• REVIEW: Elbow presents a night at the 'Oakland Love Spa'

    REVIEW: Elbow presents a night at the ‘Oakland Love Spa’

    Elbow performs at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Jan. 20, 2020. Martin Lacey/Staff. OAKLAND — Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was admittedly in a peculiar mood at his band’s show at the Fox Theater on Monday. “I’m really enjoying this,” the chatty Garvey said halfway through. “Full disclosure:…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery - Jan. 21

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 21

    Clockwise from top left: Josh Lambert, Luna Shadows, Danny Barnes, The Seshen, Pinegrove and Social Animals. 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 who…
  • INTERVIEW: Israeli duo Lola Marsh definitively back with 'Someday Tomorrow Maybe'

    INTERVIEW: Israeli duo Lola Marsh definitively back with ‘Someday Tomorrow Maybe’

    Lola Marsh, Courtesy: Michal Topyol. Listening to folky pop duo Lola Marsh may bring a tinge of Laurel Canyon AM Gold sound to mind; of ocean breezes wistfully sweeping nostalgic melodies over palm-lined hills. Gil Landau and Yael Shoshana Cohen have never lived in Los Angeles, or anywhere…
  • SF Sketchfest: MST3K's Jonah Ray makes Weird Al punk with 'You Can't Call Me Al'

    SF Sketchfest: MST3K’s Jonah Ray makes Weird Al punk with ‘You Can’t Call Me Al’

    SAN FRANCISCO — Without context, all the evidence pointed to Jonah Ray’s appearance at Cafe du Nord being primarily a comedy show. For one thing, Ray is a comedian, arguably best known as the third and most recent host of the legendary comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000.…
  • REWIND: Introducing the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

    REWIND: Introducing the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

    Depeche Mode performs at the Oracle Arena on Oct. 10, 2017. The band is one of the inductees into the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Staff photo. The latest class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced, which means America’s racists have resumed…
  • REVIEW: Rex Orange County revels in pop delight at the Masonic

    REVIEW: Rex Orange County revels in pop delight at the Masonic

    Rex Orange County performs at The Masonic in San Francisco on Jan. 16, 2020. Onome Uyovbievbo/Staff. SAN FRANCISCO — In a year when cynicism is widely available, and often quite convincing, a pop star’s optimism invokes a healthy skepticism. On record, Rex Orange County wavers at times from…
  • REVIEW: Ty Segall bares it all in acoustic set at Starline Social Club in Oakland

    REVIEW: Ty Segall bares it all in acoustic set at Starline Social Club in Oakland

    Ty Segall performs at Starline Social Club in Oakland on Jan. 14, 2020. Photos: Karen Goldman. OAKLAND — Loud distortion on an electric guitar can blur away imperfections in a performance, hiding mistakes and in some cases lack of ability. Ty Segall, known for his extensive use of…
  • SF Sketchfest: The Monkees' Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz are 'believers' once again

    SF Sketchfest: The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz are ‘believers’ once again

    Moderator Paul Myers (L) with The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz at Marines’ Memorial Theatre on Jan. 12, 2020. Courtesy: Dan Dion. SAN FRANCISCO — “I’m a Believer” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” wafted through the Marines’ Memorial Theatre Sunday before SF Sketchfest’s Tribute to The…
  • SF Sketchfest: The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still as good as it's been for 45 years

    SF Sketchfest: The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still as good as it’s been for 45 years

    Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell at Castro Theatre in San Francisco on Jan. 12, 2020. Onome Uyovbievbo/Staff. SAN FRANCISCO — The night began with Barry Bostwick’s backside. OK, that’s not completely true. The night at the Castro Theatre began with Trixxie Carr singing “Science Fiction/Double Feature,”…
  • RIFF's day covering the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks at Chase Center

    RIFF’s day covering the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks at Chase Center

    Golden State Warriors’ Ky Bowman (12) dunks in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Alessio Neri/Staff. SAN FRANCISCO — Since the day Chase Center opened its doors to the public, this publication has reported on almost all of the…
  • REVIEW: Willie Nelson blazes through hot set at the Fillmore

    REVIEW: Willie Nelson blazes through hot set at the Fillmore

    Willie Nelson performs at the Fillmore on Jan. 8, 2020. Photo: Nick Buckmaster. SAN FRANCISCO — An eclectic audience turned up at the Fillmore Wednesday to witness country superstar Willie Nelson perform the second of three sold-out nights in the City. Willie Nelson and Family Tennessee Jet 8…
  • Metallica pledges $515,000 to Australian firefighters

    Metallica pledges $515,000 to Australian firefighters

    Metallica performs at the All Within My Hands concert and auction at the Masonic in San Francisco on Nov. 11, 2018. Courtesy. More than 15 million acres of brushland has burned in Australia, according to the BBC, with 24 people confirmed killed and an estimated 1 billion animals…