• Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - May 18

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – May 18

    Clockwise from top left: Ambar Lucid, Luna Li, Samm Henshaw, Sarah Neufeld, Trade Wind, Andrea von Kampen and Vacation Manor. Whether you’re listening to the vibrant dream-pop of Luna Li, ambient strings of Sarah Neufeld or psychedelic trip-hop vibes from Ambar Lucid, this week’s selections are a treat…
  • INTERVIEW: Ashley Monroe finds reasons for joy on 'Rosegold'

    INTERVIEW: Ashley Monroe finds reasons for joy on ‘Rosegold’

    Ashley Monroe, courtesy Alexa King. To understand why Ashley Monroe is holding onto joy and love so tightly on her new album, Rosegold, you have to reach back all the way to her teens. After a fairly typical, joyous life with her parents and brother, her dad was…
  • Insert Foot is Safe in Sound for venue safety guidelines people will probably ignore

    Insert Foot is Safe in Sound for venue safety guidelines people will probably ignore

    Insert Foot is Safe In Sound. Original image: Participants take part in a COVID-19 transmission risk assessment study on Aug. 22, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images. The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and Event Safety Alliance (ESA), in partnership with three other groups with long…
  • REWIND: The A's don't seem to appreciate Oakland, but we still can

    REWIND: The A’s don’t seem to appreciate Oakland, but we still can

    Too $hort performs at BottleRock Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Expo on May 26, 2019. Shawn Robbins/STAFF. As much as I love my beloved Oakland Athletics, boy oh boy do I hate their ownership. The story to this point: After screwing up their first choice of stadium…
  • Interview: Josh Radnor breaks out on his own as a musician

    Interview: Josh Radnor breaks out on his own as a musician

    Josh Radnor, courtesy Ella Hovsepian. If not for his friend, musician Ben Lee, actor-director Josh Radnor would have never picked up a guitar or written a song. Two well-received folk albums later as part of a duo with Lee, Radnor is a legit musician in his own right.…
  • INTERVIEW: Andrew Farriss of INXS finding new frontiers in country music

    INTERVIEW: Andrew Farriss of INXS finding new frontiers in country music

    Andrew Farriss, courtesy. Nearly a decade removed from the twilight years of INXS, Andrew Farriss is living a much quieter, “normal” life. Farriss, who teamed with Michael Hutchence to write some of the biggest hits of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s—Hutchence the lyrics and Farriss the music—is…
  • San Francisco Symphony returns to Davies for "emotional" first shows in 14 months

    San Francisco Symphony returns to Davies for “emotional” first shows in 14 months

    Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a program for first responders, featuring string works by Jean Sibelius, George Walker, Carl Nielsen, Caroline Shaw, and Edward Grieg, at Davies Symphony Hall on May 6, 2021. Courtesy. SAN FRANCISCO — The city moved into the yellow…
  • John McCrea spreads roots with reforestation, talks 1st CAKE LP in a decade

    John McCrea spreads roots with reforestation, talks 1st CAKE LP in a decade

    John McCrea of CAKE performs during 94.7’s 20th Birthday Bash at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Aug. 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images. CAKE singer-songwriter John McCrea didn’t start out as an environmentalist out to reforest the West Coast. His fascination with…
  • Interview: The Monkees' Micky Dolenz enjoying grandpa life, making solo LP

    Interview: The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz enjoying grandpa life, making solo LP

    The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, courtesy. A year ago, The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz was literally digging in at his Los Angeles area home as the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic clawed into the U.S. With a tour with fellow Monkee Michael Nesmith postponed, he had his hands in…
  • Interview: Model Shaun Ross completes a music metamorphosis with 'Shift'

    Interview: Model Shaun Ross completes a music metamorphosis with ‘Shift’

    Shaun Ross, courtesy. With Shaun Ross’ debut album, Shift, the world-renowned fashion model completes a metamorphosis started in 2017 with his first single. It’s no small feat to switch gears like this when you’ve been so successful at something already, but Ross is already no stranger to transformation,…
  • Interview: James TW feeling 'Butterflies' of heartbreak

    Interview: James TW feeling ‘Butterflies’ of heartbreak

    James TW, courtesy. It was early 2015, and 17-year-old U.K. singer songwriter James TW trekked out to New York in search of a record label deal after growing a following through his YouTube uploads. But instead, James Taylor-Watts’ career exploded in a completely unexpected way during his time in the…
  • Q&A: Zachary Carothers on Portugal. The Man excavating 'Oregon City Sessions,' next LP

    Q&A: Zachary Carothers on Portugal. The Man excavating ‘Oregon City Sessions,’ next LP

    Portugal. The Man performs at Live 105’s Not So Silent Night at Oracle Arena on Dec. 8, 2017. Alessio Neri/STAFF. John Gourley and Zachary Carothers may be Alaska natives, but no indie rock band has repped the city of Portland over the last decade as much as theirs,…