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.

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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Smashing Pumpkins Oracle Arena August 27, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath When it was announced that after years of speculation that founding guitarist James Iha would be reuniting with Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin and going on a tour that consisted of classic songs from their first five albums, Smashing Pumpkins fans were undoubtedly excited at the prospect. On a Monday night at Oracle Arena, the group, plus bassist Jack Bates and lead guitarist Jeff Schroeder, played a masterful thirty-song set that lasted for an astounding three hours. Armed with one of the most impressive stage sets in recent memory,…

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Slayer SAP Center, San Jose August 26, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. There was a sense of finality in the air as Slayer began their headlining set at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday night. The legendary thrash metal band is currently in the midst of their final tour and Sunday’s stop was the final date on the second North American tour leg. While the band has stated that the tour will continue until 2019 and that they may return to Northern California, for many fans, there was a feeling that this may be the last time they…

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Deafheaven August Hall August 14, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. Bay Area metal band Deafheaven came to San Francisco on Tuesday night to play a triumphant show in front of their hometown fans. The band is currently touring in support of their recently released record, the excellent Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, and the gibr-piece wasted no time in rolling out material from that release, opening with the sprawling epic of “Honeycomb.” The song demonstrates all of the musical facets of Deafheaven: blinding guitar runs, atonal screams, blasting drums, and heavy bass. What makes a Deafheaven song so unique are the…

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Coheed & Cambria/Taking Back Sunday Greek Theater, Berkeley August 9, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. Few bands in the rock world have developed such a devoted following as Coheed & Cambria, and that was evident from the opening notes of their first song at the Greek Theater on Thursday night. The group is currently preparing to release a new album this fall, and they opened the night with a blistering version of the lead single from the upcoming record, the ferocious “The Dark Sentencer.” While the song has only been out for a few weeks, that did not stop the…

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Composure Real Friends Fearless Records     Pop-punk group Real Friends return for their 3rd full-length record, Composure, which sees the band tackling deeper, personal lyrics that deal with mental illness. With a focus on self-conscious lyrics and plenty of powerful backing music, the band has reached a career high point. Armed with a clean production that gives each instrument room to breathe, Real Friends sketch out an impressive set of pop-punk-emo songs that stand on their own. Singer Dan Lambton has taken his vocals to another level on this record, combining a direct and emotive delivery to go with some…

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Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Deafheaven Buy Album As one of the few metal bands to break out into a wider fanbase than the underground black metal scene, Deafheaven has had plenty of detractors over the years. This only intensified with their breakthrough release, 2013’s Sunbather, a combination of shoegaze atmospherics with brooding vocals and punishing blast beats. That record was hailed as a masterpiece by plenty of non-metal fans, and thus the fan backlash began. The band followed Sunbather up with the fury of New Bermuda, an album that pushed the extremes of their sound: it was simultaneously more metal…

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Sleep Warfield June 7, 2018 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Legendary doom metal band Sleep came to the Warfield on a Thursday night to deliver a bludgeoning and massive ten-song set that spanned their entire career, showing that they are just as powerful as ever when it comes to performing live. While many bands use a wall of amplifiers as props (with many of those amps not containing any speakers/electronics), Sleep made use of the vast majority of their backline, with guitarist Matt Pike’s amps requiring five separate microphones. The resulting sound was an overwhelming wall of distortion, which, coupled with…

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor The Fox Theater, Oakland May 29, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GY!BE) came to the Fox Theater on a Tuesday night to perform an epic set comprised of some of the most gripping and captivating music the group has ever played. For GY!BE, songs take on the form of extended set pieces, with every song clocking in at over ten minutes. These songs are more akin to classical music movements than your typical pop song. The band performed in near total darkness, while a giant screen behind them projected film…

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Modest Mouse Fox Theater, Oakland May 24, 2018 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Alternative rock titans Modest Mouse brought their expansive sound to the Fox Theater on a Thursday night, playing an extra long set with material that spanned their entire career. As the band has grown and adapted over the years they have expanded their lineup, adding additional percussionists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and a viola player to the band. This expansive group of players gave many of the songs extra depth and detail, particularly older material. The band opened the night with the classic “The World at Large” from 2004’s…

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Soulfly and Nile UC Theatre, Berkeley May 16, 2018 Photos and review of Skinlab by Pollen Heath. Metal fans were treated to an astounding display of punishing grooves and heavy guitar riffing on Thursday night at the UC Theatre as both Nile and Soulfly put on a fantastic show. Soulfly headlined the night, with a tight and precise set that spanned the band’s entire recorded output. The band wasted no time going for the throat with the vicious opener “Frontlines,” a song punctuated by Max Cavalera’s aggressive de-tuned guitar riffing and gruff vocals. Soulfly songs are an assault on the…

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At The Gates To Drink From the Night Itself Century Media Records Four years after their stunning comeback record At War with Reality, At the Gates have returned with another stellar collection of melodic death metal, To Drink from the Night Itself. Recorded with super metal producer Russ Russell (whose has worked with Napalm Death and Dimmu Borgir), To Drink from the Night Itself is an incredible blend of piercing metal and dark, brooding neo-classic music, resulting in the year’s best metal record. Russel gives the entire album an old school death metal feel, keeping the record from sounding bloated…

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