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2008 Stories by Eric K. Arnold

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  • Thievery Corporation

    published December 31, 2008

    Electronic music is rarely thought of as being revolutionary from an ideological standpoint. Most artists in this genre push buttons and... More >>

  • Too Thrashed

    published December 10, 2008

    Silas Baxter-Neal's ollies, grinds, and kickflips are the stuff of legend — or, at least, the stuff of repeated slack-jawed YouTube... More >>

  • The Bay Area Maverick

    published October 15, 2008

    Tom Shimura may get fervent enthusiasm from audiences over the world, but he can still enjoy a quiet lunch in his hometown of Berkeley without... More >>

  • San Francisco's sub-bass subculture

    published October 1, 2008

    This weekend, 150 electronic artists will create a cavalcade through the streets of San Francisco for the annual LoveFest Parade. On the... More >>

  • Catching the Dub Bug

    published September 24, 2008

    For dub disciples, the Bug is aural nirvana. On soon-to-be-released album London Zoo, haunting melodica clashes with sampled... More >>

  • Not Your Parents' Jazz

    published September 3, 2008

    Jazz began as a live soundtrack for East St. Louis brothels and accompaniment for New Orleans funerals. Along the way it has engendered... More >>

  • Poetic emcee Ise Lyfe coulda been a gangsta

    published August 6, 2008

    If you crossed the social awareness of '70s jazzy wordsmith Gil Scott-Heron with the slick-tongued slang of Too $hort, you might end up with... More >>

  • Keak da Sneak

    published July 9, 2008

    Apparently no one told Oakland's reigning hoodstar about hyphy's demise. Fashionably late — by about two years — for his own... More >>

  • Cocktails and Classics

    published June 11, 2008

    Sloe gin is a liqueur made from gin, sloe berries, sugar, almond extract, and cloves. Slow Gin, on the other hand, is one of San... More >>

  • Lyrics Born

    published April 16, 2008

    It's been five long years since the Bay Area's favorite gruff-voiced MC last graced us with a new album. Lyrics Born's emphasis on quality over... More >>

  • Kanye, Jay-Z, Mary J., and Rihanna clamor for diva status

    published April 16, 2008

    As Ye-Day approaches, one question looms large: Can any arena contain Kanye West's massive ego? The 20,000-seat HP Pavilion, where hip-hop's... More >>

  • Texas Rap Legend Bun B Keeps It Trill

    published March 26, 2008

    The joys of Bun B go much deeper than those of your typical Southern trap rapper. Ever since 1993, when Bun and Pimp C dropped "Pocket... More >>

  • The Demise of Hyphy

    published February 20, 2008

    After breaking through to mainstream pop-culture awareness in 2006, the Bay Area's youthful, party-oriented hyphy movement seemed poised to... More >>

  • Major-Label Misfit: Mistah F.A.B.

    published January 16, 2008

    Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. would be the first to admit there's a problem when it comes to rap music: If you're identified with the streets,... More >>

  • The new Fox Theater, the arty Red Poppy, and the hustlin' Demolition Men

    published January 2, 2008

    After a month of looking backward, it's time we started moving forward. This week we offer a survey of organizations that will help inspire the... More >>

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