• PREMIERE: Eric Silverman reevaluates the past on "Rookie," misplaces his faith on "Losing Touch"

    PREMIERE: Eric Silverman reevaluates the past on “Rookie,” misplaces his faith on “Losing Touch”

    Eric Silverman, Courtesy photo. Eric Silverman had his initial brush with success as the guitarist with San Francisco indie pop band Heartwatch, but he’s finally back Friday with the release of his debut solo EP, a guitar-driven journey to his own roots. Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat…
  • REVIEW: Injury Reserve puts the noise in Noise Pop at the New Parish

    REVIEW: Injury Reserve puts the noise in Noise Pop at the New Parish

    Injury Reserve performs at the New Parish in Oakland on Feb. 25, 2020. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF. OAKLAND — For a festival with “noise” right there in the name, there was no more appropriate way to kick off than with Injury Reserve, one the noisiest alternative hip-hop groups making waves…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Feb. 25

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Feb. 25

    Clockwise from top left: Gracie Abrams, Charlotte Dos Santos, The Districts, Yael Naim, Yoste and Knuckle Puck. 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…
  • REVIEW: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic create joyful chaos at Cornerstone

    REVIEW: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic create joyful chaos at Cornerstone

    George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic perform at Cornerstone in Berkeley on Feb. 18, 2020. BERKELEY — “Godfather of Funk” George Clinton performed for two full hours Tuesday at Cornerstone as his large ensemble, laid down distinguished grooves and tested the party stamina of the sold-out crowd. Chant-along refrains and opportunities to…
  • INTERVIEW: William DuVall of Alice In Chains finds musical rediscovery on 'One Alone'

    INTERVIEW: William DuVall of Alice In Chains finds musical rediscovery on ‘One Alone’

    William DuVall, Courtesy Photo. William DuVall has covered a lot of musical ground over his expansive nearly 30-year career. From the mid-’80s to the present day, DuVall has played in a number of bands rooted in rock, ranging from hardcore punk to ’90s grunge. Since 2006, he’s been…
  • 11 Noise Pop fest acts you shouldn't miss this month

    11 Noise Pop fest acts you shouldn’t miss this month

    Washed Out performs at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Aug. 16, 2017. The project of Ernest Greene will perform a DJ set several days before Noise Pop 2020 kicks off next week. RIFF STAFF. San Francisco’s yearly Noise Pop Music Festival always seems to feature a billionty…
  • Interview: How actor-comedian Brian Posehn made an album with Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Weird Al

    Interview: How actor-comedian Brian Posehn made an album with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Weird Al

    Brian Posehn performs at ID10T Festival at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View on June 25, 2017. Chloe Catajan/Staff. You’ve definitely seen Brian Posehn as an actor. Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve seen him in something. He has 119 acting credits on IMDb. In the…
  • REVIEW: Chris Carrabba leads Dashboard Confessional in night of singalongs at The Fillmore

    REVIEW: Chris Carrabba leads Dashboard Confessional in night of singalongs at The Fillmore

    Dashboard Confessional performs at The Fillmore in San Francisco on Feb. 15, 2020. Joaquin Cabello/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Dashboard Confessional singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba was the first to take the stage at the Fillmore on Saturday, performing “Best Deceptions” alone, with his down-tuned acoustic guitar. It could have been an…
  • REVIEW: Tones and I bring 'Dance Monkey' and a whole lot of intimacy to Popscene

    REVIEW: Tones and I bring ‘Dance Monkey’ and a whole lot of intimacy to Popscene

    Tones and I perform at Popscene in San Francisco on Feb. 15, 2020. Alessio Neri/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Riding a wave of success with smash hit “Dance Monkey,” pop singer-songwriter Toni Watson, better known as Tones and I, brought her first major U.S. tour to Popscene at the Rickshaw…
  • INTERVIEW: Lisa Loeb ready to share her life more openly on her first 'adult' album in 7 years

    INTERVIEW: Lisa Loeb ready to share her life more openly on her first ‘adult’ album in 7 years

    Lisa Loeb, Courtesy: Juan Patino. Lisa Loeb was in uncharted waters when, in 1994, “Stay (I Missed You)” rose to the top spot of the Billboard 100 chart. Loeb became the first artist without a record label to accomplish that feat. Looking back, she said she never imagined…
  • REVIEW: Sinéad O'Connor rules as 'Queen' at August Hall

    REVIEW: Sinéad O’Connor rules as ‘Queen’ at August Hall

    Sinead O’Connor performs at August Hall in San Francisco on Feb. 7, 2020. Gary Chancer/STAFF. SAN FRANCISCO — Taking the stage in a blue hijab and burqa, Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor walked onto the August Hall stage with her band, said a quick hello and while applause was…
  • INTERVIEW: Walk Off the Earth grapple with loss by looking for what's most important

    INTERVIEW: Walk Off the Earth grapple with loss by looking for what’s most important

    Walk Off the Earth, Courtesy: Andrea Hunter. It’s a typical day for Walk Off the Earth, so the Ontario, Canada band is working on multiple songs, filming a video and  making another song that will be used during hockey broadcasts—a sort of “Hockey Night in Canada,” vocalist-instrumentalist Sarah…