• REVIEW: Lil Nas X makes a cameo, pop rules night at WiLD 94.9 Jingle Ball

    REVIEW: Lil Nas X makes a cameo, pop rules night at WiLD 94.9 Jingle Ball

    SAN FRANCISCO — Rapper Lil Nas X has had a breakout 2019. Thanks to “Old Town Road” and debut album 7, he racked up a bevy of award nominations, including six possible Grammys: Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Advertised at the top…
  • REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots, Raconteurs lead Not So Silent Night at SAP Center

    REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots, Raconteurs lead Not So Silent Night at SAP Center

    SAN JOSE — Some of the biggest names in alt-rock descended on the SAP Center on a soggy Saturday night in the South Bay for radio station Alt 105.3’s annual  holiday show, Not So Silent Night. The concert is perpetually a showcase of some of the most prominent…
  • REWIND: Recap the decade with our editor's top Spotify song of each year

    REWIND: Recap the decade with our editor’s top Spotify song of each year

    This week Spotify rolled out its annual Year in Review app, for subscribers to see what their top songs and artists of 2019 were. This year, since 2020 is right around the corner, they stretched it out to the entire decade. Twitter is alight with people posting their…
  • Andrea Bocelli makes San Francisco debut with SF Symphony at Chase Center

    Andrea Bocelli makes San Francisco debut with SF Symphony at Chase Center

    SAN FRANCISCO — As Andrea Bocelli addressed a sold-out Chase Center Thursday night toward the end of his two-hour performance with the San Francisco Symphony, he acknowledged the time that had elapsed since his last Bay Area performance. Andrea Bocelli 7 p.m., June 13 SAP Center, San Jose Tickets: On…
  • Year-end blitz: RIFF's 2019 in review lists are coming!

    Year-end blitz: RIFF’s 2019 in review lists are coming!

    We’re about to cross into a new year, and a new decade! It’s been quite an eventful year for music of all kinds. At RIFF, we’ve been busy looking back over the past 365 days. Our editorial team has been fighting tooth-and-nail, and even passive-aggressively, over what to include,…
  • PHOTOS: Snoop Dogg brings his "I Wanna Thank Me" tour to the Fillmore

    PHOTOS: Snoop Dogg brings his “I Wanna Thank Me” tour to the Fillmore

    SAN FRANCISCO — On the first day of the appropriately titled I Wanna Thank Me tour, Snoop Dogg brought long time collaborator and friend Warren G to the Fillmore. “Hello San Francisco, do you know what my name is?” he chanted over and over at the start of his show.…
  • INTERVIEW: Jewel on her new album, book, film and 25 years of 'Pieces of You'

    INTERVIEW: Jewel on her new album, book, film and 25 years of ‘Pieces of You’

    Having lived out of her car and on the street when she was a teen, it’s understandable why Jewel carries  the issue of homelessness—particularly homeless children—close to her heart. The singer-songwriter, born Jewel Kilcher, started a nonprofit in Las Vegas working with at-risk youth and has lobbied on…
  • REVIEW: Cher turns back time with ABBA-themed show at Chase Center

    REVIEW: Cher turns back time with ABBA-themed show at Chase Center

    SAN FRANCISCO — After starring in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the sequel film based on the Broadway production that incorporated the music of ABBA as its songbook, Cher fell in love with the music of the Swedish group. Last year, she released an album of ABBA covers,…
  • Q&A: MisterWives 'bloom' again with new music and more on the way

    Q&A: MisterWives ‘bloom’ again with new music and more on the way

    The Denver studio where MisterWives spent the morning working didn’t appreciate bassist William Hehir trying to light up indoors, which is why he’s found himself outside, joining the band’s vocalist and primary songwriter, Mandy Lee, in a phone interview Wednesday. MisterWives Foreign Air 8 p.m., Nov. 24-25 The…
  • REVIEW: Post Malone channels agony, ecstasy at Oakland Arena

    REVIEW: Post Malone channels agony, ecstasy at Oakland Arena

    OAKLAND — A sellout crowd at Oakland Arena underscored the meteoric success of Post Malone, who performed Thursday with his signature zeal. Boasting hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify and widespread, multi-generational name recognition, Austin Richard Post sang from the heart. His bear-like stage presence indicated a man…
  • Third Eye Blind frontman sues former bassist over streaming royalties

    Third Eye Blind frontman sues former bassist over streaming royalties

    The frontman of Third Eye Blind is suing one of his former bandmates for alleged streaming royalties theft. The attorney for the former band member, Arion Salazar, is countering that the royalties are his on the basis that Salazar was originally pressured by an attorney that did not…
  • REVIEW: Carlos Santana brings family and friends to Chase Center homecoming

    REVIEW: Carlos Santana brings family and friends to Chase Center homecoming

    SAN FRANCISCO — Having headlined BottleRock just last May, the return of Carlos Santana to the Bay Area at Chase Center on Tuesday wasn’t a long-awaited event. It wasn’t even Santana’s debut at the new arena; that happened when he made a surprise appearance at Eric Clapton’s show…
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