After a rocky start last year, Bottle Rock Napa Valley is coming back in the hands of new owners this year -- and judging by today's lineup announcement, they're doing at least something right. Festival headliners for the May 30-June 1 event include OutKast, Eric Church, and the Cure. Here's the lin ... More >>
Kings of the Mic with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Shoreline Amphitheatre Saturday, May 25, 2013 Better than: Most rap shows. The rappers on stage at Shoreline on Saturday night's King of the Mic tour ranged from 43 to 54 years old, and they all exuded much more energy onstage tha ... More >>
Not this Saturday... Just got word from the publicity folks that this Saturday's show at the Warfield -- featuring Z-Trip, De La Soul, Nosaj Thing, and Daddy Kev -- has been canceled. Which is a bummer: we were excited enough about this lineup that we previewed it in this week's issue.
Tamara PalmerDe La Soul at Yoshi's.De La Soul April 2, 2011 @ Yoshi's SF Better than: Spending Saturday with people who do not have an awesome song called "(A Roller Skating Jam Named) Saturdays." De La Soul posted up at Yoshi's this past Friday and Saturday, performing two short sets eac ... More >>
So, last weekend was Valentine's Day Weekend. Which means that people who weren't coupled up and doing something all barfy-cute were using it as an opportunity to hook-up. (Because nothing is more fun than waking up on Feb. 14 and wondering whether or not it's appropriate to wish your conquest a hap ... More >>
De La Soul Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 Yoshi's Better Than: the winter Olympics De La Soul is so well regarded for its laid-back grooves that its emcees don't always get the credit they deserve for microphone mastery. Friday night at Yoshi's, Maseo, Pos and Dave the Dove achieved total command of the ... More >>
Steve LopezMontezuma's Revenge Cover Art Legendary Oakland hip-hop group Souls of Mischief yesterday announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by the equally-legendary Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), the album fea ... More >>
Now that the Beastie Boys have pulled out of Outside Lands, announcing the bad news that MCA has to undergo treatment for cancer of the parotid (salivary) gland, the festival has turned to the public to ask what artists should be considered as replacements for Sunday night's big finale. Outside Land ... More >>
Prince Paul Legendary producer Prince Paul (De La Soul/Gravediggaz/Handsome Boy Modeling School/Stetsasonic) drops through 330 Ritch's "PST" tonight for a rare DJ set.In case you don't know, PP is the guy who basically invented the alt.rap genre with his wacky, bugged-out production work on De La's ... More >>
EKAphotographyDJ, DeeJay: Sake One and Willie Maize Has it been four years of DJ Sake One's "Pacific Standard Time" already? Apparently, time flies when you're spinning dope tunes--both classic and soon-to-be classic--and hosting legendary guest DJs, up-and-coming live acts, and otherwise putting t ... More >>
HEAVYbreathing Vol. 1 Bite It!|HEAVYbreathing Vol. 2 Thrill Me!
John Legend and De La Soul party on till the brink of dawn. Prog-psych rockers Datetenryu bring the noise from Japan
"Gay Bash" at Trax toys with your queer biological imperative; Digable Planets do the "all original members" thing
The Last Great Hip Hop Album
Forget caroling. Here are a few hip hop jammy-jams to warm your yule log.
A striking performance
The "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" may be long behind us, but De La Soul's hip hop still smells like roses
Sound Kills You: Monolake and Deadbeat get freaky on a 10-plus-channel system
Politics of the Business
Big huge music/activism fest
Here to There
The history of hip hop, at Yerba Buena Center
Experimental rapper Doseone is too weird for the hip hop faithful -- but indie rockers love him
Your choices of the top local bands
The word is not dead
Berkeley's Zion I is out to prove that hip hop and drum 'n' bass aren't strange bedfellows
Fantastic, Vol. 2
Black Eyed Peas
With an acclaimed single and album behind him, San Mateo rapper Rasco remains underground -- which is just fine with him
Q: What do Tori Amos, Nick Cave, and Lyricist Lounge have in common? A: Nothing.