• REVIEW: Juanes and Mon Laferte combine powerhouse forces at City National Civic

    REVIEW: Juanes and Mon Laferte combine powerhouse forces at City National Civic

    SAN JOSE — Juanes brought the last leg of his Amarte Tour to San Jose’s City National Civic Friday. With support from Chilean songstress Mon Laferte, the tour celebrated Juanes’ 2017 visual album Mis Planes Son Amarte (My Plans Are To Love You). Before unfolding a 21-song performance of stadium-quality energy,…
  • REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand turns the corner on tour-closer in Oakland

    REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand turns the corner on tour-closer in Oakland

    OAKLAND — Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos casually strolled onto the Fox Theater stage, following his four bandmates, stepped onto a speaker and looked out onto the gathered fans of his band, many of whom had been around since the band’s beginnings circa 2002, and reached out his…
  • BottleRock: The Helmets reanimated as The Alive

    BottleRock: The Helmets reanimated as The Alive

    Early-arriving BottleRock fans have, over the past couple of years, become accustomed to getting their faces melted off—not from overcooked quiche and other brunch menu items, but by a group of head-banging kids called The Helmets who were equally as good covering the likes of Metallica as they were composing…
  • Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner keeping the 'roll' in rock

    Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner keeping the ‘roll’ in rock

    Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie plays rock and roll music. “You’ve gotta put the ‘roll’ in there,” he specifies. “We don’t consider ourselves a rock band, we’re a rock and roll band. We’re going back to the art form closer to its inception. Genre terms are confusing…
  • REVIEW: MGMT finds its way through the <em>Little Dark Age</em> at The Warfield

    REVIEW: MGMT finds its way through the Little Dark Age at The Warfield

    SAN FRANCISCO — MGMT made its much anticipated return to the Bay Area Tuesday, for the first time in more than four years. Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser of The Middletown, Connecticut group brought their hybrid synth-pop and rock to a sold-out Warfield Theatre. Backed by glitchy visuals, the duo and…
  • Birth, death and a broken fan lay the groundwork for Meric Long's solo debut

    Birth, death and a broken fan lay the groundwork for Meric Long’s solo debut

    In the midst of a much-needed break from The Dodos following the passing of his father and the birth of his daughter, the indie rock band’s frontman, Meric Long, found himself searching for the means to subvert his approach to songwriting. This led to inspiration away from his guitar.…
  • BottleRock: Amy Shark gets revenge against the big fish

    BottleRock: Amy Shark gets revenge against the big fish

    For 10 years, Australian Amy Shark toiled away in the bar scene of her small beach town in a remote part of her country, relying mostly on Cyndi Lauper and Alanis Morissette covers. She hated it, wishing for the day she could play her own songs. Amy Shark…
  • PHOTOS: Blurry Vision Fest focuses on hip-hop and R&B in Oakland

    PHOTOS: Blurry Vision Fest focuses on hip-hop and R&B in Oakland

    OAKLAND — The two-day Blurry Vision Fest made its debut at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park with a predominantly hip-hop and R&B lineup to rival any major festival. With the Bay Bridge, Port of Oakland and San Francisco skyline as backdrop, the one-stage boutique festival provided a welcome balance to the…