Raphael Saadiq

  • Music

    July 10, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Frank Ocean: The Only Band That Matters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Usher's Looking 4 Myself: A First Listen

    For some reason, I've always managed to ignore or miss Usher. "You Make Me Wanna..." is a classic, of course, but I managed to resist the supposed charms of "Yeah!," "Burn," "Love in This Club," and "Lil Freak." This year the Diplo-produced "Climax" stopped me dead in my tracks. So I'm willing to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    S.F. Trumpeter Bill Ortiz on Playing with Souls of Mischief, Covering Gil Scott-Heron, and Touring with Sheila E.

    "Souls of Mischief brought me in initially to replace a sample that was going to cost them too much to clear!" So says San Francisco-born trumpeter Bill Ortiz with a laugh as he recalls his contribution to the Bay Area rap quartet's cherished debut album '93 'Til Infinity. Ortiz's playing can be hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Saturday: MC Hammer, En Vogue, and Other East Bay Artists Reminisce at KBLX Stone Soul II

    KBLX Stone Soul II Oct. 1, 2011 Sleep Train Pavilion Better than: Listening to KBLX for nine hours MC Hammer, the Oakland bred '90s pop star and early Twitter adopter, took to tweeting on Saturday night after his performance at the KBLX Stone Soul II concert in Concord: Lol .. The worst sound cre ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2009
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    November 18, 2009

    What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Raphael Saadiq

    ​Raphael Saadiq @ The FoxOakland native Raphael Saadiq first came to national prominence with his '80s R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! He found subsequent success as a Grammy-winning solo artist and producer of R&B hits, including D'Angelo's flesh-baring "(Untitled) How Does It Feel." Though ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Raphael Saadiq Announces Oakland Show

    Retro Chic: Raphael Saadiq​ November 18th will be a homecoming of sorts for Oakland native Raphael Saadiq. Ray Ray, as he is known, is arguably the most prolific and talented male soul/R&B artist around today--equally seasoned at singing, playing several instruments, and producing. Saadiq has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2009

    Outside Lands Day Two: Street Sweeper Social Club, Trombone Shorty, Black Eyed Peas, The Mars Volta

    EKAphotography​Outside Lands Day 2: Street Sweeper Social Club, Trombone Shorty, Black Eyed Peas, The Mars Volta, & more, Saturday, August 20, 2009.Better Than: sitting in the park, waiting for you.The first day of Outside Lands was a huge freakin' success, especially if you stayed at the Twin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Outside Lands Trivia Challenge

    Zap Mama​ The headliners for this weekend's Outside Lands festival--Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, Thievery Corporation, Tenacious D, and M.I.A.--need little introduction. But what about the undercard? One of the coolest things about this event is the sheer number of acts play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Chron Disses, Praises Outside Lands

    "Richmond then divulges that she herself has used Porta Potties at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass..."

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Art & Soul Organizer Explains What Happened To This Year's Festival

    You Know You Want This, Oakland: Shawn Colvin​ Earlier this week I wrote about discovering that Oakland's Art & Soul Festival--which happens August 15 & 16--had managed to almost completely ignore the youthful 16-35 demographic with its bookings for this year. There's no live hip-hop, ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Kamala Harris Benefit Announced

    Cali's Next Top Cop? Kamala D. Harris It takes a lot of cojones to stand up for what you think is right in the political world, especially when faced with high-level pressure. Though she's generated controversy and made a few formidable enemies in law enforcement circles, SF DA Kamala Harris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Outside Lands Announces Ace Lineup: Beasties, Ween, Tom Jones, Dirtbombs, and More

    Soren Solkaer StarbirdSan Francisco's giant music marathon, Outside Lands, announced its lineup this morning, capping its press release with headliners like Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Modest Mouse, and, yes, Dave Matthews Band hitting Golden Gate Park between August 28-30. Also in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    D'Wayne Wiggins brings Van Hunt to Maxwell's

    EKAphotographyDynastic Thoughts: D'Wayne Wiggins Yesterday, I met with the prolific and talented D'Wayne Wiggins , who's probably best known as the guy in Tony Toni Tone not named Raphael Saadiq. Though he's a big fat rock star, D'Wayne has remained a humble, community-minded individual. He showed m ... More >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2009
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    February 4, 2009

    Bonnaroo Lineup Announced

    BruceSpringsteen.netThe BossBreak out the Sharpie and circle your calendars. The lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival has just been announced, and suffice to say Woodstock and Lollapalooza have nothing on this. Just when you thought the four-day music and arts extravaganza, held on a farm in rural ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Tuesday Night: Keys to the City at the Independent

    Keys to the City The Independent Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2009 Notes by Jackie Lopez The Independent was chilly on the inside Tuesday night. The venue had left the doors wide open and it just wasn't packed enough for the crowd to steal some body heat from others in attendance. Still, a good number showed u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008
  • Music

    October 1, 2008

    Raphael Saadiq

    The Way I See It (Sony Columbia)

  • Year End

    December 15, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    January 29, 1997
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