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Daniel Levin Becker

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    October 24, 2012
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    August 13, 2012

    The Best of Outside Lands: Sunday, Aug. 12

    Jack White Jack White likes the struggle. He's said so in interviews. He believes in hard work. The guiding force of each performance is the feeling that arises as the musicians collectively navigate the particular challenges of each moment on stage. Every show is guaranteed to be different. There a ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Video Proof That Children Love Nobunny -- Or at Least Squeezing His Nose

    Nobunny. With children!​ Awesome of the day, right here: Rabbit-faced Bay Area garage-rocker Nobunny -- a favorite of sweaty rock fans from 924 Gilman to Bottom of the Hill -- is on tour right now. While in Chicago, he appeared (for the second time!) on a children's musical show called Chic-A- ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Win Tickets to See Dominant Legs This Wednesday at the Rickshaw Stop

    We will be so lonely and forlorn if you do not come see us plaaaaay​San Francisco blogstraordinaire Ears of the Beholder is putting on a show this Wednesday night at the Rickshaw Stop, featuring the post-Tracy Chapman pop jangle of Dominant Legs, the brand new neo-funk stylings of Dirty Ghosts, an ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Greet E-40 and Get Schwag at a Barbecue in Walnut Creek This Saturday

    Try to ignore the "prand" typo​We don't really see the point in trying to be clever about this: Here's your chance to go to a barbecue with E-40. This Saturday, April 23, at True East in Walnut Creek, Earl Fortywater is joining forces with True and Undrcrwn to f ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    New Fist Family Video: From North Carolina to North Beach, Via the Median Strip

    ​You may remember Asheville, NC transplants Fist Family from their dope car-chase video tribute to their adoptive hometown. Well, they're back, lamping around the slanty thoroughfares and dimly lit alleyways of North Beach and loitering in the literal middle of Columbus Ave, with the first single ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Cop Atmosphere & Aesop Rock's Record Store Day Single

    ​How was your Record Store Day? Did you relive the simple bygone joys of exchanging physical money for a cold hard physical artifact that you could display proudly in your home and, if need be, use as a doorstop or coaster? If you didn't make it to a participating retailer to pick up the six ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    See The Oh Sees' Frontman John Dwyer's Photo Show at the Rite Spot Starting Tomorrow

    Claire Marie Vogel​What's it like to see the world through the eyes of a touring musician? Probably largely the same as seeing the world through the eyes of a touring non-musician, unless we're talking about Stevie Wonder or something, but why would you even say such a thing? Too soon. For al ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Download a Free EP (Recorded in Journey's Old Studio!) From S.F. Trio Pance Party

    Corrugate your FACE​I can't pretend some prescriptivist tendency in me doesn't disapprove of the misspelling (because I don't think they're talking about this), but I'm finding it hard to claim that the three cardboard-faced gentlemen of San Francisco's Pance Party didn't choose the perfect ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Lil B Takes On Charlie Sheen, Rap Genius Explains the Complex Meanings

    This week in Lil B: A song extolling the virtues of winning, Charlie Sheen-style. Not the first to come from the rap world by any means (see: Chamillionaire, Soulja Boy, Rico Love, Traphik...), but the most easily digestible, and the most harmonious in terms of recent meme factories. If the video ha ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Learn Local Music Survival Tactics from Battlehooch and Others at S.F. Intercom

    Battlehooch: They've made it this far, haven't they?​No matter how you feel about "shapeshifting orchestral rock-and-roll" sextet Battlehooch and their adoring legions of nubile Battlehoochies, you have to admit that the rough-and-tumble rude mechanics know a thing or two about making a name in a ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Mixtape of the Day: Ghostly International's TED Compilation, "Music For Ideas"

    ​What's the craziest idea you've had lately? Covering your cat in Yves Klein-blue paint and letting it frolic on your boss's couch? Deep-frying a beet? Going to see Battle Los Angeles completely sober? Microloans for pirates? Exciting times. The University of Michigan held a TED symposium ov ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Check Out a March Flashback Mixtape From Local Blog See The Leaves

