• RIFF Rewind—A time machine for your ears: 1969

    RIFF Rewind—A time machine for your ears: 1969

    It’s 1969 and you know what that means: I have to get something out of the way. Niiiiiice. Now that we’re past that let’s move on to the top five songs as determined by me, with Ash McGonigal and Robin St. Clare back as my panel of experts (and people…
  • The Family Crest, Travis Hayes, M. Lockwood Porter, more on North Bay fires benefit album

    The Family Crest, Travis Hayes, M. Lockwood Porter, more on North Bay fires benefit album

    The Family Crest, Travis Hayes, M. Lockwood Porter and T Sisters are among the Bay Area artists who have contributed to a new North Bay Fires charity compilation record produced by Bay Area producer Scott Mickelson. All proceeds from After The Fire, Vol. 1, and the two upcoming…
  • First Aid Kit returns ready to rebuild from <em>Ruins</em>

    First Aid Kit returns ready to rebuild from Ruins

    After touring the critically acclaimed third album, Stay Gold, in 2014 and 2015, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg—First Aid Kit—burned themselves out. The duo, which rose above the indie circuit for the first time, had been writing, recording or touring its songs for years. And it was too…
  • REVIEW: Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney a powerhouse at Sweetwater Music Hall

    REVIEW: Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney a powerhouse at Sweetwater Music Hall

    MILL VALLEY — Suzanne Santo mesmerized the audience at the Sweetwater Music Hall almost soon as she stepped on stage, her haunting voice practically stopping hearts as she belted out: “If we’re gonna drink, pour it straight. Don’t water down my whiskey babe.” Santo’s raw intensity mixed with her…
  • Q&A: White Reaper's Sam Wilkerson on being in the 'best American rock band'

    Q&A: White Reaper’s Sam Wilkerson on being in the ‘best American rock band’

    Rock has become increasingly removed from its over-the-top grandiosity roots. Following the inglorious fall of hair metal and the rise of grunge and alt-rock, which capitalized on a lack of stage presence as a stage presence in of itself, the indie rock explosion in the 2000s took the genre even farther from…
  • SF Sketchfest: Cruises, comedy, music and the busy 'state' of Jonathan Coulton

    SF Sketchfest: Cruises, comedy, music and the busy ‘state’ of Jonathan Coulton

    These days, Jonathan Coulton is a busy man. When we spoke to the New York-based singer-songwriter, he was on a cruise ship docked in Cabo San Lucas on what is ostensibly a business trip to prepare for the JoCo Cruise, then soon he’ll be in San Francisco for SF…
  • SF Sketchfest: <em>Twin Peaks</em> and "Kiss My Ass" with actor-comedian Josh Fadem

    SF Sketchfest: Twin Peaks and “Kiss My Ass” with actor-comedian Josh Fadem

    “Who killed Laura Palmer?” The question, like much of cult TV hit Twin Peaks, set the tone for serialized television for decades. Its mysteries, shrouded in both mind-expanding, often head-scratching twists, and the lush vegetation and shadowy, dreamlike fictional town in which the show is set, captivated many…
  • BottleRock Napa Valley 2018: Bruno Mars, The Killers, Muse to headline

    BottleRock Napa Valley 2018: Bruno Mars, The Killers, Muse to headline

    While other festivals may be leaning more than ever on pop acts and solo artists, the 2018 edition of BottleRock Napa Valley is doubling down on guitar bands. The three-day music and wine extravaganza returns to the Napa Valley Expo May 25 to 27 for its sixth annual run and this year’s…