PopMatters is moving to WordPress. We will publish a few essays daily while we develop the new site. We hope the beta will be up sometime late next week.
LA rockers Silversun Pickups perform a noble service for the music community by helping keep grunge alive heading into their third decade as an alt-rock force.
It's Trey Anastasio Band's newer songs that most energize their audience, which a testament to the creative wave that Anastasio has been riding for the past few years.
From their early garage band days in East LA to national acclaim and ongoing status as a perennial Fillmore favorite, Los Lobos have truly become a cultural institution.
Spafford are known for their improvisational skills, and they waste no time before taking the audience on a magic carpet ride to a higher dimension.
Karl Denson's funky dance parties have been a regular occurrence at the Fillmore over the past two decades and a great new tradition is now growing, with Tiny Universe returning for late December shows for the third time in four years.
There are many bands that can catch a groove and watch the lead guitarist wail, but there are few that can deliver innovative collective ensemble playing like Ghost Light.
A Marco Benevento concert feels like going through a cosmic wormhole to a groovy land of enchantment that blends a retro foundation with a futuristic funk.
Jack and Rachel Antonoff drew strong talent including Dixie Chicks, Jason Isbell, and Carly Rae Jepsen to the LGBTQ equality benefit for the Ally Coalition.
Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons fame takes his latest Blanck Mass record, Animated Violence Mild, to the stage, exposing the full blown brutality of his extravagant electronics.
Fruition give the Bay Area a boost with a triumphant All Hallows Eve performance in the wake of PG&E's forced blackouts.
The ease with which the Branford Marsalis Quartet weaves through various genres is truly impressive, for there are so many different styles in the jazz world and this group seems to be a master of them all.
Transforming from K-pop girl group member to mainstream pop solo artist, Tiffany Young makes an impressive impression on North America with her first major headlining tour that's leaving fans screaming for more.
For their Double Exposure tour, Chromatics travel through their endless gems in a masterful performance in Manchester.
Andrew Bird takes one of the year's best albums, My Finest Work Yet, on the road and delivers a stellar live version in its entirety with dynamic backing band.
Jam rock quartet Circles Around the Sun carry on after the shocking suicide of founding guitarist Neal Casal and deliver an uplifting show of healing transcendence.
Ghostly International took over three of Chicago's best artistic spaces, the Metro, Smart Bar, and Notre Shop, to celebrate the culture and communities that supported their legendary 20-year creative mission.
As Incubus' Make Yourself album progresses on stage, the seamless flow that's always made it a great listen shines through as the band takes the audience on a genuine sonic journey.
Florence Welch participated in a deep discussion and gave a short performance as part of the 2019 New Yorker Festival.
The uncle of melodious heartland rock, Bruce Hornsby gets his cues from San Francisco fans at a sold-out gig at the venerable Palace of Fine Arts.
Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir and his trio Wolf Bros close out the summer with a festive blast in Napa and Santa Cruz.
Infinite Color & Sound showcased their flourishing project at PublicArts ahead of sets at Sea.Hear.Now as part of a brief East Coast run. Photos and video of the whole show inside.
The world's greatest metal band, Metallica unite with their hometown symphony for a concert of symphonic metal magic to ring in opening night at San Francisco's new arena.
Two generations of Jedi jazz masters join forces for a majestic co-headlining tour. Like Kamasi Washington, Herbie Hancock expresses sentiment for the good people of humanity coming together to transcend the chaos of modern times.
The 2019 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival featured a number of emerging rock 'n' roll buzz bands, providing music fans a chance to catch a variety of fresh sonic flavors and maybe even discover a new favorite.
Vampire Weekend's largest headlining show in New York City, in support of their fourth album, Father of the Bride, was just one date of an extensive tour.
A diverse lineup of Bay Area rockers comes together for a big day out at the Petaluma Music Festival to raise money for music education.
Led by 95-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen, the longest running band in jazz delivers a transcendent four-night run at the SFJazz Center.
While Pitchfork Music Festival may not be a cutting edge music fest anymore, it shows that festivals will never die as long audiences and artists believe in the power of the music.