Pop Music

Under quarantine, Mike Scott has been making videos to promote the Waterboys’ new album “Good Luck, Seeker.” (Courtes Barry McCall/Chart Room Media)

Waterboys get philosophical on ‘Good Luck, Seeker’

Mike Scott stays busy home-recording during quarantine

Under quarantine, Mike Scott has been making videos to promote the Waterboys’ new album “Good Luck, Seeker.” (Courtes Barry McCall/Chart Room Media)
From left, Carlos Verdugo, Eric Wilson and Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome play live in October at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. (Courtesy Daniel Prakopcyk)

Sublime With Rome to play live fairgrounds concerts in fall

Singer Rome Ramirez returns home for East Bay show

From left, Carlos Verdugo, Eric Wilson and Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome play live in October at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. (Courtesy Daniel Prakopcyk)
Fee Waybill of Tubes fame has released a new solo album, his first in 24 years. (Courtesy photo)

Fee Waybill rides again

Former Tubes singer making music with Richard Marx

Fee Waybill of Tubes fame has released a new solo album, his first in 24 years. (Courtesy photo)
LCD Soundsystem – James Murphy is pictured at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in 2016 – is in the lineup of Inside Lands Virtual Festival on Aug. 28-29. (Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Free Inside Lands streams Aug. 28-29

Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Jack White, Kehlani, ZHU, Beach House and many more appear

LCD Soundsystem – James Murphy is pictured at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in 2016 – is in the lineup of Inside Lands Virtual Festival on Aug. 28-29. (Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Allyson Baker and Marc Capelle of the Red Room Orchestra play a benefit concert at The Chapel in the Mission on Aug. 15. (Courtesy Kelley Stoltz)

Red Room Orchestra plays ‘Twin Peaks’ show at Chapel

Outdoor concert benefits independent music clubs

Allyson Baker and Marc Capelle of the Red Room Orchestra play a benefit concert at The Chapel in the Mission on Aug. 15. (Courtesy Kelley Stoltz)
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)
St. Paul and the Broken Bones perform to close out the Banjo Stage on day one of the 19th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at Golden Gate Park on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. The festival will be held online in 2020 due to ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival to move online

Organizers announce charitable fund for musicians

St. Paul and the Broken Bones perform to close out the Banjo Stage on day one of the 19th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at Golden Gate Park on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. The festival will be held online in 2020 due to ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass hosts Los Lobos in its first live pandemic-era concert on July 25. (Courtesy David Alan Kogut)

Los Lobos to play live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass stream

Bonnie Simmons hosts July 25 digital broadcast

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass hosts Los Lobos in its first live pandemic-era concert on July 25. (Courtesy David Alan Kogut)
John Waters is slated to return to host Burger Boogaloo in 2021. (Courtesy Erika Reinsel)

Burger Boogaloo cancels, back in 2021 with same lineup

East Bay punk fest returns with Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks, local acts

John Waters is slated to return to host Burger Boogaloo in 2021. (Courtesy Erika Reinsel)
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)
Singer songwriter Andrew St. James, right, and his friend Scott Padden have been playing brief outdoor concerts in The City since mid-May. (Courtesy Ian Young)

Andrew St. James is enjoying Fast Times

S.F. music booster, songwriter releases new tunes, plays ‘drive-by’ concerts

Singer songwriter Andrew St. James, right, and his friend Scott Padden have been playing brief outdoor concerts in The City since mid-May. (Courtesy Ian Young)
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)
Tame Impala, pictured at Outside Lands in 2015, will be back for the 2021 festival. (Natasha Dangond, Special to S.F. Examiner)

Outside Lands to return in 2021 with Lizzo, Tame Impala, Strokes

2020 Golden Gate Park music and art fest canceled due to COVID-19

Tame Impala, pictured at Outside Lands in 2015, will be back for the 2021 festival. (Natasha Dangond, Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)
Big Freedia tops the entertainment lineup of San Francisco Pride’s 50th anniversary online programming. (Courtesy photo)

Queen of Bounce Big Freedia heads up online 2020 San Francisco Pride festivities

Betty Who, David Hernandez, Dorian Electra, Kidd Kenn also to appear

Big Freedia tops the entertainment lineup of San Francisco Pride’s 50th anniversary online programming. (Courtesy photo)