Author: Andy Lindquist

Andy grew up in the suburbs of the east bay and became fascinated with the local music scene from an early age, attending his first concert at the ripe age of 14. Since then he has stayed active in the local metal scene, going to countless shows and playing in his own thrash metal band, Invection. In addition to music, Andy has always had an interest in writing and public speaking, eventually graduating with a BA degree in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. Andy is also an avid runner and running coach, with a USA Track and Field master coach certification. When not attending concerts or track meets you can find Andy running on many of the picturesque trails around the east bay area.

Of Truth & Sacrifice Heaven Shall Burn Century Media    One of the heaviest bands in the metal world, Heaven Shall Burn have returned with a sprawling double album that pushes their sound in a bunch of different directions. Just by the name alone, you know that you are getting some of the most extreme European-style metal out there, as Heaven Shall Burn have built their reputation on having dense and overpowering records. With composer Sven Helbig (Rammstein, Pet Shop Boys) providing help with the orchestration that is featured on many of the tracks, the whole record has a certain grandiose…

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Overkill Slim’s February 27, 2020 Photos by Raymond Ahner With a devastating setlist spanning their entire career, Overkill brought down the house on a particularly energized Thursday evening. While you might think that a band that is forty years old would start to tone things down at this point in their career, Overkill show no signs of ever doing so. The band started off the evening with the ferocious “Last Man Standing,” a song driven by the pounding riffs of guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer along with the trebly bass attack of D.D. Verni. Overkill wasted no time in…

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Machine Head Fox Theater, Oakland February 21, 2020 Photos by Raymond Ahner Hometown favorites Machine Head came to the Fox Theater on a Friday night to play in front of a packed audience. That alone would be a good cause for celebration but this night was special as the band played an insane three-hour set that included a performance of their legendary debut album, Burn My Eyes. The band wasted no time, promptly walking onto the stage right as the clock hit 8PM, ripping through a thrashing version of “Imperium.” While much has been made of the lineup changes in…

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Poppy Great American Music Hall January 22, 2020 Photos by Garret Nicholson The hottest sensation in the metal underground in recent years has been Poppy, who was known more for her strange and esoteric music videos and cute electro-pop music before making an abrupt switch to metal. For those skeptical metal fans who were not yet convinced of Poppy’s utter mastery of metal, all it took was one stunning performance at the Great American Music Hall to convince the doubters that Poppy is the real deal. Hot off the release of her first 100% metal album, I Disagree, Poppy and…

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The Black Keys Chase Center November 20, 2019 Photos by Pollen Heath Rock fans were treated to quite the special at the Chase Center as The Black Keys and Modest Mouse brought their raucous and high-energy stage shows for a spectacular evening of live music. The Black Keys headlined the evening, with Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney delivering plenty of swinging blues rock songs from their entire career. With three backing musicians, the duo could really let loose and give these songs the extra energy they needed to burst through the PA system. The band opened up with the grooving…

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Amon Amarth The Warfield October 25, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner Metal fans were treated to four of Sweden’s best heavy metal bands on Friday night at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, as Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At the Gates, and Grand Magus each plowed through some exciting sets. Amon Amarth headlined the evening with a furious setlist that left the sold-out crowd blown away. The band specializes in pummeling melodic death metal, combining soaring guitar harmonies with the bellowing death metal growls of lead singer Johan Hegg. With the stage decked out in Viking imagery and the drum…

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Babymetal The Warfield 10/4/19 Photos by Marc Fong While on paper the idea of combining cute Japanese girl-group pop with hyper-speed metal might not seem possible, Babymetal demonstrated on Friday night at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco that the two types of music are actually totally perfect for each. The band has been wowing audiences across the world for most of this decade, with their popularity in America just starting to gain momentum in recent years. Judging by how tightly packed fans were in the Warfield, their popularity with metal fans in the Bay Area has definitely grown in…

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Shaped by Fire As I Lay Dying Nuclear Blast In one of the most miraculous comebacks in recent memory, metalcore titans As I Lay Dying are back with a new album, Shaped by Fire. After the fallout resulting from lead singer Tim Lambesis’ arrest and incarceration for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013, it seemed that the other members of the classic As I Lay Dying lineup wanted nothing to do with Lambesis or the band. While Lambesis eventually served his time and was released, his ex-bandmates berated him in the press and seemed to…

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Tool Fear Inoculum There has been perhaps no album in music history as eagerly anticipated as the newest Tool record, Fear Inoculum. For the past 13 years, fans have been waiting for the ever-mysterious band to release a new album. While the band was active during this time, going on plenty of massive tours that dazzled audiences with a sophisticated live show, the band’s dedicated fanbase continued to wail on the internet. While Tool have always been known to take their time in releasing albums, it seemed that the band would never actually do it, as if this whole process…

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Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums Greek Theater, Berkeley August 15, 2019 Photos by Marc Fong One of the biggest indie tours of the summer came through the Bay Area on Thursday night as Fitz & the Tantrums and Young the Giant both delivered powerful sets on a warm day at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater. For ten years, Young the Giant have been perfecting their brand of anthemic indie-rock and it was clear from the very start of their set on Thursday night that they were at the peak of their powers. Beginning with the surging stomp of…

