Swedish House Mafia incites crowd with ‘One Last Tour’

Swedish House Mafia kicked off their North American tour last Wednesday in SF at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with five shows in a row. All five days sold out (the first four shows sold out in eight minutes); the group announced a couple of months ago that it would be their last tour.
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Oakland gets Fun. at the Fox

In today’s musical epoch of auto tune, vocal distortion and studio effects, even the most tone-deaf choir flunkie can be made to sound like a “Roxanne”-era Sting. Therefore it is a rare and unequivocal pleasure to attend a concert and discover that despite all precedents, the artist performing actually sounds
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He’s My Brother She’s My Sister act up at The Independent

Few things will more reliably bruise your ego and inspire awe than a sick person doing something better than the healthy you ever could. At Friday night’s sold-out show at The Independent, this person was He’s My Brother She’s My Sister frontwoman Rachel Kolar, who, despite her fever, managed to
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Pentatonix thrill at Warfield

From soul to hip-hop to dubstep and to reggae, vocal sensations Pentatonix effortlessly cross and blend genres, revitalizing a singing style seldom heard outside of churches or choir halls.  The five-part a cappella group took the stage at The Warfield in San Francisco on Sunday night, voicing their rallying call,
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Yo-Yo Ma graces Zellerbach

What does one expect from a Yo-Yo Ma concert? Most likely a classy experience. It goes without saying that it takes a cultivated ear to find most classical music compelling. The experience could easily be underwhelming — after all, what is a child prodigy when he is an adult? Thursday
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Rival Sons rock Cafe du Nord

The Cafe du Nord was furnished by the quintessential imagery of a concert circa 1970-something with tight corduroy pants, glorious facial hair and weed emanation. Except with iPhones ever-present. How did this apparent time travel happen? Because classic rock revivalists Rival Sons were in the house this past Friday. Formed
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Emanuel Ax Photographer: J. Henry Fair

Polish pianist Emanuel Ax awes at Zellerbach

As soon as Emanuel Ax stepped onto the Zellerbach Hall stage, the anxiously chattering crowd quieted down, took their seats and burst into boisterous applause. The concert hall was filled to the brim for the world-renowned Polish pianist on Nov. 13, a testament to the artist’s acclaim. Even before the
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