Photos + Review: Hurray for the Riff Raff raise hell at the Fillmore

Hurray for the Riff Raff (photo: Robert Alleyne) Alynda Segarra's been screaming for revolution since way before it was cool. On Sunday night, Segarra and her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, led a full house at the Fillmore through an evening of stellar songwriting and rock and roll spectacle, all in the name of social change. "This is resistance music," she said early in the set, to wild applause from the crowd. Though Hurray for the Riff Raff's work has always had a political edge, on their latest record, The Navigator, they go all in. A semi-autobiographical work that's just [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, June 9 – 11

Raise hell with Hurray for the Riff Raff on Sunday. Friday, June 9 Huichica Music Festival @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery Running through Saturday, this year's edition of Huichica features Mattson 2, Heron Oblivion, Cass McCombs and many, many more. High & Mighty Brass Band @ Brick & Mortar A self-described "party already in progress," the High & Mighty Brass Band will get your feet moving. The Wyatt Act, Van Goat @ Bottom of the Hill Come for the great puns, stay for the great music. Strata, Picture Atlantic @ The Ritz An all South-Bay lineup makes tonight a great tribute [...]

Growing out, in, and around City and Colour at The Fox Theater

City and Colour (photo: Jess Luoma) I was once a much bigger fan of City and Colour. I came across Dallas Green’s melodic folk-rock project early on in my middle-school-era journey of discovering the music beyond what was played on FM radio. At the time most of my search for sounds that would define my musical tastes revolved around alternating between Pandora stations for The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Strokes as each went on commercial break, and through this process I heard Green’s sensitive and somber voice for the first time. City and Colour’s music came across as polite, but [...]

Hurray for the Riff Raff bring southern charm to The Independent

Alynda Lee Segarra doesn’t even seem real. Never mind that she is standing before a sold-out crowd at The Independent in several layers of black eyeliner, no doubt inspired by the doo-wop groups she grew up absorbing in her native Bronx, and a blindingly spangled suit—almost too wild to accept from someone who writes such serious, and seriously good, folk songs. It’s her story, which sounds like everyone’s life dream, that makes her seem so impossible: she dropped out of high school to ride the rails and hitch her way around the U.S. She eventually landed in New Orleans, where [...]

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