• Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Aug. 4, 2020

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Aug. 4, 2020

    Clockwise from top left: VINCINT, cehryl, Curtis Waters, Goody Grace, Heartless Bastards and Izzy Bizu. 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, but who has…
  • Q&A: Colombian Loyal Lobos on 'Everlasting,' her strong-willed mom and the pandemic

    Q&A: Colombian Loyal Lobos on ‘Everlasting,’ her strong-willed mom and the pandemic

    Loyal Lobos, Courtesy: Diego Trenas. Colombian singer-songwriter Andrea Silva, who writes and performs as Loyal Lobos, is proud, inspired and terrified of her mother, who took on numerous ventures as Silva grew up to protect her family and ensure its well-being. Everlasting Loyal Lobos AWAL, Aug. 7 Silva,…
  • REWIND: Five of the best protest songs in hip-hop

    REWIND: Five of the best protest songs in hip-hop

    Run The Jewels perform at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on March 13, 2018. Alessio Neri/STAFF. We’re in week… nine of RIFF Rewind’s Black History Month? I think this is the ninth. Wait here for a second and I’ll check. Yes, it appears we’re entering Month Three of…
  • Opinion: 'SongSex' with Shelly Peiken—run to the studio, get to it from all angles

    Opinion: ‘SongSex’ with Shelly Peiken—run to the studio, get to it from all angles

    Shelly Peiken, Courtesy: Dia Morgan. Editor’s note: Shelly Peiken may be best-known for writing female-empowerment anthems like Christina Aguilera’s No. 1 hit, “What a Girl Wants” and Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch,” but she’s been busy behind the scenes in the music industry for two decades. She’s written for many…
  • INTERVIEW: Sweden's Pauline Skott on nearly getting stuck in Mexico, her pandemic debut

    INTERVIEW: Sweden’s Pauline Skott on nearly getting stuck in Mexico, her pandemic debut

    Pauline Skott. Courtesy: Peter St. James. From the time Swedish singer-songwriter and producer Pauline Skott, who performs as Skott, was just a kid, music always drew her deepest fascination. By the time she was 13, she was already experimenting with production, one day hoping to compose tracks for video game.…
  • Coming out, leaving the LDS church brought Tyler Glenn closer to his Neon Trees bandmates

    Coming out, leaving the LDS church brought Tyler Glenn closer to his Neon Trees bandmates

    Neon Trees, Courtesy: Jen Rosenstein. Six years ago, when Utah dance-pop band Neon Trees last made an album, frontman Tyler Glenn hadn’t yet come out as gay to his bandmates. Since then, he also went on to leave the Mormon faith, no longer seeing a place for himself…
  • Oakland's Damian Lillard on how we can be allies to Black people in the Bay Area

    Oakland’s Damian Lillard on how we can be allies to Black people in the Bay Area

    Damian Lillard walks arm in arm with other Black Lives Matter protestors on the Morrison Bridge in Portland, Oregon on June 4, 2020. Photos courtesy: Bruce Ely/Trail Blazers. A day prior to getting his first on-court action in more than four months in the Portland Trail Blazers’ first…
  • San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Mathilde Froustey on her career, desire to help local artists

    San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Mathilde Froustey on her career, desire to help local artists

    SF Ballet principal dancer Mathilde Froustey practices at Aziza Moroccan restaurant in San Francisco on April 11, 2020. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF. When San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Mathilde Froustey, finally hangs up her pointe shoes—perhaps at 42; hopefully at 45, but only if she continues to work harder and…
  • Burger Boogaloo drops name, association to Burger Records in wake of scandal

    Burger Boogaloo drops name, association to Burger Records in wake of scandal

    Fans at Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland on June 30, 2018. Karen Goldman/STAFF. The producer of Oakland’s annual Burger Boogaloo festival announced today that his company, Total Trash Productions, has broken off its relationship with Burger Records. The label is facing allegations of fostering a culture…
  • INTERVIEW: Twin XL rides 'Good' vibes all the way to a new act for its career musicians

    INTERVIEW: Twin XL rides ‘Good’ vibes all the way to a new act for its career musicians

    Twin XL, Courtesy of the band. It’s the middle of February, and Cameron Walker-Wright, one-third of indie rock trio Twin XL, is on the phone in his hotel room in Orange, New Jersey. The band, which includes brothers Stephen and John Gomez (The Summer Set), is kicking off…
  • INTERVIEW: Ireland's the Coronas making the best of their situations with 'True Love Waits'

    INTERVIEW: Ireland’s the Coronas making the best of their situations with ‘True Love Waits’

    Danny O’Reilly of the Coronas at a show in Wexford, Ireland in October 2019. Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas has been fascinated and inspired about how the Black Lives Matter movement has spread from the U.S. and throughout the world, including the tiny village of Dingle, Ireland, where…
  • INTERVIEW: Carter Hardin of Chapel feeling 'Mushy Gushy' with band's pandemic release

    INTERVIEW: Carter Hardin of Chapel feeling ‘Mushy Gushy’ with band’s pandemic release

    Carter Hardin and Kortney Grinwis of Chapel. Courtesy: Nolan Knight. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has put a pin in the plans of singer and multi-instrumentalist Carter Hardin and drummer Kortney Grinwis, the duo’s pop band Chapel aren’t stopping from creating something fresh for fans to one day enjoy.…