• PHOTOS: WRECKNO, VEIL and Summ1t drop the bass at the Midway

    PHOTOS: WRECKNO, VEIL and Summ1t drop the bass at the Midway

    WRECKNO performs during an outdoor concert at The Midway in San Francisco on April 8, 2021. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF SAN FRANCISCO – Live music continued to inch back into Bay Area venues Thursday evening as The Midway hosted DJ WRECKNO, who received a warm welcome from a sold out and…
  • Interview: Dually talented Sarah Dooley is self-made, self-making

    Interview: Dually talented Sarah Dooley is self-made, self-making

    Sarah Dooley, courtesy: James Underwood. Comedian, musician and author Sarah Dooley, a creative powerhouse, might seem like she’s resting comfortably at the top of her game. But even after the release of her second album, Is This Heartbreak? Dooley has never stopped moving, making and re-making herself. “I started writing…
  • Gavin Newsom: Indoor concerts can return at full capacity on June 15 if trends continue

    Gavin Newsom: Indoor concerts can return at full capacity on June 15 if trends continue

    The crowd for Thrice at City National Civic in San Jose on Nov. 2, 2017. Chloe Catajan/STAFF. Updated on 10 p.m., April 7. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday that the state will fully reopen its economy on June 15 if hospitalization rates remain stable—and low—and people continue…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – April 6

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – April 6

    Clockwise from top left: Ida Maria, Claire George, Working Men’s Club, Matt Muse, Doss and Jax Anderson with K.Flay. “Sick of You” by Ida Maria is the punk rock song that perfectly captures the overwhelming feels and frustrations of the past year. Also, catch more songs by former…
  • INTERVIEW: Cehryl on Hong Kong comforts and Boston nostalgia

    INTERVIEW: Cehryl on Hong Kong comforts and Boston nostalgia

    Cehryl, courtesy For singer-songwriter and producer cehryl, music is a life calling. Time Machine (EP) cehryl Nettwerk, April 9 Cehryl, whose name is Cheryl Chow, dove into songwriting and playing her own music before she was 9. The culture of her hometown helped her to be an observant…
  • Insert Foot: Lil Nas X bringing Satan back to the ridiculous masses

    Insert Foot: Lil Nas X bringing Satan back to the ridiculous masses

    Insert Foot and Lil Nas X vs. the real Satan The pandemic must be over, the economy is obviously soaring, and everything is A-OK, situation normal, we’re all fine here … how are you? I’m great. Because Satan is back. I waxed nostalgic a while back over America…
  • Interview: Caitlyn Smith finds new life in 'Supernova' as song climbs country chart

    Interview: Caitlyn Smith finds new life in ‘Supernova’ as song climbs country chart

    Caitlyn Smith, courtesy: Shervin Lainez. If you ask, Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith will tell you that a supernova is the fullest, brightest expression of a star in its final moments. But the artist, who built a career of songwriting for stars before her own ignited, hopes her second…
  • RIFF RADIO: Lacey Sturm finds raw honesty in return to hard rock roots

    RIFF RADIO: Lacey Sturm finds raw honesty in return to hard rock roots

    Lacey Sturm, courtesy. Initially, Lacey Sturm wasn’t quite ready for the release of her latest two singles, “State of Me” and “The Decree.” The duo of songs are heavy, aggressive, and some of her most hard-driving tracks of her career, like her earliest work. “I was not wanting…
  • PREMIERE: Grace Gaustad misses her childhood on "Freedom"

    PREMIERE: Grace Gaustad misses her childhood on “Freedom”

    Grace Gaustad, courtesy. The freedom that 19-year-old Grace Gaustad sings about on her new single (and accompanying video) is not the kind that comes with growing up and spreading your wings. Instead, the Arizona-born, Los-Angeles-based singer-songwriter comes to the great realization that the real freedom comes in childhood—when…
  • Interview: The Fratellis' John Lawler lets the music guide the way

    Interview: The Fratellis’ John Lawler lets the music guide the way

    The Fratellis, courtesy. The Fratellis, and frontman John Lawler in particular, have had a career of ups and downs. Their rush to stardom almost 15 years ago, followed by their breakup and consequent reunion is the quintessential rock band tale, and one that seems to be heading toward…
  • White youth subcultures and Black music in “Northern Soul” and “Quadrophenia”

    White youth subcultures and Black music in “Northern Soul” and “Quadrophenia”

    Film stills from “Quadrophenia” (left) and “Northern Soul.” I might as well kick off this occasional series on music and the movies with a claim bound to annoy someone: Despite the status of 1979’s “Quadrophenia” as the classic film about the English mod scene, 2014’s “Northern Soul” is…
  • Interview: Sycco sets her stage for pop domination

    Interview: Sycco sets her stage for pop domination

    Sycco (Sasha McLeod), courtesy. While the U.S., Europe and much of the rest of the world devastated by COVID-19 are just beginning to see the end of the dark pandemic tunnel, Brisbane, Australia native Sasha McLeod, who performs as Sycco (pronounced psycho), already has a 12-date spring tour planned…
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