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.

The Sword The Fillmore Auditorium March 26, 2018 All photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Over the course of their storied career, Austin-based rock/metal band The Sword have developed a reputation as a fearsome live unit, and this was the case when the group came to The Fillmore on a Monday night. The group specializes in an evocative blend of swinging blues-rock and rollicking heavy metal, along with plenty of subtle grooves and dreamy keyboard-drenched passages. The band stormed out of the gate with the old classic “Maiden, Mother, & Crone,” a blistering slap of grooving heavy metal from their second album…

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Enslaved Regency Ballroom March 9, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. The Decibel Magazine Tour is a yearly celebration of extreme metal acts, bringing American fans a unique European-styled metal tour that always delivers. That was the case on Friday night at the mighty progressive black metal band Enslaved headlined a phenomenal bill, closing out the evening in a truly epic style. While many misuse the word epic, there is no better word to describe the kind of music Enslaved plays – a combination of caustic black metal and soaring progressive metal that invokes European classical music as much as it…

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Exodus and Municipal Waste Regency Ballroom February 25, 2018 All photos by Raymond Ahner. In support of the new season of their critically acclaimed cartoon Mr. Pickles, the Adult Swim-sponsored Thrashtacular tour rolled into San Francisco on Sunday night, with Exodus, Municipal Waste, and Hellfire each delivering blistering sets to the delight of the sold-out crowd. Exodus headlined the evening with another pummeling set, giving their hometown fans plenty of warp-speed versions of their classic songs along with plenty of new cuts from their most recent release, Blood in, Blood Out. As the lights dimmed and the opening to “Bonded…

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Mac Sabbath Slim’s February 26, 2018 All photos by Raymond Ahner. 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…

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Fox Theater, Oakland February 22, 2018 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. Fresh off the release of their latest album Wrong Creatures, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club came to the Fox Theater on a Thursday night to play a robust 21-song set that showcased all the facets of their sound. What gives the group so much power in a live setting is their ability to switch between dirty, grimy noise rock and uplifting, anthemic blues. Another interesting trait the band has in the live environment is that Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes are not only impressive singers…

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Marrow Hymns Insect Ark Profound Lore Records Release date February 23, 2018. Combining analog synths with sludgy doom metal, Insect Ark has returned with another strong release in the form of Marrow Hymns, an album that combines plenty of furious detuned guitar riffs and tricky drum patterns with more atmospheric music. Multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter has now been joined by drummer Ashley Spungin and the duo carve out their own sonic niche, relying on creaky synths and mournful lap-steel guitar. After a brief interlude, “Arp 9” really kicks off the album, riding a swinging drum and bass groove and featuring some…

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Kreator and Sabaton UC Theatre, Berkeley February 10, 2018 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Metal fans were treated to the perfect combination of blinding fury and anthemic melodicism on a Saturday night as the legendary German thrash metal band Kreator and Swedish power metal stalwarts Sabaton came to Berkeley’s UC Theatre. Both groups played full sets to a sold-out audience hungry for powerful metal. Sabaton headlined the evening, delivering a setlist culled from their entire career, with plenty of outrageous bombast to complement an impressive light show and a massive video screen backing the band. Charging out on the stage…

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Lights Fillmore Auditorium February 5, 2018 All photos by Jeff Spirer. Electro-pop/rock musician Lights brought her bright and powerful stage show to the Fillmore on a Monday night, ripping through an 18-song set that consisted of old classics and new songs from her recently released album Skin & Earth. With a flurry of pulsing LEDs and a massive screen in the back of the stage, Lights began the night with a stomping rendition of “New Fears.” Riding a slippery blues guitar riff from Brodie Tavares, the song got the crowd moving: blending bracing rock with electronic squalls and tuneful vocal…

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Passion Pit Fox Theater, Oakland January 29,2018 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Indie-electronic band Passion Pit has become known for their upbeat music, and energetic stage shows, delivering a dominant performance on a Monday night to a packed house at the Fox Theater. Passion Pit songs are constructed around bright synth lines, booming drums, and the impossibly high vocals of frontman Michael Angelakos, giving the band a sprawling and majestic live sound. While Angelakos has struggled in the past with depression and bipolar disorder, he was in fine form on Monday as the band launched into the energetic opening song…

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Meshuggah Fillmore Auditorium January 29, 2018 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Known in the metal underground as one of the most devastating and abrasive live bands, Meshuggah brought their pummeling grooves to the Fillmore on a Sunday night. The sold-out crowd eagerly waited in anticipation before the group strode onto the stage to rip through the first song of their latest Grammy-nominated release, The Violent Sleep of Reason, in the form of the blistering “Clockworks.” Riding a wave of heavily distorted guitar riffs from the rampaging tag team of Mårten Hagström and Per Nilsson the song mixed in warp speed…

