Without a doubt, we all need a vacation right about now. The days are short, traffic's especially bad, frustration levels are high, and to-do lists grow long. What we all need is an escape, and if going away is not possible, we can still travel upwards. El Techo de Lolinda gets you five stories up ... More >>
I haven't met anyone yet who doesn't love Miss Ollie's. And I mean, love. A random poll in my living room brought hands to hearts and lots of cooing, as if I'd placed a puppy in the center of the room. It's more than the food that makes this kind of thing happen -- there's an abstract soulfulness to ... More >>
It's still a tough call, but this week sure feels like the end of a significant chapter in San Francisco nightlife history. The catalyst is, of course, the decommissioning of Mighty's epic RLA soundsystem. But while it might be a sad note for some, remember that these kinds of ends usually signal ne ... More >>
Having grown up on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, DJ/producer Jillionaire made a name for himself by showcasing his Caribbean roots with soca beats and dancehall mixes. He began his career 16 years ago on Trinidad's reggae soundsystem Radioactive Nuclear as a host and music selector. After capt ... More >>
SeriouslyBrontez Purnell, an Oakland musician, and his bandmate Adal Castello were unlocking their bikes outside Club Paradiso in Oakland at about 2 a.m. Thursday when two men, who had also been at the club, started yelling gay slurs at them. Purnell, who identifies as gay, told the Bay Citizen t ... More >>
Ben NarasinQuince restaurant continues its series of cheese and spirit pairings this week with rum and artisan cheese ($36, available only in the bar and lounge). While Quince's first effort, Scotch and cheese, is a somewhat established coupling, rum and cheese is far more esoteric. That make ... More >>
Christopher VictorioJack White with the Raconteurs at Treasure Island 2008The lineup for the 2010 Treasure Island Music Festival was unveiled earlier today, and it's every bit as drool-worthy as we had hoped. First: the rumors were right, and Belle & Sebastian is headlining the second day's s ... More >>
Arash ArfazadehJinder headlines the Triple CrownWhy did we spend so much money at Esty over the holidays? Not for all the relatives, mind you, but for ourself? Now we have three different sets of vintage Japanese coffee mugs and the cabinet space for half that amount. And we're broke. But E ... More >>
If you've ever packed it into the Make-Out Room on a Saturday night, you have El Kool Kyle to thank for making you sweat. The El Superrritmo DJ goes crate digging across continents to bring back the best the barrios have to offer (and over Halloween weekend, you can take advantage of his sonic tr ... More >>
EKAphotographyBuju Banton meets the LGBT Posse In what may be a groundbreaking and possibly historical event, controversial reggae star Buju Banton met with representatives from the LGBT community this afternoon. Banton has been a frequent target of gay rights protesters for his 1992 song "Bo ... More >>
EKAphotographyBack to the Roots: Junior Reid Rumor has it that reggae superstar Junior Reid has signed to Oakland's ABB Records. Reid has been one of Jamaica's most enduring artists in the dancehall era, from his days as the lead singer of Black Uhuru in the mid and late '80s, to his solo career in ... More >>
"Custom Collectors Box" by Anne Faith Nicholls Anne Faith Nichols has brought back her customizable limited edition collectors boxes. Each box is made of wood and brass and is handpainted by the artist. You choose the style of the box you want, and can even have a name added to it. Each box is then ... More >>
Reggae's "Conquering Lion," the Legend-ary Bob Marley, would have been 64 on Friday. Born February 6, 1945 in St. Ann's, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley was a true musical visionary, a songwriter whose lyrics often seemed to come from Jah himself, who took reggae music to the highest "ites" while champ ... More >>
Is it easy being Green? In the case of DJ Green B, we'd have to say yes. The positive-thinking Boston transplant has been broadcasting her love for Jamaican music (and deep bass) from the Mission to the Western Addition and Potero Hill. She says that although dudes are still surprised to see a woman ... More >>
Dario Argento caps off his horror trilogy with horrific parody.
Creating new memories with French soul.
Surya Dub: Behold the global reverb
Wishbone (Light in the Attic)
Lessons from Voltage Music
Trainspot great hip hop breakbeats at "The Breaks"; get transported to Jamaica at "San Fiasco"
Hip hop's history
Original Blue Recordings 1970-1979
All Things Piratical
40 Acres and a Moog
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
Are San Francisco International Airport managers running Honduras' airports? If so, why?
Bart Hopkin promises to play
The ins and outs of a disorganized try at the gangbang record
It's a Big World After All; When Your Band Breaks; Oops