After a rocky start last year, Bottle Rock Napa Valley is coming back in the hands of new owners this year -- and judging by today's lineup announcement, they're doing at least something right. Festival headliners for the May 30-June 1 event include OutKast, Eric Church, and the Cure. Here's the lin ... 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 >>
When T.I. took a seat on a couch at S.F.'s Studio Trilogy last night to show guests the short film that accompanies his forthcoming album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (due Dec. 18), he had no idea that he was sitting underneath a photograph of Marvin Gaye, whose own album of the same name was part ... More >>
One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentless wind, heavy fog, and numbing temperatures, we saw plenty of good moves last weekend -- and some ridiculously silly enthusiasm from certain crowd members. (It helped that Big Boi stuck to p ... More >>
Norah Jones They may not all admit it, but everyone likes Norah Jones. And more universally than that, everyone gets down to Norah Jones. As we walk through Lindley Meadow on our way closer to the stage, we see couples of all kinds dancing, pecking, staring dreamily, or full-on making-out to the smo ... More >>
Remember that guy in OutKast that isn't Andre 3000? Big Boi is his name. Well, he's just announced some musical news that will probably make you frown, curl up your top lip and ask a bemused: "But why?" That's right! Try not to recoil at the fact that Big Boi has started a record la ... More >>
Papercuts' Jason QueverFrom SF Weekly's latest print music section:S.F.'s Papercuts Make a Stunning, Dreamy Sub Pop Debut: On Papercuts' Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade, Quever's vision of atmospheric, world-weary indie-pop is expanded to a stunning degree. Not only is it by far the best thing Paper ... More >>
Red Bull contest winner Goldenchyld The Red Bull DJ Contest, featuring Solomon, Max Kane, Natalie Nuxx, DJ Dials, Platurn, Eric Sharp, Goldenchyld, and Jeffrey Paradise February 24, 2011 @ DNA Lounge Better than: Throwing your hands up in the air because Fatman Scoop says so In a city ... More >>
The Oscar Grant saga was an awful event in Bay Area history -- and, uh, we'll leave it at that. But more than two years after the tragedy, Outkast affiliate and overall Dirty South badass Killer Mike still has much more to say on the matter. Over four minutes worth, in fact.
If you like a little juxtaposition with your year-in-review jawns, we've got just the thing for you: The Brothers of Chico Dusty, an unbidden and inspired pileup of two very well-liked 2010 albums by The Black Keys and Big Boi, respectively. Why? Ah, but why not?
'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 >>
Big Boi The Knux Camp-Lo September 23, 2010 @ The Regency Ballroom Better than: Having no members of OutKast show up.The question is: Big Boi or Andre 3000? It's a fun question, at least -- and perhaps an impossible one, because even though both members of the h ... More >>
So what'll it be?What's the best Big Boi rhyme of all time? Pick an answer we like, and you could win tickets to see one half of OutKast Thursday (that's tomorrow, people) at Regency Ballroom. Your favorite line could be from an OutKast song, or from Big Boi's recent, exhaustively titled solo alb ... More >>
It's been a rough summer for whales in the Bay Area. A humpback died near the Farallon Islands in July, a cargo ship killed a minke whale near the Port of Oakland last week, and yesterday a dead 35-footer washed up on Ocean Beach between Kirkham and Lawton. Leviathan, we hardly knew ye! Let's o ... More >>
If you're as old as I am, which isn't very old at all, you remember 2003 quite well. If you have a decent memory, you'll also remember that "Hey Ya!" by OutKast's Andre 3000 dominated the airwaves for that year and then some. Andre's album The Love Below was released at the same time as hi ... More >>
The nimble artistry of Janelle Monáe.
DJ RasCue has been hitting the decks longer than most of the kids in the clubs these days have been alive. For the past 26 years, he's spun a mix of everything from Latin to hip-hop to house and rock for little kids and big stars (William H. Macy). Now the local music community is giving something b ... More >>
Booker TBooker T and Bettye LaVette The Independent Friday, May 8, 2009 Last night I saw Booker T. Jones, one of the titans of American music, and it really hit me how much he has contributed to Western pop culture. I was also digging his performance, as was everyone else at the sold-out show. Whe ... More >>
OutKast's Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the Old South
Mark Wahlberg stars in an odd remake that, oddly, isn't so bad
Exquisite noise at Slim's
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
"White Out!" promises frivolity, "Guilty" assures bastard electro, and the Pound Boys exhibit their "Devotion"
For the year's 10 best records, go somewhere else. For the year's 10 best "Wonka Records," you've come to the right place.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Africa Raps: Senegal, Mali, and the Gambia (Trikont)
One (Insiduous Urban)
The members of gay act Rainbow Flava don't want to change hip hop -- they just want some respect