• Q&A: Watsky finds the beauty and the flaws in his family on next LP

    Q&A: Watsky finds the beauty and the flaws in his family on next LP

    The phrase “Welcome to the Family” means different things to Bay Area-born poet-rapper-author George Watsky. He named a new song that, and his current tour after the song. When he started writing the song he was introducing his significant other to his family. By the time he finished,…
  • Q&A: CYN braces for her moment of truth and finds herself post-heartbreak

    Q&A: CYN braces for her moment of truth and finds herself post-heartbreak

    After opening for Katy Perry in Mexico, Cynthia Nabozny, decided she could do even more to improve her songwriting chops and spike the trajectory of her already rising young career. The Michigan-born, L.A.-based pop singer-songwriter known as CYN spent the majority of the summer in the studio, writing new…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 16

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 16

    Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips. Artists on platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does! We pooled our resources to find some of…
  • Tame Impala, Jungle and 10 more top moments Sunday at Treasure Island fest

    Tame Impala, Jungle and 10 more top moments Sunday at Treasure Island fest

    OAKLAND — Everything was a haze. Tame Impala closed out 2018’s Treasure Island Music Festival in what felt like a dream state. A hypnotic swirl on the “The Town” stage projection screen signaled festivalgoers of the psychedelic night ahead. Against blue light with smoke machines on full blast, Tame…
  • Madeline Kenney unpacks ‘Perfect Shapes,’ relatability and career goals

    Madeline Kenney unpacks ‘Perfect Shapes,’ relatability and career goals

    Oakland’s “folk-gaze” up-and-comer Madeline Kenney returned from a U.K. tour opening for Wye Oak with a note-to-self: colosseum stairs and heavy music gear don’t mix. “The buildings were built before giant amps were in consideration,” she said, laughing. “We were often carrying heavy gear up colosseum stairs.” The…
  • REVIEW: Treasure Island Music Festival returns leaner to new Oakland location

    REVIEW: Treasure Island Music Festival returns leaner to new Oakland location

    OAKLAND — Perhaps JPEGMAFIA really did lose his cell phone Saturday morning. But maybe the industrial and noise hip-hop and experimental trap artist was upset that the Treasure Island Music Festival had misplaced its signature Ferris wheel. Less than an hour into Treasure Island’s first day at Middle Harbor Shoreline…
  • RIFF REWIND 2006: Lordi, Weird Al and Amy Winehouse

    RIFF REWIND 2006: Lordi, Weird Al and Amy Winehouse

    I didn’t really notice last week what with all the despair, but music is turning around! After my complaints about the early ’00s, things are getting back to where I like it: Extremely metal. That’s right, 40 percent of this week’s list is face-melting heavy metal. So if…
  • INTERVIEW: Noah Cyrus shares her sadness on 'Good Cry,' moves past hectic summer

    INTERVIEW: Noah Cyrus shares her sadness on ‘Good Cry,’ moves past hectic summer

    The biggest, most heart-breaking break-up of Noah Cyrus’ life is not the one the internet has been talking about for the past month. While a three-month celebrity romance crashed and burned in a storm of very public accusations over social media, it was a previous two-year relationship that…
  • INTERVIEW: Freya Ridings finds a musical Rosetta Stone in public pianos

    INTERVIEW: Freya Ridings finds a musical Rosetta Stone in public pianos

    SAN FRANCISCO — “Introverted teen turns to music rather than her friends to entertain herself through school.” It may be a cinematic device, but it’s not the story of U.K. singer-songwriter-pianist Freya Ridings. She didn’t have friends in school, and music was more of a solace than a…
  • REVIEW: Dream Wife bakes with sugar and vinegar at Cafe Du Nord

    REVIEW: Dream Wife bakes with sugar and vinegar at Cafe Du Nord

    SAN FRANCISCO — U.K. garage pop and punk band Dream Wife was sugar and spice and acidic bite Tuesday at Cafe Du Nord, at its first San Francisco show. Bassist Bella Podpadec, guitarist Alice Go and frontwoman Rakel Mjöll came out fighting like post-punk juggernauts from the first note of set…
  • INTERVIEW: Default reunites for final 'dream tour' with Stone Temple Pilots, 'Re-Cut' release

    INTERVIEW: Default reunites for final ‘dream tour’ with Stone Temple Pilots, ‘Re-Cut’ release

    Canadian post-grunge rockers Default have announced their plan to reunite on tour this fall, joining Stone Temple Pilots and Seether on a tour across Canada, as well as mixing in a string of their own headlining dates. The band, fronted by Dallas Smith, also plans to release an…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Oct. 9

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 9

    Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips. Artists on platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does! We pooled our resources to find some of…