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.

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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American Football Polyvinyl Record Co. and Big Scary Monsters Recording Co. American Football originally existed for only a year from 1998 – 1999, breaking up after the release of their self-titled debut. The record merged inventive guitar playing with raw and emotional lyrics, providing the blueprint for emo’s takeover of mainstream and underground rock music in the early 2000s. The record also served as an influence for the spread of technically accomplished emo and math-rock bands of the current era. American Football reunited a few years ago and the result was a brand new self-titled record, and now the four-piece…

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Edwardian Ball Regency Ballroom January 25-26, 2019 Photos by Pollen Heath For the 19th year, the magical Edwardian Ball returned to San Francisco for a spectacular evening filled with impressive costumes, strong cocktails, and breathtaking art displays. The ball is a combination of early 20th century art and dress, with a few wild updates to the style, an homage to the famous artist Edward Gorey. A testament to the hard work of the legion of workers and volunteers, every inch of the Regency was transformed into an Edwardian paradise, with each room and corner having its own series of interesting…

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Reborn Skyward Story Available from website    Baltimore-based trio Skyward Story have been building a solid fanbase for years now, honing their craft and working on writing catchy and memorable hooks. Well, the big payoff is here in the form of their debut record Reborn. Produced by Matt Squire (One Direction, Panic! At The Disco, Ariana Grande), the record is full of densely layered guitars, synths, and vocals, with plenty of nifty production tricks to make each song have its own musical character. While the sound of Reborn tends to dabble in classic punk-pop, the band is keen to dial back…

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Metallica Golden One Center, Sacramento December 7, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. As one walked into the sold-out Golden One Center in Sacramento on Friday night, there was a palpable sense of excitement, a certain electricity emanating from the crowd as comedian Jim Breuer was working the crowd and getting them pumped up with classic metal songs. Northern California fans had eagerly awaited this night, one in which the mighty Metallica would come through on a closing leg of their massive Worldwired Tour. Eventually, Breuer came on stage to proclaim that it was time and he took his exit as…

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Julien Baker and boygenius Fox Theater, Oakland November 27, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. Fans were treated to a special night at the Fox Theater on Tuesday as boygenius, the side project from Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus put on a show for the ages. Each of these artists has made a name for themselves in the indie scene over the past couple of years, but their combined powers on stage was something else entirely. After three solo sets, Dacus, Bridgers, and Baker came on stage for an encore that consisted of the six songs from the recently-released…

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Steve Vai and Generation Axe Fox Theater, Oakland November 7, 2018 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Fans of instrumental guitar music were treated to quite the extravaganza on a Wednesday night as Steve Vai and Generation Axe kicked off their fall tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Generation Axe is a supergroup consisting of Vai along with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), Yngwie Malmsteen, Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme). Each guitarist got ample room during the show to play a mini-set of their material, and the five guitarists also engaged in some mind-blowing collaborations. Generation Axe took…

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Judas Priest and Deep Purple Shoreline Amphitheater, Mt. View September 29, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Rock and metal fans were treated to the rarest of experiences on a Saturday night at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View: a co-headlining bill from Judas Priest and Deep Purple, two of the most influential bands of all time. Deep Purple went on after Judas Priest, however both bands were given plenty of time to play full sets of music from across their varied discographies. Deep Purple opened with the furious “Highway Star,” a song that was driven by a chugging guitar riff…

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Wintersun Regency Ballroom September 24, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. For the first time in 5 years, Finnish melodic metal band Wintersun returned to San Francisco to deliver an impressive set that pulled from their three studio albums as well as a brand new song. The band wasted no time in rolling out the powerful metal of “Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring),” a perfect example of Wintersun’s epic music. With a dense web of chugging guitars, pounding drums, and slick bass, along with Jari Mäenpää’s high-flying vocals, the song got the crowd going. Mäenpää recently changed positions in the…

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Journey and Def Leppard AT&T Park September 21, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. On a recent Friday night, one of the summer’s largest concert tours made its stop in the Bay Area, as Journey and Def Leppard both delivered some seriously rocking sets to a packed crowd at AT&T Park. Both bands have mastered the art of stadium concerts, with plenty of bombast to go along with some exceptional musicianship. Journey headlined the evening with a powerful set that drew from all of their massive hits from the 70s and 80s, with the band in fine form. The band opened…

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