• REVIEW: Fantastic Negrito lives up to the name at the Fillmore

    REVIEW: Fantastic Negrito lives up to the name at the Fillmore

    SAN FRANCISCO — Fantastic Negrito, as an artist, lives up to the adjective in his name. The Oakland songwriter and his band lit up the Fillmore with grooves that made dancing irresistible Friday. The evening served as both an album release show—his sophomore LP, Please Don’t Be Dead, dropped Friday—and a…
  • PHOTOS: Ghastly, Dion Timmer and friends turn up The Regency Ballroom

    PHOTOS: Ghastly, Dion Timmer and friends turn up The Regency Ballroom

    SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona DJ and producer Ghastly turned the Regency Ballroom crowd into a furious ball of energy just waiting to explode on Friday. Bringing his “Mystifying Oracle Tour” to the Bay, Ghastly used the opportunity to showcase his debut album of the same name. His use of samples created…
  • RIFF Rewind 1989: The '90s come early with Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails

    RIFF Rewind 1989: The ’90s come early with Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails

    Good news! We’ve made it to the ’90s in RIFF Rewind. OK, yeah, it’s still technically 1989. But any list that includes Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and Faith No More’s “Epic” is basically the ’90s, right? In fact, I was surprised by the latter two of those technically…
  • Cleveland's Welshly Arms get a leg up on major label debut

    Cleveland’s Welshly Arms get a leg up on major label debut

    Late last year, Cleveland blues and soul rock band Welshly Arms played to their biggest Bay Area audience to-date: Oracle Arena. The Alt-105 annual holiday concert, Not So Silent Night, was held, like in recent years, at the home of the Golden State Warriors. The members of Welshly…
  • RIFF RADIO: Metallica's Lars Ulrich reflects on North Bay fires, giving back

    RIFF RADIO: Metallica’s Lars Ulrich reflects on North Bay fires, giving back

    SAN FRANCISCO — Metal titans Metallica are synonymous with the Bay Area. The legendary rock band’s roots were planted in San Francisco and the Northern Bay in the early days. Even as some of the band members moved away, they were still invested in their home. Lars Ulrich,…
  • Nicki Bluhm living on the knife’s edge of fear and excitement

    Nicki Bluhm living on the knife’s edge of fear and excitement

    Break-up songs are as common as love songs, yet some are tougher to stomach than others. A quick fling will often end in a diesel fire, but a 10-year marriage? San Francisco’s Nicki Bluhm and her husband, Tim Bluhm, lived in a musical fairy-tail. Tim Bluhm, of The…
  • Q&A: Conspiracy theories with Aussie Mallrat

    Q&A: Conspiracy theories with Aussie Mallrat

    Nineteen-year-old Grace Shaw couldn’t believe it: Playing her first non-industry show in L.A. in early April, she spotted superstar producer and collaborator Mark Ronson staring at her from the crowd. Shaw, the real name of Australian singer-songwriter Mallrat, made a bold assertion on Twitter the previous week: Ronson…
  • WHAT A WEEKEND: RIFF's BottleRock in review

    WHAT A WEEKEND: RIFF’s BottleRock in review

    Each year BottleRock Napa Valley is the unofficial beginning of summer for Bay Area music fans. Now in its sixth year, the festival has brought fantastic musicians to Napa Valley, created iconic pairs at its culinary stage, and created news both for its rocky start and how the…
SFJAZZ announces 2018-19 artist programming