• REVIEW: Papa Roach perseveres in 'elevated' return to San Francisco

    REVIEW: Papa Roach perseveres in ‘elevated’ return to San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO — The line outside the Regency Ballroom snaked through the neighborhood for blocks. Surely this Saturday crowd was lined-up to see some up-and-coming indie buzz band or electronic pop band or DJ. In fact, fans lined up to see nu-metal survivors Papa Roach make their return…
  • Found Footage Festival and Everything is Terrible get weird at Sketchfest

    Found Footage Festival and Everything is Terrible get weird at Sketchfest

    SAN FRANCISCO — Found Footage Festival and Everything Is Terrible joined forces for an evening of outlandish video footage and high weirdness at SF Sketchfest presented by Audible. The Castro Theater was packed Friday for an evening of news bloopers, corporate instructional videos gone wrong, cybersex commercials (“How…
  • Bob Odenkirk and Dana Gould a refreshing slap in the face at SF Sketchfest's immersive Speakeasy

    Bob Odenkirk and Dana Gould a refreshing slap in the face at SF Sketchfest’s immersive Speakeasy

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Speakeasy was crowded with comedians onstage and in your face Friday at SF Sketchfest presented by Audible. SF Sketchfest at the Speakeasy 7 to 10 p.m. The Speakeasy, 664 Broadway Tonight: John Hodgman & Paul F. Tompkins Friday, Jan. 25: Scott Adsit, Brian Huskey, Tami Sagher…
  • 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…
  • 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…