• INTERVIEW: Breaking Benjamin guitarist Keith Wallen splits his passions with solo releases

    INTERVIEW: Breaking Benjamin guitarist Keith Wallen splits his passions with solo releases

    Very little time is spent idle for Breaking Benjamin guitarist-singer Keith Wallen. Along with his work with the modern rock heavyweights, Wallen also finds time for solo work. He released a debut solo EP, Allies, in 2014, and since then he’s released singles of and on. Breaking Benjamin Chevelle, Three Days…
  • PHOTOS: Tycho forecasts a new 'Weather' at Independent album release show

    PHOTOS: Tycho forecasts a new ‘Weather’ at Independent album release show

    SAN FRANCISCO — Tycho celebrated his new album, Weather, with an intimate show at the Independent Tuesday evening. Over the course of two sets, Scott Hansen and his bandmates evolved from a delicate solo showcase into a powerful full-band performance that brought every composition to life, turn from an electronic ambient sound…
  • SLIDESHOW: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Dirty Honey at The Warfield

    SLIDESHOW: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Dirty Honey at The Warfield

    SAN FRANCISCO — Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are truly Living The Dream with their 2019 world tour. After playing two continents, the quintet—led by the Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist and the Alter Bridge frontman—launched its 17-date North American stint at The Warfield on Monday…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 16

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 16

    Vacation time is here, there or right around the corner—and if you’re in San Francisco, Karl the Fog is back! It’s time to get out of dodge and find the sunshine, so who has time to sit at home and check out new music? That summer playlist won’t…
  • REWIND: In honor of Bastille Day, vive la musique Française!

    REWIND: In honor of Bastille Day, vive la musique Française!

    French history does not seem like a particularly metal subject. It seems like it would be heavy on horizontally-striped shirts, excessively long cigarette holders, berets and baguettes. But oh, that is not the case. Take for example the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. At the…
  • REVIEW: GOT7 gives fans front-row view of the K-Pop group's life at Oracle Arena

    REVIEW: GOT7 gives fans front-row view of the K-Pop group’s life at Oracle Arena

    OAKLAND — Since the beginning of boy bands, fans have demanded more than just music from their heroes. Details like the impression of a relationship and what each member likes to do or even eat have been just as important. That’s never changed from New Kids on the…
  • REVIEW: Logging town becomes jam epicenter at the High Sierra Music Festival

    REVIEW: Logging town becomes jam epicenter at the High Sierra Music Festival

    QUINCY, California — The High Sierra Music Festival, held annually at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, might seem like an odd place for the epicenter of the West Coast summer jam scene. It’s a tiny logging and mining town that hasn’t changed much over time. Set off Highway 70,…
  • INTERVIEW: Noah Kahan shares what's inside his 'Busyhead'

    INTERVIEW: Noah Kahan shares what’s inside his ‘Busyhead’

    Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan may have toured the world, but he’s just your average 22-year-old. He still misses home, gets nostalgic for high school and worries about what the next 10 years of his life will look like. Noah Kahan 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 August Hall Tickets: $20-$89. “You know,…
  • INTERVIEW: Tijuana Panthers on longevity, faith and 'Carpet Denim'

    INTERVIEW: Tijuana Panthers on longevity, faith and ‘Carpet Denim’

    If a band plays Coachella with no booking agent only two years after releasing its debut LP, there’s got to be more to the story. Tijuana Panthers’ grass roots work ethic during the early 2000s made them DIY luminaries with a ravenous following far before 2010’s Max Baker saw…
  • Hootie and the Blowfish celebrate 25 years of 'Cracked Rear View' at Shoreline

    Hootie and the Blowfish celebrate 25 years of ‘Cracked Rear View’ at Shoreline

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — When Hootie and the Blowfish were riding high off mega-hit album Cracked Rear View in 1995, they probably didn’t have as much crossover with country music outside of their home base in South Carolina. But Saturday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, as the Darius-Rucker-led band returned…
  • REVIEW: Khalid finds his own happiness at sold-out Oracle Arena concert

    REVIEW: Khalid finds his own happiness at sold-out Oracle Arena concert

    OAKLAND — Khalid took the Oracle stage for the first time on Friday night with a sold-out show in support of his sophomore album, Free Spirit. He kicked it off with “Intro,” blending it seamlessly into his new album’s title track, “Free Spirit.” The soaring cuts set the bar for…
  • REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen flush with Pride, full of steam at Bill Graham Civic

    REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen flush with Pride, full of steam at Bill Graham Civic

    SAN FRANCISCO — Carly Rae Jepsen hardly gave fans at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium a chance to catch their breath on the second night of her tour in support of new album Dedicated. The pop singer-songwriter kicked off with a bang to “No Drug Like Me.” After her…