By RYAN RITCHIE Jehovah's Witnesses are totally onto something with that whole "no celebrating" thing. I mean, Capitalismmas sucks, Thanksgiving is nothing more than an exercise in gluttony, and Easter is a joke because there's no Jesus and even if there was, he sure as hell didn't rise from the dea ... More >>
DJ Kevin Montague, aka Kevvy Kev, has been spreading his hip-hop gospel since the moment he set foot down in California over three decades ago to attend Stanford University. As the host of KZSU's The Drum starting in 1984, he was the main voice behind the world's longest running hip-hop show until i ... More >>
It may have been a stressful workweek, but who cares? It's almost Friday, which means its time to start blocking out the weekend's festivities. As usual, we've got you covered with a handy list of fun stuff that ought to appeal to seasoned heads and casual fans alike, with a probable highlight comin ... More >>
For the past 15 years, Oakland's DJ Haylow has maintained a philosophy of "being a messenger to share music with others who love music." His involvement in ventures such as the groundbreaking Bay Area hip-hop TV show Distortion 2 Static and the Roy Ayers Project demonstrate his never-ending desire t ... More >>
East Coast-rasied hip-hop DJ-producer ChaunceyCC began his career in a very straightforward way: "I became a DJ pretty much out of the sheer fact that I can't rap, and everyone else I grew up around could." The observation paid off, as the selecter born Chauncey Johnson has since toured with indie r ... 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 >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians: Honorable Mentions Here they are -- the 20 greatest San Francisco musicians ever: 20. Cameron Paul Lists of pioneering American DJs often mention the usual suspects in New York and Chicago, but go back to the '70s and '80s and you'll find ... More >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 20-16 * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 15-11 Throughout this week, we're counting down the greatest San Francisco musicians of all time. Having already honored the likes of Etta James, Mike Patton, and Michael Tilson ... More >>
Prince AriesPrince Aries has been a presence in the Bay Area's hip-hop scene for more than a decade now, holding down VJ duties on the Distortion 2 Static show, throwing local rap parties, and now releasing a mixtape that combines exclusive tracks from the Bay's bright new stars like DaVinci ... More >>
Is this what it takes?On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentenc ... More >>
Eric LawsonDan the Automator 's "Audio Alchemy"Saturday, March 13, 2010 Yoshi's Better Than: An 8th grade dance. Dan the Automator has a golden hip-hop legacy going back to Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon album. But his latest "Audio Alchemy" effort, showcasing lesser-known artist ... More >>
Hey DJs, and wanna-be DJs! I know you just got (Serato/Traktor/other vinyl-emulation software) last month and your laptop sets are in full freakin' effect for rockin' super-fresh mash-ups at house parties. But what I really wanna know is, how's your skratch technique? You can crab, flare and juggle ... More >>
Rocket Fuel, Straight Up: Kool Keith We've always thought of indie rock as being perfectly matched with cheap beer, rotgut whisky, and hangover-inducing vodka. And certainly, you'll find a lot of two-buck Chuck in the places where musicians live. But now, you can have a nice merlot or cabernet along ... More >>
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