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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Transform the Fillmore to Defy the Apocalypse

There’s a tight prog-metal vibe here that recalls Iron Maiden in their heyday, but King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard soon show they’re more than just a metal band.

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Ravi Coltrane and SFJazz Honor John Coltrane with A Love Supreme

Considering that Coltrane only played the classic composition in its entirety a single time (at a 1965 show in France), it’s a work of art that remains ripe for further interpretation.

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Gov’t Mule Rocks the Equinox with Revolutionary Fervor in Oakland

Guitarist Warren Haynes always brings a fiery rock ‘n’ roll show to town, but he’s also carved out a well-earned reputation for delivering music that taps into the current cultural zeitgeist.

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Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Come Together to Jam for Mt. Tam

Catching these counterculture pioneers in an intimate setting is a treat.

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STS9 Takes ‘Artifact’ for a Mystical Ride at Red Rocks

Anticipation runs high and there’s a sense of history in the air as fans fill the famed mountain ampitheatre on this balmy Colorado night that kicks off the band’s three-night 20th anniversary run.

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LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’ Live: James Murphy Assures You It Is OK Not to Be There

A decade and a half on, James Murphy hasn’t lost his edge one bit, just like the greats never do. However, not only is he more mature and less concerned with all of us -- he is also successful in his own eyes, on his own terms

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Conquer Climate Change in Berkeley

When Petty & the Heartbreakers hit the stage, they’re accompanied by the electric vibe that comes with being a classic rock band on their 40th anniversary tour.

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Terrapin’s Allstars Rock Petaluma All Day Long to Keep Music in the Schools

“Outside of the corporate music business, it’s an amazing time for music,” Robinson said prophetically a couple days earlier in an interview on Sonoma’s NPR station KRCB.

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Close Encounters of the 4th Kind with the Sun Ra Arkestra in San Francisco

Allen leads the Arkestra in building a steady groove with layers of rich horn melodies over a tribal beat, with a torchy female vocal about those feisty angels and demons on the cosmic plane.

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Sziget Festival 2017: 25 Years of Love, Part 2

The 25th anniversary celebration of the great cultural events sees somewhat smaller crowds, promises major changes in the next quarter of a century, and the love keeps growing.

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Sziget Festival 2017: 25 Years of Love, Part 1

The iconic week-long festival in Budapest -- possibly the most diverse cultural event in the world -- welcomes its 8-millionth visitor and celebrates a quarter century of love and freedom.

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Circles Around the Sun Take Orbit at Terrapin Crossroads

It’s only the first song of the night, but the band is soon in “the zone” as they go on to deliver a sensational 30-minute opening jam.

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Beck Rocks the Berkeley Greek, But Can He Get to Madison Cube Garden?

Beck poses a timely question when he asks what makes a “Soul of a Man”, as some fans might wonder why so many present seem to lack the soul to get up and groove.

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World Listening Day Remembers Electronic Pioneer and Deep Listening Creator Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening opens possibilities for experiencing music in new ways, in effect teaching its pupils how to listen to listening itself.

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The Summer of Love Lives on at the High Sierra Music Festival

Four days and nights of near-utopian peace and musical harmony that comes just about as close as modern times can to approximating the “San Francisco scene” of the 1960s.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Day One

Creative musical talents, nice weather, and friendly people combined with long, long lines, some minor technical issues, and a few lackluster performances.

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Chris Robinson Holds Rock Services at the Chapel in San Francisco

Throughout the set, Robinson’s trademark soulfully cathartic voice shines regardless of whether he’s singing a fan favorite or an obscure deep cut. He’s got plenty of both...

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Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band Re-ignite the Spirit of 1967 at Monterey Pop

There’s a truly endearing vibe here watching Grahame Lesh lead the band through Jerry Garcia’s most epic song while Dad continues to drop bass bombs.

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Jefferson Starship Rocks Mt. Tam to Honor 50th Anniversary of Magic Mountain Festival

A true peak moment occurs with “Today”, as the band turns the clock back to 1967 with the psychedelic majesty of the Surrealistic Pillow deep cut.

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Ryan Adams & The Unknown Band Take the Berkeley Greek Prisoner

Ryan Adams rocks the People's Republic of Berkeley for his "best show ever"?

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