• 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.…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 7

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 7

    Clockwise from top left: Brakence, Haviah Mighty, Christinna O, G Flip, McClenney and Tokyo’s Revenge. 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…
  • INTERVIEW: Eurythmics' Dave Stewart finds an unlikely partnership in Stewart Lindsey

    INTERVIEW: Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart finds an unlikely partnership in Stewart Lindsey

    Dave Stewart and Thomas Lindsey (Stewart Lindsey), Courtesy. Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart is a tough man to reach as he waits out the COVID-19 pandemic on a tiny island in the Caribbean, but eventually a thick northern British accent comes onto the staticky link. While he may be enjoying…
  • Insert Foot: More woke up on Fourth of July weekend

    Insert Foot: More woke up on Fourth of July weekend

    Insert Foot is woke on Joey Chestnut, “Luke Cage.” A few independent thoughts on Independence Day. As I brace myself for the annual Joey Chestnut Coney Island puke fest (I can’t even eat one hot dog without feeling like I committed a health crime unless I ate it…
  • REWIND: Top R&B songs through the decades show it's less a genre than a label

    REWIND: Top R&B songs through the decades show it’s less a genre than a label

    The Weeknd performs at Golden Gate Park during Outside Lands on Aug. 10, 2018. Joaquin Cabello/STAFF. Welcome to the second month of RIFF Rewind’s ongoing Black History Month! As an aside, I found out last week that June was Black Music Month, which is something I legitimately did…
  • SF Symphony trombonist Nick Platoff on finding his voice in a pandemic, the departure of Michael Tilson Thomas

    SF Symphony trombonist Nick Platoff on finding his voice in a pandemic, the departure of Michael Tilson Thomas

    Nick Platoff of the San Francisco Symphony, Courtesy. By March 15, Nick Platoff had concluded the lease on his San Francisco apartment and had completely moved out. That day, he, along with dozens of other members of the San Francisco Symphony were to leave for a European tour.…
  • INTERVIEW: Chelsea Collins turns to '07 Britney' to find her own peace

    INTERVIEW: Chelsea Collins turns to ’07 Britney’ to find her own peace

    Chelsea Collins, Courtesy. When Chelsea Collins hit a stressful patch in her life, the singer-songwriter went to an unorthodox place to vent her feelings in song: the imagined headspace of her musical idol. “I was going through a lot,” Collins said. “I had some really shady friends and some…
  • Q&A: Caroline Jones one of the 'Boys' with Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown and Kenny Chesney

    Q&A: Caroline Jones one of the ‘Boys’ with Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown and Kenny Chesney

    Caroline Jones, Courtesy. Country singer-songwriter Caroline Jones has crisscrossed the country on tours with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and Jimmy Buffett, seeing bits here and there out of the bus window, yet she’s never been on a true coast-to-coast road trip. So when planning for the fictional car…
  • Q&A: Sinéad Harnett morphs into pandemic 'Quarantine Queen'

    Q&A: Sinéad Harnett morphs into pandemic ‘Quarantine Queen’

    Sinéad Harnett, Courtesy. After her debut album, Lessons In Love, brought her into the global spotlight in 2019, north London R&B and soul singer Sinéad Harnett looks forward to releasing her latest album later this year. The coronavirus pandemic left her at a bit of a standstill, like most artists…
  • INTERVIEW: Chester Bennington origin story told through Grey Daze's 'Amends'

    INTERVIEW: Chester Bennington origin story told through Grey Daze’s ‘Amends’

    Grey Daze. Clockwise from top left: Mace Beyers, Cristin Davis, Sean Dowdell and Chester Bennington. Courtesy. Before Linkin Park’s world tours, diamond-selling albums and legions of adoring fans, there was Grey Daze. The mid-’90s grunge rockers from Phoenix had big dreams, a big sound and a big voice in a…
  • INTERVIEW: Rufus Wainwright ready to open his next chapter

    INTERVIEW: Rufus Wainwright ready to open his next chapter

    Rufus Wainwright. Courtesy. Rufus Wainwright got a dog. He’s not necessarily a dog person, but his 9-year-old daughter, Viva, wanted one, and the shelter-in-place order in Los Angeles was approaching two months, and, well, welcome to the family, Puccini the Australian shepherd. The name was a given, what…
  • INTERVIEW: KT Tunstall on reminding fans to 'Wash Ya Hands,' England's slave trade protest

    INTERVIEW: KT Tunstall on reminding fans to ‘Wash Ya Hands,’ England’s slave trade protest

    KT Tunstall performs at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Oct. 19, 2018. Joaquin Cabello/STAFF. With COVID-19 cases surging across the United States and around the world, it seems people are already forgetting the lessons we learned back in March about how to slow the spread…