Morbid Angel Brings On the Heavy at Slim’s – SF Sonic Review

Few death metal bands have had as much history under the belts as Morbid Angel do. Although they have had endless line-up changes over the years, they are now in their thirty-fifth year as a band and not only continue to churn out records but tour the world in support of them, all while remaining one of the most influential bands in death metal history. They recently released their ninth studio album Kingdoms Disdained, and are currently touring behind it, stopping off at Slim’s in San Francisco recently to deliver the metal to their longtime Bay Area fans. - SF Sonic

Photos by Raymond Ahner

IAMX with Kat Von D at the Great American Music Hall, May 7, 2018 – SF Weekly

Chris Corner’s synthpop / dark electronic pop project IAMX stopped by San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall this past Monday, May 7th, in promotion of their latest album, ‘Alive in New Light’. Touted as, ‘An Evening with IAMX’, the show featured moody, minimal electronic music and projections setting the tone before the band hit the stage, as well as an extended performance celebrating the band’s discography.  - Geoffrey Smith II / SF Weekly

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Review + Photos: The Family Crest + Goodnight, Texas rile up Great American Music Hall – The Bay Bridged

Last Thursday night, Great American Music Hall was a home-grown happy zone for hundreds of eager audience members and longtime fans of the Family Crest. Just a few days earlier, the band released The War: Act 1, their first major release in four years, and the crowd was riled and ready to celebrate.

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 (photo: Kate Haley)

SF Sonic: Russian Circles Captivate the Great American Music Hall

Russian Circles put on another one of their mind-blowing live shows to the delight of the sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall on a Thursday night. The trio of bassist Brian Cook, guitarist Mike Sullivan, and drummer Dave Turncrantz have developed into one of the most interesting and captivating live bands in the rock/metal underground: combining raging heavy metal, atmospheric post-rock, and deep electronic textures.

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All photos by Elizabeth Gohr.

SF Sonic: Prong Crunch Up Slim’s (3/31/18)

Although Tommy Victor and Prong may be thirty-plus years into their career, it most certainly doesn’t stop them from absolutely steamrolling their way in and out of venues across the world, and their recent show at Slim’s in San Francisco was no exception. Supporting their twelfth studio record, Zero Days, the band returned to the venue for the first time in almost twenty years and picked up right where they left off.

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All photos by Raymond Ahner

PHOTOS: Protest The Hero brings its ‘Fortress’ to Slim’s – RIFF Magazine

Protest the Hero brought its Fortress 10-year anniversary tour to a sold-out show at Slim’s on a bill of progressive metal bands that included Closure in Moscow and Thank You Scientist.

The Canadian headliners played Fortress from start to end, beginning with “Bloodmeat,” “The Dissentience” and “Bone Marrow” nonstop before finally addressing the packed crowd. Not that it mattered because concertgoers were already busy crowdsurfing and shouting along. The second part of the show included the most-loved songs from the album: “Sequoia Throne,” “Palms Read,” “Limb from Limb” and “Spoils.”

Following a few more album cuts, Protest the Her returned for an encore of “Sex Tapes” (from Scurrilous), “China Fish” (off subscription series Pacific Myth) and “Skies” (off 2013’s Volition).

Australian band Closure in Moscow, playing its first Bay Area show in eight years, blended post-hardcore and progressive post-rock, primarily sticking to the tracks off 2009’s First Temple. The band kicked things off with “Vanguard” and followed it up with “Afterbirth,” “Kissing Cousins” and “Deluge.” Six other hard cuts followed, concluding with fan favorite “Sweet#hart.”

Thank You Scientist opened the show with a six-song set that combined violin, saxophone and trumpet with heavy rock on cuts like “Wrinkle,” “Feed the Horses,” “Caverns”and “Mr. Invisible.”

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REVIEW: Rhett Miller lights up Slim’s with intimate gig – RIFF Magazine

If Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller was aiming for a high degree of difficulty going into his show on Friday night at Slim’s, he succeeded at setting the bar high. The stage wasn’t draped in an elaborate set, Miller wasn’t flanked by a backline of musicians and there weren’t any complex light shows. Miller hit the stage with his guitar, his voice and stories and anecdotes spanning nearly three decades.

Miller proceeded to dive deep into his songbook of Old 97’s and solo material as he serenaded the Bay Area crowd for more than an hour and a half. Miller opened his set with a rousing performance of “Doreen,” off of 1994’s Hitchike to Rome. The show was a special opportunity for fans to see Rhett Miller in an intimate club setting instead of the larger venues or festival lineups that comprise the Old 97’s itinerary.

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Udo’s Accepting Night At Slim’s – SF Sonic

Udo Dirkschneider may have recently said that he is ready to move on from playing songs from his former band, Accept, live, but not before he completes an extended tour, which recently brought him back to Slim’s in San Francisco for the second time in just over a year. Armed with the same band and a setlist full of Accept classics, Udo delivered the goods and then some.

