KMEL Summer Jam
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Better than: Listening to the radio.
Kendrick Lamar's closing set at KMEL's Summer Jam was fascinating to watch. Artists had whipped the crowd up to deafening levels of cheering all night, and the L.A. rapper, clad in a Frankenstein T-shirt, was pu ... More >>
Summer Jam, the annual concert held by KMEL, returns to Oakland's Oracle Arena this Sunday, June 9. Each year, the show features multiple artists performing short sets of their current party-forward hits to an enthusiastic crowd that knows the words by heart. We realize that you may not have as much ... More >>
While many students work their way through college serving coffee or giving lap dances, Julio Galvez, aka The Whooligan, spent his years rubbing shoulders with Ghostface Killah and hosting hip-hop appearances at S.F's Amoeba Records. Already a budding DJ and producer, he found his push to fame when ... More >>
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 >>
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a Gold-certified single ("No Lie" featuring Drake) and a Grammy nomination (Best Rap Album for Based ... More >>
By RACHEL SWAN
The Gaslamp Killer
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
The Fox Theater
Better than: Listening to a genuinely subdued hip-hop show, if such a thing exists.
Steven Ellison, the experimental hip-hop producer better known as Flying Lotus, has carved out a small but ... More >>
A$AP RockySchoolboy QDanny BoyWednesday, October 24, 2012Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Anything else you could do on a Wednesday night. Where were you!?Bouncing around on a stage draped in camouflage nets with the rest of the A$AP mob, A$AP Rocky wore a bright white army-like vest in front of a g ... More >>
Remember that awesome 1993 Chris Rock movie, CB4? Which basically zoomed in on the extremes of rap culture, parodied them, and got the world to see how absurd it all was? The songs in that movie were laugh-out-loud funny precisely because they were so painfully close to the real thing, but just an i ... More >>
Rock The Bells
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012
Better than: Partying with your own demographic
Rock The Bells is the only annual hip-hop festival to manage the difficult feat of attracting a truly diverse and multi-generational crowd. In its fifth year in the Bay Area (and ninth ove ... More >>
The first weekend of Coachella: cold, damp, and wet. The second weekend of Coachella: hot, sultry, and steamy. Here are our scribes' picks for the best of what they saw on Friday, April 20 at Coachella.
*The Best of Coachella: Friday, April 20
*Our Complete Coachella Coverage
Friday was 4/20. It was also Coachella. And so, the percentage of festival-goers who were stoned rose from a paltry 75 percent to a full 98 percent. (These estimates come courtesy of LA Weekly music editor Ben West ... More >>
Day one of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brought something more unusual than ironic outfits or that poor guy who couldn't get his flip flops on for the life of him: rain. Usually, the desert festival is known for scorching, sometimes three-digit heat. But rain and wind be da ... More >>
A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Chase N. Cache
Saturday, March 10, 2011
San Jose State Event Center
Better than: Eating canned beans in the dark while combing through all the Drake memes on Tumblr.
Halfway through his set at the San Jose State Event Center on Saturday, Drake broke the color line ... More >>
Christopher VictorioYou could see the Coachella artists... without seeing this.
Maybe you hate traveling. Maybe you're broke. Or maybe you're allergic to waiting in long lines under the hot sun while privileged pre-teens gyrate to David Guetta.
There are many, many good reasons not to go to ... More >>
The Game needs no introduction. The man who was kicked out of G-Unit and made a whole album about whinily stalking ex-benefactor Dr. Dre has most recently performed two actions: 1) Releasing a diss track called "Uncle Otis," whose targets include Tyler, the Creator; and 2) releasing a collab ... More >>