Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside Before the Brave Kacey Johansing March 2, 2013 Great American Music Hall // Noise Pop 2013 Better than: DJ sets. Noise Pop has been doing its homework. Saturday's show at the Great American Music Hall was a thoughtful billing, ... More >>
2 Chainz Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 The Warfield Better than: Ratchetness at home. At one point in the middle of his second consecutive sold-out show at The Warfield, the Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz turned his set into a sermon and preached the values of the lessons he was giving on his B.O.A.T.S. Tour (sh ... 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 >>
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is the title. Why? Does Big Boi even have any enemies? Has anyone ever beefed with him...ever? Who is he referring to, disgruntled Idlewild ticket-buyers? Or is he increasingly in denial that Outkast -- his meal ticket artistically and commercially -- is over? It's ... More >>
Like my colleague Andrew Stout, I have mostly managed to avoid Justin Bieber for what I'm pretty sure are good reasons. He's a typical "innocent" white male singer trying to represent universality to nonwhites and nonmales. Then there's his musical blandness: bits that crept through my defenses of " ... More >>
As one of KMEL's all-star DJs and a member of the Oakland Faders crew, Oakland-born-and-raised DJ Mere's ascension to the top is a tale of hustling, street-teaming, and hard work. Starting his career as an intern at a promotions company at the age of 17, he found himself promoting locally for then-u ... More >>
Meet K.Flay, the Stanford grad who might be the Bay's next big female rapper
Thao Nguyen John Vanderslice Bird by Snow Garrett Pierce Thursday, Feb. 24, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Every live performance Thao has given to date. If anything is left standing at Bottom of the Hill after last night's Noise Pop festival show, it is certainly by the good graces of powe ... More >>
Onemoredisco.comOne More Disco's Metallica remix contest drew intriguing entries. See more of our Metallica Week coverage: Metallica Brings Out Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Mercyful Fate, and More as the 30th Anniversary Party Continues Author Brian Lew on the Early Days of Metallica and the Bay Ar ... 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 >>
Wiz Khalifa at Bill Graham Civic last night. All photos by Calibree Photography. Wiz Khalifa Big Sean June 22, 2011 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: The other kind of secondhand smoke Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa (government name Cameron Thomaz) takes his moniker from an abbreviatio ... More >>
Kid Rock!The squeaky-pitched funk of "Do The Bartman" might not come up often when rap nerds talk about hip-hop's golden era, but during The Simpsons' near 500-episode reign, the show has proved more than willing to spoof the rap world's biggest stars. So with the somewhat curious news that N ... More >>
Nate Dogg R.I.P. If you came of age between 1995 and 2005, it's hard to imagine you're unfamiliar with the late, great Nate Dogg (government name Nathaniel Hale), who passed away yesterday at the age of 41 after struggling with strokes suffered in 2007 and 2008. In his prime, he cornered the mar ... More >>
In case you forgot, it's Valentine's Day -- the one day of the year where everyone is contractually obliged to go out and get laid or fear feeling bad about themselves until Feb. 15 rolls around. Well, in the interest of restoring balance to the world, we wanted to offer some reminders that sometime ... More >>
You trust this guy's opinion about headphones?It's CES time again, that once-a-year event when every consumer tech company that you have (and haven't) heard of flocks to Las Vegas to reveal this year's lineup of middling products they're sure will drive profit margins up. And, building on re ... More >>
Ludacris at Thurgood Marshall High School in S.F.So why should San Francisco high school students hang tough through chemistry, French and European history classes? Among other reasons, because Ludacris says so.The rapper/actor showed up at Thurgood Marshall High School in S.F. last Fri ... More >>
'Lights and Sounds Mixtape' ArtworkSan Francisco's DJ White Mike is the man behind this 40-minute mixtape of club-ready sonics, which he calls Lights and Sounds. We've certainly featured Mike and his Get Loose! shindig before, but this upbeat DJ set is something a tad different from the mixm ... More >>
Ludacris might be a completely sane, polite, business-savvy person in real life, but frankly, we prefer the bling-swingin', haunches-obsessed ruffian he plays on stage. (Or, as Bill O'Reilly called him, the "vile thug." They later made up.) The vile thug/Chris Bridges/Luda hits the Slim's stage ( ... More >>
Listening to Neon Trees' cover of Justin Bieber's "Baby" makes you wish someone had told them, "Baby, baby, baby. Noooooo" beforehand. All due respect for giving a shout-out to a fellow artist on their label, Island, but nothing takes the edge off a rock band quite like covering a song by a pop sta ... More >>
The Park is probably the best San Francisco band you didn't know you've heard. With its knack for modern updates of the vintage soul, jazz, and funk sounds hip-hop producers have sampled for years, the trio has lately kept busy working on critically acclaimed albums and live shows by cult early-' ... More >>
EKAphotography copyright 2007. all rights reservedOur shoulder-brushin', fist-bumpin' POTUS in Oakland, 2007 For a long time, hip hop debates have tended toward the tawdry and tabloidesque--i.e., Is Kanye Gay?; Is Alicia Keys creepin' with Swizz Beats?; Joe Budden vs. Saigon, T.I. vs. Mysonne, Cha ... More >>
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