If ever a group of humans decided to get together and have a competition to see who could roll their eyes hardest, The Dream's "Slow It Down" (featuring Fabolous) would be an ideal song to get the ball rolling. There are so many heinous cliches and nonsensical assertions in this track, it's hard to ... More >>
Imma let you finish Kanye, but Taylor Swift made one of the best albums of 2010. While indeed beautiful, dark, and twisted, Kanye's forbidding masterpiece didn't get stick it to abusers like "Mean" or "Dear John," get laid like "Sparks Fly," bare its teeth like "Better Than Revenge," marry in style ... More >>
Kanye West has officially become the bad guy, people. He's rich, he's rude, he's entitled, he's a rock 'n' roll legend who's awaiting a legit artistic backlash any year now, and he's also a smart businessperson. After Taylor Swift-gate and record sales of his third Pazz & Jop-winning "masterpiece" f ... More >>
In many ways, pop culture in 2012 is more sophisticated than ever. Hit TV shows and movies boast plots that are more twisty-turny than was once allowed; the general public's understanding of what Joni Mitchell once called "the star-maker machinery" seems pretty thorough by now; and there seems less ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
Teengirl Fantasy is at Public Works on Thursday.
The weekend before us is one of the craziest out of the year. It's a time when two of the Bay Area's most popular outdoor festivals collide: LovEvolution and the Folsom Street Fair. I've already written up a recommendation for what to do after ... More >>
Kode9, Low Limit, Disco Shawn, Ghosts On Tape, Rollie Fingers
January 29, 2011
Better than: Sitting in a sauna at the fanciest spa
In just one year, Icee Hot has become the go-to party for dance music in S.F. Bringing through numerous label bosses and fast-rising producers (Nzugunzugu, ... More >>
CampaAfter a 2010 in which they made a name for themselves in the
pop/electronic/hip-hop sphere (having produced the chart-topping "Like A G6"
for the Far East Movement), Berkeley natives The Cataracs are primed to blow
up in 2011. And though they've moved to L.A., they still haven't forgotten
t ... More >>
Whether you like it or not, the dawn of new technology changes not only the way music is listened to and shared (as I pointed out in this controversial little article), but also the way it is produced and engineered. One thing that makes the final versions of music recordings as loud and punchy as t ... More >>
As we all know, there are entire genres of music that exist solely for the purpose of getting you in the mood for humping; soundtracking said humping when humpage commences; or for reminiscing about the humping after the humping is over.
But every now and again, the universe throws us some tunes to ... More >>
Soft MetalsThe-Dream once pondered a similar question as Portland's Soft Metals do on the first single from its forthcoming The Cold War Melts EP. While the R&B superstar wrestled with his proclivity for booty and Benjamins, Soft Metals' singer Patricia Hall wonders if she's actually in ... More >>
Since before 2007, Sugar & Gold has remained one of my all-time favorite bands in San Francisco. Not only does the funky quintet know how to write and perform amazing dance grooves and unforgettable pop hooks, but within everything they do lies an inherent sense of fun and devil-may-care att ... More >>
Okay, checking ... left, right ... both there. Lawsuit? Got that too. Chanteuse Mariah Carey has been named in a San Francisco lawsuit -- and not because of any ruptured eardrums caused by her dog whistle vocal range. Instead a pair of Oakland songwriters filed suit against Carey and a bevy of ot ... More >>