• REVIEW: Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington cavort with mythical creatures at the Greek

    REVIEW: Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington cavort with mythical creatures at the Greek

    BERKELEY — The classically grandiose Hearst Greek Theatre played host to a pair of big names in jazz Friday evening: Kamasi Washington (the genre’s biggest success story of the last five years) and Herbie Hancock (one of the most celebrated names in jazz’s past half-century). Hancock warrants the billing. He appeals…
  • REWIND: They're making a fourth 'Matrix' movie, so let's flash back to the original

    REWIND: They’re making a fourth ‘Matrix’ movie, so let’s flash back to the original

    As it did for so many nerds who wore too much black and a trench coat, The Matrix was a formative, revelatory movie in my young life. The amazing part about the movie is that it was revelatory to so many people for such different reasons. It meant a…
  • INTERVIEW: Flora Cash finds deeper calling in 'somebody else'

    INTERVIEW: Flora Cash finds deeper calling in ‘somebody else’

    NAPA — Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj, the married couple who perform as Flora Cash, didn’t realize that “You’re Somebody Else” would go on hold meaning for so many groups of people, yet the first hint came when a Mexican telecom company asked them to donate it for…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Aug. 20

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Aug. 20

    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…
  • INTERVIEW: Potty Mouth hits a 'SNAFU' on the road to its artistic identity

    INTERVIEW: Potty Mouth hits a ‘SNAFU’ on the road to its artistic identity

    Potty Mouth‘s guitarist-vocalist Abby Weems, bassist Ally Einbinder and drummer Victoria Mandanas boast a mature sound and a refreshing perspective on an industry that has not always been kind to them. Masked Intruder, Bombpops, Potty Mouth 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6 The Ritz, San Jose Tickets: $18-$20. Hell…
  • Outside Lands: Paul Simon, Kacey Musgraves, Kygo and 9 others we loved on Sunday

    Outside Lands: Paul Simon, Kacey Musgraves, Kygo and 9 others we loved on Sunday

    SAN FRANCISCO — The third and final day of Outside Lands 2019 featured music legends Paul Simon and Mavis Staples in addition to country queen Kacey Musgraves, pop star Bebe Rexha, rockers Judah & the Lion, R&B acts PJ Morton and Leon Bridges, and many more. Thought not…
  • Outside Lands: Childish Gambino, Hozier and 10 others we loved on Saturday

    Outside Lands: Childish Gambino, Hozier and 10 others we loved on Saturday

    SAN FRANCISCO — Childish Gambino made the announcement shortly after taking the stage: He had just been told that his performance at Outside Lands had drawn the largest single crowd in the festival’s decade-plus history. It means he’s drawn more than McCartney or Wonder, Radiohead or Muse, Metallica or…
  • Outside Lands: Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers and 10 others we loved on Friday

    Outside Lands: Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers and 10 others we loved on Friday

    SAN FRANCISCO — The annual Outside Lands Music Festival kicked off Friday with Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers and dozens of other acts performing on five musical stages, a comedy tent, a stage that combined the arts with food and drink demonstrations, a stage that celebrated cannabis and…
  • INTERVIEW: Hozier, already working on next album, looks for hope in a wasteland

    INTERVIEW: Hozier, already working on next album, looks for hope in a wasteland

    After more than two years of constant touring in support of his debut album and massive hit “Take Me to Church,” Irish singer-songwriter Hozier needed time to recuperate. The grind of the road as well as the general state of the world—this was 2016, after all—had taken a toll…
  • INTERVIEW: Cautious Clay pursues happiness over purpose, finds 'Context'

    INTERVIEW: Cautious Clay pursues happiness over purpose, finds ‘Context’

    Two years ago, in May 2017, Josh Karpeh was a property leasing agent and a marketer. The George Washington University graduate had already gotten fired from one real estate job and wasn’t happy in his current one. Good thing, then, that he had a budding music career on…
  • Interview: The Seshen's Lalin St. Juste propelled by the need to help others

    Interview: The Seshen’s Lalin St. Juste propelled by the need to help others

    Most if not all aspects of Lalin St. Juste’s life empower her to communicate, and the singer-songwriter takes advantage of her opportunities. When she’s not leading Oakland electro-soul band The Seshen, St. Juste has two jobs that not only help her pay the bills but help other people…
  • Interview: Delacey joins the 'cool kids' with solo career after writing for pop stars

    Interview: Delacey joins the ‘cool kids’ with solo career after writing for pop stars

    Even if you haven’t listened to any of Delacey‘s first three singles yet, you’ve probably heard one of her songs. The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Brittany Amaradio, wrote “New York City” on The Chainsmokers’ 2015 album, Bouquet, as well as Halsey’s “Without Me,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.…