• PHOTOS: System of a Down brings Korn and chaos to Oakland Arena

    PHOTOS: System of a Down brings Korn and chaos to Oakland Arena

    System of a Down performs at Oakland Arena in Oakland, Oct. 18, 2021. Derek Tobias/STAFF. OAKLAND — Los Angeles hard rockers System of a Down powered through the Bay Area for the first time in over 10 years on Monday, bringing Korn along for the ride after Faith…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 19

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 19

    Clockwise from top left: Kurt Baker, Lotic, Shakka, Namesake, aldn and Lil Migo. This week we feature the surreal discordant sound of Lotic, the playful antics of Shakka, as well as Lil Migo, Namesake, aldn and Kurt Baker. aldn, “n2o” — The thumping bass, 8-bit melody and snapping garage drumming…
  • REVIEW: Wilco gets down to business at the Fox in Oakland

    REVIEW: Wilco gets down to business at the Fox in Oakland

    Wilco performs at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Oct. 17, 2021. Karen Goldman/STAFF. OAKLAND — A light drizzle fell on Sunday night as Chicago rock group Wilco played the first of two nights at the Fox Theater. Many are hopeful the rain signaled an end to the…
  • Q&A: Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards learns to go with the flow

    Q&A: Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards learns to go with the flow

    Heartless Bastards, courtesy Aaron Conway. Erika Wennerstrom has been fronting Heartless Bastards since 2003. The Austin roots-rock band’s sixth studio album, A Beautiful Life, which came out Sept. 10, is some of her strongest material since 2012’s Arrow. On it, she ponders the value of taking chances, materialism,…
  • PHOTOS: Phoebe Bridgers 'reunites'—and ignites—at the Greek Theatre

    PHOTOS: Phoebe Bridgers ‘reunites’—and ignites—at the Greek Theatre

    Phoebe Bridgers performs at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on Oct. 16, 2021. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF. BERKELEY – Phoebe Bridgers brought her “Reunion Tour” to the Greek Theatre Saturday night, and fans were singing along from the first song, “Motion Sickness,” off 2017’s Stranger in the Alps. The wanton wails…
  • REVIEW: Jack Antonoff and Bleachers bring the Jersey sound to the Masonic

    REVIEW: Jack Antonoff and Bleachers bring the Jersey sound to the Masonic

    Bleachers perform at The Masonic in San Francisco on Oct. 16, 2021. Steve Carlson/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Antonoff is a huge star now, thanks to his contributions to the music of other stars—deservedly so. As a happy side effect, his band Bleachers is now drawing much larger…
  • Insert Foot: Remembering Live 105, how change is inevitable

    Insert Foot: Remembering Live 105, how change is inevitable

    Insert Foot vs. Dave FM. The Bay Area just lost a huge chunk of its musical soul—and just as big of a slice of its cool factor. San Francisco alt-rock station KITS-105.3 (Live 105/Alt 105; it switched names in 2017, but was always Live 105 to those remembering…
  • REWIND: It's Boss' Day, so let's strike and listen to pro-worker songs

    REWIND: It’s Boss’ Day, so let’s strike and listen to pro-worker songs

    The Ramones in 1976. Courtesy. Today is National Boss’ Day. (Assuming you’re reading this the day it publishes, which, I mean, why wouldn’t you be.) Which is ironic. There are so many strikes about to start in the coming days that it may turn into a general strike…
  • Q&A: Molly Moore focusing on herself in life and new music

    Q&A: Molly Moore focusing on herself in life and new music

    Molly Moore performs at BottleRock Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Expo on Sept. 4, 2021. Adam Pardee/STAFF. NAPA — After Molly Moore first moved from New York to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time music career, besides the more typical work waiting tables, she’d pick up numerous…
  • Aftershock Day 4: Metallica, Rise Against, 6 more we loved Sunday

    Aftershock Day 4: Metallica, Rise Against, 6 more we loved Sunday

    Metallica performs at Aftershock Fest in Sacramento on Oct. 10, 2021. Courtesy Aftershock. SACRAMENTO — Aftershock Fest couldn’t contain Metallica to just one night night. For the first time in the festival’s history, the Friday headliner returned on Sunday to close out the weekend with a second set. One…
  • INTERVIEW: Claud puts in the work on Bleachers tour, Outside Lands next

    INTERVIEW: Claud puts in the work on Bleachers tour, Outside Lands next

    Claud, courtesy. Pop singer-songwriter Claud is in Texas, where the next day they’ll take the stage at Austin City Limits. Just a few weeks later they’ll travel west for San Francisco’s Outside Lands. These big shows are becoming the norm as the singer builds momentum following the February…
  • Aftershock Day 3: Mudvayne, The Original Misfits, 3 more we loved Saturday

    Aftershock Day 3: Mudvayne, The Original Misfits, 3 more we loved Saturday

    Mudvayne performs at Aftershock Fest in Sacramento on Oct. 9, 2021. Courtesy Aftershock. SACRAMENTO —Saturday night Aftershock line-up was marked by two reunions, of sorts. The night was headlined by The Original Misfits, with vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only. The reunion, which came in 2016, followed…
  • Q&A: Chris Pierce opening hearts and changing the face of Americana

    Q&A: Chris Pierce opening hearts and changing the face of Americana

    Chris Pierce performs at BottleRock Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Expo on Sept. 5, 2021. Adam Pardee/STAFF. Chris Pierce has been busy. Between his Americana-flavored trio Leon Creek, his soulful collaboration with Sunny War (War & Pierce), and his hard-hitting blues-folk solo album American Silence, it’s surprising…
  • Q&A: Work ethic pays off for former auto dealership porter JJ Wilde

    Q&A: Work ethic pays off for former auto dealership porter JJ Wilde

    JJ Wilde performs at BottleRock Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Expo on Sept. 4, 2021. Adam Pardee/STAFF. NAPA — Building momentum off a tremendous run of success, including three No. 1s in her native Canada and a JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year (becoming the…
  • Interview: How San Jose native Sean Miyashiro built Asian arts giant 88rising

    Interview: How San Jose native Sean Miyashiro built Asian arts giant 88rising

    88rising founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro, courtesy. Sean Miyashiro looks at 88rising’s partnership with the makers of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” as a case of “worlds colliding.” The 40-year-old CEO and president of the wildly successful Asian art and music company—a San Jose…