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Review + Photos: The Damn Fanatics bring PianoFight to Great American Music Hall – The Bay Bridged

I don’t know about you, but I did not enjoy going to my senior prom. A friend of mine had to remind me of the theme: “A Night on the Nile.” Camels and palm trees were involved somehow. I remember walking in and seeing a brown poster paper triangle that read, “Welcome Pharoes and Cleopatras!” The “P” in “Pharoes” had clearly started its life as a “F” with an itty bitty “h” squeezed in next to it after the correction. It beat the theme the year before, which was “The principal embezzled all our money and so we’re having this thing in a hospital auditorium — you’ll need to leave by 10.”

Proms suck for myriad reasons, but the reason I was most unprepared for was that it was mind-numbingly dull. Nothing happened. I paid a lot of money for a ticket to sit in an uncomfortable dress, listen to music I didn’t enjoy, and make small talk with people who didn’t really want to talk to me.

Last Thursday night at Great American Music Hall, I felt like I got to have a do-over prom. The members of the creative collective at PianoFight took over the stage for a fantastic party that swelled with enthusiasm. Even though everyone in the room looked old enough to worry about things like proper fiber consumption, the place was undulating with youthfulness.

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Mac Sabbath Satiate Slim’s: SF Sonic Review

Mac Sabbath came to Slim’s on Monday night to feed an audience hungry for drive-thru metal with an epic setlist of fast-food themed versions of classic Black Sabbath songs. It was apparent from the opening moments of the set that the band had their schtick down to a science: rabid frontman Ronald Osbourne cavorted around the stage flipping burgers and singing about the evils of the fast-food industry while guitarist Slayer MacCheeze dished out some tasty takes on classic Tony Iommi riffs. All of this as the wild-looking Grimalice and the aptly named Cat Burglar keep the rhythms smooth and snappy.

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Photos: John Oates & Good Road Band at the Great American Music Hall

John Oates (of awesome '80s band awesome Hall & Oates) brought Americana-blues-roots music to the Great American Music Hall Sunday night for a country showdown of excellence. Sharing the stage with the cream of the crop from Nashville, the GAMH had the pure delight of listening to some incredible musicians playing together. Living legend Sam Bush shredded the mandolin, bringing the energy up with his choice of sweet songs and remarkable, distinct playing. Guthrie Trapp performed stellar solo shakedowns with fire-fingers melting his guitar into a righteous howl, while Paul Franklin played the pedal steel guitar like a champ — never imposing, but always arousing.

Jam-packed with old-school songs of yesteryear, the show varied in tempo with country-crooner-swaying tunes to jump up and move-grooves. John Oates shared stories along the way and dropped a classic from the '80s, revealing "Maneater's" beginnings, before playing a rendition of how he first envisioned it.

John Oates with the Good Road Band's album, Arkansas, dropped earlier this year. Go give it a whirl and get lost in a time before Elvis.

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Photos: The Lovemakers at the Great American Music Hall (The Bay Bridged)

Valentine's Day was made extra special in San Francisco as the Lovemakers, vverevvolf, and Breakdown Valentine spread the love at the Great American Music Hall. The concert was a celebration of Bay Area music which even Cupid would've been proud of.

Breakdown Valentine created a beautiful distraction by searching for paradise. vverevvolf, on the other hand, concluded that love is simply murder, after having played some cruel games. The Lovemakers invited us all to shake that ass, because everyone's fighting the same damn fight!

Wednesday night was an evening of great music, lots of dancing and plenty of music to fall in love with. Check out the gallery HERE and see if you can find your next musical infatuation!

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Alleyne

Jawbreaker at the Great American Music Hall Jan. 14, 2018 – Photos by Matthew Kadi / SF Weekly

Jawbreaker brought the latest chapter in its reunion to The Great American Music Hall. They have added at least one song to each set of this string of shows. That night it was ‘Housesitter’. San Francisco can be a very uptight music scene but the band cracked that and the audience were screaming the lyrics to every song, the highlight being ‘Condition Oakland.’  Blake broke a string and the crowd kept the song going by singing. Photos by Matthew Kadi

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Fu Manchu at Slim’s Proves the Action is Still Go! (11/7 at Slim’s)

The only thing that would have made the recent Fu Manchu show at Slim’s more of a spectacle would be if a half pipe were to have popped up out of the middle of the floor. The veteran Orange County band of stoner/skater/surf punks rolled a nearly two-hour set of hard driving rock designed to be blared from the car stereos of muscle cars and surf vans.

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The Lumineers Light Up Slim’s (Mon. 5/22)

45 minutes into The Lumineers’ set at Slim’s on Monday night, the trio walked off stage knowing they’d be coming right back. That’s because, even in the intimate venue, the cheers for an encore were near-deafening. Not that the band is any stranger to the attention. Just days before playing the KFOG Special Acoustic Performance, they were opening for U2 at the Rose Bowl in LA for more than 95,000 music lovers. Humbly, lead vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz conceded the horde wasn’t necessarily for them, but they hoped they had some converts – to which the amped Slim’s-crowd responded “yeah you did!”

Wesley, Jeremiah Fraites (drums), and Neyla Pekarek (cello, piano) took the stage Monday night for the slightly smaller, yet completely enthralled audience. The folk-Americana bandmates were treated more like rock stars, with shouts from women and men throughout the show and interviews (“we love you!”) flying ubiquitously. Every song was a hit, almost evenly split between tracks from their debut record The Lumineers and sophomore album Cleopatra, which just went No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart.

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