chance at The Independent, a small intimate venue. He was a new artist on the Republic Records roster and had only played a handful of shows. His song, Young Blood boasted over a million streams in the first month, it currently has well over 9 million streams! We had the chance to chat with him briefly after his show in 2017 and you can check that clip out below:   Oakland Show Fast forward to last night at the Fox and the crowd went wild when Noah hit the stage. It was great to see such a warm reception for an opening act.  Noah performed with a full band and truly delivered a full bodied rich [Read More]

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Buckcherry kick off their WARPAINT tour in Sacramento!

March 7, 2019

There is no better way to make it through the work week than rockin out at a Buckcherry concert. Buckcherry kicked off the US leg of their Warpaint tour last night at Ace of Spades. The tour is in support of their new album, Warpaint which is set to release tomorrow, March 8th.  The highly anticipated album had them reuniting in the studio with legendary producer Mike Plotnikoff (Chris Cornell, Nita Strauss & Halestorm), who previously produced the band’s platinum certified album 15. Buckcherry kicked off their set in high energy as they opened up with their cover of Nine Inch Nails  “Head Like a Hole”. They had the entire venue rockin out and Josh was once again captivating the crowd with his awesome dance moves. They continued the set with fan favorites and their new music. Have you checked out the video for their new song Bent yet? It will give you a glimpse of the uncontained energy at a show. Check it out below: Our colleague Ben Mitchell was able to chat with guitarist Stevie D [Read More]

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Magic Giant, Castlecomer, and Weathers bring the party to August Hall in San Francisco

March 2, 2019

San Francisco – It was standing room only as Magic Giant took the stage with their opening song “Glass Heart”. The indie folk band from Los Angeles continued playing hits such as “Jade”, “Hide Away” and “Disaster”.  The engird was contagious. Austin Bisnow continued to use every part of the stage to get the crowd to the energy and feel he wanted to feel. The highlight of the night was when Austin Bisnow asked the fans to make a path down the middle of the audience area. Fans much abide by his request and had fellow bandmates, Zambricki and Brian Zaghi follow him to the center of the audience. While Magic Giant were in the center of the crowd and Austin asked the fans “to come in closer” as they began to play “The Great Divide”. It was a unique experience as the entire fans came together as one while singing along and swaying to the music in unison. The Austin asked the audience to pull out their flashlights as the fans lit up the [Read More]

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San Francisco, CA show: Blackberry Smoke delivers high energy out on their Find a Light Tour.

February 11, 2019

Blackberry Smoke are currently out on their Find a Light Tour, Part 2 and you don’t want to miss them. They rolled into San Francisco for a stop at the Regency Ballroom and the energy was non-stop. The night kicked off with an impressive set by Nikki Lane.  Check out the photos of the night by our Rockin Ryan: The crowd was warmed up and ready to go as Blackberry Smoke hit the stage. They were their to deliver a night of incredible awe-inspiring rock and they definitely didn’t disappoint! These guys continue to garner high praise for their straight-up-no-frills rock n roll. Blackberry Smoke have successfully fused a blend of music styles and have cemented their infectious signature sound that has us all captivated. It is nostalgic yet timeless, it’s Southern Rock and smooth blues, country and rock combined. Whatever you want to call it, it is just DAMN FINE MUSIC! Check out more of Rockin Ryan’s pix:   TOUR DATES The tour which is in support of their album Find a Light Tour and you can [Read More]