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Lionel and Mariah trot out the hits on tour

Lionel Richie is teaming up with Mariah Carey for the 22-stop “All the Hits” tour, which starts Friday, July 21, at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Five-time Grammy winner Richie will have no problem holding his own, as [Read entire story]

Sufjan Stevens brings cosmic rock opera to Oakland

[...] on his new album, “Planetarium” — a collaboration with the National’s Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and longtime sideman James McAlister — he’s come up with something truly cosmic. A rock opera [Read entire story]

Beck ready to ‘Wow’ with genre-busting set

Beck’s live shows can go anywhere. Over the course of his two-decade-plus career, the Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist has experimented with folk-rock, hip-hop, retro funk, psychedelic pop and everything in [Read entire story]

Duran Duran brings era-defining hits to Bay Area

Duran Duran is wrapping up a marathon run of live dates in support of its most recent album, 2015’s “Paper Gods.” After performing on the main stage at last year’s Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park, the [Read entire story]

Iggy Pop gets punk fans pumped at Burger Boogaloo

The faithful came wearing Bettie Page bangs and beehive hairdos, retro sleeve tattoos, Doc Martin boots, and plenty of leather despite the intense midday heat. The writhing, shirtless punk hero Iggy Pop topped the bill [Read entire story]

Queen keeps rocking with Adam Lambert

No one will ever replace Freddie Mercury. [...] if some of the surviving members of Queen — guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor — insist on hitting the road again, they might as well do it with former [Read entire story]

Burger Boogaloo lineup brings punk icons Iggy Pop, X and more

After years of championing underground garage rock acts like the Mummies and Thee Oh Sees, for its eighth edition Burger Boogaloo has clinched some heavy hitters. The lineup for the all-ages mini festival also features [Read entire story]

Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit concert appears to be history

After 30 years of hosting the all-star acoustic event, traditionally at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View over the last weekend of October, Young and his ex-wife Pegi announced on Wednesday that this year’s event [Read entire story]

Monterey Pop celebrates the past with 50th anniversary concert

The Monterey International Pop Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary Friday-Sunday, June 16-18, by returning to the Monterey County Fairgrounds with an impressive roster of contemporary artists, including Leon [Read entire story]

Lemonheads’ Evan Dando hits the road solo — just because

The leader of 1990s indie rockers the Lemonheads doesn’t have any new music to perform but rather is touring in support of the rerelease of his first solo album, 2003’s “Baby I’m Bored.” [...] when he gets it [Read entire story]

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ jam together on on ‘TajMo’

Nearly 50 years after releasing his self-titled debut, which included contributions from Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal returns with another collaborative project. The Grammy-winning blues guitarist’s latest album, “TajMo,” [Read entire story]

The Suffers bring Gulf Coast soul to SFJazz

The Suffers, the Gulf Coast rock ’n’ soul band that draws its powerhouse sound from a swampy mix of gospel, reggae and Latin influences, come to the SFJazz Center on Saturday, June 10. Led by the vocalist Kam [Read entire story]

Elvis Costello takes fans back to the ‘Bedroom’

Elvis Costello is celebrating the 35th anniversary of one of his biggest albums on the Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers tour, which reaches the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on Saturday, June 3. The singer-songwriter and [Read entire story]

BottleRock pulls plug during Foo Fighters’ finale

Even though the group was allotted a two-hour headlining slot on the third day of the luxe festival in the heart of Napa, the band made it only midway through “Everlong,” its hit song from 1997, when it ran up [Read entire story]

BottleRock turns up volume on luxury in its 5th year

The promoters of BottleRock Napa Valley, the music festival that is built around the luxury experience, went all out this year. Aside from booking a trio of world-class headliners — Maroon 5, Tom Petty and the [Read entire story]

Green Day, Metallica bassists jam on chaotic BottleRock culinary stage

[...] there was only so much the emcee of the BottleRock Napa festival’s Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage could do when chef Jose Andres was joined by a trio of superstar bass players — Green Day’s Mike Dirnt, [Read entire story]

Time is right for Midnight Oil’s comeback

Midnight Oil ruled the Earth for a brief period between 1987’s “Diesel and Dust” and 1990’s “Blue Sky Mining.” [...] the politically charged Australian band spent the past 15 years on hiatus (aside from a [Read entire story]

BottleRock after-hours shows keep tunes flowing

The music doesn’t stop when the lights go down on the BottleRock Napa festival this weekend. The promoters have added a slew of after-hours shows to the lineup, with a few preview shows that start before the festival [Read entire story]

John Legend brings ‘Darkness and Light’ on the road

The multiplatinum-selling, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter is currently taking a break from his dream life with wife Chrissy Teigen to perform across the country on the “Darkness and [Read entire story]

After decades of obscurity, Rodriguez in the limelight

While the Michigan native moved on, making a meager living as a construction worker and day laborer, bootleg copies of his recordings found an audience in apartheid-era South Africa, where Rodriguez became more popular [Read entire story]