• INTERVIEW: Chase Atlantic confidently faces mental health on 'Phases'

    INTERVIEW: Chase Atlantic confidently faces mental health on ‘Phases’

    When Australian pop band Chase Atlantic went into the studio last spring to record what would become its sophomore album, Phases, brothers Mitchel and Clinton Cave, and best friend and bandmate Christian Anthony didn’t even have the lyrics formed yet. While that’s a stress-inducing formula in most cases—studio…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 18, 2019

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 18, 2019

    Summer’s here, and with the season comes a tidal wave of album releases. It’s the best time of year to be a music fan, but also the most overwhelming. With so many new songs dropping every week on multiple streaming platforms, keeping up is easier said than done.…
  • REWIND: Throwback songs from this week's new release artists

    REWIND: Throwback songs from this week’s new release artists

    A common criticism I get on Twitter about this column, other than that I hate Europeans, is that I’m stuck in the past and hate modern music. Which is true. Modern music is garbage. But presumably those people missed that the column is called “RIFF Rewind” or they’d…
  • PHOTOS: Chromeo creates an electro-funk symbiosis at the Greek Theatre

    PHOTOS: Chromeo creates an electro-funk symbiosis at the Greek Theatre

    SAN FRANCISCO — Chromeo had one main intention at the Greek Theatre Saturday night: to create one gigantic outdoor dance party. The Canadian electro-funk duo repeatedly demanded, “I wanna see you dancing!” David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, backed by a full band, blended references from blue-eyed soul, dance, rock, synth-pop,…
  • PHOTOS: LANY enters the home stretch of its marathon at the Masonic

    PHOTOS: LANY enters the home stretch of its marathon at the Masonic

    SAN FRANCISCO —  LANY performed at The Masonic on Friday for the first of two nights in San Francisco. The sold-out show marked the home stretch of the Los Angeles trio’s 100-date world tour across five continents. LANY Sasha Sloan 8 p.m., Saturday The Masonic Tickets: $40+. LANY’s most…
  • INTERVIEW: Staind taking a reunion one step at a time, set to play Aftershock

    INTERVIEW: Staind taking a reunion one step at a time, set to play Aftershock

    Mike Mushok may be the most enthused man alive for the reunion of early aughts hard rock mainstays Staind. “I mean, I wanted to do it all along,” the Staind guitarist said of kickstarting the discussions to get the band back together. “It was just about trying to figure…
  • How JR JR's Daniel Zott and his wife fostered love with hearts broken

    How JR JR’s Daniel Zott and his wife fostered love with hearts broken

    More than four years had passed since Michigan indie rock band JR JR last released a record, but the absence of music from Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott had nothing to do with a lack of creativity. The duo, formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., had a…
  • REVIEW: Halsey, Ellie Goulding bring the sounds of summer to WAZZMATAZZ

    REVIEW: Halsey, Ellie Goulding bring the sounds of summer to WAZZMATAZZ

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Pop stars of today and tomorrow gathered at Shoreline Amphitheatre Sunday night for the WAZZMATAZZ summer concert spectacle. The show, presented by radio station Wild 94.9, featured an eclectic lineup of performers not only stylistically diverse, but also culturally diverse. Headlined by superstar Halsey, the…
  • PHOTOS: Billie Eilish wide awake at Bill Graham Civic tour opener

    PHOTOS: Billie Eilish wide awake at Bill Graham Civic tour opener

    SAN FRANCISCO — For Billie Eilish, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium seemed to be the ideal place to start the North American leg of her “When We All Fall Asleep” tour. For the 17-year-old Los Angeles artist, each song was a swing of emotions for her to interpret. Each…
  • INTERVIEW: NYC artist Abir takes her Moroccan-tinged pop nationwide

    INTERVIEW: NYC artist Abir takes her Moroccan-tinged pop nationwide

    SAN FRANCISCO — Abir Haronni is minutes removed from stepping off-stage at the Regency Ballroom and her adrenaline is still palpable, even as she stops to take photos with new fans. This is the largest crowd in front of which she’s ever performed (a sold-out room of fans on…
  • BottleRock 2019 Day 3: Santana and 13 other performances we loved on Sunday

    BottleRock 2019 Day 3: Santana and 13 other performances we loved on Sunday

    NAPA — Guitar legend Carlos Santana, closing out BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 on Sunday along with Mumford and Sons, saw it as his mission to fight fear with love. On several occasions, the Bay Area native, clad in a hoodie and sweatpants, made that point clear, but being from…
  • Interview: Gang of Youths again face mortality as they write their third LP

    Interview: Gang of Youths again face mortality as they write their third LP

    Gang of Youths’ 2015 debut record, The Positions, was a look into the depths of tragedy. David Le’aupepe, the frontman and chief songwriter for the Australian-based rock band, wrote songs about how his drug addiction brought him to his knees, his suicide attempts, his then-wife’s battle with cancer…