If ever a group of humans decided to get together and have a competition to see who could roll their eyes hardest, The Dream's "Slow It Down" (featuring Fabolous) would be an ideal song to get the ball rolling. There are so many heinous cliches and nonsensical assertions in this track, it's hard to ... More >>
Today, at about 11 a.m., the folks at the the Independent announced that French electro-rockers Phoenix would be playing the venue this Monday, April 1 -- and that the $45 tickets were going on sale at noon. Three years ago, Phoenix packed the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park for a mid-afternoon set ... More >>
Update, 12:26 p.m.: And, as expected, the shows are all sold-out. Original post: Fresh from his Monday night appearance at the Independent, Dave Chappelle is putting on three more shows in San Francisco this week, all of them at plush new Mission venue the Chapel. He'll be there tonight, March 27, ... More >>
Well, well: Another spring, another last-minute Dave Chappelle show in the Bay Area. This time the man is doing two sets, early and late, at the Independent on Monday. March 25. Tickets go onsale at noon today and will pretty much sell out instantly.
Dave Chappelle is an inscrutable fellow. Living legend, comedic icon, he's also a very mercurial performer. His live shows are notorious -- for their unscripted, off-the-cuff nature, for their length (we saw him at Cobb's once, and he outlasted the audience and the production staff), and for the she ... More >>
Occasionally, a music video comes along that plumbs the depths of absurdity to such a grand degree, we feel like we're watching an SNL parody. Or a Dave Chapelle skit. As far as we're concerned, the only person who's allowed to make unintentionally comedic music is R. Kelly. Because when he does it, ... More >>
Gotta love Lauryn Hill's penchant for last-minute announcements. The beloved and mercurial R&B singer will be in town next week for a show Nov. 19 at the Fox Oakland with Nas, but that won't be her only local appearance: Hill just announced show at the 500-capacity Independent in S.F. this weekend.
Norah Jones They may not all admit it, but everyone likes Norah Jones. And more universally than that, everyone gets down to Norah Jones. As we walk through Lindley Meadow on our way closer to the stage, we see couples of all kinds dancing, pecking, staring dreamily, or full-on making-out to the smo ... More >>
So, 2 Chainz and Kanye West just saw fit to join forces to write a birthday song. Called "Birthday Song". What the ball-sack were they even thinking? It's a well known fact that there are only three birthday-related songs in the history of music that are actually good. One is Loretta Lynn's "Happy B ... More >>
Hey Barry! Guess what my constituents haven't been Googling!In 2008, Barack Obama was the rising tide that buoyed all San Francisco ships -- at least the ones that floated a bit to the left. A massive turnout for "Hope" and "Change" -- 84 percent of a swollen turnout voted for Obama -- also led t ... More >>
Remember when Dave Chappelle did his "(I Wanna) Pee On You" skit? The one that provided us all with huge laughs at the expense of R. Kelly, after the singer was accused of peeing on, and having sex with, an underage girl? "Pee On You" was one of Chappelle's most memorable and brilliant moments, b ... More >>
No show for Sir Lucious Left Foot It didn't seem to bode well for Big Boi's scheduled Outside Lands performance that the Atlanta rapper (and OutKast member) was arrested only days before on drug charges in Miami. In the end, Big Boi didn't end up playing in S.F. on Friday as scheduled -- but ... More >>
Kevin HendersonShe's baaaack Last month it was a regular ol' concert at the Warfield, followed a day later by a crazy last-minute late-night show with Dave Chappelle in Oakland. And next week Lauryn Hill comes back to the Bay Area for something else altogether: A special tribute to her longti ... More >>
Lauryn Hill at the New Parish last night.Lauryn HillDave ChappelleApril 13, 2011 (Actually April 14)@ The New Parish, OaklandBetter than: A good night's sleepWhen the news hit Twitter Wednesday afternoon, it seemed like a prank: Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle had announced a last-minute show at t ... More >>
Truly a last-minute affairEveryone's been asking us today: How is it that a Lauryn Hill/Dave Chappelle show actually happened last night, anyway? And, frankly we wondered ourselves -- all we saw beforehand were the announcement Tweets like the rest of you. Being the journalistically inclined folk ... More >>
Holly's, the comedy club opened by comedienne Holly Horn on Nov. 4, has abruptly closed. Ba-dum-bum. Dave Chappelle has done sets longer than that. Tip your waitresses -- they really could use it! Our calls to the club have not yet been answered. No joke -- when one phones the shuttered club at 1 ... More >>
Matt and KimFang IslandLimousines September 30, 2010@The FillmoreBetter than: Richard Linklater's Before Sunset," but probably just as good as "Before Sunrise." Smiley-faced popsters Matt and Kim are the houseguests everybody wants -- they compliment the digs, they tell interestin ... More >>
Bouncer hunts for good tunes at Moby Dick
paris-match.comEn le crappeurEditor's note: From time to time, The Snitch, being at best a casual fan of World Cup soccer, will provide glimpses into the experience of same. Your good old nameless Americans suffered quite the historic setback on Friday, but at least they're not French: as t ... More >>
W. Kamau Bell has built a career on examining the messy intersections of race and class in a supposedly postracial world.
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Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
A reckless cop goes undercover as the Underclassman
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