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Lights August Hall August 13, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner While Lights has been known more for her bouncy electro-pop, she is also equally capable of reimagining her songs in acoustic format. This was the case as Lights and her backing band came to August Hall on a Tuesday night to perform a packed set of acoustic songs from her entire career. Backed with a string section for most of the night, Lights and her band sounded fantastic, with each song coming across as fresh and inspired. The night began with a soft rendition of the soaring “Skydiving,” one of…

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Third Eye Blind Bill Graham Civic Center June 15, 2019 One of the most anticipated concert tours came to the Bill Graham Civic on Saturday night as Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind (TEB) came through on their Summer Gods tour with both bands playing high-energy sets to a raucous and supportive crowd. For Third Eye Blind, it was a special kind of homecoming as the San Francisco band had not played the Civic Auditorium since they opened for Oasis in 1996. The band was unknown at the time and the show was their first big break, catapulting them…

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Judas Priest The Warfield June 25, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner The unstoppable metal machine that is Judas Priest rolled into the Warfield for a two-night stand, with the legendary band ripping through some of the most inspired performances of their 50-year career. Tuesday night’s performance was the best of the bunch, with Priest ripping through a 19-song set that spanned most of their career. With a band like Priest it can be easy to replicate the past and trot out the same songs that fans are expecting. However, seeing as Priest is making their third US tour in the…

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Baroness Gold & Grey Abraxan Hymns Ever since bursting onto the metal scene with their debut record, 2007’s Red Album, Baroness have become known for their expansive sonic palette, with each ensuring album exploring different sonic territory in addition to sporting beautiful, color-themed album artwork. The band has endured plenty of lineup changes in the ensuing years, with the group narrowly surviving a bus crash in 2012 that left guitarist/vocalist John Baizley with permanent physical damage. At the time Baroness seemed poised for a big breakout off the heels of their double album Yellow & Gold. After significant rehab and…

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Snow Patrol The Warfield May 20, 2019 Photos by Pollen Heath For the first time in seven years, Snow Patrol came to the Bay Area as a headlining act, playing a powerful 17-song set to a packed crowed at the Warfield Theater on a Monday night. Snow Patrol specializes in a soaring and cinematic sound that combines delicate keyboards, intricate guitar lines, and booming drum/bass rhythms. With a huge screen and plenty of dazzling lights strewn about the stage, the band ripped through the opening song “Chocolate,” with plenty of energy and vigor. Despite some initial sound issues, frontman Gary…

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Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive The Warfield April 18, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner When two titans of the metalcore scene, Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive announced that they would be embarking on co-headlining tour, entitled the Collapse the World Tour, fans were undoubtedly excited at the prospects of seeing both bands share the stage. Between pummeling breakdowns and soaring harmonies, both bands are incredibly adept at mixing the beautiful and brutal sounds of hardcore and metal, something that was very apparent to everyone who was in attendance on Thursday night. Killswitch Engage headlined the evening, blowing through a…

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Vio-Lence Oakland Metro Operahouse April 14, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner. As one walked into the crowded Oakland Metro on Palm Sunday, there was a sense of anticipation hanging in the air. The legendary Vio-lence were playing the 2nd show of their unexpected reunion and fans were jammed in incredibly tight to see the show. Metal fans have held Vio-lence in high regard and over the years there was always clamoring for the group to get back together. While former guitarists Phil Demmel and Rob Flynn were busy touring the world with Machine Head, it always seemed unlikely that Vio-lence…

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The Pixies and Weezer Oracle Arena, Oakland April 10, 2019 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr One of the most anticipated tours of the spring came to Oracle Arena on Wednesday night as Weezer and The Pixies came through on their highly successful co-headlining tour. Weezer took the stage after The Pixies and they brought down the sold-out crowd at Oracle, delivering an electric set that contained plenty of new songs from their recently released self-titled covers album. Before opening the set proper, the band emerged on a small platform at the base of the stage to perform a barbershop quartet version…

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Children of Bodom Regency Ballroom April 1, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner Legendary Finnish metal band Children of Bodom (COB) came to the Regency on a Monday night to rip through an inspired set of material spanning their entire career. Much of the set was dedicated to songs from their recently-released record Hexed, but the band made sure to include some old favorites as well. The band opened the night with the grooving “Are You Dead Yet?,” a catchy anthem from their album of the same name. As usual, lead guitarist Alexi Laiho tore through the song’s technically challenging guitar…

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Better Oblivion Community Center August Hall March 15, 2019 Photos by Nicole Baptista The collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, Better Oblivion Community Center (BOOC), came to rock the sold-out crowd at August Hall on a Friday night. Backed by a full band, the duo ripped through an exciting set of music from their eponymous debut record as well as some deep cuts from Oberst’s and Bridgers’ back catalogues. From the opening guitar strums of the first song, “Dylan Thomas,” you could feel the energy emanating from the stage and into the crowd. Bridgers and Oberst have an undeniable…

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