• Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 18

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 18

    Big Boss Vette, courtesy. This week we feature the bars of Big Boss Vette, the harmonized and vocoded vocals of Arctic Lake, the heavy metal throwback of Annihilator, the soft acoustics of Sun June, garage-burnout of Interesting Hobbies Club and funk-rock of White Lies. Big Boss Vette, “Heavy”…
  • REVIEW: Tool rocks Chase Center from the shadows to the light

    REVIEW: Tool rocks Chase Center from the shadows to the light

    Tool performs at Chase Center in San Francisco on Jan. 16, 2022. Nathan McKinley/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — The slow-burn evolution of the opening song by Tool Sunday night at Chase Center was in some ways a microcosm of the band’s full set. “Fear Inoculum” opens with a single repeating…
  • Insert Foot: So, why don't we talk about Bruno?

    Insert Foot: So, why don’t we talk about Bruno?

    Insert Foot joins the “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” bandwagon. My editor gave me an assignment this week, which I took very seriously because A) The topic is music-related and I used to write about music in a professional capacity until my kids told me I was old.…
  • REWIND: Martin Luther King's life and legacy in music

    REWIND: Martin Luther King’s life and legacy in music

    Johnny Cash poses for a portrait in Memphis in 1957. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. This Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so it’s worth taking some time to remember the man and his legacy rather than just treating it like whatever President’s Day is supposed…
  • Interview: Miles Kane finds his soul with new solo LP 'Change The Show'

    Interview: Miles Kane finds his soul with new solo LP ‘Change The Show’

    Miles Kane, courtesy. It wasn’t until after Brit rocker Miles Kane had mostly finished his new solo album, Change The Show, that he realized much of it had to do with him coming to grips with his own aging. The 35-year-old guitarist, more recently best known as Lana…
  • The 14 tours we're anticipating most in 2022, starring Olivia Rodrigo

    The 14 tours we’re anticipating most in 2022, starring Olivia Rodrigo

    Clockwise from top right: Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Stapleton, The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, HAIM, Roger Waters, Tyler, The Creator, Billie Eilish, Lorde and John Mayer. After the pandemic canceled concerts in 2020, we crossed out fingers that our favorites would be rescheduled. Slowly,…
  • The worst of 2021 in real life (with a soundtrack)

    The worst of 2021 in real life (with a soundtrack)

    Lana del Rey performs at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Aug. 7, 2016. Adrian Jusue/STAFF, I used to do Worst of the Year in Music columns as a jokey little counterpoint to all the best of the year lists floating around. Then 2020 happened and I did the…
  • 22 albums we're anticipating in 2022

    22 albums we’re anticipating in 2022

    Row 1: Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, The Weeknd, Khalid, Weezer. Row 2: Janet Jackson, Vince Staples, SPOON, GZA, Sky Ferreira, Row 3: Meg Myers, Rina Sawayama, Eddie Vedder, Black Country, New Road, and My Bloody Valentine. Row 4: Elvis Costello, BROCKHAMPTON, Alt-J, Avril Lavigne, Lykke Li. Not pictured:…
  • Our favorite concerts of 2021, starring Jon Batiste and Beck

    Our favorite concerts of 2021, starring Jon Batiste and Beck

    Clockwise from top left: Jon Batiste, Beck, Run The Jewels, Tinashe, The Eagles, The Black Angels, Jayhawks, Lucy Dacus, Eyelids and Fred Armisen. Staff and courtesy composite. Concerts began returning in 2021 as artists cautiously hit the road, still balancing their safety and health with their livelihoods. Some…
  • INTERVIEW: Mongolian rockers The HU conquer the world, one festival at a time

    INTERVIEW: Mongolian rockers The HU conquer the world, one festival at a time

    The HU, courtesy. Performance photos and portrait: Adam Pardee/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Chances are, if you’ve never heard The HU, you’ve never heard anything like their music. The HU performs at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Oct. 29, 2021. Adam Pardee/STAFF. The band hails from Ulaanbaatar in…
  • RIFF's best concert photography of 2021, starring Lil Baby and Lindsey Stirling

    RIFF’s best concert photography of 2021, starring Lil Baby and Lindsey Stirling

    RIFF photographers’ best work in 2021 included these shots of (clockwise from top left) Lil Baby, Lindsey Stirling, J Balvin, Murs, Black Veil Brides, Tinashe, Bleachers, MisterWives, J. Cole, Korn, Megan Thee Stallion and KISS. Concerts returned, first tentatively and then in full force. We asked our photographers…
  • INSERT FOOT: 50 years in, Blue Bear School of Music is just getting started

    INSERT FOOT: 50 years in, Blue Bear School of Music is just getting started

    Steven Savage, the founder of Blue Bear School of Music. Original photo: Jay Blakesberg. The world needs more music, of that there’s little doubt. But saying so and doing something about it are two very different concepts. Steven Savage brings music to people in the simplest and most…
  • REVIEW: Kamasi Washington brings frenetic enthusiasm to August Hall

    REVIEW: Kamasi Washington brings frenetic enthusiasm to August Hall

    Kamasi Washington performs at August Hall in San Francisco on Dec. 18, 2021. Sean Liming/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO —Whale sounds are almost always the sign of a really good jazz show. When the horns take on an otherworldly, aquatic twang in the chaotic roar of the musical maelstrom, when…
  • REVIEW: Metallica honors fans, history at first 40th anniversary show in SF

    REVIEW: Metallica honors fans, history at first 40th anniversary show in SF

    Metallica performs at Chase Center in San Francisco on Dec. 17, 2021. Steve Carlson/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Metallica sure knows how to throw a birthday party. Tickets to the band’s two 40th anniversary concerts were offered to members of their fan club. At the first of those on…
  • PHOTOS: White Reaper, Taipei Houston kick off Metallica takeover at August Hall

    PHOTOS: White Reaper, Taipei Houston kick off Metallica takeover at August Hall

    White Reaper performs at August Hall in San Francisco on Dec. 16, 2021. Derek Tobias/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — White Reaper kicked off the city’s “Metallica Takeover” on Thursday at August Hall dressed in black and red. The Kentucky power-poppers, who were recently featured on the Metallica Blacklist covers album…