• Recap: Arroyo Seco Fest has something for everyone

    Recap: Arroyo Seco Fest has something for everyone

    PASADENA– Arroyo Seco Weekend proved a success, delivering a multi-generational music festival with something for everyone. Held in the shadow of the Rose Bowl on June 24 and 25, its slant toward jazz and funk brought out the Pasadena locals, armed with their deck chairs and picnic blankets. Young…
  • Q&A: DREAMERS' Marc Nelson talks "Drugs" and other addictions

    Q&A: DREAMERS’ Marc Nelson talks “Drugs” and other addictions

    Los Angeles alt-rock and electropop trio DREAMERS swear they didn’t write a song called “Drugs” to glamorize substance abuse. The song isn’t even about any controlled substance. Still, it didn’t stop organizers of one festival to kick the band off its lineup, bassist Marc Nelson recalled in an email…
  • 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 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’ve pooled our resources to find some…
  • Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank And The Bangas take a victory lap

    Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank And The Bangas take a victory lap

    AZUSA, CALIF. — In 2005, Tank And The Bangas frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball was forced to leave her school, family and home in New Orleans’ 8th Ward. When Hurricane Katrina made landfall, her neighborhood was submerged under 20 feet of water. Family members who did stay behind had to be rescued…
  • Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds meet fans on level ground at the Greek

    Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds meet fans on level ground at the Greek

    BERKELEY — Nick Cave, namesake of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was in nothing short of a generous and trusting mood at the Greek Theatre Saturday night. During several songs that night, beginning with “Higgs Boson Blues” from the band’s 15th studio album, Push The Sky Away, Cave leaned into…
  • Photos: Kehlani returns home and leads by example

    Photos: Kehlani returns home and leads by example

    BERKELEY — Kehlani grew up in Oakland and attended Berkeley High School, not too far from the Greek Theatre. At her sold-out show Friday, the second of two East Bay gigs this week, the R&B singer-songwriter drew massive cheers when she proclaimed, “I walked down this stage when I graduated from…