• Q&A: Rupa and the April Fishes propelled by civil justice on 'Growing Upward'

    Q&A: Rupa and the April Fishes propelled by civil justice on ‘Growing Upward’

    San Francisco’s Rupa Marya has spent her adult life dedicated to fighting injustice. The doctor and musician has used her actions to back up her often outspoken lyrics in global alternative band Rupa and the April Fishes. Rupa and the April Fishes Barrio Manouche 9 p.m., Friday, April…
  • INTERVIEW: Slothrust feeds on the magnetism of music

    INTERVIEW: Slothrust feeds on the magnetism of music

    The new live action and hand-drawn animation video for “Peach” encapsulates the sort of magical vibe alt-rock trio Slothrust was searching for when writing and recording its 2018 album, The Pact. BottleRock Napa Valley May 24 to 26 Napa Valley Expo Tickets: General admission $160-$360. The video sees the…
  • REVIEW: K.Flay shakes off the 'Bad Vibes' at intimate tour opener in San Francisco

    REVIEW: K.Flay shakes off the ‘Bad Vibes’ at intimate tour opener in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO — A sold-out crowd packed into the friendly confines of Bottom of the Hill to see K.Flay on an overcast Monday. It may have been the beginning of a long work week, the weather may not have been perfect, the Warriors may have been in the…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – April 16

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – April 16

    It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of music on the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I love how platforms like YouTube, Bandcamp and Soundcloud have opened the floodgates of independent artists. But navigating the flood is easier said than done. That’s where RIFF steps in. We do the…
  • Q&A: Steve Kilbey of The Church on never facing writer's block and hating grunge

    Q&A: Steve Kilbey of The Church on never facing writer’s block and hating grunge

    Starfish became the best-selling album for Australian alt-rock band The Church, but what frontman Steve Kilbey remembers most from making the 1988 record is how star producers Greg Ladanyi (Fleetwood Mac and Don Henley) and Waddy Wachtel (The Rolling Stones, Jon Bon Jovi) were rude to him and his bandmates. As…
  • REVIEW: Weezer and the Pixies mix it up in Oakland

    REVIEW: Weezer and the Pixies mix it up in Oakland

    OAKLAND — As the four members of Weezer stood at a microphone in front of the stage at Oracle Arena—dressed in striped jackets and boater hats—and performed a barbershop quartet version of “Beverly Hills,” it was obvious that their concert would transgress traditional musical boundaries. Given that Weezer’s…
  • Introducing Ivory Layne: Would-be pastor, painter and actor finds her calling in song

    Introducing Ivory Layne: Would-be pastor, painter and actor finds her calling in song

    Before she was signed to Justin Timberlake’s artist development company and traveling to London for songwriting sessions—before she even wanted to be a singer, or a painter, an author or an actor—Ivory Layne grew up in tiny Denver, North Carolina wanting to be a pastor. “It used to…
  • INTERVIEW: Chanteuse Haley Reinhart takes charge of her voice with 'Lo-Fi Soul'

    INTERVIEW: Chanteuse Haley Reinhart takes charge of her voice with ‘Lo-Fi Soul’

    It’s a week to go until the March 27 release of Lo-Fi Soul, her fourth album since making it to the finals of American Idol in 2012, and Haley Reinhart is still making decisions on the packaging for the vinyl edition of the LP. She kicks off a tour…
  • REVIEW: Pink parties all night at Gila River Arena in AZ

    REVIEW: Pink parties all night at Gila River Arena in AZ

    GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Pop superstar Pink descended from the heavens—quite literally—as her Beautiful Trauma World Tour rolled into the Gila River Arena on Saturday. The three-time Grammy winner greeted fans while swinging from a massive chandelier, belting out the lyrics to hit single “Get the Party Started” as…
  • PHOTOS: Simple Creatures go beyond punk-pop at The Midway

    PHOTOS: Simple Creatures go beyond punk-pop at The Midway

    SAN FRANCISCO — Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth debuted their new group, Simple Creatures, Friday at The Midway in one of just a handful of shows nationwide. And while fans of the two bands might have come to expect a pop-punk collaboration from the two bands best known for…
  • INTERVIEW: Liz Cooper charts her course of exploration with the Stampede

    INTERVIEW: Liz Cooper charts her course of exploration with the Stampede

    The best laid plans often go awry, but sometimes they lead to something better. That holds true for singer-songwriter Liz Cooper, frontwoman of Liz Cooper and the Stampede. Cooper, a scratch golfer in high school, grew up on a trajectory to make a name for herself in that…
  • REVIEW: Maren Morris sets her sights beyond country at San Francisco tour stop

    REVIEW: Maren Morris sets her sights beyond country at San Francisco tour stop

    SAN FRANCISCO — Nashville singer-songwriter Maren Morris brought her newly released album, Girl, to The Masonic Tuesday night for her first Bay Area headlining performance and a night of pop bombast with streaks of R&B and soap bubble cannons. If there was anything the next top country music star…