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    April 12, 2013

    The High Five: Great New Songs from Tyler the Creator, Watch the Duck, the Pastels, and More

    Welcome, time-crunched and over-stimulated music fan, to All Shook Down's High Five -- a place where Byard Duncan wades through the shit to find you the hits. Well, five of them, anyway. Sad times here at the High Five. With one notable exception, this week's picks take different approaches to the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Snoop Dogg Doubts Gays Will Ever Be Accepted in Rap

    In a new interview with the UK Guardian, Snoop Dogg dishes on a huge range of subjects: his metamorphosis into Snoop Lion, how many joints he smokes per day, and whether he'd ever consider going into politics. (Also, how to be a pimp and a married man at the same time.) He even explains his thought ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013
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    February 13, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    The 2013 Grammy Awards: Few Surprises Despite Lots of Fun.

    The Grammy Awards are dull and insipid every year, but at least for the last two years the Recording Academy managed a few surprises: In 2011, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, providing a climactic reality-check for thousands of indie partisans; in 2012, the awards attempted to both grapple with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The First Listens of 2012: What We Got Right, What We Got Wrong

    As evinced bu my initial take on Tyler, the Creator's Goblin and my final opinion, a lot happens between one's first listen to an album and their final conclusion after taking it in several times. What I love about writing these features is that you get to read my pure, unvarnished thoughts about a ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 20 Best San Francisco Concerts of 2012, According to Us

    Whether you preferred the dancefloor at Mighty, the plush environs of Bimbo's 365 Club, or the dewy late-night fields of Outside Lands, there were plenty of great concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2012. We reviewed many of them, from "secret" shows at semi-legal clubs to sprawling, three ... More >>

  • Music

    November 7, 2012
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    October 10, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    25 Gorgeous GIFs From Lollapalooza 2012

    By REED FISCHER See Also:Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about you[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Day One: The Music[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Day Two: The Music [Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Day Three: The Music[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012: The PeopleReady for some GIFs? To quote Ozz ... More >>

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    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

    BY ERIK THOMPSON The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record h ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Bruce Springsteen and the Universality of Self-Loathing

    One way Bruce Springsteen is becoming a lot like the American Psychological Association is how he's assumed special authority over what you and I call our bad times. The medical community does this by coming up with words like neurosis and limerence, whose lasting impact is to trivialize basic human ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012
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    July 24, 2012

    Hear Le1f's "Wut": A Hot Track From an NYC Rapper Who Is, Oh Yeah, Openly Gay

    Being a black male who raps and is open about his sexuality is still a big, controversial deal in post-Frank Ocean 2012, if the headlines and blog comments surrounding New York rap breakout Le1f are any indication. But before we get into that whole ugly issue of rap's latent homophobia, let's deal w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    How Frank Ocean's Sexual Openness Could Help Liberate His Fans

    See also: * Live Review, 7/16/12: Frank Ocean Meets a Sea of Support at the Regency Ballroom * Frank Ocean: The Only Band That Matters In music this year, the moment that has meant the most to me didn't happen while playing a record or attending a show. It happened while reading a Tumblr. On Jul ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Live Review, 7/16/12: Frank Ocean Meets a Sea of Support at the Regency Ballroom

    Frank Ocean July 16, 2012 Regency Ballroom Better than: Streaming Channel Orange Last night, it felt like the most natural move in the world to hear Frank Ocean sing, "You run my mind, boy . . . Running on my mind, boy." It was in a new song called "Forrest Gump," part of a sonic concept that cou ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Frank Ocean: The Only Band That Matters

    Frank Ocean. Even his name sounds like it was dreamed up, because it was. Ocean is 2012's Clash, its Radiohead, its -- if you insist -- Animal Collective. From his no-name-on-the-cover mystique to the 10-minute opus, pre-career record company troubles and a grassroots indie following, he's an altern ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Justin Bieber's Believe: A First Listen

