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Greene revisits past while looking to the future

The roots singer-songwriter, who has performed with everybody from Phil Lesh to the Black Crowes, is in the middle of his third annual residency at the Sweetwater Music Hall — his longest residency to date — and [Read entire story]

Graham Nash celebrates solo return

Graham Nash is best known for the music he made with his partners in celestial harmony, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and sometimes Neil Young. [...] on his solo tour, the 75-year-old singer also revisits the work he [Read entire story]

The Band Perry breaks from country past at intimate SF show

After nearly a decade of lobbing button-down hits into the country music charts, the Grammy-winning group made up of siblings Kimberly (vocals), Reid (bass) and Neil Perry (mandolin) is itching for the kind of pop [Read entire story]

Lyle Lovett and Vince Gill team up for another tour

Lyle Lovett, right, and Vince Gill may not sound much alike, but they share a deep passion for storytelling and authentic country music. What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice versa. Whatever song he chooses [Read entire story]

Big Sean riding on big ‘Bounce’

Recently tapped to be the face of this summer’s Puma Classics campaign, Big Sean is riding high on the success of his latest album, “I Decided,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. When Big Sean first [Read entire story]

Chuck Berry, rock ’n’ roll pioneer, dies at 90

Over the years, the American rock ’n’ roll icon, who served as both his mentor and nemesis, punched Richards in the face, kicked him off stage and once attempted to light him on fire. [...] when Mr. Berry, who died [Read entire story]

Yountville Live a music festival for the senses

Taking place at various venues across this luxurious patch of Wine Country, it forgoes the bustling crowds and large amplifiers for a more civilized experience — intimate concerts paired with exquisite food and wine in [Read entire story]

Rickie Lee Jones, Madeleine Peyroux on politically charged tour

Most people remember Rickie Lee Jones as the spacey chick from the ’70s who sang “Chuck E’s in Love,” but for the past two decades, her work has taken on a sharp political bent. On her latest tour, the Los [Read entire story]

Social Distortion brings enduring punk hits back to the bay

Despite an embarrassingly sluggish work pace for a blue-collar punk outfit, Social Distortion remains a vital live act. Thanks to hits such as “Ball and Chain,” “Story of My Life” and that raucous cover of [Read entire story]

SFJAZZ announces lineup for summer festival and sessions

Quincy Jones’ protégé Jacob Collier, Jamaica-born pianist Monty Alexander, vocalist Lizz Wright, Southern rock band the Suffers and ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro are among the eclectic artists who will perform as [Read entire story]

Star collaborator Bebe Rexha goes solo on tour

Having collaborated with a constellation of pop stars, including Rihanna, Eminem and Bay Area rapper G-Eazy (they duetted on the 2016 hit single “Me, Myself & I”), singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha is on her first [Read entire story]

Red Hot Chili Peppers bring 4 decades of hits to Oakland

On its latest album, the group teamed up with producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton (Beck, Black Keys), who gives its West Coast brand of funk a psychedelic wash on “The Getaway.” The band will perform it [Read entire story]

Kasey Chambers brings sweet roots rock back to States

Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers returns to the U.S. with an ambitious double album, “Dragonfly,” which has already topped the charts in her home country. The release features an all-star cast of [Read entire story]

Mykki Blanco challenges fans with unhinged party jams

On his full-length debut, “Mykki,” the queer rapper, poet and performance artist blends hard club beats with candid rhymes and an unexpectedly poignant singing voice. When the alter ego of Michael David Quattlebaum [Read entire story]

Oakland rocker Thadeus Gonzalez lands Bon Jovi dream gig

A few months ago, Thadeus Gonzalez saw something online that mentioned Bon Jovi was having a contest for local bands to open the shows on its “This House is Not for Sale” arena tour. Without giving the rules too [Read entire story]

Grace Slick donates Chick-fil-A paycheck to LGBQT group

Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick revealed in an essay in Forbes that the money she received from Chick-fil-A’s use of Starship’s 1987 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in a Grammy night commercial will go [Read entire story]

Mothers bring off-kilter, enchanting sound to SF

The Georgia band Mothers released one of last year’s most striking, vulnerable albums, “When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired.” Conjuring the off-kilter indie rock sound of bands like the Throwing Muses and [Read entire story]

Mary Wilson remains Supreme star

More than five decades have passed since the Supremes scored their first No. 1 hit with “Where Did Our Love Go.” [...] the Motown group’s founding member Mary Wilson is still out there, still performing the [Read entire story]

Bobby Freeman, SF’s first rock ’n’ roll star, dies at 76

Mr. Freeman wrote and sang what became known as “Do You Wanna Dance,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard singles chart, when he was barely out of San Francisco’s Mission High School. The song went through many [Read entire story]

Angel Olsen reveals her pop ambition

The St. Louis singer-songwriter’s latest album delicately balances her low-key indie rock roots with a hint of pop ambition on tracks like “Shut Up and Kiss Me” and “Never Be Mine.” After getting her start in [Read entire story]