• VIDEO: The Stone Foxes "Fight" back

    VIDEO: The Stone Foxes “Fight” back

    Perennial San Francisco blues rockers The Stone Foxes are back with a new EP, Visalia, and a massive tour where the quintet will see 40 cities between September and early December. The Stone Foxes 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17 The Independent Thee Commons opening Tickets: $22-$25. 9 p.m.,…
  • Q&A: Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno on leaving a legacy

    Q&A: Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno on leaving a legacy

    Kasabian has never connected commercially in the U.S. the same way the band has in its native U.K., where the quartet is in the same ranks as the Arctic Monkeys and Muse. At home, singer Tom Meighan, guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews routinely…
  • Today with Andrew W.K.: Pee-wee-lover passes it forward

    Today with Andrew W.K.: Pee-wee-lover passes it forward

    Last week we began a conversation with rock and roller—and serious partier—Andrew W.K. about his ongoing tour and upcoming album. In the course of our interview, we covered a lot more diverse topics, and as you would expect from a motivational speaker and advice columnist, his answers were too…
  • Oakland's Madeline Kenney releases debut LP, turns to evolution

    Oakland’s Madeline Kenney releases debut LP, turns to evolution

    When I catch up with Madeline Kenney, life is a little different for her than it was a year before, when we first chatted. In August 2016, the Bay Area singer-songwriter was focused on what she told me would be her last live show before pivoting to focus on writing…
  • Q&A: Despite success, she'll always be 'Ruth B. from Edmonton'

    Q&A: Despite success, she’ll always be ‘Ruth B. from Edmonton’

    SAN FRANCISCO — Only a couple of years ago, recent high school grad Ruth Berhe was posting six-second snippets of herself covering other people’s song on a keyboard from her parents’ home in Edmonton, Alberta. These days, the singer, who goes by Ruth B., is still living at her…
  • PHOTOS: Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars showcase musicianship with high-energy show

    PHOTOS: Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars showcase musicianship with high-energy show

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Muse continued their national tour Friday night with a nearly sold-out show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, and fans eagerly awaited their presence. Muse played hit after hit, each one with more energy. Muse opened up with “Dig Down,” which although it started off slow, was very…
  • Brandi Smith: RIFF's resident hero journalist

    Brandi Smith: RIFF’s resident hero journalist

    Note from Managing Editor Daniel J. Willis: If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen anything from our Senior Reporter Brandi Smith lately, it’s because you’ve seen her everywhere else, because she’s a hero to journalists and to Houston. Brandi’s day job is reporter for KHOU 11 in Houston.…
  • PREMIERE: Jeffrey Krantz gets his head stuck in a freezer in sexy new video

    PREMIERE: Jeffrey Krantz gets his head stuck in a freezer in sexy new video

    Last year, between tapings of MTV Live TV show American Supergroup, Jeffrey Krantz hit the studio to write, record and self-produce his debut solo album. With rock band The Effects, Krantz toured with Kings of Leon, Shinedown and the Toadies, and he was a finalist in the TV…