• REVIEW: Judas Priest delivers career-spanning mass in San Francisco

    REVIEW: Judas Priest delivers career-spanning mass in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO — Judas Priest played the first night of its two-night stint at The Warfield on Monday. The legendary heavy metal act, formed almost 50 years ago in England, delivered a pulverizing set that featured songs from a variety of its 18 studio albums. Judas Priest Uriah Heep…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 25

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 25

    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…
  • REWIND: Sad songs about cars, in honor of the writer's temporarily disabled car

    REWIND: Sad songs about cars, in honor of the writer’s temporarily disabled car

    A’s closer Blake Treinen isn’t the only one on the injured list this weekend. My beloved Camaro is also on the list… well, on a lift more specifically, in my dad’s shop. Ten to 14 days with brake issues until the new parts come in. I know, I…
  • PHOTOS: Local Natives bring atmospheric soundscapes to the Fox Theater

    PHOTOS: Local Natives bring atmospheric soundscapes to the Fox Theater

    OAKLAND — Local Natives brought its Spiral Choir Tour to the Fox Theater on Friday, creating an atmosphere full of ambient vibrations and airy harmonies. The Los Angeles indie rockers played mostly songs from their latest release, Violet Street, with lead vocalist-guitarist Taylor Rice driving a tight performance. Local…
  • INTERVIEW: Chase Atlantic confidently faces mental health on 'Phases'

    INTERVIEW: Chase Atlantic confidently faces mental health on ‘Phases’

    When Australian pop band Chase Atlantic went into the studio last spring to record what would become its sophomore album, Phases, brothers Mitchel and Clinton Cave, and best friend and bandmate Christian Anthony didn’t even have the lyrics formed yet. While that’s a stress-inducing formula in most cases—studio…
  • PHOTOS: Chromeo creates an electro-funk symbiosis at the Greek Theatre

    PHOTOS: Chromeo creates an electro-funk symbiosis at the Greek Theatre

    SAN FRANCISCO — Chromeo had one main intention at the Greek Theatre Saturday night: to create one gigantic outdoor dance party. The Canadian electro-funk duo repeatedly demanded, “I wanna see you dancing!” David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, backed by a full band, blended references from blue-eyed soul, dance, rock, synth-pop,…
  • PHOTOS: LANY enters the home stretch of its marathon at the Masonic

    PHOTOS: LANY enters the home stretch of its marathon at the Masonic

    SAN FRANCISCO —  LANY performed at The Masonic on Friday for the first of two nights in San Francisco. The sold-out show marked the home stretch of the Los Angeles trio’s 100-date world tour across five continents. LANY Sasha Sloan 8 p.m., Saturday The Masonic Tickets: $40+. LANY’s most…
  • INTERVIEW: Staind taking a reunion one step at a time, set to play Aftershock

    INTERVIEW: Staind taking a reunion one step at a time, set to play Aftershock

    Mike Mushok may be the most enthused man alive for the reunion of early aughts hard rock mainstays Staind. “I mean, I wanted to do it all along,” the Staind guitarist said of kickstarting the discussions to get the band back together. “It was just about trying to figure…
  • How JR JR's Daniel Zott and his wife fostered love with hearts broken

    How JR JR’s Daniel Zott and his wife fostered love with hearts broken

    More than four years had passed since Michigan indie rock band JR JR last released a record, but the absence of music from Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott had nothing to do with a lack of creativity. The duo, formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., had a…
  • REVIEW: Halsey, Ellie Goulding bring the sounds of summer to WAZZMATAZZ

    REVIEW: Halsey, Ellie Goulding bring the sounds of summer to WAZZMATAZZ

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Pop stars of today and tomorrow gathered at Shoreline Amphitheatre Sunday night for the WAZZMATAZZ summer concert spectacle. The show, presented by radio station Wild 94.9, featured an eclectic lineup of performers not only stylistically diverse, but also culturally diverse. Headlined by superstar Halsey, the…
  • PHOTOS: Billie Eilish wide awake at Bill Graham Civic tour opener

    PHOTOS: Billie Eilish wide awake at Bill Graham Civic tour opener

    SAN FRANCISCO — For Billie Eilish, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium seemed to be the ideal place to start the North American leg of her “When We All Fall Asleep” tour. For the 17-year-old Los Angeles artist, each song was a swing of emotions for her to interpret. Each…
  • INTERVIEW: NYC artist Abir takes her Moroccan-tinged pop nationwide

    INTERVIEW: NYC artist Abir takes her Moroccan-tinged pop nationwide

    SAN FRANCISCO — Abir Haronni is minutes removed from stepping off-stage at the Regency Ballroom and her adrenaline is still palpable, even as she stops to take photos with new fans. This is the largest crowd in front of which she’s ever performed (a sold-out room of fans on…