Swedish House Mafia remade rave music in rock's image — and got America listening.
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 >>
Rock 'n' roll culture died in 2011. It's got nothing to do with your opinion of Bon Iver, but everything to do with Rolling Stone. The former leading voice of modern music upheld its immaculate reputation this year... by starting an official wine club. It's filled with bottles branded with imagery f ... More >>
During its 10-year run, the Distortion 2 Static hip-hop TV show graduated from profiling local upcoming artists to chatting it up with rap superstars. Started by Prince Aries, Ariel Nuñez and DJ Haylow, the show signed off on its broadcast run back in September; a farewell shindig will be going dow ... More >>
Hip-hop's reliance on marijuana as a creative conduit and lifestyle accessory is well documented. But beyond the genre's top tokers, there's also a bubbling batch of rappers who've rhymed about not so much getting a little tipsy as daily dalliances with the dark world of being black-out drunk ... More >>
Calibree PhotographyGorillazN*E*R*DOctober 30, 2010Oracle ArenaBetter than: Vomiting up a one-eyed octopus; also, seeing Gorillaz on not-Halloween.What are you supposed to look at during a Gorillaz performance? Do you look at the band onstage, where a group of humans -- including Damon ... More >>
Richard HaickBlack Keys, Common, Les Claypool, and N.E.R.D at Yuri's Night Saturday, April 10, 2010 NASA Ames Q: What Russian cosmonaut made famous for being the first human to orbit earth in 1961 would eventually bring burners, hip-hoppers, rock fans, and space nerds together for ... More >>
(Dr. Dre might need an intervention in order to release his long-awaited Detox album)With the music industry in a continued state of shambles, even the average consumer is starting to understand that it's a risky venture to release an album and that this holds true for newcomers as well as those who ... More >>
It's pretty chilly for July around these parts, but this year the summer heat comes courtesy of N.E.R.D., otherwise known as the Neptunes. Break a sweat and sweat to the breaks when Pharrell, Chad Hugo, and the gang visit the Fillmore July 21. Tickets go on sale Sun., July 7, at 10 a.m. --Oscar Pasc ... More >>
Seeing Sounds (Star Trak/Interscope)
The Hives The Black and White Album (A&M/Octone) Hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams steps behind the boards for a pair of songs on the Hives' fourth CD. But The Black and White Album is no makeover — the band pretty much sticks to the two-chords/two-minutes principle that made it Sweden's chief c ... More >>
Britney Spears Blackout (Jive) Britney has lost her humanity in order to make her best album. Vanished, or rather vocoded and processed, her vocals are just another instrument for Blackout's cast of top-dollar producers, among them Timbaland protégé Danja, the same Nordic crew that supplied "Toxi ... More >>
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Lady Sovereign conquers America, yeah?
Honeycut sweetens soul-pop
The DJ who works out of S.F. has crafted both exquisite beats and a carefully cultivated mystique. Find out from him why the lush trip hop is being replaced by a local hyphy sound.
Wherein we review Yay Area mixtapes of the day
The College Dropout rethinks his stance on education in the year 2010
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
Oakland MC Prozack was headed for the big time. Then his major-label deal fell apart.
Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine
The Neptunes Present ... Clones