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.

Swans Regency Ballroom September 3, 2016 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Legendary noise-rock outfit Swans came to the Regency on a September Saturday night, exposing the audience to their overpowering and devastating sound. Perhaps sensing the finality of the moment, the venue was filled to the brim with people by the time the band began playing; frontman M. Gira has said that this will be the final tour for Swans as he wishes to pursue other projects. The group began with a newer composition they have been rolling out on this tour, known as “The Knot.” The piece begins with…

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Killswitch Engage The Regency Ballroom September 1, 2016 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Metal fans were treated to an exceptional bill this past Thursday night at the Regency as Killswitch Engage, Exodus, and Unearth came through as part of a short three day mini-tour. All three acts lived up to the billing, each delivering fantastic performances. Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage unleashed a ferocious 16-song setlist that touched on songs from just about every one of their studio albums, managing the arduous task of balancing older material with songs from their latest release, Incarnate. The band opened up with the…

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Zakk Wylde Regency Ballroom August 30, 2016 All photos by Cedric Letsch. Guitar master Zakk Wylde came through the Bay Area to play the Regency on Tuesday night, delivering a compact set of songs from his two solo albums, Book of Shadows I&II. Those fans expecting pounding heavy metal from the Black Label Society frontman were going to be a bit disappointed as Wylde’s solo albums are not really metal at all; instead they are much more in the southern, blues-rock tradition. These songs showcased a different side of Wylde, featuring a much more laid back vibe. That did not…

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Russian Circles Great American Music Hall September 2, 2016 All photos by Pollen Heath. The Instrumental trio known as Russian Circles brought their unique sound to the Great American Music Hall last Friday night to the adulation and cheers of a sold out venue. The band’s sound is an intricate tapestry of raging heavy metal, serene post-rock, and spacey prog-rock. Armed with an assortment of amplifiers, pedals, and other electronics, the band sounds incredibly full and fleshed out, as if there were more than just three people on stage playing. The group started out with the combo of “Asa” and…

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Deftones Greek Theater, Berkeley August 26, 2016 All photos by Pollen Heath. Deftones brought their unique blend of metal to the Bay Area this past weekend, playing to a rapturous audience at Berkeley’s Greek Theater on Friday night. Armed with a killer lighting rig and a giant backdrop with the cover art of their latest album, “Gore,” Deftones opened up the show with the furious song “Rocket Skates,” which prompted an ecstatic response from the audience, particularly during the songs’ anthemic chorus. Stephen Carpenter The band then launched into another up-tempo song in the form of “Geometric Headress,” off “Gore,”…

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Chuck Mosley and Friends Great American Music Hall August 18, 2016 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Initially billed as a show featuring original Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley and friends, a few days prior to the Thursday night’s show at the Great American Music Hall it became apparent that some really special guests would be joining Chuck on stage. namely the majority of the current lineup of Faith No More. After a few solo acoustic songs by Mosley, original FNM members Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin, Billy Gould, and new guitarist Jon Hudson came on stage to rip through a…

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We Care a Lot Faith No More Koolarrow Records Legendary alternative group Faith No More have reissued their debut album on bassists Billy Gould’s Koolarrow records imprint. The original album has been out of print for about twenty years so this updated version is a great way for fans to get reintroduced to the origins of the band’s incredibly unique style. The record has been remastered from the original source tapes and includes a hefty amount of bonus material such as new remixes, demos, and live tracks from that era making for a 19 song track list. This was one…

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Jeff Beck/Buddy Guy The Masonic Auditorium August 16, 2016 All photos by Jeff Spirer. Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck came to the Masonic on Tuesday night, delivering an awe-inspiring set that showcased his incredible technique and playing style. Beck tore through the 18 song set, which was spilt between instrumentals and vocal driven songs. The vocals were handled by Jimmy Hall and Rosie Bones, who both brought distinctly soulful vibes to the songs they were featured on. While a good chunk of material was culled from Beck’s latest release “Loud Hailer,” there were still plenty of classic songs from the entirety…

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Slipknot Concord Pavilion August 13, 2015 All photos by Raymond Ahner. The fearsome machine known as Slipknot laid waste to the packed crowd Saturday night at the Concord Pavilion, displaying all the theatrical and technical chops that make them one of the best live acts around. The nine-piece rolled onto stage playing one of the lead singles from their latest album, “The Negative One,” which features an absolutely pummeling beat to go along with its atonal and fearsome guitar parts. At this moment in time the crowd of fans in the general admission pit exploded with movement and energy. Slipknot…

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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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