Who watched the inauguration a few days ago? That shit was pretty awesome. (We especially liked the part where Obama casually dropped a Stonewall reference into his speech, like he wasn't doing something of enormous significance. Nice one, dude). Of course, most of the post-inauguration blog chatter ... More >>
Last night a gigantic fundraiser took place in New York's Madison Square Garden to raise money for Hurricane Sandy cleanup and relief efforts. This thing was almost six hours long. Six! We could've flown there in that time! In case you weren't inclined to spend that insane amount of time in front of ... More >>
The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual occasion for thrill and intrigue. An arena for a slutty young Madonna to writhe around the ground in a wedding dress, or even for a slutty old Madonna to French kiss a couple of aging pop tartlets. A place for pyro and pasties and grand interruptions -- I'mma ... More >>
Fox Nation is a website where angry American men yell about liberals, stare at tiny photos of famous women's "bikini bods," and type terrible things about black people. It's like Huffington Post meets Maxim meets the John Birch Society, all soaked in Mountain Dew.The main page has a couple ... More >>
Last night, the finalists for NBC's The Voice were finally decided upon, and it was an odd show from the beginning. This thing started on a... really, really low note actually, with finalist from last year, Dia Frampton (should've won -- *cough* -- should've won) performing a song titled "Don't Kick ... More >>
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause this thing was a three-and-a-half-hour carnival of absurdi ... More >>
Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the list, and alongside all of the alphabetized politicians, business and sports ... More >>
Beloved English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. Police have not yet determined the cause of death, but several outlets have reported that there were no signs of foul play. Winehouse enjoyed a brutally short legacy akin to that of several ... More >>
Cali Swag District, with M-Bone at far right. Rapper Montae "M-Bone" Talbert, a member of the group Cali Swag District, was murdered Sunday night in an apparent random drive-by in L.A. He was 22.
Autumn De WildeJenny and Johnny are among 80 acts at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010Hardly Strictly is here! But before you blow your figurative load over the biggest free concert of the year, keep in mind that there are plenty of other fun and cheap events in the city this weekend. Here's our lis ... More >>
Birds & Batteries is a band that can't be pigeonholed. The electro-country-pop-indie-you-name-it group finds inspiration from every genre, every sound; they're reluctant to single out a sound they won't play--except maybe heavy metal. If it's appropriate to bring in polka, polka there shall b ... More >>
It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva." ... More >>
Without parental guidance, they lived wild and free at an early age, but murder will keep them locked up for years.
EKAphotographyBack to the Roots: Junior Reid Rumor has it that reggae superstar Junior Reid has signed to Oakland's ABB Records. Reid has been one of Jamaica's most enduring artists in the dancehall era, from his days as the lead singer of Black Uhuru in the mid and late '80s, to his solo career in ... More >>
EKAphotography copyright 2007. all rights reservedOur shoulder-brushin', fist-bumpin' POTUS in Oakland, 2007 For a long time, hip hop debates have tended toward the tawdry and tabloidesque--i.e., Is Kanye Gay?; Is Alicia Keys creepin' with Swizz Beats?; Joe Budden vs. Saigon, T.I. vs. Mysonne, Cha ... More >>
Adele The Warfield January 29, 2009 Better than: Watching Amy Winehouse frolic a step away from death. British singer/songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (known simply as Adele) totes a voice that's dripping with old soul, yet she's only 20. When she took to the stage last night at the Warfiel ... More >>
The Secret Life of Bees is all honey, no sting.
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The making of Malika
Joe Carnahan's overly slick, heavily edited dark comedy works despite itself
Kanye West is everywhere, including Oakland; My Chemical Romance delivers its canned goth-pop
Oakland MC Prozack was headed for the big time. Then his major-label deal fell apart.
The bootylicious crowds alone should make the Ladies First Tour worth your while
The economy's in a slump, and so are a lot of S.F. politicians. At least for the pols, Brow Set seems to be part of the answer.