• INTERVIEW: Micky Dolenz of The Monkees on living through the 'horrible cloud'

    INTERVIEW: Micky Dolenz of The Monkees on living through the ‘horrible cloud’

    Micky Dolenz, Courtesy photo. Micky Dolenz of The Monkees doesn’t remember another time in years that he’s gone more than three days without having to pack a suitcase. Instead, he’s been spending the shelter-in-place to stop the spread of COVID-19 by tending to his vegetable garden and working…
  • Insert Foot: What celebrity would you isolate yourself with during COVID-19?

    Insert Foot: What celebrity would you isolate yourself with during COVID-19?

    From Candy Loving to the Queen, these are all the people Tony Hicks has wanted to be isolated with over the years. I once swiped one of my stepdad’s Playboy magazines. It probably happened (a lot) more than once … when I was a kid … not lately.…
  • REWIND: Tell people to go away with The Offspring and Tom Petty

    REWIND: Tell people to go away with The Offspring and Tom Petty

    Tom Petty in New York in 1976. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns. For all the problems with 2020—the never-ending barrage of disasters, each worse than the last, unrelenting in their pace and scope, a perpetual hurricane with no eye, bad news crashing in on you one after another with…
  • Obituary: Bill Withers had rare gifts for a regular guy

    Obituary: Bill Withers had rare gifts for a regular guy

    I didn’t know Bill Withers was black until I’d already come to know his music. As a kid, I constantly confused him with Van Morrison all the time. And I’d seen Morrison on television, so … That’s a huge compliment. To both of them. It was music sounding…
  • Opinion: How to get your air travel refund in the time of COVID-19

    Opinion: How to get your air travel refund in the time of COVID-19

    Frontier Airlines jet. Courtesy: Tomas Del Coro. I was going to miss SXSW by a week anyway, but then SXSW was canceled, sports were canceled and concerts were canceled, and it was best to cancel my family’s April vacation to Austin. I had a reservation with Frontier Airlines,…
  • BREAKING: ALT 105.3 lays off music director Aaron Axelsen

    BREAKING: ALT 105.3 lays off music director Aaron Axelsen

    Aaron Axelsen performs at Live 105’s BFD 2017 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on June 10, 2017. Alessio Neri/STAFF Entercom Radio on Thursday announced companywide layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts. The company operates numerous radio stations in the Bay Area and in 2017 purchased ALT 105.3 from…
  • INTERVIEW: Allan Rayman opens up about life in quarantine, 'CHRISTIAN' and the masks he wears

    INTERVIEW: Allan Rayman opens up about life in quarantine, ‘CHRISTIAN’ and the masks he wears

    Allan Rayman, Courtesy: Steph Verschuren. It’s March 20, and most of the U.S. and Canada is a week into COVID-19-induced quarantine. Nerves are fraying, the toilet paper is noticeably low, and … enigmatic Toronto singer-songwriter Allan Rayman is just living his normal life. CHRISTIAN Allan Rayman Republic Records,…
  • INTERVIEW: Fantastic Negrito on finding peace with fan-sourced COVID-19 video for "Chocolate Samurai"

    INTERVIEW: Fantastic Negrito on finding peace with fan-sourced COVID-19 video for “Chocolate Samurai”

    Fantastic Negrito performs at the UC Theatre in Berkeley on Oct. 14, 2017. Karen Goldman/STAFF. Two-time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito is spending the quarantine with his fans. Not literally, of course. The musician, whose name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, put out a call to his fans to send in…
  • INTERVIEW: Michael C. Hall, Matt Katz-Bohen & Peter Yanowitz are Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum

    INTERVIEW: Michael C. Hall, Matt Katz-Bohen & Peter Yanowitz are Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum

    Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, Courtesy photo. Friends Michael C. Hall, Matt Katz-Bohen and Peter Yanowitz didn’t set out to record a record when they first started writing songs together for fun. Still, Golden-Globe-winning actor Hall (“Six Feet Under,” “Dexter”), drummer Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood) and keyboardist…
  • Q&A: Colin Dieden of the Mowgli's sets out on his own as Little Hurt

    Q&A: Colin Dieden of the Mowgli’s sets out on his own as Little Hurt

    Little Hurt, Courtesy: KayKay Blaisdell. Colin Dieden became friends with Cameron Walker-Wright and brothers John and Stephen Gomez (pop trio TWIN XL), when he was still the lead vocalist of The Mowgli’s. It began as a common songwriting session—one of many—where Walker-Wright co-wrote the Mowgli’s “I Feel Good About This.” Later, while…
  • INTERVIEW: Radnor & Lee look at the broader picture with new album

    INTERVIEW: Radnor & Lee look at the broader picture with new album

    Radnor & Lee, Courtesy: Liz Bretz. Since best friends Ben Lee and Josh Radnor last made a record, a self-titled debut in 2017, the two have seemingly never stopped moving. Golden State Radnor & Lee Flower Moon Records, May 8 Lee, a lifelong musician, made a record from…
  • From Madonna to construction cranes: 3 stories of coronavirus' impact on the music industry

    From Madonna to construction cranes: 3 stories of coronavirus’ impact on the music industry

    The Independent in San Francisco, closed, on March 16, 2020. Ohio singer-songwriter Angela Perley began March by canceling her band’s important first showcase appearance at South by Southwest, followed by a 100-capacity hometown show, and eventually the rest of her March concerts. On Sunday, Ohio’s governor closed the…