• REVIEW: Liz Phair gets sweaty at the Fillmore

    REVIEW: Liz Phair gets sweaty at the Fillmore

    SAN FRANCISCO — Less than three months after packing another San Francisco venue, ’90s alt-rock icon Liz Phair darn-near sold out the Fillmore Thursday for her quick return for the Amps on the Lawn tour. The show, mostly a celebration of her seminal 1993 record Exile in Guyville,…
  • Q&A: LP on her forthcoming record, songwriting and wedding bells

    Q&A: LP on her forthcoming record, songwriting and wedding bells

    It took LP only six record label deals to find to find a label that believed in her musical vision wholeheartedly. She had her breakout hits “Lost On You” and “Muddy Waters” in the can for her previous label. Executives listened to them and promptly dropped her. LP, born Laura…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Sept. 18

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Sept. 18

    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…
  • Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose reflects on Slim's at 30 years

    Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose reflects on Slim’s at 30 years

    South of Market music club Slim’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week with lineup of shows while highlighting its rich history as a hub for music in San Francisco. The club, which musician Boz Scaggs opened in 1988, has been a home base for local acts just…
  • Mutual Super Friends: Ayokay gets his starring role

    Mutual Super Friends: Ayokay gets his starring role

    Alex O’Neill and Mike Temrowski grew up on the same block in a Detroit suburb. The two were friends from the third grade on, first playing superheroes before finding and falling in love with music. Their initial success came together: Temrowski as rapper Quinn XCII and O’Neill as…
  • Interview: Caitlyn Smith knows the magic words, puts them to good use on 'Starfire'

    Interview: Caitlyn Smith knows the magic words, puts them to good use on ‘Starfire’

    For every star Music City churns out, there are 100 other artists struggling to break through. Even many of the success stories have rough beginnings, like Chris Stapleton, Margo Price or Maren Morris, all of whom began to make a dent not on stage but as songwriters for…
  • Rock'N Vino: Lights talks live-action 'Skin & Earth,' upcoming projects

    Rock’N Vino: Lights talks live-action ‘Skin & Earth,’ upcoming projects

    Canadian alt-pop singer-songwriter Lights isn’t one to stay still for too long. The Juno Award-winning musician released her fourth album, Skin & Earth, last fall and hasn’t looked back. Skin & Earth is part concept album, and the music was written as a companion to a comic book series…
  • J. Roddy Walston and the Business rebel against 'the Soft Life'

    J. Roddy Walston and the Business rebel against ‘the Soft Life’

    Sometimes J. Roddy Walston feels at odds with the ways of the world. “Everything’s easy and instant and same-day-delivery,” he says, sitting back on a couch. “You don’t even have to think about getting online; you can just go like ‘send me that.’ I’m not anti-technology, anti-progress or…
  • RIFF RADIO: ISLAND crosses an ocean ahead of first North American tour

    RIFF RADIO: ISLAND crosses an ocean ahead of first North American tour

    “Driving” may be the central theme of the debut full-length album by London shimmering indie rock band ISLAND, but the quartet couldn’t get to Seattle for its first North American tour by car. ISLAND The Blancos 7:30 p.m., Monday Cafe du Nord Tickets: $12-$15. Vocalist Rollo Doherty, guitarist Jack Raeder,…
  • Q&A: The Soft White Sixties settle into L.A. without forgetting their roots

    Q&A: The Soft White Sixties settle into L.A. without forgetting their roots

    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles rockers The Soft White Sixties don’t like to be put in a box. Their second LP, Alta California, is an eclectic and dynamic record that sees the band at its grooviest. This willingness to adapt and try new styles exemplifies the way that the…
  • Q&A: Lyrics Born on the story behind <em>Sorry to Bother You</em>, his 10th LP

    Q&A: Lyrics Born on the story behind Sorry to Bother You, his 10th LP

    In breakout smash hit Sorry To Bother You, one of the most talked-about films of the summer, a black telemarketer living in Oakland finds a magic key that lets him speak like a white man. This opens his world to boundless opportunities. Lyrics Born ‘Quite a Life’ album…
  • Rock'N Vino: Winemaker partners with Pearl Jam for charity wine label

    Rock’N Vino: Winemaker partners with Pearl Jam for charity wine label

    If the name Sleight of Hand Cellars sounds familiar, that’s because it was named after a Pearl Jam song. In fact, it’s the favorite Pearl Jam song of Walla Walla, Washington winemaker Trey Busch. A love of the band’s music and an opportunity to make wine brought Busch to…