Welcome, time-crunched and over-stimulated music fan, to All Shook Down's High Five -- a place where Byard Duncan wades through the shit to find you the hits. Well, five of them, anyway.
Sad times here at the High Five. With one notable exception, this week's picks take different approaches to the ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
* Live Review, 7/16/12: Frank Ocean Meets a Sea of Support at the Regency Ballroom
* Frank Ocean: The Only Band That Matters
In music this year, the moment that has meant the most to me didn't happen while playing a record or attending a show. It happened while reading a Tumblr. On Jul ... More >>
July 16, 2012
Better than: Streaming Channel Orange
Last night, it felt like the most natural move in the world to hear Frank Ocean sing, "You run my mind, boy . . . Running on my mind, boy."
It was in a new song called "Forrest Gump," part of a sonic concept that cou ... More >>
Frank Ocean. Even his name sounds like it was dreamed up, because it was. Ocean is 2012's Clash, its Radiohead, its -- if you insist -- Animal Collective. From his no-name-on-the-cover mystique to the 10-minute opus, pre-career record company troubles and a grassroots indie following, he's an altern ... More >>
*The Best Of Coachella: Saturday, April 14
*Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs
Wow, that was fast! In a whirlwind of top-notch performances from legends and buzz bands alike, pool parties, and rain, Coachella's first weekend is over. Here are our scribes' favorite moments from Sund ... More >>
Monday, April 9, 2012
Fresh off the release of its new group project, the OF Tape Vol. 2, L.A. rap collective Odd Future performed at the Warfield last night in its largest San Francisco show yet. SF Weekly photographer Christopher Victorio shot the antics and sent back thes ... More >>
Odd Future is here, get used to it. Posse albums usually failed in
the past because the star rapper's cohorts are always such dickheads, but when
being dickheads is your selling point.... This unambitious
sampler might be where the Goblin-polarized legions get won
back. And don't think they're no ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area."
-- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive
You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
The first time we saw Tyler the Creator's video for "Yonkers," we were totally blown away. It was sharp, it was dark, it was infectious, it was crazy different. We immediately got all excited about this new rapper and his collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All... until we realized they' ... More >>
The Game performs at Regency Ballroom this week.
Lately, The Game, who performs at the Regency Ballroom on Thursday (Oct. 27), has been psychoanalyzed as some sort of rapping mentalist. Armchair critics are quick to characterize him as an artist constantly putting out desperate cries for atte ... More >>
Colin Young-WolffWe've seen this before...
The good folks of Identity Festival, which comes to Shoreline this Saturday, don't want to lie to you. Yet despite what they've claimed, they're not the first-ever electronic touring festival ever seen in America. It's merely the first electronic-onl ... More >>
Pentagram: the classic lineup.
Inspired by iconic pioneers Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and the Stooges, as well as unsung hard-rock heroes like Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, and Bang, Virginia-based band Pentagram forged a dark, foreboding sound in the early 1970s that should have made founding le ... More >>
I know. You're sick of reading about the little shit. So am I. What I couldn't have known during my miserable first run through Goblin is that I wouldn't be sick of listening to it as July approaches. Not by a long shot, not nearly as much as I thought I'd be when I slogged and blogged my way thr ... More >>
It's been a big week/day in Kreayshawn news, so bear with us. As the recent Columbia Records signee chats about her favorite sex positions and weed strains with a fascinated blogosphere --
DMPC: Whats your favorite sex position?
K: That's naughty! My favorite sex position would ... More >>
Kreashawyn's "Gucci Gucci" is blowing up. The video to the song from the Bay Area-raised female rapper, which features cameos from members of Odd Future, is on track to top over a million YouTube views since its release last week. It's a high point in Kreashawyn's short career so far, as she attempt ... More >>
Mark Cavagnero ArchitecsThe new SFJazz facility at Fell and Franklin
SFJazz breaks ground on its new headquarters at Fell and Franklin -- apparently the first and only facility in the country built exclusively for jazz. [SF Gate]
Oh wow: Big Freedia is playing El Rio's Hard French party on P ... More >>