As a Filipino kid growing up in the Bay Area during the '80s, Marky Enriquez, aka Proof, was intent on being part of the region's famed mobile DJ scene, where breakdancers and DJs competed for notoriety at every party. Upon discovering that he couldn't quite master the moves, he found his talents be ... More >>
The hip-hop troupe 40Love is currently in possession of the most famous animal masks in modern Bay Area music history. Having made their debut in the video for Wallpaper's "#Stupidfacedd," the plastic faces are now being sported by three-quarters of the group in promotional pictures for upcoming alb ... More >>
It's time for the hallowed halls of hip-hop history to start giving Lupe Fiasco his due respect. Not, you understand, as a purveyor of conscientious rap music bursting with positive-leaning messages; nor for the Chicago-based rapper's ground-breaking work as a foremost collector of limited edition J ... More >>
Trevor TraynorThe easiest way to recognize local rapper Richie Cunning in a crowded room is by the Giants hat he's probably wearing. Born and raised in San Francisco, Cunning often raps about the city he calls home, the city he loves. In a few weeks, he'll be spitting rhymes at SF Weekly's A ... More >>
At Yoshi's tonight, with some serious funk. Last-minute change to your Saturday night schedule? This evening, Bay Area hip-hop extraordinaire and surprisingly capable singer* Lyrics Born plays a tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield at Yoshi's S.F. For this show, called "Continuum," he'l ... More >>
Joe EskenaziLarry Edmond says, unlike Tom Ammiano, he'd be thrilled to be our next mayorAs expected, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors did not select the city's next mayor today. Instead the process was continued to Dec. 14 (for the record, this was done on a 9-2 vote with Supervisors Ch ... More >>
Aloe Blacc at Rickshaw Stop last night.Aloe Blacc and the Grand SchemeDJ Matthew AfricaNovember 3, 2010@ Rickshaw StopBetter than: Watching replays of replays of replays of Wednesday's S.F. Giants parade.Classic soul is like sex, pizza, and sunsets: While there are major differences in style ... More >>
Jay-Z and Kool & the Gang get equal attention from San Francisco cover band, Hot PocketSan Francisco quintet Hot Pocket, an offshoot of the 10-piece hip-hop and Latin funk outfit Bayonics, has built a solid following by filling bars across the city several times a week with its enormous reper ... More >>
Sean Hayes @ the Independent The indie-folk scene has a funky pocket. The Be Good Tanyas get in it sometimes, and on his new record, Run Wolves Run, Sean Hayes is comfy in it. Sexed-up juicy dance jams aren't typical of musicians with a front-porch acoustic aesthetic, but he manages to further m ... More >>
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