RIFF wants you to get out to more shows! To help you with that, here are our picks for where to go and who to see next week. RIFF’s video concert series features artists of all genres, with a focus on the best hidden gems the local music scene has to offer. If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further.
Lil Pump —Monday — the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and Wednesday — Social Hall SF
If you enjoy a good mumble rap mosh pit, then you want to make plans to see Lil Pump at either his show in San Francisco or Santa Cruz. With amazing producers like Ronny J behind his music, Lil Pump is able to accurately articulate and express the catharsis of trap rap while maintaining its simplicity.
Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, Kepi Ghoulie — Wednesday — Bottom of the Hill
Bomb the Music Industry! reunites. Well, kind of. At least Rosenstock and Stevenson are touring again. See Rosenstock perform songs off one of his best albums in years, Worry, as well as Stevenson’s new alt-pop direction and Ghoulie’s lovable pop-punk tunes.
Gojira — Sunday — UC Theatre in Berkeley
See one of the heaviest metal bands that France has to offer. Gojira have been pioneering its mix of death, sludge and progressive metal since the ’90s and last lost any of its edge. If you’re a metalhead, this is where you want to be Sunday night.
Jack Johnson — Wednesday — The Greek Theatre
If you like Violent Femmes, but thought their new album, We Can Do Anything, was disappointing, come to the Greek to hear a refreshing new take on the classic blend of acoustic rock and folk pop. Jack Johnson has dug up the genre to mold it to his unique style, which has garnered him a devoted cult following. Hear him play some singles off his new album, coming out this September.
Cap’n Jazz — Monday — The Independent
Ever since emo revival started becoming a thing in the early 2010s, die-hard nostalgia fans have been begging for Cap’n Jazz to tour again. Well, it finally happened. Catch the teenagers who pioneered Midwest emo as middle-aged adults playing for their biggest audiences ever.
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