    Unnecessary caption​March is over! Sure went out like a lion holding a hands with a lamb, didn't it? Or whatever they say. Now that we're five days ensconced in the cruelest month (R.I.P. K.C.), we may look back at March from a safe distance and be like, "what was up with that month?" Venerable lo ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    E-40 Continues Revenue Retrievin, Revisits His Past Hits

    The long wait is over; the next two installments in the Revenue Retrievin series from Vallejo's own E-40 -- the sequels to last year's Day Shift and Night Shift -- are finally out. Just in time for you to finish your tax returns! You know Uncle Sam's doing some serious-ass revenue retrievin' this mo ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    The Dodos Have a Brawl in Ultra-Noir 'Black Night' Video

    ​Good week for sumptuous and slightly sinister black-and-white videos from San Francisco acts. This one, for "Black Night," the first song off of No Color (aha!), finds local duo The Dodos channeling equal parts Johnny Cash and Fleet Foxes over an ever-stranger, ever-tenser assemblage of split-sec ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Jealous Guys Debut 'Brainwashed By London' Video, Plus Bonus Vid

    When we last reported on San Francisco's answer to the Clipse, The Jealous Guys, it was to spread word of their free Valentine's Day jam, The Love Mixtape. Now they've dropped a video -- black and white, natch -- for the single "Brainwashed By London," from the very same album. The flick finds them ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    MP3 Premiere: Spook-Folk From Brooklyn's O'Death, Playing Tomorrow at the Independent

    Steven Oberlechner​Long-buzzed-about Brooklyn quintet O'Death is coming to town to prepare us for the gentle passage into pillowy nothingness that awaits us all. Oh, and also for their new album. They have a new album. It's called Outside, and it's coming out in mid-April on Ernest Jenning Record ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Will Close Its Doors in S.F. (Exit Through the Gift Shop, Please)

    ​And you will know by the trail of tearful tattooed chin-scratchers down Divisadero next month that the 12-year saga of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is coming to an end. The Oakland enigma-core ensemble has announced three final California dates, culminating in an April 10th performance at the Indepe ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Insane Clowns Break Down Magnetic Juggalo Appeal for LA Weekly

    Didn't we meet at the tuxedo rental place?​ Meanwhile, in one of the six or seven other places in the world that is not Tokyo or Austin, Gustavo Turner of our sister rag LA Weekly went to the "vast wasteland of poverty" that is Detroit to kick it with the Insane Clown Posse, who've been wearing ma ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    New Lumerians Video Puts the Psychedelic in Psychedelic Rock

    "Did you mean 'Lemurians'?"​Remember when we all had CRT computer monitors and we could degauss them, making the screen go all trippy for a split second, and then we wouldn't be able to do it again for a couple days? This is just one of the many things you could try to think about while this video ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Three Minutes and Fourteen Seconds:A Musical Tribute to Pi Day

    Mykl Roventine​As you probably already know, today is Pi Day, meaning March fourteenth is the closest we come on the American calendar to approximating 3.1415926&c. (Technically you should have been reading this at around 3:30 in the morning for maximum pi-precision, but like us you were proba ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    J*Davey and Blu Make Mischief And/Or Sense at 330 Ritch

    Def Sound​J*DaveyBluDef Soul@ 330 RitchThursday, March 10, 2011Better than: A late-night spelling bee. San Francisco came out last night to party in good faith -- to get down, make noise, say Yeeaaayyuh, the usual -- but the partying spirit was damped, at least in my case, by an hour and fifteen ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Lil B Finally Releases an Uncontroversially Good Single, 'Base To Your Face'

    Baste for your face!​And now the plot thickens. Bay Area conversation piece Lil B The Based God has released a new single, "Base For Your Face," which isn't remotely surprising unto itself (although come to think of it, one does admire his relative restraint). A little more eyebrow-raising is its ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011
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    March 8, 2011

    Relive the '90s Mission Music Scene Via This Cable Video of Pre-Internet S.F.

