Confusion is the word that best describes the zeitgeist of San Francisco nightlife these days. A lot of that has to do with 222 Hyde, the fantastic basement club that's unfortunately shutting down permanently this Saturday. Given the circumstances, we felt it was only right to devote a chunk of word ... More >>
It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her -- but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about being able to use Apple's dinky little music player. "She's gonna come back in a coup ... More >>
Theophilus London K. Flay Nick Waterhouse (w/ The Tarots) Jan. 21, 2012 Mezzanine Better than: Some modern-day Lawrence Welk incarnation. Being an MC is hard. You can be criticized for one of the most abstract concepts in music -- your "flow" -- if it strikes people as odd or different. Your lyric ... More >>
Lost in the Night: DJ Harvey Public Works Frida, Nov. 18, 2011 Better than: An army of computer DJs. "Usually, when I'm on ecstasy, I stumble around trying to find the right music on my computer. But this, this, is exactly what I want to hear right now... right now he's playing exactly what I want ... More >>
Adam Turner/WikimediaGil Scott-Heron at SF's Regency Ballroom in 2009 Poet, author, proto-rapper and political soul/jazz singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron died Friday, May 27 at the age of 62. The cause of death has not been confirmed as of press time, but the BBC has reported that he had fal ... More >>
Yes. You did read the headline correctly: Mark Wahlberg just compared Justin Bieber to Tupac Shakur. Since you -- like us -- probably can't quite believe that just happened, here's the actual (ridiculous) quote:"The world needs Justin Bieber," Wahlberg opined. "Justin Bieber is like the white Tupa ... More >>
Afrika Bambaataaâ€‹For those who haven't heard of Afrika Bambaataa, the Godfather of hip-hop, his resume looks something like this: 1969-1971: Warlord, Black Spades, Bronx River Houses, Bronx NY. Responsibilities included: Tagging turf; crossing enemy lines to forge relationships with other gangs ... More >>
One of the most respected DJs to grace the Bay Area, Miguel Escobedo has been manning the decks for over two decades. The resident DJ for San Francisco's Rock the Bells tour stop, he's one of the most sought out vinyl spinners when national artists are looking for local support. Coming up in the g ... More >>
Godfather Mel Cheren's eternal dance floor
In which we review Yay Area mixtapes of the day
The Team declares "It's Gettin' Hot"; rappers Guru and Kool Keith get smooth and batshit crazy, respectively
Looks like Popeye, sounds like a 12-piece drum kit, rivets us. Must be Kid Beyond.
Hip hop harbingers Tackhead take to the Independent; French fun is the name of the game at "Diabolik."
The godfather of hip hop graces S.F. with his presence, as do some Filthy Thieving Bastards
The Castro mines Ozu's cache
NorCal expats the Rapture and Out Hud return from NYC with a 20-year legacy in tow. Get ready to dance, punk.
The break dancing leaders of Sisterz of the Underground blaze a trail for women in hip hop
Beatboxer Yuri Lane sets the San Francisco story to music, using the only equipment he needs: his mouth
The members of gay act Rainbow Flava don't want to change hip hop -- they just want some respect
What do a cappella, opera, and jazz have to do with hip hop? Ask Felonious.
Berkeley's Zion I is out to prove that hip hop and drum 'n' bass aren't strange bedfellows
Live Human proves that turntablism can learn a thing or two from jazz -- or is it the other way around?
DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid's Subliminal Minded -- The EP
Jonah Sharp, aka Spacetime Continuum, strives to uncover the meeting point of jazz and techno
It took a move from New York for Vinroc to become a world champion DJ
Davis' DJ Shadow breaks it down
Redefining hip hop with Spearhead, Ben Harper, and Aceyalone
The Roots, the Nonce and DJ Hurricane take hip hop to the next level