• VIDEO: Oakland's Maggie Y/O forges her own way

    VIDEO: Oakland’s Maggie Y/O forges her own way

    Four years ago, Maggie Osburn cut her mother out of her life. Her mom, who Osburn described as bipolar and self-medicating her illness with alcohol, had created a toxic environment for Osburn until she moved to live with her father at 14. Her sister continued to live with…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery

    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…
  • Self-flagellation (for art!) with A Giant Dog

    Self-flagellation (for art!) with A Giant Dog

    On rowdy rocker “Toy Gun,” off A Giant Dog’s fourth album, Toy, singer Sabrina Ellis and her bandmates may as well be singing about Donald Trump. A Giant Dog  Great Apes, Mare Island 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 Hemlock Tavern Tickets: $10. “The ‘Toy Gun’ character, we all know…
  • Brodie Jenkins of Cathedrals, a North Bay native, shares stories of fires' devastation

    Brodie Jenkins of Cathedrals, a North Bay native, shares stories of fires’ devastation

    On Sunday night in San Francisco, the smell of smoke floated into my bedroom. A few minutes later, I was glued to the news, learning of the massive firestorm engulfing my beloved childhood stomping ground of Sonoma County. It was 1 a.m. I knew my parents were asleep,…
  • Andrew Bird finds his frequencies with new instrumental LP, plans others

    Andrew Bird finds his frequencies with new instrumental LP, plans others

    From the outset of the project, Andrew Bird always envisioned Echolocations as a series. The vocalist-songwriter-musician, who has switched back and forth between folk, pop, jazz, classical and blues over 20 years and 14 albums, had decided, on the advice of a friend, to trek out to a…
  • REVIEW: Depeche Mode flaunts new and old tunes in Oakland

    REVIEW: Depeche Mode flaunts new and old tunes in Oakland

    OAKLAND — Dave Gahan paraded his moves all over the stage of Oracle Arena on Tuesday night as if it was his personal dance floor, perhaps because it was. Depeche Mode played the second of two Bay Area shows to a crowd dressed in lots of black, lots of…
  • Needtobreathe finds success in the space between mainstream and gospel

    Needtobreathe finds success in the space between mainstream and gospel

    No sentient soul could ever accuse Needtobreathe of laziness. Long before the band hit the road on its own headlining tour, the Grammy-nominated band opened for Train, Collective Soul and Taylor Swift. The band has crisscrossed the country, played international tours and braved outdoor festivals like Forecastle and…
  • RECAP & PHOTOS: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass leaves Golden Gate Park glowing

    RECAP & PHOTOS: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass leaves Golden Gate Park glowing

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival brought out the “golden” in Golden Gate Park last weekend. Following a sullen week marked by the massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival and the death of rock icon Tom Petty, Hardly Strictly provided a space for thousands of…