1. Caspian at Great American Music Hall on November 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
After opening for Underoath back in March, Caspian returned to San Francisco to headline Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, November 2. The post-rock Massachusetts band filled the venue with instrumental sounds, a backlit performance and feel-good vibes. The sold-out show created a packed concert floor and lively crowd energy that called for a second encore.
2. November 10 2016 Lindsey Stirling Dolby Theatre. 07:00pm
Lindsey Stirling brought her wide-ranging repertoire to the Dolby Theatre stop of her “Brave Enough” tour: classical, electronic, dubstep, country and Celtic. It was a special night for the Arizona singer, as she noted, because her friends and family were in the audience at the Hollywood & Highland auditorium.
4. November 15 2016 HAIM The Fonda Theatre
Haim have a way of making it feel like the first time. The quartet — sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, with drummer Dash Hutton — returned to the Fonda Theatre on Tuesday night, gushing about how great it was to be home, taking turns professing their love for Los Angeles and, hair flying, playing a show that blew everybody’s hair back.
5. Charlotte Day Wilson at the Fonda Theatre, Nov. 15, 2016
Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson prevailed over a chatty crowd, giving the same kind of riveting performance she did in September when she opened for Local Natives at the Greek Theater. Backed by a keyboardist and a drummer and wearing her nifty new piece of merch — a baseball jersey with “CDW” monogrammed on the front and “6/8” on the back (“That’s a time signature,” she said mildly) — she won the crowd over slowly, sealing the deal with a saxophone solo.
11. January 7 2017. Tycho in Fox Theater
Scott Hansen, also known as Tycho, also known as light, audio, and visual artist ISO50, kicked off a world tour at Oakland's fabulous Fox Theater on Saturday, January 7. During Saturday night's performance, Hansen addressed the crowd and asked how many had been in attendance for the Oakland United show, and spent a moment reflecting on his gratitude for the thriving independent music scene that made the evening possible.
15. January 17 2017 Lucinda Williams at Lobero Theatre
Lucinda Williams’s show on Tuesday was a nostalgic affair, blue but buoyant. Featuring songs from her latest release “”The Ghosts of Highway 20” which are all about remembrances of the signposts passed during a full life, it’s losses, twists and turns, and chock full of Lucinda’s trademark dark and compelling poetic imagery.
16. Metallica at the Fox Theater, Dec. 17, 2016
Metallica performed to the sold-out crowd at the Fox Theater Saturday night. This marked the last performance of the year for the legendary band who have been crossing the globe all year. The performance, available to fifth member Metallica club members and limited general public tickets brought fans from away as far as Europe for this more than intimate concert with 2800 lucky souls.
18. 15 December 2016 Live Nation Presents: Brothers Osborne at Belasco Theater
“Brothers Osborne” are an example of extraordinary musicians and storytellers. TJ (lead vocals, guitar) and John Osborne (lead guitar, backing vocals) went from jamming in their living room in a small fishing town in Maryland, to headlining their first North American tour. ‘Whirlwind’ is the perfect word to describe the year of 2016 for these brothers. Their hit, “Stay A Little Longer” was certified Platinum, they were nominated for a Grammy for New Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year, and once again for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Adding the cherry on top, the brothers won a CMA for Vocal Duo of the Year.
20. December 18 2016 Fiona Apple Fonda Theatre
Fiona Apple played what appears to be her first proper solo show in more than three years at LA’s Fonda Theatre. Apple covered “Money Changes Everything,” a 1978 new wave song from the Los Angeles band the Brains that became a minor hit for Cyndi Lauper in 1984. And she sang a spirited rendition of her anti-Trump parody of “The Christmas Song.”