• REVIEW: Madonna tells a compelling story at second Chase Center show

    REVIEW: Madonna tells a compelling story at second Chase Center show

    Madonna performs at The O2 Arena in London on Oct. 14, 2023. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Live Nation. SAN FRANCISCO — The people who increasingly hate on Madonna about her seeming fixation on the passage of time and mortality, her looks after plastic surgery or her open sexuality—yes, at…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Kelly Moran, Atlas Genius, Bill Frisell and Jahari Massamba Unit

    Tuesday Tracks: Kelly Moran, Atlas Genius, Bill Frisell and Jahari Massamba Unit

    Kelly Moran, courtesy Brandon Bowen. I chose to delve into some instrumental songs this week; there were a bunch to choose from. From the wind instrument leads of Charles Lloyd to percussive piano by Kelly Moran, retro, Afro-Latino flow by Jahari Massamba Unit, electronica by Prefuse 73 and…
  • INTERVIEW: Mia x Ally bring modern spin to traditional sounds

    INTERVIEW: Mia x Ally bring modern spin to traditional sounds

    Violinist Mia Asano and bagpiper Ally Crowley-Duncan (Mia x Ally), courtesy Hitesh Joshi. Classically trained violinist Mia Asano and bagpiper Ally Crowley-Duncan getting together to perform in front of your music fans may seem improbably, but it makes perfect sense. Both take traditional instruments to new places, often…
  • Insert Foot: Beyoncé reminds us American music comes from the same place

    Insert Foot: Beyoncé reminds us American music comes from the same place

    Beyoncé performs on the opening night of the Renaissance World Tour in at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on May 10, 2023. Photo by Mason Poole. Beyoncé has the no. 1 country song on Billboard with “Texas Hold ‘Em.” That’s generating a lot of talk, most of it…
  • REVIEW: André 3000 wings it at The Independent

    REVIEW: André 3000 wings it at The Independent

    André 3000 performs at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2024. Courtesy Stephanie Port. SAN FRANCISCO — “I never thought I’d be onstage playing flutes,” André 3000 told the audience two thirds of the way through his early show at The Independent on Saturday. After a…
  • REWIND: Four great cross-genre covers... and Pat Boone

    REWIND: Four great cross-genre covers… and Pat Boone

    Otis Redding performs at Monterey Pop Festival, in Monterey, Calif., in June 1967. Photo by Bruce Fleming/Getty Images. It has once again been a long week, so I am once again defaulting to comfort music, and you once again get to hear it, too. You’re welcome. Like I…
  • REVIEW: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band launch tour with new drummer at GAMH

    REVIEW: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band launch tour with new drummer at GAMH

    Ty Segall performs at Starline Social Club in Oakland on Jan. 14, 2020. Karen Goldman/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — “Give a warm welcome to our new drummer, Evan Burrows,” Ty Segall told the assembled crowd at Great American Music Hall Tuesday night. Segall and his Freedom Band weren’t just…
  • Opinion: The astounding potential of Las Vegas' Sphere

    Opinion: The astounding potential of Las Vegas’ Sphere

    U2 performs at Sphere in Las Vegas on Feb. 7, 2024. Steve Carlson/STAFF. A lot has been said about Sphere in Las Vegas being game-changing for concerts, and it’s all true. The technology that went into this insane $2.3-billion building is as mind-boggling as you’ve heard. It completely…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your weekly new music discovery for Feb. 20

    Tuesday Tracks: Your weekly new music discovery for Feb. 20

    Slow Hollows, courtesy Elizabeth Klein. This week’s roundup features electronic-based pop from Lara Project, the country/hip-hop stylings of Shaboozey, alternative rock by Slow Hollows, Ayleen Valentine and Beauty School Dropout, and a lo-fi hip-hop track from AKTHESAVIOR and sagun. Lara Project featuring Cuco, “Feeling Low” — Venezuelan sibling…
  • INTERVIEW: Jon Muq flies higher with debut, help from mentor Dan Auerbach

    INTERVIEW: Jon Muq flies higher with debut, help from mentor Dan Auerbach

    Jon Muq, courtesy Larry Niehues For Ugandan musician and songwriter Jon Muq, “flying away” carries hopeful connotations. The title of his debut album, Flying Away is the story of a young man from a village, learning English and music by listening to old records—starting with a CD of “We…
  • Usher delivers the goods and the guests at Super Bowl halftime show

    Usher delivers the goods and the guests at Super Bowl halftime show

    Usher and H.E.R. perform during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Usher headlined the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, but he…