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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]

Chris Cornell: the startling suicide of an eclectic talent

The Soundgarden frontman, who committed suicide Wednesday, May 17, at age 52, seemed to have everything going for him: that plutonic four-octave voice, the brooding good looks and the ability to shift gears from [Read entire story]

Foo Fighters debut new song at Fillmore benefit concert

On Monday, May 15, the 69-year-old Marin rocker brought his annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert back to the Fillmore, delivering another night of once-in-a-lifetime moments for those who managed to snag tickets to [Read entire story]

Paul Kelly plays funeral songs at intimate shows

On his latest release, “Death’s Dateless Night,” recorded with fellow countryman Charlie Owen, the veteran singer-songwriter takes on a selection of funeral songs written by the likes of Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen [Read entire story]

JMSN ready for R&B breakthrough

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Feist makes low-key return with ‘Pleasure’

Feist retreated after the unexpected chart success of her 2007 album, “The Reminder,” whose breakthrough hit “1234” provided a soundtrack for everything from an iPod commercial to a segment on “Sesame [Read entire story]

Kevin Garcia, Grandaddy bassist and co-founder, dies at 41

Kevin Garcia, the bass player and co-founder of the Modesto indie rock group Grandaddy, died at a hospital in his hometown on Tuesday, May 2. The surviving members of the band, who confirmed his death with a statement [Read entire story]

Mavis Staples, Fantastic Negrito set for Stern Grove season

Mavis Staples, Fantastic Negrito, and Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are among the headliners for the 80th season of the Stern Grove Festival, the 10-week summer concert series that kicks off June 25 with the Big Picnic [Read entire story]

Tickets for Chappelle and Mayer show sell out within minutes

Tickets for the gigs, priced at $103 each, went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday morning and sold out within minutes, leading fans to take to social media to grumble. [...] really, it’s no surprise that tickets for a venue [Read entire story]

The ‘10 Concerts’ phenomenon is taking over Facebook

If you have been avoiding Facebook for the past few months because you got fed up with all the political rants and cat videos, now is the time to check back in. Over the past 48-hours, the entire Facebook news feed has [Read entire story]

William Bell, Bay Area pianist known as Jazz Professor, dies

The acclaimed Bay Area pianist, who worked tirelessly as a performer and music educator at several major Bay Area institutions, died last month at his home in the East Bay. During a lengthy career, Mr. Bell served as [Read entire story]

Monterey Pop 50th anniversary concert lineup announced

Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Father John Misty and Kurt Vile and the Violators are among the acts that will perform at a concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival from June 16 [Read entire story]

Icelandic rockers Kaleo, on the way up

Björk might be Iceland’s biggest musical export, but she’s not the only pop juggernaut from the land of glaciers and volcanoes worth embracing. The release cracked the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 and [Read entire story]

Jahdan Blakkamoore headlines at Dub Mission

San Francisco’s low-key reggae dance party Dub Mission is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by doing what it does best, spinning deep cuts for the Bay Area’s most dedicated music heads. Brooklyn dancehall [Read entire story]

Monterey Pop 50th anniversary concert to celebrate Summer of Love

The Monterey International Pop Festival is getting a revival for its 50th anniversary, with Berkeley promotion company Another Planet Entertainment planning a major music event from June 16-18 at the Monterey County [Read entire story]

Airship takes trip to 1967 at Summer of Love exhibit opening

With the performance in the middle of a daylong program that included face painting, bubble stations and bedazzled circus performers, the event drew more babies than Baby Boomers. [...] the small but faithful [Read entire story]

Mountain Winery announces 2017 concert series lineup

Sheryl Crow, Kamasi Washington, Trevor Noah, Bryan Ferry and Lake Street Dive are among the eclectic list of headliners that will perform at the Mountain Winery as part of the Saratoga venue’s 2017 concert series, [Read entire story]