• Parade of Lights tackles 'The Human Condition,' one part at a time

    Parade of Lights tackles ‘The Human Condition,’ one part at a time

    Parade of Lights frontman Ryan Daly is cruising the streets of Los Angeles, answering questions about his electro-pop band’s new EP—on a hands-free device, of course—when another car cuts him off, nearly side-swiping Daly. He is angry for a split second, before his mind returns to the question at…
  • Tatiana DeMaria hits Warped Tour trail one last time, plans solo EP

    Tatiana DeMaria hits Warped Tour trail one last time, plans solo EP

    With her garage and punk band TAT, Tatiana DeMaria has spent blocks of five summers on the Vans Warped Tour. The first year, in 2006, the U.K. trio was just out of high school. Vans Warped Tour 11 a.m., Saturday Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View Tickets: $45-$55. “We were…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - June 19

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 19

    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…
  • Q&A: Jill Barber creates a Greek goddess on 'Metaphora'

    Q&A: Jill Barber creates a Greek goddess on ‘Metaphora’

    Seven albums in to her songwriting career, Jill Barber became known in her native Canada for jazz-inspired love songs. But for her new record, Metaphora, she was motivated by the inequality and injustice she saw worldwide, but specifically in the U.S. What she saw also informed a new pop-oriented sound.…
  • REVIEW: Fantastic Negrito lives up to the name at the Fillmore

    REVIEW: Fantastic Negrito lives up to the name at the Fillmore

    SAN FRANCISCO — Fantastic Negrito, as an artist, lives up to the adjective in his name. The Oakland songwriter and his band lit up the Fillmore with grooves that made dancing irresistible Friday. The evening served as both an album release show—his sophomore LP, Please Don’t Be Dead, dropped Friday—and a…
  • PHOTOS: Ghastly, Dion Timmer and friends turn up The Regency Ballroom

    PHOTOS: Ghastly, Dion Timmer and friends turn up The Regency Ballroom

    SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona DJ and producer Ghastly turned the Regency Ballroom crowd into a furious ball of energy just waiting to explode on Friday. Bringing his “Mystifying Oracle Tour” to the Bay, Ghastly used the opportunity to showcase his debut album of the same name. His use of samples created…
  • RIFF Rewind 1989: The '90s come early with Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails

    RIFF Rewind 1989: The ’90s come early with Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails

    Good news! We’ve made it to the ’90s in RIFF Rewind. OK, yeah, it’s still technically 1989. But any list that includes Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and Faith No More’s “Epic” is basically the ’90s, right? In fact, I was surprised by the latter two of those technically…
  • Cleveland's Welshly Arms get a leg up on major label debut

    Cleveland’s Welshly Arms get a leg up on major label debut

    Late last year, Cleveland blues and soul rock band Welshly Arms played to their biggest Bay Area audience to-date: Oracle Arena. The Alt-105 annual holiday concert, Not So Silent Night, was held, like in recent years, at the home of the Golden State Warriors. The members of Welshly…
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