• REVIEW: John Legend gets intimate with the San Francisco Symphony

    REVIEW: John Legend gets intimate with the San Francisco Symphony

    John Legend performs with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco on July 23, 2024. Matt Pang/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Twelve-time Grammy winner and EGOT-holder John Legend brought his “An Evening with John Legend: A Night of Songs and Stories” tour to Davies Symphony…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Defences, Drug Church and StrateJacket

    Tuesday Tracks: Defences, Drug Church and StrateJacket

    DEFENCES, courtesy. DEFENCES and Drug Church bring the metal, Wild Pink and We Are Wolves bring us some joy, while The Backfires and StrateJacket show again that rock’s not dead. Wild Pink, “The Fences of Stonehenge” — Artist John Ross’ message with this song describes a previous Wild…
  • INTERVIEW: Lake Street Dive ready for a joyful rebellion with 'Good Together'

    INTERVIEW: Lake Street Dive ready for a joyful rebellion with ‘Good Together’

    Lake Street Dive, courtesy. Akie Bermiss says Good Together, the new album by Lake Street Dive, is all about joyful rebellion against the heaviness of the world right now. The band knew it wanted to focus on keeping the music fun, according to the keyboardist and vocalist. Lake…
  • REWIND's best songs of the year so far, including Kendrick Lamar

    REWIND’s best songs of the year so far, including Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar performs during Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Aug. 11, 2023. Matt Pang/STAFF. Back in 2018, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I listed my top five or so songs from every year since 1967 in this column. I then went…
  • REVIEW: Hootie & the Blowfish, Collective Soul bring the South to Shoreline

    REVIEW: Hootie & the Blowfish, Collective Soul bring the South to Shoreline

    Hootie & The Blowfish perform at Fenway Park in Boston on June 21, 2024. Photo by Eddie Monigan/Boston Red Sox. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Hootie & the Blowfish topped a rock bill at Shoreline Amphitheatre that included Collective Soul and Edwin McCain. While it wasn’t the highest-profile concert…
  • INTERVIEW: Country rising star Megan Moroney more than lucky

    INTERVIEW: Country rising star Megan Moroney more than lucky

    Megan Moroney, courtesy CeCe Dawson. When Georgian Megan Moroney moved to Nashville in 2020 to pursue a music industry career, she wasn’t completely sure what that would mean. So the University of Georgia grad, who hadn’t written her first song until three years earlier in her freshman year,…
  • INTERVIEW: Lindsey Stirling chooses sides and goes on her hero's journey

    INTERVIEW: Lindsey Stirling chooses sides and goes on her hero’s journey

    Lindsey Stirling, courtesy. Fans of Lindsey Stirling get to see different versions of the violinist and dancer in the video for “Eye of the Untold Her,” a single from her new album, Duality. There’s the young Stirling mocked by judges of “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 and at…
  • REVIEW: A Day to Remember leads ‘Least Anticipated’ tour in Oakland

    REVIEW: A Day to Remember leads ‘Least Anticipated’ tour in Oakland

    A Day to Remember performs at Oakland Arena in Oakland on July 12, 2024. Marisela Delgado/STAFF. OAKLAND — Attendees didn’t have a chance to take as much as a breath before being shot out of the cannon to launch the explosive Friday night performance by A Day to…
  • REVIEW: Lucky Daye kicks off Algorithm Tour at the Warfield

    REVIEW: Lucky Daye kicks off Algorithm Tour at the Warfield

    Lucky Daye performs at the Warfield in San Francisco on July 11, 2024. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — New Orleans native Lucky Daye picked the Warfield in the City as the spot to kick off his Algorithm Tour, supporting his third album. The artist, born David Brown, brought a…
  • REVIEW: Missy Elliott off to see the wizard at 'Out of This World' show at Oakland Arena

    REVIEW: Missy Elliott off to see the wizard at ‘Out of This World’ show at Oakland Arena

    Missy Elliott performs at Oakland Arena in Oakland on July 9, 2024. Courtesy Alexis Smith/crowdMGMT. OAKLAND — Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott stopped at Oakland Arena Tuesday night, on the third date of her first headlining tour of her decades-long career. “I want y’all to know I’ve been doing…
  • REVIEW: Blink-182 delivers anthems ‘One More Time’ at Chase Center

    REVIEW: Blink-182 delivers anthems ‘One More Time’ at Chase Center

    Blink-182 performs at Chase Center in San Francisco on July 9, 2024. Chloe Catajan/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — It may as well have been the introduction to a UFC bout as the house lights at Chase Center dimmed and a dramatic cinematic soundtrack played. Down a dark hallway shown…
  • INTERVIEW: Akira Galaxy finds inspiration at home in the PNW

    INTERVIEW: Akira Galaxy finds inspiration at home in the PNW

    Akira Galaxy performs during BottleRock Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Expo on May 24, 2024. Courtesy. NAPA, Calif. — Akira Galaxy Ament had moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career, but it wasn’t until the pandemic had struck in 2020 and she went back home…
  • Mosswood Meltdown heats up Oakland with The B-52s

    Mosswood Meltdown heats up Oakland with The B-52s

    The B-52s perform during Mosswood Meltdown at Mosswood Park in Oakland on July 6, 2024. Karen Goldman/STAFF. OAKLAND — Mosswood Meltdown lived up to its name with scorching temperatures on Saturday, the first day of the two-day alternative culture celebration, topped by The B-52s. Mosswood Meltdown: Mummies, Pure…
  • PHOTOS: Cage the Elephant brings a "Good Time" to San Francisco

    PHOTOS: Cage the Elephant brings a “Good Time” to San Francisco

    Cage the Elephant performs at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on July 2, 2024. Chloe Catajan/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Cage the Elephant shows are not for the faint of heart. Flames, flashing LEDs and a BPM over 150 were in full force within the first song…
  • INTERVIEW: Hootie and the Blowfish take their 'summer camp' party on the road

    INTERVIEW: Hootie and the Blowfish take their ‘summer camp’ party on the road

    Hootie and The Blowfish perform at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. on June 29, 2019. Steve Carlson/STAFF. Back when Hootie and the Blowfish were first blowing up, after the release of their 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, their big tours consisted of crisscrossing the country on…
  • INTERVIEW: The Warning cooks up new sounds on ’Keep Me Fed'

    INTERVIEW: The Warning cooks up new sounds on ’Keep Me Fed’

    The Warning, courtesy. The successes that might have overwhelmed an up and coming band instead strengthened The Warning. The Monterrey, Mexico band toured relentlessly in support of its third studio album, Error, its first on a major label. The sister trio played festivals around the world, opened stadium shows…
Outside Lands Music Festival announces set times
Outside Lands Music Festival announces set times