• REVIEW: Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross spread the love at Slim's

    REVIEW: Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross spread the love at Slim’s

    SAN FRANCISCO — There was some shroud of mystery going into Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross’ Thursday night performance at Slim’s. For Simpson, how would she perform after over a decade removed from not only the limelight, but releasing music and touring entirely? For Ross, what material would…
  • RIFF REWIND: The Weather Girls say it's raining men, Garbage and Bob Dylan

    RIFF REWIND: The Weather Girls say it’s raining men, Garbage and Bob Dylan

    The Weather Girls performing “It’s Raining Men” whilst surrounded by a scene of absolute carnage as the aforementioned men lie dead and dying around them, having inexplicably fallen from the sky. Michael Fish and Sian Lloyd look on, bewildered. Requested by Anthony Mitchell pic.twitter.com/LCPefmRCap — Jim’ll Paint It…
  • PREMIERE: SF's The Love Dimension tackles tour life with 'How Many Miles' video

    PREMIERE: SF’s The Love Dimension tackles tour life with ‘How Many Miles’ video

    Drawing from the feral energy of grunge and the mind-altering haze of ’60s psychedelia, The Love Dimension bridges the gap between three decades with a knack for infectious riffs and fire-starting hooks. The San Francisco denizens are gearing up to start 2019 with the release of their fourth LP, Dream…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 15

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 15

    Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips. Artists on platforms like 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…
  • Q&A: Dorothy Martin on rock and roll without the sex and drugs

    Q&A: Dorothy Martin on rock and roll without the sex and drugs

    Dorothy is redefining modern rock. The Los Angeles band, helmed by lead vocalist Dorothy Martin, does not shy away from its rock and roll image, embracing comparisons to classic rock icons and putting on a live show to rival them. “I’m proud to call myself a rock n’…
  • SF Sketchfest: Blown seal and 'Wheels Off' with Rhett Miller of the Old 97's

    SF Sketchfest: Blown seal and ‘Wheels Off’ with Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s

    Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller may be a master storyteller. Just don’t ask him to tell jokes. That might make his appearance at SF Sketchfest comedy festival Sunday seem like a bit of a head-scratcher. Miller will perform his acoustic variety show, “Wheels Off,” with a few friends…
  • INTERVIEW: Gregory Alan Isakov tills the good earth in soil and song

    INTERVIEW: Gregory Alan Isakov tills the good earth in soil and song

    There are 18 weeks each year when singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov suppresses his urges to put pen to paper, or hop into his DIY barn studio in rural Boulder, Colorado to record. That’s because those 18 weeks are farming season and Isakov, who owns a small farm, cares…
  • Micropixie: the extraordinary evolution of an alien activist

    Micropixie: the extraordinary evolution of an alien activist

    Neshma Friend has lived in many places and undergone many transformations, but her Micropixie persona has proven to be far more than a mere alias. Describing herself as “your favorite alien with extraordinary abilities,” the San Francisco artist will complete a trilogy of psychedelic avant-soul concept albums this…
  • Rickshaw Stop celebrates 15 years with a week of shows

    Rickshaw Stop celebrates 15 years with a week of shows

    San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop, celebrating its 15th anniversary with a series of concerts this week, has seen a lot over the years. Owner Christopher White recalls the time a fan of the band Bleached broke into the club and then tried to get into the green room to…
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