• Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Nov. 12

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Nov. 12

    Every week, there’s more new music waiting to be discovered. No one really has enough time to watch that indie channel on TV that just happens to be playing a lot of great new artists. Aside from the KEXP or Subpop’s single of the day, it’s often all…
  • INTERVIEW: Maisie Peters taking the wheel of her music career

    INTERVIEW: Maisie Peters taking the wheel of her music career

    SAN FRANCISCO — Maisie Peters and her touring team left Los Angeles at 6 a.m. to make the trek to San Francisco, where Peters recently had a show the same day. Presumably, the Brit had no part in driving the van straight to Rickshaw Stop. That’s because the 19-year-old…
  • REWIND: Celebrate my birthday with five of my favorite songs

    REWIND: Celebrate my birthday with five of my favorite songs

    My birthday is Tuesday. So in honor of me this week’s column theme is… me. That’s right, rather than picking five songs I like with a common theme, I’m just picking five songs I like. Not necessarily my five favorite songs, because that would be like asking Chargers…
  • INTERVIEW: Dinah Jane ready to sing her heart out on first solo tour

    INTERVIEW: Dinah Jane ready to sing her heart out on first solo tour

    With pop juggernaut Fifth Harmony, Dinah Jane already had plenty of experience traveling the world and playing arenas on the back of massive hits like “Worth It” and “Work From Home.” But for the past year she’s been working hard to kickstart a solo career. When she plays…
  • REVIEW: FKA twigs flirts with the strange at the Fox Theater

    REVIEW: FKA twigs flirts with the strange at the Fox Theater

    OAKLAND — Encompassing down-beat electronic trance music, contemporary dance and a grandiose sense of visual presentation, British artist FKA twigs stirred an uproar of enthusiastic fandom at the Fox Theater during an immersive performance-art experience FKA twigs 8 p.m., Thursday Fox Theater in Oakland Tickets: $43-$53. FKA twigs emerged…
  • 'Hamilton's' Anthony Ramos reflects on debut album, career amid tour launch

    ‘Hamilton’s’ Anthony Ramos reflects on debut album, career amid tour launch

    A packed crowd sold out Lincoln Hall in Chicago earlier this month to help former Hamilton star Anthony Ramos celebrate his 28th birthday and kick off a new journey: his first headlining show supporting debut album The Good & The Bad. Anthony Ramos Elliott Skinner 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov.…
  • REVIEW: Madonna bathes in the noise at San Francisco 'Madame X' finale

    REVIEW: Madonna bathes in the noise at San Francisco ‘Madame X’ finale

    SAN FRANCISCO — “Who is Madame X?” Madonna asked halfway into her two-and-a-half hour show Tuesday at Golden Gate Theatre, the final concert of a three-date residency. The show was just as much a performance art piece and a revue as a music concert. While Madonna has toured arenas…
  • REVIEW: Bauhaus rises again at L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium

    REVIEW: Bauhaus rises again at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium

    LOS ANGELES — Black was the predominant color at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday as goth pioneers Bauhaus reunited onstage for the first time in 11 years. The powerful spotlights flashing across the stage and out over the sold-out room created a stark setting and an electric sense…
  • Interview: Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls on gardening and television, and also music

    Interview: Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls on gardening and television, and also music

    You may not have heard much from Derek Smalls, bassist of the legendary band Spinal Tap, aside from the occasional reunion concert when enough of the band members simultaneously run out of money. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Derek Smalls 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6…
  • Q&A: Aurora builds her army of love on follow-up to 'A Different Kind of Human'

    Q&A: Aurora builds her army of love on follow-up to ‘A Different Kind of Human’

    SAN FRANCISCO — Aurora may have played her last American shows for the year, but if the Norwegian pop singer-songwriter realizes her artistic vision, fans won’t have to wait too long to see her again. That’s because Aurora Aksnes, 23, plans on making an album per year for the next…
  • Mxmtoon on making 'the masquerade,' looking down from a Times Square billboard

    Mxmtoon on making ‘the masquerade,’ looking down from a Times Square billboard

    Oakland’s mxmtoon has been writing songs since she was a child, but in the three years since the now-19-year-old began posting her songs, as well as personal vlogs, she’s amassed millions of fans around the world. mxmtoon Alexander23 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 Great American Music Hall Tickets: Sold…
  • Interview: Peter Hook shares Joy Division memories, tours 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    Interview: Peter Hook shares Joy Division memories, tours ‘Technique’ & ‘Republic’

    The warm laugh from the other end of the phone line seems out of character for Peter Hook. As the bassist for minimalist and melancholy English band Joy Division, and then synth-pop pioneers New Order, Hook helped lay the musical foundation for countless current bands clad in black…