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Jon Anderson’s newest solo album “1000 Hands” was decades in the making. (Courtesy Deborah Anderson)

Jon Anderson energized by singing with birds

Former Yes frontman feels good changes coming on

Jon Anderson’s newest solo album “1000 Hands” was decades in the making. (Courtesy Deborah Anderson)
Joe Ely released his new album on his label Rack ‘Em Records. (Courtesy LCMedia)

Joe Ely finds love amidst the mayhem

Singer-songwriter tackles myriad projects sheltering in place

Joe Ely released his new album on his label Rack ‘Em Records. (Courtesy LCMedia)
“The Go-Go’s,” airing July 31 on Showtime, features, from left, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock. (Courtesy Lynn Goldsmith/Sundance Institute)

‘Go-Go’s’ doc details rise of pop punk darlings

Group archivist is drummer Gina Schock

“The Go-Go’s,” airing July 31 on Showtime, features, from left, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock. (Courtesy Lynn Goldsmith/Sundance Institute)
The Coronas – frontman Danny O’Reilly is pictured – have released the new recording “True Love Waits.” (Courtesy photo)

Pandemic won’t set The Coronas back

Irish trio releases ‘True Love Waits’ after short delay

The Coronas – frontman Danny O’Reilly is pictured – have released the new recording “True Love Waits.” (Courtesy photo)
Singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore is releasing singles and corresponding acoustic versions in 2020. (Courtesy photo)

Gin Wigmore takes a stance against animal abuse

Songwriter’s new singles benefit wildlife conservation

Singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore is releasing singles and corresponding acoustic versions in 2020. (Courtesy photo)
Versatile vocalist CeeLo Green collaborated with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys on his new solo album. (Courtesy photo)

CeeLo Green is Thomas Callaway, Elle King turns over new leaf

Vocalists try novel approaches on 2020 releases

Versatile vocalist CeeLo Green collaborated with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys on his new solo album. (Courtesy photo)
Jessie Ware, finding success with her podcast “Table Manners,” enjoyed returning to music with her new solo album. (Courtesy Carlijn Jacobs)

Jessie Ware asks ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’

Pop singer has fun making music, talking about food

Jessie Ware, finding success with her podcast “Table Manners,” enjoyed returning to music with her new solo album. (Courtesy Carlijn Jacobs)
Mike Peters, frontman of The Alarm, is three-time cancer survivor who co-founded Love, Strength, Hope, a foundation with a mission to save lives through music. (Courtesy Jules Jones Peters)

The Alarm’s old albums take on deep new meanings

Mike Peters releases retrospective trilogy ‘Hurricane of Change’

Mike Peters, frontman of The Alarm, is three-time cancer survivor who co-founded Love, Strength, Hope, a foundation with a mission to save lives through music. (Courtesy Jules Jones Peters)
Jehnny Beth says she set out to make a complex record that called for several listens. (Courtesy Steve Gullick)

Savages’ Jehnny Beth goes solo

‘To Love Is to Live’ is ambitious debut album

Jehnny Beth says she set out to make a complex record that called for several listens. (Courtesy Steve Gullick)
“Forest Bees” is the new self-titled CD by Sheetal Singh, formerly the bassist for The Stratford 4. (Courtesy Force Field PR)

Sheetal Singh re-emerges as Forest Bees

East Bay mom releases ethereal debut solo recording

“Forest Bees” is the new self-titled CD by Sheetal Singh, formerly the bassist for The Stratford 4. (Courtesy Force Field PR)
Nicole Atkins has been busy making new music and art during the pandemic. (Courtesy Barbara FG)

Friends join Nicole Atkins on soulful ‘Italian Ice’

Singer-songwriter releases album and shares concerts, art online

Nicole Atkins has been busy making new music and art during the pandemic. (Courtesy Barbara FG)
Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties have really taken off since the pandemic hit. (Courtesy photo)

Tim Burgess hosts fun online listening bashes

Charlatans UK frontman keeping busy during new solo album release

Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties have really taken off since the pandemic hit. (Courtesy photo)
Butch Walker’s new solo concept album “American Love Story” is catchy and diverse. (Courtesy Phil Chester and Sara Byrne)

Butch Walker’s many influences fuel ‘American Love Story’

In-demand producer’s rock opera is touching, ambitious

Butch Walker’s new solo concept album “American Love Story” is catchy and diverse. (Courtesy Phil Chester and Sara Byrne)
From left, Adam Beck, Keven Tecon and Nick Ott are Houses of Heaven. (Courtesy Effixx)

Houses of Heaven debuts with ‘Silent Places’

Oakland trio fuses industrial, techno, shoegaze, dub on new album

From left, Adam Beck, Keven Tecon and Nick Ott are Houses of Heaven. (Courtesy Effixx)
Lucinda Williams’ song “Man Without a Soul” on her latest recording is inspired by Donald Trump. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)

Angry Lucinda Williams takes on world’s sorry state

Singer-songwriter gets political in new album ‘Good Souls Better Angels’

Lucinda Williams’ song “Man Without a Soul” on her latest recording is inspired by Donald Trump. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)
Besides being a musician, Cherie Currie is a chainsaw artist. (Robert Sebree/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Former Runaways Cherie Currie out with new solo album

Currie’s stature in rock history is nicely mapped out

Besides being a musician, Cherie Currie is a chainsaw artist. (Robert Sebree/Special to S.F. Examiner)
After their European tour was abruptly canceled, members of Exodus, including guitarist Gary Holt, were diagnosed with the coronavirus. (Courtesy photo)

Bay Area metal band members experienced COVID-19 first hand

Testament vocalist Chuck Billy and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt were among 10 band members and crew infected

After their European tour was abruptly canceled, members of Exodus, including guitarist Gary Holt, were diagnosed with the coronavirus. (Courtesy photo)
Mustangs of the West. (Courtesy photo/Victoria Smith)

Mustangs musician Suzanna Spring seeks the silver lining

“I’ve noticed, as an artist and a musician, that it’s forced a whole new creativity to the forefront.”

Mustangs of the West. (Courtesy photo/Victoria Smith)
Clannad has hopes to reschedule its farewell tour promoting its new career-retrospective double album. (Courtesy Anton Corbijn)

Clannad’s ‘In a Lifetime’ world tour on hold

Celtic band’s new release is a 50-year career retrospective

Clannad has hopes to reschedule its farewell tour promoting its new career-retrospective double album. (Courtesy Anton Corbijn)
Green Day, — from left, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool — released the album “Father of All…” in February. (Courtesy Pamela Littky)

Green Day’s still vexed about planet’s sorry state

New album asks, How do you start a party as the world crumbles?

Green Day, — from left, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool — released the album “Father of All…” in February. (Courtesy Pamela Littky)