By RACHEL SWAN
Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2011 Star Cypher
Rafael Casal, Richie Cunning, Mike-Dash-E, Show Banga, Young Bari, Damey, Young Gully, Lil Rae, Symba, Cousin Fix, Nikatine Da King, Shady Blaze, Erik Tha Jerk, Mistah FAB, Stevie Joe, Big Rich, Bailey
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
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The women of the Bay Area music scene are breaking rules and defying expectations. Lass Out Loud is a new column exploring their lives and work.
For an artist who often seems like she's taken one too many valiums, Internet sensation Lana Del Rey elicits a weird range of emotions. First came the emb ... More >>
The most played local song on KMEL in the past year is "Up," an ode to licking and sticking girls by San Francisco's LoveRance that is consistent with a growing national trend of rappers declaring that they actually engage in oral sex as givers.
Chris Brown did a remix for the song earlier this yea ... More >>
It's common to round up the worst album art at the end of every year, but the ridicule is usually directed at easy targets. Album covers from old, out-of-touch musicians, second-rate rock acts, and popular bands that are already despised by music critics absorb most of the venom, while indie-leaning ... More >>
Yes, the Grammys are nothing more than a promo summit for what remains of our broken conglomerate record labels of yore. Columbia, EMI, Warner Bros., Capitol, Atlantic, Interscope, et al. like to believe they still hold some influence over the masses, and as long as we can sit here comfortably an ... More >>
Put this in your still-illicit pipe and smoke it: The early list of bands invited to perform at SXSW 2011 came out this week, and San Francisco's music scene isn't well represented.There are only three S.F. artists invited so far -- John Vanderslice, Dredg, and Mark Eitzel.All of them are already ... More >>
It'll be interesting to see whether the South African "zef" act/performance artists/publicity stunt (how to classify these guys?) work as a recording act on a major label. Internet sensations Die Antwoord earned themselves a deal from the dying music industry: as Pitchfork reported, Interscope si ... More >>
Perhaps you've heard of Justin Timberlake? The singer/dancer/actor added record industry mogul to his brand when he launched a joint venture with Interscope Records called Tennman Records. But that whole label thing's kinda gone to pot nationwide in the past couple years, and Timberlake's company ha ... More >>