    Like my colleague Andrew Stout, I have mostly managed to avoid Justin Bieber for what I'm pretty sure are good reasons. He's a typical "innocent" white male singer trying to represent universality to nonwhites and nonmales. Then there's his musical blandness: bits that crept through my defenses of " ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Usher's Looking 4 Myself: A First Listen

    For some reason, I've always managed to ignore or miss Usher. "You Make Me Wanna..." is a classic, of course, but I managed to resist the supposed charms of "Yeah!," "Burn," "Love in This Club," and "Lil Freak." This year the Diplo-produced "Climax" stopped me dead in my tracks. So I'm willing to be ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    King Most on His Obsession with Prince, His Beard, and the S.F. DJ Scene

    With a reputation as one of S.F.'s most well-rounded DJs, the tastes of local producer and DJ King Most span from the hip-hop sounds of Exile to the punk rock riffs of The Clash. From DJing ritzy Top 40 clubs to spinning vinyl at intimate wine lounges, his skill set allows him to be something of a n ... More >>

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    April 14, 2012

    Best of Coachella Weekend One: Friday, April 13

    Day one of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brought something more unusual than ironic outfits or that poor guy who couldn't get his flip flops on for the life of him: rain. Usually, the desert festival is known for scorching, sometimes three-digit heat. But rain and wind be da ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Odd Future's The OF Tape, Vol. 2: A First Listen

    ​Odd Future is here, get used to it. Posse albums usually failed in the past because the star rapper's cohorts are always such dickheads, but when being dickheads is your selling point.... This unambitious sampler might be where the Goblin-polarized legions get won back. And don't think they're no ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Z-Trip's Show This Saturday at the Warfield Is Canceled

    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.

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    August 9, 2011

    Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne: A First Listen

    ​ Have we been waiting for this? Who knows -- even big fans of Jay-Z and Yeezy know they never shut up for too long. Big-budget collab albums we know aren't Jay-Z's strong suit (Unfinished Business? Collision Course?). And judging by the awful "H*A*M" (now a bonus cut) and the mesmerizing "Ot ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Jay-Z and Kanye West Are Bringing the Throne to the Bay Area This Fall

    The Kings will cometh.​Now that the hype from the Royal Wedding has finally died down, it's time for the Kings to arrive. The self-proclaimed kings, that is -- Jay-Z and Kanye West, now collectively known as the Throne, will bring their upcoming joint tour through the Bay Area this fall. Will ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Moe Green, Vallejo's Everyman Rapper, Plays S.F. Tonight

    Moe the Dreamer​ Moe Green is just like you. He detests his job, for one thing. He struggles with insecurities both personal and professional. Occasionally, the 23-year-old feels undone by matters out of his control, like his age and relative lack of experience. The only difference between you ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Limp Bizkit's Gold Cobra: A Catalog of Disaster

    ​ Why did I choose to subject myself to Limp Bizkit? Because with the myriad of styles coming back -- think LinnDrum R&B ballads featuring on Bon Iver and Frank Ocean releases; the meaty '90s alt of Yuck and Male Bonding; the retrospective thrash metal of Kylesa -- it seem just about every era ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Watch: Moe Green Reps Vallejo in New Video for "707"

    ​ Yeah, Moe Green has a new EP, Lionheart, dropping this weekend. But that isn't stopping him from dropping other stuff -- including videos for songs that aren't even on the new record. Witness, then, this clip for "707": It flips a sample from the Weeknd's "Glass Table Girls" into a fist-pump ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Tyler, the Creator's Goblin: A First Listen

    ​ Last year, Tyler, the Creator's arresting album Bastard won the then 19-year-old rapper and his vast, motley Odd Future collective attention and praise from sources including Pitchfork andBillboard. His second solo album, Goblin drops next week, the first physical product anyone from this gr ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Moe Green Remixes Frank Ocean's "Swim Good" into His Own "Swim Great"

    Moe Green swims great.​Vallejo rapper Moe Green isn't known for being an idiot -- if anything, the up-and-coming rhymer has a reputation for working his ass off -- but this latest move qualifies as extra savvy: Remixing "Swim Good," one of the many white-hot R&B jams on Odd Future member  ... More >>

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