• REVIEW: Marc Anthony spices up Chase Center with salsa-infused energy

    REVIEW: Marc Anthony spices up Chase Center with salsa-infused energy

    SAN FRANCISCO — Concertgoers brought their dancing shoes Saturday for the highly anticipated return of Marc Anthony, one of the top Latin and salsa artists of all time. It was the first Latin music concert at the arena, a fact not lost on Anthony. The Grammy winner’s performance…
  • Q&A: Suzannah Powell fuses her two personalities as rapper Boyfriend

    Q&A: Suzannah Powell fuses her two personalities as rapper Boyfriend

    In a world where musicians are constantly having to one-up what they’ve done in the past, the job becomes even harder for smaller independent artists; those who not only make music but distribute it and arrange their tours and production. Big Freedia, Low Cut Connie, Boyfriend 8 p.m.,…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 15

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 15

    Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips. Artists on platforms like 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 the…
  • Q&A: Macy Gray grounds herself by looking to the present

    Q&A: Macy Gray grounds herself by looking to the present

    It wasn’t an accident that Macy Gray released the video for “Buddha” in the days leading up to a week dedicated to mental health awareness late last summer. The song, which featured Gary Clark, Jr., as well as the video, depicts the hitmaker’s own struggle following her blazing-fast…
  • Peter Frampton makes saying goodbye look effortless in career finale in Concord

    Peter Frampton makes saying goodbye look effortless in career finale in Concord

    CONCORD, Calif. — For the last show of a tour called Peter Frampton Finale — the Farewell, there wasn’t a lot of crying and saying goodbye Saturday night at the Concord Pavilion. Oh, it was certainly implied. But there wasn’t any talk of why Frampton has to end…
  • REVIEW: The Who combine ambition and style at Chase Center

    REVIEW: The Who combine ambition and style at Chase Center

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Who have never shied away from making big statements, achieving mega-stardom in time for Woodstock with the bold rock opera Tommy. From that point on, the conceptual aspirations of guitarist and primary songwriter Pete Townshend were buoyed by the musicianship of a band that at times…
  • REVIEW: Jonas Brothers provide their own electricity at vibrant Chase Center show

    REVIEW: Jonas Brothers provide their own electricity at vibrant Chase Center show

    SAN FRANCISCO — Conventional wisdom would say that the first time Chase Center would truly shake and rumble would be caused by Steph Curry draining a 3-pointer or Draymond Green blocking a dunk. But that would’t take into account the Jonas Brothers‘ Tuesday night pop spectacle at the…
  • REVIEW: Lana Del Rey provides music history lesson at the Greek Theatre

    REVIEW: Lana Del Rey provides music history lesson at the Greek Theatre

    BERKELEY — In what is likely to be known as the show of the 2019 season at the Hearst Greek Theatre, in terms of attendance, Lana Del Rey delivered even more than what fans expected of her. The melodramatic singer-songwriter’s performance was full of organic, sometimes off-the-cuff moments…
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Robert Plant, New Pornos, Margo Price shine on day 2

    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Robert Plant, New Pornos, Margo Price shine on day 2

    SAN FRANCISCO — Tens of thousands crammed into the meadow in front of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ Towers of Gold Stage to see the seemingly annual appearance of Robert Plant, this time with the Sensational Space Shifters. While the free music is always packed, the overcrowding seemed even tighter on…
  • REVIEW: Marina Diamandis leaves the Diamonds behind at the Masonic

    REVIEW: Marina Diamandis leaves the Diamonds behind at the Masonic

    SAN FRANCISCO — Marina and the Diamonds has always been a solo act. Vocalist and songwriter Marina Diamandis tacked on the bejeweled name for artistic effect and had said that the Diamonds weren’t her backing band, but her fans. So her new persona and direction leading to 2019…
  • REVIEW: Babymetal rocks the Warfield with a visually spectacular show

    REVIEW: Babymetal rocks the Warfield with a visually spectacular show

    SAN FRANCISCO — In an era when concert audiences tend to be fairly homogenous, Babymetal drew what may be one of the most diverse crowds the Warfield has ever seen. Not just racially diverse, though that was certainly true, but diverse in its diversity. There were a husband…
  • INTERVIEW: Yoke Lore seeks to slay his future, takes holistic musical outlook

    INTERVIEW: Yoke Lore seeks to slay his future, takes holistic musical outlook

    One-time Walk the Moon drummer Adrian Galvin, who now performs and writes music as Yoke Lore, once spent a year living as Buddhist in a monastery in India. While there, he heard a saying that he didn’t understand at first but one that has stuck with him since.…