Slash shreds, kicks off world tour at The Warfield

Tilting her head back, she rocked side-to-side, bent her knees, clapped, and screamed. Her friend jumped up and joined her. Soon, they swayed together—their shrieks echoed throughout the balcony. The only thing louder was Slash’s 12-minute solo to “Wicked Stone.” The duo was on their feet for most of Slash’s two-hour set at The Warfield … Continue reading Slash shreds, kicks off world tour at The Warfield

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

Thom Yorke summons euphoric storm at Bill Graham Civic

A sold-out crowd stood still, and thousands of wide eyes watched musical prodigy Thom Yorke grace Bill Graham Civic Auditorium’s stage. Standing behind an electric piano, his fingers slowly slid across the keys. Leaning into the mic, his haunting voice gripped you from the start. Opening with “Interference” (Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, 2014), he softly sang, “I don’t … Continue reading Thom Yorke summons euphoric storm at Bill Graham Civic

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

Rancid rock out for recovery

Rancid celebrated nearly three decades of punk rock at an end-of-tour hometown gig, which benefited Ohlhoff Recovery Programs in San Francisco. An all-age, sold-out crowd filled The Regency Ballroom — old-timers donned studded leather and Mohawks while youngsters sat atop their parents’ shoulders for a better view. A massive sea started to pit as Rancid … Continue reading Rancid rock out for recovery