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.

Phish Bill Graham Civic Center July 20, 2016 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Capping an impressive three night run at the Bill Graham Civic, jam legends Phish delivered an impressive collection of songs to a raucous crowd on Wednesday night. What makes a Phish show so unique is you never quite know what songs the band is going to perform or where their impeccable improvisational skills will take them on any given night. This aspect makes for a unique experience at every single show, and this show was no exception. The quartet of Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and…

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Above Snakes Down & Outlaws Buy Album San Francisco based rock n roll band, Down and Outlaws return with their latest release, “Above Snakes,” a record that drips with intensity and grit. Recorded in a six day span at studio 606, the album has a great sense of urgency and directness throughout: arrangements are sparse and hard hitting, songs are economical and to the point. Producer John Lousteau, known for his work with both Against Me! and the Foo Fighters, gives the band just the right amount of punch without harsh distortion. The record has a certain amount of warmth…

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Samantha Fish Great American Music Hall June 29, 2016 All photos by Jeff Spirer. Blues guitarist Samantha Fish came to the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday night and delivered a blistering fifteen song set that ran the gamut from fast paced rock’n’roll to slow ballads. She was backed up by the talented duo of Chris Alexander on bass and Go-Go Ray on drums. Both of them were excellent at setting the foundation for Samantha Fish to showcase her stellar guitar playing and impressive singing. Samantha Fish The set started off with a rendition of the title track off of…

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Nails You Will Never Be One of Us Nuclear Blast Records Nails, the most extreme metal band in existence, return with their third full length album, “You Will Never be One of Us,” which continues to expand their pummeling hybrid of death metal, hardcore, and grindcore. Their previous record, 2013’s “Abandon All Life” won them a great deal of critical acclaim for its impossibly aggressive sound, and on this new album Nails have pushed beyond that level, reaching an entirely new state of musical existence. Produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, the sound on You Will Never be One of…

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Caravan Palace Fox Theater June 8, 2016 All photos by Cedric Letsch. Parisian electro-swing group Caravan Palace descended on the Fox Theater in Oakland to play to a rapturous and packed house bristling with energy. The septet, comprised of Zoé Colotis (vocals), Arnaud Vial (guitar, vocals), Hugues Payen (violin, vocals), Camille Chapelière (clarinet, saxophone), Charles Delaport (double bass, synths), Antoine Toustou (electronics, trombone), and Paul-Marie Barbier (percussion, vibraphone) specialize in an eclectic blend of classic jazz and swing music along with modern electronic based sounds. Oftentimes their songs sound like a mashup of Django Reinhardt styled gypsy jazz, big band…

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Beyond the Bloodhounds Adia Victoria Warner Music Singer/guitarist Adia Victoria’s highly anticipated debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, delivers on its initial promise and hype: a batch of tightly constructed songs that manage to pay homage to classic styles like country, folk, jazz, blues, and rock, while simultaneously constructing an entirely new hybrid from those aforementioned styles. Co-produced by Victoria and Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney), the album manages to achieve the delicate balance of lo-fi intensity with clarity, giving the album a throwback sound that is also decidedly modern. Unlike many modern records that try too hard to…

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