• Q&A: Colin Dieden of the Mowgli's sets out on his own as Little Hurt

    Q&A: Colin Dieden of the Mowgli’s sets out on his own as Little Hurt

    Little Hurt, Courtesy: KayKay Blaisdell. Colin Dieden became friends with Cameron Walker-Wright and brothers John and Stephen Gomez (pop trio TWIN XL), when he was still the lead vocalist of The Mowgli’s. It began as a common songwriting session—one of many—where Walker-Wright co-wrote the Mowgli’s “I Feel Good About This.” Later, while…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – March 24

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – March 24

    Clockwise from top left: Alexander 23, Vistas, lilspirit, Mikhala Jené, Alec Wigdahl and Nilo Blues. 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…
  • Insert Foot: Whitney Houston is back! And not earning a penny for herself

    Insert Foot: Whitney Houston is back! And not earning a penny for herself

    Whitney Houston’s hologram has performed so flawlessly on its (her?) European tour that it’s getting its own Las Vegas residency. No, no … I’m very serious, and it’s no laughing matter. There hasn’t been anything remotely funny about Whitney Houston since she said Bobby Brown was the king…
  • Professor Music: This column is getting nostalgic

    Professor Music: This column is getting nostalgic

    The Technicolor Dream Coat. Photo by Quinn Gill. David Gill. Original art: Julia Kovaleva. “It’s more than a feeling (more than a feeling) When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling) I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)” – “More Than a…
  • INTERVIEW: Radnor & Lee look at the broader picture with new album

    INTERVIEW: Radnor & Lee look at the broader picture with new album

    Radnor & Lee, Courtesy: Liz Bretz. Since best friends Ben Lee and Josh Radnor last made a record, a self-titled debut in 2017, the two have seemingly never stopped moving. Golden State Radnor & Lee Flower Moon Records, May 8 Lee, a lifelong musician, made a record from…
  • From Madonna to construction cranes: 3 stories of coronavirus' impact on the music industry

    From Madonna to construction cranes: 3 stories of coronavirus’ impact on the music industry

    The Independent in San Francisco, closed, on March 16, 2020. Ohio singer-songwriter Angela Perley began March by canceling her band’s important first showcase appearance at South by Southwest, followed by a 100-capacity hometown show, and eventually the rest of her March concerts. On Sunday, Ohio’s governor closed the…
  • Life goes on: a look at the first day of the Bay Area's shelter-in-place

    Life goes on: a look at the first day of the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place

    The Chapel, closed, on the afternoon of March 17, 2020, the first day of a shelter-in-place to combat coronavirus. Photos: Roman Gokhman. SAN FRANCISCO and OAKLAND — Six of nine Bay Area counties on Tuesday began an official shelter-in-place to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.. What…
  • Coronavirus impact: Artists turn to live-streaming to connect with fans

    Coronavirus impact: Artists turn to live-streaming to connect with fans

    Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames live-streams a performance on Sunday. Courtesy: Facebook. In response to most of the country’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities being canceled, Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys on Sunday announced that it would stream a performance for free Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT on the…
  • INTERVIEW: Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane on finding new motivation, 'Cause and Effect'

    INTERVIEW: Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane on finding new motivation, ‘Cause and Effect’

    Tim Rice-Oxley performs with Keane at The Fox Theater in Oakland on March 9, 2020. Joaquin Cabello/STAFF. Drugs and reported infighting led to the demise of English soft rock band Keane in 2013. For frontman Tom Chaplin, it was a crippling drug addiction. Keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley, the band’s chief songwriter,…
  • Pop singer-songwriter Cailin Russo on seeking the transformational and the earthly in her music

    Pop singer-songwriter Cailin Russo on seeking the transformational and the earthly in her music

    Cailin Russo holding her cherished Baccarat butterfly. Editor’s note: The Drama is Cailin Russo’s second EP, which she describes as a blow-by-blow recounting of a crumbling relationship at which she hit rock bottom. The record follows a full-band effort, House With A Pool, in 2018. Russo, the daughter of…
  • RIFF RADIO: Jen Ledger's hard rock ride that almost never was

    RIFF RADIO: Jen Ledger’s hard rock ride that almost never was

    SACRAMENTO — Jen Ledger is in an upbeat mood hours before her evening playing double duty: drumming for Skillet and fronting her own band, which will open the show at Ace of Spades. The band just arrived after a nine-hour bus ride from Portland the night before. Ledger…
  • DEVELOPING: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose ban large gatherings; BottleRock still on

    DEVELOPING: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose ban large gatherings; BottleRock still on

    SXSW. Courtesy. UPDATED 3:00 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 — California governor Gavin Newsom announced at a press conference Sunday that all bars, clubs, wineries, and brewpubs in California will be closed in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Restaurants can say open, he says, but their…