• REVIEW: Kurt Vile and the Violators mesmerize fans at the Fox

    REVIEW: Kurt Vile and the Violators mesmerize fans at the Fox

    OAKLAND — Kurt Vile and the Violators stopped by the Fox Theater Wednesday and put on an impressive performance, stringing together a set brimming with long, melodic ballads that intermingled with waves of intense and destructive distortion. Kurt Vile, who released his album, Bottle it In, in October, sauntered on stage…
  • Columnist Rachel Goodman’s favorite concerts of 2018

    Columnist Rachel Goodman’s favorite concerts of 2018

    It is rare that I am ever in a camp of “bigger is better” when it comes to concerts, but sometimes, I really am. And sometimes, everything really is bigger and better in Las Vegas. That’s especially true when you see The Killers in their hometown. Here are…
  • 'New Wave: Dare To Be Different' chronicles new wave radio revolution

    ‘New Wave: Dare To Be Different’ chronicles new wave radio revolution

    The history of rock and roll is a series of revolutions during which young insurgents dethrone the previous kings and queens who have grown fat and lazy. Chuck Berry unseated T-Bone Walker. The Beatles unseated Elvis. Nirvana unseated big hair metal. New Wave: Dare To Be Different Streaming…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Discovery - Dec. 11

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Discovery – Dec. 11

    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…
  • PHOTOS: Thrice and Joaquin Cabello's 9 other best concerts of 2018

    PHOTOS: Thrice and Joaquin Cabello’s 9 other best concerts of 2018

    Music has always been something substantial in my life, whether it was playing in bands or taking photos on and off-stage. It has been an incredible experience to be so involved in the Bay Area music scene as a photographer with RIFF. From small clubs to a huge festival…
  • REVIEW: Florence and the Machine rules Not So Silent Night in San Jose

    REVIEW: Florence and the Machine rules Not So Silent Night in San Jose

    SAN JOSE — All music, all the time—the theme was simple at Saturday’s Not So Silent Night, the annual alt-rock holiday concert presented by San Francisco’s Alt 105.3 (formerly Live 105). Headliner Florence and the Machine ruled the evening, but each act had an opportunity to make a statement.…
  • Max Heilman's top 50 albums of 2018: 50-41

    Max Heilman’s top 50 albums of 2018: 50-41

    It’s finally here… the time when music nerds scramble to compile all of the albums they enjoyed during the year! This was a particularly strong year for music of all types, both mainstream and independent. I even had a hard time narrowing down my favorites down to 50 records,…
  • REVIEW: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul rock the Fillmore

    REVIEW: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul rock the Fillmore

    SAN FRANCISCO — Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul opened their show at the Fillmore on Friday with a cover of Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music” and didn’t let up from there. Surrounded by a 14-member band that included a five-piece horn section, three backup singers, two…
  • RIFF REWIND 2014: Sia, Hozier, Lindsey Stirling and Lil B

    RIFF REWIND 2014: Sia, Hozier, Lindsey Stirling and Lil B

    You know how they say time goes faster and blurs together as you get older? Apparently, they’re right, because that was absolutely the case here. There are a few songs from this list that I could’ve sworn came out last year, but actually came out four years ago.…