• REWIND: Bruce Willis and Steven Seagal show us why actors shouldn't sing

    REWIND: Bruce Willis and Steven Seagal show us why actors shouldn’t sing

    The Oscars are tomorrow night. Obviously, this means I need to insult actors. I already insulted the Grammys but, amazingly, the Oscars are worse. They’re an interminable celebration of biopics and period dramas nobody actually saw. The Oscar voters are intensely dedicated to not honoring “genre movies,” a…
  • REVIEW: Aurora brings her 'Queendom' to L.A.'s Fonda Theatre

    REVIEW: Aurora brings her ‘Queendom’ to L.A.’s Fonda Theatre

    LOS ANGELES — Norwegian luminary Aurora dazzled at a sold-out show at Fonda Theater on Wednesday with a spectrum of emotions through her exuberant brand of art-pop. Aurora Aksnes and her band supercharged her music, from the punchy rhythmic and impassioned singing to the immersive atmospheres and instrumental presence. She relished the prominent…
  • INTERVIEW: You Me At Six break from hard rock mold with shiny new 'VI'

    INTERVIEW: You Me At Six break from hard rock mold with shiny new ‘VI’

    English rock band You Me At Six is looking into the hopeful future of rock and roll on its latest album, VI, but it was a journey the quintet began with 2017’s Night People. You Me At Six Dreamers, Machinehart 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7 Great American Music Hall Tickets:…
  • INTERVIEW: My Brightest Diamond a rebirth for Detroit's Shara Nova

    INTERVIEW: My Brightest Diamond a rebirth for Detroit’s Shara Nova

    The challenge of parachuting into Noise Pop 2019 isn’t lost on Detroit’s Shara Nova. The mastermind behind the luminous experimental pop project My Brightest Diamond is thoughtfully preparing to bring her blend of classical technique and catchy songwriting to audiences who may be hearing her for the first time. My…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Feb. 19

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Feb. 19

    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…
  • INTERVIEW: Nightly's Jonathan Capeci on the duo's creative vision and drive

    INTERVIEW: Nightly’s Jonathan Capeci on the duo’s creative vision and drive

    Cousins Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta have turned a chance encounter with a music video director into a new artistic direction for their band, Nightly. Even after signing a major label deal with Interscope, the two have worked hard to maintain their creative vision. Nightly  8 p.m., Sunday,…
  • REVIEW: Kacey Musgraves exercises the art of the slow burn at the Masonic

    REVIEW: Kacey Musgraves exercises the art of the slow burn at the Masonic

    SAN FRANCISCO — It’s been quite a week for country queen Kacey Musgraves. It began last Sunday with four Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year win for 2018’s Golden Hour. Musgraves could have taken a few days to celebrate the accomplishment, but she’s in the…
  • REVIEW: Anderson .Paak delivers a Grammy-worthy performance at the Masonic

    REVIEW: Anderson .Paak delivers a Grammy-worthy performance at the Masonic

    SAN FRANCISCO — It’s barely 2019 but Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals’ performance Monday at the Masonic Auditorium just might be the most virtuosic and energetic to grace Bay Area stages this year. Paak kicked off his Oxnard Tour the night after his single “Bubblin” won the Grammy…
  • Q&A: Felicia Day boldly going with sci-fi improv podcast 'Voyage to the Stars'

    Q&A: Felicia Day boldly going with sci-fi improv podcast ‘Voyage to the Stars’

    While podcasts are experiencing a renaissance and anyone who’s anyone’s got one, Voyage to the Stars, which debuts Tuesday, still stands out. It’s an improv-yet-scripted comedic take on sci-fi adventure. Actress, writer and producer Felicia Day, who stars as one of four good-natured but incompetent human space explorers…
  • INTERVIEW: Lone wolf Elise Davis howls her own tune with 'Cactus'

    INTERVIEW: Lone wolf Elise Davis howls her own tune with ‘Cactus’

    Elise Davis isn’t sure what’s more surprising: that there are any lizards at all in Nashville, where the Arkansas singer-songwriter had moved, or that her cat, Enchilada, has just walked into her living room with one in its mouth—its life seemingly seeping out of its body. Donovan Woods,…
  • Q&A: Flor gains confidence, prepares tactful protest

    Q&A: Flor gains confidence, prepares tactful protest

    NAPA — Zach Grace, McKinley Kitts, Dylan Bauld and Kyle Hill amble into the Napa Valley Expo bingo hall fresh off an energetic early set at Bottlerock, laughing and joking with each other, four voices crashing over each other. The four members of flor are still on a…
  • INTERVIEW: Gang of Four back with new album and tour, same punk attitude

    INTERVIEW: Gang of Four back with new album and tour, same punk attitude

    When Gang of Four burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, England was in the middle of political swing to the right. High unemployment and a sluggish economy combined with growing wealth inequality and public sector cutbacks led to the rise of Margaret Thatcher and modern conservatism.…