• REVIEW: Quicksand and Glassjaw stay true to post-hardcore at GAMH

    REVIEW: Quicksand and Glassjaw stay true to post-hardcore at GAMH

    SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, post-hardcore luminaries Quicksand and Glassjaw released albums for the first time in more than a decade. Their return was followed with the announcement of a co-headlining tour, which made its Bay Area stop at the Great American Music Hall Tuesday. Quicksand took the stage…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - July 17

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 17

    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…
  • PHOTOS: Anthony Green of Circa Survive leads intimate night at GAMH

    PHOTOS: Anthony Green of Circa Survive leads intimate night at GAMH

    SAN FRANCISCO — Despite just having released a new album a little more than a month ago, Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green decided to focus his solo acoustic tour on the 10-year anniversary of another record, Avalon. Green’s tour made a stop at the Great American Music Hall Sunday.  Even though Green…
  • REVIEW: John Zorn and Bill Laswell explore experimentation at migrant reunification benefit at the Chapel

    REVIEW: John Zorn and Bill Laswell explore experimentation at migrant reunification benefit at the Chapel

    SAN FRANCISCO —  Watching John Zorn and Bill Laswell on stage at The Chapel in San Francisco Friday, a sentence James Baldwin wrote in his famous short story Sonny’s Blues hung in the air: “The man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the…
  • RIFF Rewind: Tupac, Wu-Tang and the Breeders wrote the best songs of 1993

    RIFF Rewind: Tupac, Wu-Tang and the Breeders wrote the best songs of 1993

    Usually this column is the top five songs of each year. Sometimes, in an especially good year, I bend that and make it the top 10. This week has nine. The reasons for this are threefold: First, the longlist has 23 songs on it and that’s hard to…
  • REVIEW: Sylvan Esso and Kamasi Washington paint with different brushes in Berkeley

    REVIEW: Sylvan Esso and Kamasi Washington paint with different brushes in Berkeley

    BERKELEY — On its current tour, North Carolina electro-pop and dance duo Sylvan Esso is sharing the stage with several handfuls of different artists. While most of the openers fit into the indie rock or pop mold, Berkeley fans were given a special treat Thursday with Grammy-winning jazz…
  • PHOTOS: Neurosis establishes post-metal roots and the art of stealth at GAMH

    PHOTOS: Neurosis establishes post-metal roots and the art of stealth at GAMH

    SAN FRANCISCO — Neurosis, the avant-garde Oakland band that has quietly influenced metal bands for more than 20 years, demonstrated the diversity of the metal genre Wednesday at the Great American Music Hall. Neurosis is a legend in the underground metal scene. Despite influencing many contemporaries, it itself hasn’t received as much…
  • BREAKING: XO Music Festival canceled by venue; organizer arrested in February

    BREAKING: XO Music Festival canceled by venue; organizer arrested in February

    UPDATED AT 12 P.M. THURSDAY: The Contra Costa County Event Park has cancelled the XO Music Festival, alleging festival promoters failed to fulfill a contractual obligation to provide liability insurance for the event. The insurance would have covered such things as security, lighting and production of the event.…