• INTERVIEW: Lydia Loveless looks to find herself on 'Daughter'

    INTERVIEW: Lydia Loveless looks to find herself on ‘Daughter’

    Lydia Loveless, Courtesy: Megan Toenyes. After crisscrossing the country in support of her 2016 album, Real, singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless was emotionally and physically spent. By that point, the alt-country artist had followed one critically acclaimed album (2014’s Somewhere Else) with another and toured with the likes of Lucinda…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Sept. 22

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Sept. 22

    Clockwise from top left: Mobley, Makeout, Rexx Life Raj, Sunflower Bean, Juan Wayne and Hot Flash Heat Wave. 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,…
  • SF's Town Hall Restaurant reopens with outdoor dining, hope for more help

    SF’s Town Hall Restaurant reopens with outdoor dining, hope for more help

    L to R: Town Hall Restaurant co-owners Björn Kock, Steven Rosenthal and Mitchell Rosenthal photographed on Sept. 18, 2020. Derek Tobias/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Mitchell Rosenthal, the executive chef and co-owner at acclaimed Town Hall Restaurant in San Francisco, seemed beyond happy to unbutton his shirt to reveal…
  • Insert Foot: Rock books and dying dreams of COVID-19 lockdown

    Insert Foot: Rock books and dying dreams of COVID-19 lockdown

    Insert Foot ignoring reality by doing some light reading. You want hope that 2020 will work itself out anytime soon? Sorry. This is where your dreams come to die today. Here’s how optimistic I am the virus-soaked coast will clear to emerge from our dark corner/mother’s basement/fire shelter…
  • Doctor Sung of TWRP on battling 2020 with positivity, working with Oakland's Planet Booty

    Doctor Sung of TWRP on battling 2020 with positivity, working with Oakland’s Planet Booty

    TWRP, Courtesy. Editor’s note: The colorful costumes and on-stage personas of Tupperware Remix Party (TWRP to its fans) are appropriately “over the top.” But keyboardist-singer Doctor Sung, guitarist Lord Phobos, bassist Commander Meouch and drummer Havve Hogan really are as hopeful as their music. The group, which got a…
  • Tiny Telephone Studios founder John Vanderslice starts anew in L.A.

    Tiny Telephone Studios founder John Vanderslice starts anew in L.A.

    John Vanderslice, Courtesy. John Vanderslice is feeling good. Calling from his kitchen of his Los Angeles home—the artist and producer relocated from San Francisco after shuttering Tiny Telephone in the City earlier this year—he’s just finished up recording a podcast for his Patreon account. It’s a new venture he’s…
  • Classical music meets hip-hop with Kev Choice, AÏMA the DRMR in SF Symphony video series

    Classical music meets hip-hop with Kev Choice, AÏMA the DRMR in SF Symphony video series

    Kev Choice in SF Symphony’s ‘From Scratch,’ Courtesy: Kim Huynh. The San Francisco Symphony, not able to play any concerts since March, has pivoted to alternative programming over the last couple of months, including video and podcast series CURRENTS, illustrating the connection between classical music and the music…
  • Stockton poet and America's Got Talent hopeful Brandon Leake: 'The poem changes as the years go on'

    Stockton poet and America’s Got Talent hopeful Brandon Leake: ‘The poem changes as the years go on’

    Brandon Leake performs in season 15 of ‘America’s Got Talent’ in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2020. Courtesy: Trae Patton/NBC. By the time Stockton poet Brandon Leake blew the “America’s Got Talent” judges and audience away on Sept. 1 with “Pookie”—about his mother’s fear every time he left…
  • RIFF Radio: Chris Daughtry finds creative freedom amid a chaotic world

    RIFF Radio: Chris Daughtry finds creative freedom amid a chaotic world

    Daughtry. Courtesy photo. Chris Daughtry‘s enthusiam over his band’s upcoming sixth record is palpable. Speaking from his home in Nashville in a room decked out in superhero memorabilia, Daughtry is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to record the rest of his album, given the constraints of the pandemic. He’s…
  • INTERVIEW: Julie Budet on the more mature YELLE, 'The Age of Aquarius'

    INTERVIEW: Julie Budet on the more mature YELLE, ‘The Age of Aquarius’

    YELLE, Courtesy: Jerome Lobato. Julie Budet, one-half of French dance pop duo YELLE, points to the penultimate track on new album L’Ère du Verseau as one of numerous examples at the group’s more serious and mature direction. L’Ère du Verseau (The Age of Aquarius) YELLE Recreation Center, Sept. 4…
  • INTERVIEW: Jonathan Higgs of Everything Everything on rising from the literal ashes

    INTERVIEW: Jonathan Higgs of Everything Everything on rising from the literal ashes

    Courtesy: Everything Everything. When the COVID-19 lockdowns first began, the sudden isolation and uncertainty caused a lot of stress for everyone. But for the members of English band Everything Everything there was an added stressor even on top of all that. Re-Animator Everything Everything AWAL, Sept. 11 “It happened…
  • Rexx Life Raj on his family history of activism, systemic racism, how to help

    Rexx Life Raj on his family history of activism, systemic racism, how to help

    Rexx Life Raj photographed at the Berkeley Marina on Aug. 18, 2020. Matt Pang/STAFF. Additional photos by Pang and Karen Goldman/STAFF. Singer and rapper Rexx Life Raj has seen the world from quite a few angles in his life. From growing up in Berkeley and Vallejo, to playing offensive…