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June Roundup – What We Loved in SF Music This Month

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It’s been a great month in San Francisco – here are a few of the best from San Francisco’s music scene in June.

The month kicked off to a phenomenal start, with rock heroes Bush making a triumphant return to the stage at The Warfield. Despite his recent divorce, frontman Gavin Rossdale put on a stellar act full of energy and passion and visiting such classics as Machinehead, Glycerine and – of course – Everything Zen, before winding down the set with a heartfelt cover of ‘Black Hole Sun’.

ZZ Ward was also a blessing in the city this month. An unusually sultry night didn’t stop the venue from selling out to full capacity, San Francisco returning to its love for the Cannonball singer. Another artist who pushed past her rocky personal life to woo the city this month was Kehlani; the Bay Area star had her young audience hooked on to every beautiful note as she jumped from one honest number to the next.

But that’s not all. Music lovers in the city had a lot to celebrate thanks to all the great news that made it to the headlines. Dagny’s provocatively titled popular single Wearing Nothing got its video release this month, enjoying a predictably warm welcome, and a couple of weeks later, on World Refugee Day, Survival Pictures gave us a bittersweet goodie – the official music video of Chris Cornell’s last release, poignantly titled The Promise.

On a different note, it was raining tickets on more than one occasion, with Outside Lands announcing their lineups for their return to SF the tenth year in a row and opening the booths to their Single Day GA and VIP passes, and FYF Fest announcing their single day tickets as well.

For those who know their history, the exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was another highlight; with iconic antiquities like Jimi Hendrix’s purple jacket, classic posters of concerts from Avalon Ballroom and The Fillmore, and even the recording console that Hendrix used, the display was a fitting tribute to the city’s Summer of Love and our decades of great music.

Among the various shows announced this month, one of the most awaited was the lineup for Noise Pop’s 20thStreet Block Party. Scheduled for the 19th of August and announced this month, the celebration is all set to rock Mission, with artists like Kilo Kish, Neon Indian, and The Tambo Rays on the agenda.

Pride is always the greatest party, where San Francisco accelerates into its future with even more astonishing power than usual, and this year was no exception. Just like it has always been, this year’s festival was off the chain, as a lookback at our photo-gallery reveals.

All in all, with unforgettable performances from some of the city’s favorite musicians and performers, including Spencer Day, Ella Vos, and !!!, and with so much more chronicled in its pages, June has been quite a month. And the summer’s only just getting started – check out our listings page to see what’s next!

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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