    Here's an arresting history lesson for all us San Francisco parvenus: via the good folks at Mission Mission, an undated (although extremely dated) five-minute snippet of a public access show called San Francisco Live, focusing on what's hip and happening in the Mission music scene. (Use the Mission ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Can't Get Any Satisfaction: A Tour of the Most Grammatically Misguided Songs in Pop

    ​Today is National Grammar Day, which means until midnight you're legally obligated to put up with the prescriptivist fulminations of that one buy or girl in your office whose knickers get all bunched when you say "15 items or less" or "the reason is because." (Lucky for everyone in the world I wo ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Help Kickstart A Dope New San Francisco Music Compilation

    Another week, another cause to devote your disposable income to. Peter Arko and Robert Khoury, the respective head honchos of venerable local music blogs Ears of the Beholder and See the Leaves, are teaming up to start a compilation series called City Limits Records, where "influential bloggers/mus ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    From the Dept. of Eerily Similar Band Photos: Mamiffer, Meet Moon Duo

    ​Good news for people who love adult contemporary gloom-and-doom: there's a new label partnership afoot, SIGE Records, brought to you by Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner, lead growler of the dearly departed Isis and co-owner of the venerated Hydra Head label. Those two are the current core of ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Ask and Ye Shall Receive Vol. 2: New Year Sun Bear

    Now you know as much as I do​I was approached, upon leaving Milk last week following an energetic set by The Soft Moon and an abominable one by Violet Tremors, by someone brandishing a small blue slip of paper. "Free music," he said. Music? On paper? Needless to say I was skeptical, but then the t ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    P. Diddy Is Here To Help You Celebrate V. Didday with 'LoveLOVE vs. HateLOVE'

    ​Rap impresario and motivational speaker Sean "Puff 'P. Diddy' Daddy" Combs wants you to have a festive, funky, and above all, thought-provoking Valentine's Day. Which is why he and his femmetourage Dirty Money have just released the eminently Kierkegaardian LoveLOVE vs. HateLOVE mixtape, a handfu ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Tomorrow Night at the Roxie: Vancouver Punk, Global Profanity

    The Furies​If you've ever doubted the punk-rock pedigree of our neighbors to the north, ask yourself this: could just anybody make it work going by the name Joey Shithead? Tomorrow night the Roxie Theatre, in conjunction with Indiefest, presents Bloodied But Unbowed, a documentary about the punk s ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    SF's Moon Duo Announce Debut Full-Length LP, Release Title Track

    The future's so boring we gotta wear shadessss​I've only ever seen one picture of San Francisco's Moon Duo, the (um) duo of Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson, the latter being the guitarist for alt-fuzzmongers Wooden Shjips. And until today I would have told you I'd only ever heard one kind of song ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    In Case You Haven't Heard, We're Having a Free Party This Friday with Richie Cunning and Blackbird Blackbird

    ​Yeah, so, not that there isn't a ton of good stuff going on tomorrow evening, as with any normal Friday in S.F., but we'd love to meet you at the Fifty24Gallery in Lower Haight. We'll be holding court there with Blackbird Blackbird, Richie Cunning, a shit-ton of free Pabst Blue Ribbon (note: tast ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Hey Lazybones Musicians! Record An Album This Month!

    ​Welcome to February, the runt of months. Just four weeks until March -- four boring, bitter weeks of Valentines and Presidents and groundhogs and Sri Lankan independence. Thanksgiving and Christmas and National Novel Writing Month are all more than half the year away. If only there was a way to u ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Indiana's Native Shoots Straight, Drives Slow, Plays Twice This Weekend

    "Hi"​Native, a noisy prog-core quartet from Northwest Indiana, are playing two shows this weekend at the Bottom of the Hill in support of their last album, Wrestling Moves, which combines all the rhythmic intricacy and interlocking near-melodies and committed yelling of post-hardcore exemplars lik ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    L.A. Rhymeslinger Dom Kennedy on Why He's the Best Kennedy After Bobby

    Ich bin ein accomplished rapper​Few rappers would have the audacity to rhyme over a Biggie beat, much less have the skill to do it well, but... well, Los Angeles mainstay Dom Kennedy is audacious and talented. To wit, he likes to refer to himself as the Best After Bobby -- download the mixtape of ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Label To Know: Yours Truly Launches Love Letters Ink

    ​The rising San Francisco tastemakers at Yours Truly have their fingers in a lot of pies. They stay up on the hot musical trends, have a hand in producing videos seen across the country, and coax special performances from acts of all vintages, usually accompanied by a handwritten letter from the a ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Phantom Kicks and Holy Spirits Haunt Milk Bar

    Phantom Kicks. Get it?​Phantom KicksHoly SpiritsMutual BenefitSteffalooJanuary 20, 2011@ Milk Better than: Attending a sermon about the Father, the Daughter, and the Holy Sneakers Holy Spirits​What kind of chutzpah does it take to name your band Holy Spirits? A deeply solemn kind, if Aaron Hodg ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Did Cameron Diaz Buy Weed From Snoop Dogg in High School?