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G3 Fox Theater, Oakland January 14, 2018 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Joe Satriani’s guitar extravaganza, the G3 tour, came to the Fox Theater on Sunday night, with “Satch” along with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen performing inspired sets along with an epic jam session with the three guitarists at the conclusion of the show. Satriani first came up with the G3 idea back in 1996, and the tour has become one of the staples for fans of instrumental guitar music in America and Europe for quite some time. This is the first time the touring…

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Victor Wooten Trio Regency Ballroom January 12, 2018 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Over the course of his thirty-year career, Victor Wooten has developed a reputation for being one of the most astonishing musicians and bass players in the world. This was evident on Friday night as Wooten along with legendary jazz/funk drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist/clarinetist Bob Franceschini ripped through a stunning two hour set to a packed house at the Regency Ballroom. In most Western music there is a typically an instrument playing chords (a collection of musical notes) that outline a harmonic chord progression. However, the Victor Wooten…

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Julien Baker Fillmore Auditorium December 12, 2017 Photos by Jeff Spirer. Singer/songwriter Julien Baker brought her emotionally gripping music to a sold-out audience on a Tuesday night at the Fillmore, dazzling the crowd into awe and silence with her evocative and captivating songs. Baker has won the acclaim of fans across the country, and it showed on Tuesday, as the venue with filled to the brim with people by the time she took the stage. While the Fillmore has been known as a legendary rock venue, with walls lined with photographs from some of the most famous rock bands in…

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Buckethead UC Theatre November 15, 2017 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Brian Carroll, known by his stage persona as the mysterious Buckethead, came to the UC Theatre on Wednesday along with bassist Del Rey Brewer and drummer Bryan “Brain” Mantia. This marked the first time in some years that Buckethead toured with additional musicians and the packed house was treated to an impressive display of instrumental prowess from the trio, including many rare Buckethead songs that have not been played in many years. Brain and Brewer had previously played with Buckethead in the Praxis project, and some Praxis songs were played…

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Children of Bodom UC Theatre November 5, 2017 Photos by Dave Weiland. After twenty years of recording and touring around the world, Children of Bodom have become one of the mainstays in the underground metal community, even occasionally flirting with more mainstream success. While their songwriting became more polished and catchy after 2003’s Hate Crew Death Roll, many diehard fans secretly clamored for the group to play older material from the band’s first three albums: Something Wild, Hatebreeder, and Follow the Reaper. For many metal fans, these three records contain some of the most innovative and technically dense compositions of…

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Promised Land L&K Buy Album After being involved in the local San Francisco music scene for some years, the duo L&K, consisting of Leah Walters and Konane Sky have released their debut record, Promised Land. Mixing elements of soul, blues, rock, folk, psychedelia, the six-song album is an adventurous exploration of spirituality, loss, and beauty. Recorded at a couple of Bay Area studios, including the legendary Tiny Telephone Studios, the album is clean, precise, and full-bodied. Sky and Walters handled production duties as well, and their vision for these songs has turned out remarkably well: managing to balance old-school rock…

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Turn Out the Lights Julien Baker Matador Records Music fans have been eagerly awaiting Julien Baker to release a new record ever since 2015’s Sprained Ankle became an underground hit, with the singer winning a legion of fans with her confessional lyrics, powerful vocals, and songwriting acumen. Baker signed to stalwart independent label Matador Records and made her way to the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis to record her second album: Turn Out the Lights. While Sprained Ankle mainly relied on jagged pieces of electric and acoustic guitars to provide the foundation for Baker’s impassioned vocals, Turn Out the Lights…

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Zola Jesus The Independent October 17, 2017 All photos by Jeff Spirer. Eclectic electronic artist Nika Danilova, known as Zola Jesus, came to the Independent on a Tuesday night to perform a powerful setlist that pulled from her distinguished career, including plenty of material from her recently released album Okovi. With guitarist Alex DeGroot and violinist Louise Woodward backing her, Zola Jesus launched into the bristling stomp of “Veka” as a blinding strobe light pulsed from the front of the stage. Throughout the night the lighting was subdued and dark, continuing to cast shadows on the stage, which perfectly complemented…

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Scorpions Oracle Arena, Oakland October 4, 2017 All photos by Raymond Ahner. When the legendary German rock band Scorpions come to town, you know you are in store for one exceptional evening of big-time arena anthems and delicate ballads, and this was the case on a Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The band brought plenty of energy and enthusiasm to the packed house, opening the evening with the tight rocker “Going Out With A Bang” from their latest release Return to Forever. That was only a taste of what was to come as immediately after that song’s conclusion guitarist Rudolf…

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E Enslaved Nuclear Blast Enslaved return for their 14th studio album, the monumental and sprawling epic E. The record marks another landmark achievement in the band’s lengthy career: yet another impressive blend of searing black metal, ambient soundscapes, progressive rock and even some jazz. This marks the first album with new keyboardist and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje who’s presence is felt throughout the recording, providing the perfect contrast to Grutle Kjellson’s guttural growls. Lyrically and thematically the record continues the band’s exploration of the duality of man and nature, and the ancient Viking themes that have won them much critical…

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