• VIDEO: San Francisco Concert Calendar: July 24-30

    VIDEO: San Francisco Concert Calendar: July 24-30

    RIFF wants you to get out to more shows! To help you with that, here are our picks for where to go and who to see next week. RIFF’s video concert series features artists of all genres, with a focus on the best hidden gems the local music scene has to offer. If…
  • Q&A: MisterWives rage against the "Machine" on new album

    Q&A: MisterWives rage against the “Machine” on new album

    The last few months have been busy ones for New York pop band MisterWives. After completing their sophomore album, Connect the Dots, the band hit the road for the longest tour of their short careers, more than two straight months opening for Panic! At The Disco. MisterWives, Smallpools, Vinyl…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your weekly new music discovery

    Tuesday Tracks: Your weekly new music discovery

    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…
  • Introducing Meg Mac: Aussie chanteuse hits the high notes on <em>Low Blows</em>

    Introducing Meg Mac: Aussie chanteuse hits the high notes on Low Blows

    Four years after recording her very first single (“Known Better”), Australia’s Meg Mac is gearing up for Friday’s U.S. release of her debut album, the soulful and emotive Low Blows. Twenty-seven-year-old singer-songwriter Megan McInerney says the experience of recording 10 new tracks was certainly different than what she’s done in the…
  • Interview: Swedish sister trio Baskery looks back, moves forward

    Interview: Swedish sister trio Baskery looks back, moves forward

    There could be something in the water of Sweden that leads to strong familial harmonies of sibling bands like First Aid Kit, The Hives and reaching farther back to Ace of Base. But Sunniva and Greta Bondesson of sister trio Baskery have more practical reasoning. “I’m surprised there…
  • Review, Photos: The Melvins' aural assault on GAMH

    Review, Photos: The Melvins’ aural assault on GAMH

    SAN FRANCISCO — The sold-out crowd inside the Great American Music Hall hummed with excitement as the Melvins took the stage for their sixth show in a marathon 62-date American tour in support of their new double album A Walk with Love and Death. Following an atmospheric opening set by…
  • Q&A: Run River North breaking indie rock stereotype

    Q&A: Run River North breaking indie rock stereotype

    Alex Hwang knows from experience that it’s difficult to change others’ perspectives, even those who are more culturally exposed music fans and industry professionals. Speaking about their band indie rock band, Run River North, the two are used to concertgoers’ first reaction. Rooney, Run River North 9 p.m.,…
  • Q&A: L.A.'s Night Talks take their show to SF

    Q&A: L.A.’s Night Talks take their show to SF

    Soraya Sebghati wouldn’t really murder bandmates by slicing their throats with a straight blade, asphyxiating them with a belt or stabbing them to death with a butcher knife. She just likes to play the role of femme fatale. Night Talks 8 p.m., Friday Secret location in SF Tickets:…
Sofar Sounds to host five SF shows for refugee fundraiser