Author: Geoffrey Smith

Bay Area native Geoffrey Smith II has been professionally photographing concerts and events since 2011, with five years each at the Metro News Silicon Valley and SF Weekly newspapers. A recovering goth, Geoffrey likes to shoot dark shows with terrible lighting because they make him sad and frustrated. Geoffrey likes tacos.

Viagra Boys April 19, 2022 The Independent, San Francisco Photos by Geoffrey Smith II Stockholm’s Viagra Boys are an essential act in what feels like a renaissance of European post-punk bands making their way to the United States. Other acts such as Sleaford Mods, Idles, Yard Act, and Amyl and The Sniffers are doing an amazing job of keeping alive and vibrant what is stereotypically considered a 1980s-era genre, cross-pollinating with collaborations between each other. I almost wrote off the band as edgy or try-hard when I first saw their name. It wasn’t until I dug a little deeper that…

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Snapped Ankles The Rickshaw Stop March 25, 2022 All photos by Geoffrey Smith II Snapped Ankles create a sound that is hard to pin down. While they’re often labeled Post-Punk — a genre as varied in sound as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Devo — it fails to prepare the listener. The music of Snapped Ankles is full of familiar elements. You’ll hear primitive synths that could be from Gary Numan’s ‘Down in the Park,’ staccato shouted vocals similar to The B-52s’ Fred Schneider, a ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’-esque descending bassline, and lo-fi trudging sounds like the aliens from…

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City Morgue Regency Ballroom October 14, 2021 All photos by Geoff Smith. Trap-metal act City Morgue landed at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom on Thursday, October 14th on the Hip-Hop oriented leg of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. Accompanying them were hardcore punk act Drain and solo rapper Kuttem Reese. City Morgue rappers ZillaKami and SosMula each brought their particular vocal styles and energies to the show, with ZillaKami dishing out some tracks from his solo album Dogboy, including “Not Worth It” and the Nirvana-inspired “Hello.” Taking to the stage at a fast clip, ZillaKami almost immediately launched himself into the…

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City Morgue Regency Ballroom October 14, 2021 Buy Tickets Combining metal and hip hop isn’t exactly a new concept — 1993’s “Slam” by rappers Onyx saw a metal remix collab with Biohazard that helped boost its sales, the early 2000s were some of the most successful for nu-metal acts like Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, and Florida’s Ghostemane formally released his fresh flavor of trap metal in 2015 with a pair of successful satanically-charged albums. So, what’s next? Enter City Morgue — the duo of New York rappers ZillaKami and SosMula. They made a lot of noise just three years…

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