• Outside Lands 2019: Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino and Paul Simon to headline

    Outside Lands 2019: Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino and Paul Simon to headline

    Alt-rockers Twenty One Pilots and R&B superstar Childish Gambino will join the previously announced legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon as headliners at the 2019 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. The three will be supported by Kacey Musgraves, the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards, Australian producer Flume, roots rock…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – March 26

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – March 26

    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…
  • PHOTOS: Catfish and the Bottlemen's hyperactivity infectious at the Fox Theater

    PHOTOS: Catfish and the Bottlemen’s hyperactivity infectious at the Fox Theater

    OAKLAND — Led by frontman Van McCann’s moves and inexhaustible hyperactivity, Catfish and the Bottlemen performed with stunning stage presence at their Fox Theater show Saturday. After an intro that consisted of an a cappella rendition of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” the English quartet opened with “Longshot,” from next month’s…
  • REWIND: R.E.M., E-40, and Green Day sing about pain

    REWIND: R.E.M., E-40, and Green Day sing about pain

    Ow. I am, to say the least, breakable. Occasionally my joints just kinda decide not to be joints anymore. For example last weekend while foolishly attempting some light yard work I rolled my ankle, so now that’s all sprained and sore. So join me as I whine about…
  • REVIEW: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness turns the Fox into an epic pool party

    REVIEW: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness turns the Fox into an epic pool party

    OAKLAND — In the last stretch of his Upside Down Flowers tour, Andrew McMahon went all out to bring summertime early to the Fox Theater on Thursday. Palm trees, parasols, giant lit-up carnations and lifeguard signs covered the stage as his band appeared with nautical gear, unfolding a poolside…
  • PHOTOS: HÆLOS project their vision of trip-hop futurism at The Independent

    PHOTOS: HÆLOS project their vision of trip-hop futurism at The Independent

    SAN FRANCISCO — HÆLOS brought their Any Random Kindness Tour into fruition at the Independent Wednesday with cinematic and sprawling soundscapes. The London group is a culmination of modernistic trip-hop and lifting vocal harmonies derived from singers Arthur Delaney and Lotti Benardout. Their upcoming record, Any Random Kindness, has…
  • Metallica to reprise classic 'S&M' SF Symphony collaboration at Chase Center opening

    Metallica to reprise classic ‘S&M’ SF Symphony collaboration at Chase Center opening

    SAN FRANCISCO — Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will perform at the inaugural concert at the Chase Center, the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The team, symphony and band Monday jointly announced the Sept. 6 concert, dubbed “S&M2” for the original time the thrash metal…
  • REVIEW: Sara Bareilles full of simmering fury in return to the concert stage in SF

    REVIEW: Sara Bareilles full of simmering fury in return to the concert stage in SF

    SAN FRANCISCO — Sara Bareilles has been busy in the six years since she released This Blessed Unrest, her breakthrough album that was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. First, she scored the Broadway production of Waitress. Then she acted in the play’s lead…
  • REVIEW: Pink Floyd's Nick Mason sets the controls for old magic at The Masonic

    REVIEW: Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason sets the controls for old magic at The Masonic

    SAN FRANCISCO — Drummer Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to be featured on every one of the band’s albums, which have gone on to sell over a quarter billion copies. While Mason’s bandmates, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, have put on massive tours playing…
  • RIFF RADIO: Grandson stokes the fire of revolution for positive change

    RIFF RADIO: Grandson stokes the fire of revolution for positive change

    The past 12 months have been quite a ride for New-Jersey-born, Toronto-raised Jordan Benjamin. The alt-rock singer-songwriter, who performs as Grandson, opened for artists like Young the Giant and Smashing Pumpkins, released two-volume EP A Modern Tragedy, and is now embarking on his first national headlining tour—a nearly sold-out endeavor. Grandson sat…
  • INTERVIEW: Alice Merton faces off with fear, tours with Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums

    INTERVIEW: Alice Merton faces off with fear, tours with Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums

    Alice Merton still gets anxious to the point of nausea before performing. More than a year since the release of snowballing worldwide hit “No Roots,” which quickly reached the top spot on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, the Berlin-based Anglophile songwriter still faces bouts of self-doubt that she will make…
  • REVIEW: LP feeds her admirers 'Heart to Mouth' at the Fox

    REVIEW: LP feeds her admirers ‘Heart to Mouth’ at the Fox

    OAKLAND — Singer-songwriter LP wowed a packed Fox Theater Sunday with little more than the power and range of her voice. The show, a make-up of an appearance postponed due to illness, was in support of the New-York-born, L.A.-based artist’s album Heart to Mouth. While the set was…