• Editorial: RIFF stands with journalists against Trump's attacks

    Editorial: RIFF stands with journalists against Trump’s attacks

    We’re writing this editorial in solidarity with more than 250 news organizations around the world. As of this writing President Donald Trump and his administration have not attacked music journalists, but we don’t expect that to last. Trump has attacked national and regional newspapers, online news outlets, cable…
  • Tim Booth of James looks for home, hope with new record

    Tim Booth of James looks for home, hope with new record

    By the time Manchester rock band James wanted to make a video for “Coming Home (Pt. 2),” off their new album, Living In Extraordinary Times, Tim Booth and his bandmates had run through all of the money their label had allocated for the record. Booth, 58, had a…
  • PHOTOS: Deafheaven leads lineup of dense blackgaze at August Hall

    PHOTOS: Deafheaven leads lineup of dense blackgaze at August Hall

    SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area blackgaze metal band Deafheaven brought its 2018 album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, with its dreamy soundscapes of shoegaze and the extremeness of black metal to a sold-out August Hall Tuesday. With a set loaded with new material, the quintet opened with “Honeycomb” and “Canary Yellow.” The…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Aug. 14

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Aug. 14

    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 the…
  • Joaquin Cabello and Shawn Robbins recap Outside Lands 2018 with photos

    Joaquin Cabello and Shawn Robbins recap Outside Lands 2018 with photos

    I can safely say that Outside Lands is the best large scale music festival running right now. Having been to my fair share of music festivals for about 10 years now, nothing beats the lineups, local food and drink offerings, and most importantly, the weather. So when RIFF’s…
  • Outside Lands: Daniel J. Willis' Sunday best and worst

    Outside Lands: Daniel J. Willis’ Sunday best and worst

    Welcome to the third and final installment of my Outside Lands 2018 best and worst. (But not my last column in general; I shamelessly plug that at the end.) If you missed Friday or Saturday, get on that! There are running jokes you won’t get without the whole…
  • Outside Lands: Janet Jackson and 16 other acts we loved on Sunday

    Outside Lands: Janet Jackson and 16 other acts we loved on Sunday

    SAN FRANCISCO — And then there was Janet. The final day of the 2018 edition of Outside Lands closed out with legendary pop icon Janet Jackson. Jackson proved to provide immediate heat to a crowd starting to feel one of the chillier nights in the fest’s history. Jackson took…
  • Outside Lands: Daniel J. Willis' Saturday best and worst

    Outside Lands: Daniel J. Willis’ Saturday best and worst

    I’m back with my best and worst of Day 2. Don’t worry, less than half is about pork products. I even mention music once or twice in there! BEST: Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo was by far my favorite thing I’ve seen at the festival so far. Blending late Beatles…
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