• INTERVIEW: Imagine Dragons pause to reflect, prepare for next chapter

    INTERVIEW: Imagine Dragons pause to reflect, prepare for next chapter

    The past decade has been been a light-speed blur for BottleRock headliners Imagine Dragons and their North-Bay-raised bassist, Ben McKee. The band put the pedal to the metal since the release of its breakthrough debut album, Night Visions, in 2012 and never looked back. “It’s been a long time since any of…
  • REWIND: Take a trip to Scandinavia for some hard rock and metal

    REWIND: Take a trip to Scandinavia for some hard rock and metal

    After watching Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals it’s tempting to write a column about the Warriors, but I’m not going to be the one to jinx them. So you’re going to have to wait until they finish off whoever wins the East in four. Instead…
  • INTERVIEW: Marian Hill looks to free its sound further on forthcoming third LP

    INTERVIEW: Marian Hill looks to free its sound further on forthcoming third LP

    Fans of alt-pop and R&B duo Marian Hill can expect to hear new music by the time producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol take the stage at BottleRock next week. BottleRock Napa Valley May 24 to 26 Napa Valley Expo Tickets: General admission $160-$360. Marian Hill  9 p.m.,…
  • Guest column: Anthony D'Amato on finding comfort in stillness on "Passing Through"

    Guest column: Anthony D’Amato on finding comfort in stillness on “Passing Through”

    Singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato left his job as a music publicist—where he got to work closely with the likes of St. Vincent—to pursue his own music. Since then he’s circled the globe numerous times, played countless bars and seen just enough to realize there’s more to life than getting…
  • REVIEW: Florence and the Machine endorses Arya Stark at Concord tour stop

    REVIEW: Florence and the Machine endorses Arya Stark at Concord tour stop

    CONCORD — The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” knocked out the (spoiler alert) sitting Iron Throne ruler while destroying the reputation of another. At her tour stop at the Concord Pavilion on Wednesday, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine made her pick of the remaining players…
  • INTERVIEW: Vintage Trouble finds home on the road in support of 'Chapter II'

    INTERVIEW: Vintage Trouble finds home on the road in support of ‘Chapter II’

    It’s difficult to mask the excitement Vintage Trouble drummer Richard Danielson feels for his band. The band has both a new album, a two-part EP and is returning to the road following the longest hiatus in its nine-year career. BottleRock Napa Valley May 24 to 26 Napa Valley…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – May 14, 2019

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – May 14, 2019

    Summer is on its way, and the festival season is just starting to come into full swing. Of course, everyone knows the headliners, but what about the undercards? The names nearly out of focus could test anyone’s researching abilities. Thanks to RIFF, you don’t have to comb through and figure…
  • Rock'N Vino: Linkin Park's Dave "Phoenix" Farrell finds a passion in wine country

    Rock’N Vino: Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell finds a passion in wine country

    As bassist for Linkin Park, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell has traveled across the globe playing the biggest stages. But since the tragic death of vocalist Chester Bennington, Farrell has been able to decompress by tapping into other creative outlets, traveling for pleasure and working on some of his non-musical passions.…
  • INTERVIEW: D.C. trio finds a different SHAED of success with "Trampoline"

    INTERVIEW: D.C. trio finds a different SHAED of success with “Trampoline”

    SAN FRANCISCO — “Trampoline” propelled SHAED to the tops of multiple charts after Apple used the spacey and woozy slow-burner last fall to score a MacBook commercial, but if you ask the Washington, D.C.-area electro-pop trio if the song is its best, the band members will shrug. BottleRock Napa…
  • CONCERT REVIEW: Tedeschi Trucks Band slides into Oakland

    CONCERT REVIEW: Tedeschi Trucks Band slides into Oakland

    OAKLAND — Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Susan Tedeschi stood in front of fans Saturday night—the second of two shows at the Fox Theater—and asked if anyone had been there the night before. “It’s going to be a completely different show,” she declared. Just like snowflakes and fingerprints, every extended set…
  • REVIEW: Amanda Palmer bares her soul in her one-woman show at the Warfield

    REVIEW: Amanda Palmer bares her soul in her one-woman show at the Warfield

    SAN FRANCISCO — Late in her four-hour show Friday, Amanda Palmer told the story of a yoga teacher who would tell her, “If you can, you must.” Her instructor was talking about especially difficult poses, but in this era she took it to heart and extended it to…
  • Q&A: Citizen Cope on 'Heroin and Helicopters,' his role as an artist

    Q&A: Citizen Cope on ‘Heroin and Helicopters,’ his role as an artist

    In the seven years between his 2012 album, One Lovely Day, and this spring’s Heroin and Helicopters, Clarence Greenwood had a daughter and lost his father. The singer-songwriter, better known as Citizen Cope, also toured consistently. He didn’t set out to avoid releasing music for such a long…
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