    So Cameron Diaz was recently on the George Lopez Show (and has he always sounded like that?), where she discussed Cuban food, driving a Prius, identity theft, and all that good stuff. But she also recalled her days as a high school student in Long Beach, and memories of one upperclassman named Calvi ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Suck It, Fiona Ma: S.F. Rave Documentary Coming Soon

    Wooo!! Giants!!​At one point there was a lot of gold around these parts. Then for a time there was peace and love and kind bud and all that positivity malarkey. Nowadays, San Francisco sustains itself exclusively on foodism, tech startups, and massive pulsating dance parties held in low reverbera ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    LOL, Pop! Songs to Satisfy Your Love of Palindromes on this Backwards-And-Forwards Week

    So today we can write the date the same backwards and forwards. Mind-blowing, right? But it gets better: it's been that way all week and it'll stay that way until a week from today, when 1/20/11 rolls around to ruin everyone's palindromic buzz. If you're like me (and, notably, my mom*), this is tan ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Was Mogwai Based Before Lil B Was Based?

    No, not that kind.​Scotland's dignified linear noise factory Mogwai has released the tracklisting for its forthcoming seventh studio album, which you may have mistaken for a David Shrigley print hanging in the punk rock section at the coolest record store you've never been to: Hardcore Will Never ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Opinions About Opinions: Parsing the Year in Pitchfork Ratings

    "Proclivity," eh?​They say any publicity is good publicity. It just might work for Ghostland Observatory, whose album Codename: Rondo got the lowest Pitchfork rating of 2010, clocking in at 1.5 out of 10. What, you may wonder if, like me, you never listened to it, was so irksome to the tastemaking ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    SF Tape Music Festival Starts Tonight At Fort Mason

    ​Heads up to all you tapeworms: sfSound is presenting three evenings of "classical audio art and new fixed media compositions" at Fort Mason (not one of those cavernous hangar-sized spaces where they have book sales and cupcake wars, unfortunately, but close). For only $30 (sliding scale!) you can ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Stockton Rapper Okwerdz Battles Drummer Eric Moore (It's A Draw)

    If you're anything like me, your 2011 so far has been lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Did you know that je ne sais quoi was French for "rap battle between local MC and 2003 Guitar Center Drum Off champion"? Of course it's not. How could you even think such a thing? Anyway, watch this video:

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    January 4, 2011

    Glow Into 2011 With This Free Rjd2 Remix EP

    Seriously guys like 3000 dead birds just fell on me​Ohio-via-Philly producer Rjd2, the best instrumental hip-hop beatsmith in the country circa 2002, has been keeping busy. This February will see the release of We Are The Doorways, the debut full-length from his return-to-form side project The Ins ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    R.I.P. Billy Taylor, Bobby Farrell, and Agathe von Trapp, Musicians Who Died in the Last Days of 2010

    Nothing gets you in the mood to start fresh in a new calendar year like a few last crappy things happening in the last one. Also, bad things come in threes. (Feel free to suggest any relevant truisms I've missed in the comments section.) Anyway, three more musical notables joined the ranks of Guru, ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Download a Free 8-Song Mashup of Big Boi and The Black Keys

    ​If you like a little juxtaposition with your year-in-review jawns, we've got just the thing for you: The Brothers of Chico Dusty, an unbidden and inspired pileup of two very well-liked 2010 albums by The Black Keys and Big Boi, respectively. Why? Ah, but why not?

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    July 2, 2010

    Dâm-Funk @ Mezzanine

    Daniel Levin Becker​ Dâm-Funk, Nite Jewel & Jonas Reinhardt July 1, 2010 Mezzanine By Daniel Levin Becker Best Overheard Line: "You know what, God? You're the person with the most homes in the universe." Better than: Listening to Dâm-Funk under any other circumstances So where exactly doe ... More >>

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