• RIFF REWIND 2011: Killer Mike, Adele and LMFAO

    RIFF REWIND 2011: Killer Mike, Adele and LMFAO

    We’re getting distressingly close to now, which is making it much harder to pick songs. Time is a fantastic filter. With every year that passes a bunch of mediocre songs are forgotten, so as we get closer to now I’m worried I’m going to pick something that turns…
  • Rock'N Vino: JaM Cellars wine and music fusion energizes Napa scene

    Rock’N Vino: JaM Cellars wine and music fusion energizes Napa scene

    NAPA — On this week’s episode of Rock’N Vino, Coco Sterzenbach and Mike DeWald take you behind the scenes of Napa’s JaM Cellars winery. Founded by John and Michele Truchard, JaM provides the perfect fusion of wine lifestyle with music culture. Geoff Whitman, the winery’s executive vice president of sales,…
  • REVIEW: Circa Survive shares 'The Amulet' magic with the UC Theatre

    REVIEW: Circa Survive shares ‘The Amulet’ magic with the UC Theatre

    BERKELEY — In ancient Rome, “lustratio” referred to the rite of cleansing and purification; it meant to be born again. Circa Survive put a spin on that when it brought “The Amulet” tour to the UC Theatre Tuesday. As the Philadelphia prog-rockers opened with “Lustration,” frontman Anthony Green…
  • REVIEW: Dermot Kennedy makes the most of sold-out Fillmore show

    REVIEW: Dermot Kennedy makes the most of sold-out Fillmore show

    SAN FRANCISCO — For anyone surprised at the reception Dermot Kennedy received at the Fillmore Tuesday night—a sold-out headlining show—you likely weren’t alone. As the show wound down, the Irish singer-songwriter received an ovation of nearly two minutes, during which time he was able to compose himself to say…
  • Weird Science: G Flip builds her own dream friend and an irresistible song

    Weird Science: G Flip builds her own dream friend and an irresistible song

    During the year Georgia Flipo spent in her home in Melbourne, busy writing songs, she became a bit of hermit. She didn’t spend much time with her friends, but instead started thinking of her primary instrument, her drum kit, as a pal. G Flip Ambar Lucid  8 p.m.…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Nov. 13

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Nov. 13

    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…
  • PREMIERE: Black Masala revels in ska pizazz on "Trains and Moonlight Destinies"

    PREMIERE: Black Masala revels in ska pizazz on “Trains and Moonlight Destinies”

    Black Masala brings unprecedented musicality and an inexorable sense of fun to the ska template. Charging a hard-hitting punk rock rhythm section with syncopation and powerful brass arrangements, the Washington, D.C. octet takes influence from anything from ’60s soul to Niki Manaj in a compelling stylistic palette. In fact, the…
  • REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots light up the sky at Oracle

    REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots light up the sky at Oracle

    OAKLAND — One of the most anticipated concerts of the year arrived in the Bay Area Sunday night as Twenty One Pilots‘ Bandito Tour came to Oracle Arena. Fans fought through the late afternoon Oakland Raiders traffic to line up around the parking lot to get up close…
  • PHOTOS: MewithoutYou brings '[UNTITLED]' to the Rickshaw Stop

    PHOTOS: MewithoutYou brings ‘[UNTITLED]’ to the Rickshaw Stop

    SAN FRANCISCO — Philadelphia band MewithoutYou played the Rickshaw Stop Saturday. The performance was replete with the band’s signature emotional oscillations that are ever-present on its new album, [Untitled]. Aaron Weiss poetically sang on topics like mental illness and mysticism. With a catalog of six full-length albums and a handful of EPs, MewithoutYou had plenty…
  • RIFF REWIND 2010: Katy Perry, Girl Talk and Carolina Chocolate Drops

    RIFF REWIND 2010: Katy Perry, Girl Talk and Carolina Chocolate Drops

    We’ve entered the current decade. I had to double-check whether that was right but apparently it’s November now and there’s less than two months left of 2018. Thanksgiving is soon and everything. We have experts researching how that happened, but the leading theory that “time flies when you’re…
  • REVIEW: The Struts let loose at the Fillmore

    REVIEW: The Struts let loose at the Fillmore

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Struts‘ frontman Luke Spiller’s mannerisms mirror Freddie Mercury’s so much that it can be possible to confuse whether his stage persona is an homage to the late Queen frontman or a social commentary. At the U.K. glam rock and power pop band’s show at…