• Art Alexakis still cares: The Everclear leader on 30 years since 'World of Noise'

    Art Alexakis still cares: The Everclear leader on 30 years since ‘World of Noise’

    Art Alexis and Everclear, courtesy. Art Alexakis has always cared, even when it wasn’t “cool.” The vocalist, guitarist and founder of alt-rock band Everclear stood out from his peers in the ’90s by not only making it big but by being unashamed of his desire to do so.…
  • Kim Gordon leads day 1 of Mosswood Meltdown in Oakland

    Kim Gordon leads day 1 of Mosswood Meltdown in Oakland

    Kim Gordon performs at Mosswood Meltdown in Oakland on July 2, 2022. Courtesy Meri Brin. OAKLAND — Impeccably dressed in a shiny black and white suit jacket, legendary filmmaker John Waters stood on stage in the gathering dusk amid towering oak trees and plummeting temperatures Saturday night to…
  • Insert Foot: Much of the genius of 'Stranger Things' is delivered in the details

    Insert Foot: Much of the genius of ‘Stranger Things’ is delivered in the details

    How do you do, fellow “Stranger Things” kids? Original photo courtesy Tina Rowden/Netflix. What a season-ender for “Stranger Things.” It was big. And I think I finally figured out why it’s not just so good, but how a how a show set in the bright, plastic, superficial ’80s…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 28

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – June 28

    The Accidentals and Kaboom Collective Studio Orchestra, courtesy. This week’s picks include hard-edged indie rock from Reignwolf, blues rock from David Rosales, throwback country from Kelsey Waldon, the Kaboom Collective Studio Orchestra banding together with The Accidentals, math-rock from Standards, and Baby Got Back Talk bringing punk back to…
  • Q&A: Cory Singer starting conversations on autism

    Q&A: Cory Singer starting conversations on autism

    Cory Singer, courtesy. Central New Jersey native Cory Singer was one of many artists on TikTok. But during the early days of the pandemic, he decided to share something that he’d been trying to steer clear from and avoid most of his life—his autism diagnosis. All of a…
  • REVIEW: Norah Jones, Regina Spektor turn Oxbow RiverStage into a nightclub

    REVIEW: Norah Jones, Regina Spektor turn Oxbow RiverStage into a nightclub

    Norah Jones performs at Oxbow RiverStage in Napa, Calif. on June 25, 2022. NAPA — The kind of music Norah Jones makes – an intimate jazz-pop with country inflections – doesn’t always translate well to a larger stage, especially an outdoor one. But her show at the Oxbow RiverStage…
  • Insert Foot: The Supreme Court takes a trip back to the 18th century

    Insert Foot: The Supreme Court takes a trip back to the 18th century

    Lady Justice being cut apart, courtesy Chuck Todd/chucktodd.net. It creeps me out to infinity that Brett Kavanaugh can decide what happens to my daughter’s uterus. Rendering: Adam Pardee/STAFF. Well … not in California. Not yet. Say what you want about California, but we recognized the arrival of the 21st…
  • 'The Matrix' composer Don Davis on his influences, hiring and live shows with SF Symphony

    ‘The Matrix’ composer Don Davis on his influences, hiring and live shows with SF Symphony

    “The Matrix Live” will be performed by San Francisco Symphony and composer Don Davis. When “The Matrix” came out in 1999, there had been nothing quite like it in American cinema. The Matrix Live 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 Davies Symphony Hall Tickets: $75-180.…
  • REVIEW: Carlos Santana brings Latin heat to scorching Shoreline

    REVIEW: Carlos Santana brings Latin heat to scorching Shoreline

    Carlos Santana and his band performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. on June 21, 2022. Derek Tobias/STAFF. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — After a long residency in Las Vegas that was interrupted by both the pandemic and a tour for his new album, Blessings and Miracles, Carlos Santana…
  • REVIEW: Andrea Bocelli allures with his operatic songbook at SAP Center

    REVIEW: Andrea Bocelli allures with his operatic songbook at SAP Center

    Andrea Bocelli performs at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on June 18, 2022. Derek Tobias/STAFF. SAN JOSE — Andrea Bocelli performed to a packed SAP Center Saturday night in the third stop of his 21-city, “Believe” tour. The world-renowned Italian tenor performed songs from operas as well as those…
  • REVIEW: Chris Stapleton sings the grateful blues at Shoreline

    REVIEW: Chris Stapleton sings the grateful blues at Shoreline

    Chris Stapleton performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. on June 18, 2022. Sean Liming/STAFF. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Outside of Bay Area fans of Rage Against the Machine or My Chemical Romance, few have had to wait for a pandemic-delayed concert as long as fans of…
  • REVIEW: Tori Amos brash and virtuosic on Los Angeles tour closer

    REVIEW: Tori Amos brash and virtuosic on Los Angeles tour closer

    Tori Amos performs at The Orpheum in Los Angeles on June 17, 2022. LOS ANGELES — Tori Amos had the audience in the palm of her hand at the Orpheum Theatre on the last night of her U.S. tour. It was also the final show of a three-night stand…
  • RIFF RADIO: Mark Tremonti wants to 'Take a Chance' with Sinatra covers album

    RIFF RADIO: Mark Tremonti wants to ‘Take a Chance’ with Sinatra covers album

    Mark Tremonti, courtesy. Guitarist and singer Mark Tremonti has thrilled hard rock audiences almost nonstop for more than two decades, churning out blistering guitar solos and pinpoint riffs in bands Creed, Alter Bridge and Tremonti. He’s never been known as a crooner. That is, until now. Mark Tremonti…
  • Too Short, Tower of Power kick off Stern Grove Festival after 2021 flooding

    Too Short, Tower of Power kick off Stern Grove Festival after 2021 flooding

    Attendees at the opening day of the 2022 Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco on June 12, 2022. Marisela Delgado/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — “Yay areaaaaaa!” shouted San Francisco mayor London Breed during her introduction, setting the stage for the first show of the 85th Stern Grove Festival. In addition…
  • REVIEW: Chicago and Brian Wilson bring the classics to Concord Pavilion

    REVIEW: Chicago and Brian Wilson bring the classics to Concord Pavilion

    Chicago performs at Concord Pavilion in Concord, Calif. on June 11, 2022. Sean Liming/STAFF. CONCORD, Calif. — Legendary songwriter Brian Wilson of the The Beach Boys and legendary band Chicago brought the classics to the Concord Pavilion on Saturday night, thrilling a packed house of classic rock fans.…
  • Q&A: Robert Lamm on Chicago's new EDM-inspired LP, touring with Brian Wilson

    Q&A: Robert Lamm on Chicago’s new EDM-inspired LP, touring with Brian Wilson

    Chicago, courtesy. It may sound improbable, but Chicago singer-keyboardist Robert Lamm, of the “rock band with horns,” has been most inspired by EDM acts over the last few years. While the 77-year-old hasn’t necessarily been listening to Marshmello or David Guetta, he mentions the likes of Austrian duo…