Here to stay—Korn and Alice in Chains thrill lifelong fans

Devoted is an understatement—nearly 20,000 cheering fans packed Shoreline Amphitheatre for a lineup straight out of 1999. Nu metal icons Korn paired perfectly with grunge legends Alice in Chains, even if you couldn’t picture the pair touring together in their heyday. Scuzzy opening chords of “Here to Stay” (Untouchables, 2002) crept across the crowd. Within … Continue reading Here to stay—Korn and Alice in Chains thrill lifelong fans

Burger Boogaloo celebrates 10 years in Oakland

All hail The Pope of Trash. Burger Boogaloo may be the only festival where fans are just as excited to see its host—cult director and author John Waters—as any band on the bill. The counterculture icon’s slender frame stood behind a podium on stage, his pencil-thin mustache outlined a grin as he welcomed each artist … Continue reading Burger Boogaloo celebrates 10 years in Oakland

Helms Alee march to the beat of their own drum

Watching Helms Alee drummer Hozoji Matheson-Margullis do her thing is hypnotizing. Sitting behind a late-‘60s black Rogers kit—the same one her dad bought her when she was 15 years old—Matheson-Margullis covered lead and backing locals while playing over rapidly shifting arrangements. Positioned center-stage at Great American Music Hall, an awestruck crowd stared as she ruthlessly … Continue reading Helms Alee march to the beat of their own drum

Melvins deliver trio of bass in Berkeley

You can spot King Buzzo from a mile away. Strapped with the only guitar on stage, Buzzo (Roger Osborne) gazed over the crowd through his frizzy, grey mop. Steven Shane McDonald and Jeff Pinkus plucked and pulled not one, but two bass guitars, and drummer Dale Crover pounded his kit from back-and-center. It’s been 27 years … Continue reading Melvins deliver trio of bass in Berkeley

Andrew W.K. reveals the power of partying on New Year’s Eve

When Andrew W.K. says it’s time to party, you will party hard. If W.K. had one wish, it would be for all partygoers in all the land to throw caution to the wind and live their best life. The inspirational Party God gives you permission to be exactly who you are. He loves you, and he’s not … Continue reading Andrew W.K. reveals the power of partying on New Year’s Eve

Black Dahlia Murder & Power Trip Tear Through UC Theatre

Melodic death metal brethren of The Black Dahlia Murder descended upon Berkeley's UC Theatre — frontman Trevor Strnad threw up a sleeved arm, smirked at fans, and started screeching into his mic. An already amped up, sweaty crowd roared, a swirl of bodies furiously circled and swung and bounced from one shoulder to another. People came out … Continue reading Black Dahlia Murder & Power Trip Tear Through UC Theatre

Music is Worth Living For: Andrew W.K. rocks the stage where it all began

“Partying isn’t an action. It’s a state of mind.” It’s one of many spiritual bombs Andrew W.K. dropped on fans at The Fillmore Sept. 6. A pumped-up crowd began to shout as “The Power of Partying” started to play overhead — the sounds lured W.K. diehards closer to the stage, as if they were boarding … Continue reading Music is Worth Living For: Andrew W.K. rocks the stage where it all began

After 30 years, Melvins deliver double bass to sold-out SF crowd

Psych-sludge metal legends Melvins are at it again. The band sold out Great American Music Hall on their July 16 San Francisco stop. Melvins hit the road in April, the same week they dropped their latest record, Pinkus Abortion Technician. A Melvins gig is anything but boring. Iconic frontman Buzz Osborne — or King Buzzo — paced back … Continue reading After 30 years, Melvins deliver double bass to sold-out SF crowd

Power Trip unleash politically-charged mayhem at GAMH

The politically-charged amalgamation of metal, punk, and hardcore — better known as Power Trip — brought their anarchic energy to Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Fans thrust themselves into the stage, devouring vocalist Riley Gale, and taking part in the raw, aggressive experience unfolding before them. The floor opened up. People circled the pit, hardcore … Continue reading Power Trip unleash politically-charged mayhem at GAMH

Metallica headlines hometown gig at Outside Lands

Marin-based, thrash-metal drummer Lars Ulrich will headline San Francisco’s fifth annual Outside Lands Art & Music Festival Aug. 11 with Metallica, though the rocker-icon admits he’s just as excited to spend three days observing. “I’m like a fucking kid in a candy store,” said the 48-year-old artist who’s excited to see some of his favorites: … Continue reading Metallica headlines hometown gig at Outside Lands