Who's the audience for Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, and Flea's stutter-skip project Atoms for Peace? Well, me, probably. Preferring the contained chaos of Yorke's 2006 solo bow The Eraser (and his incredible cover of Miracle Legion's "All for the Best") to anything his Noted Rock Band has done over th ... More >>
Compared to the relatively few big-selling Bay Area albums of the last quarter-century, there's a plethora of singles that have sold at least a half-million copies since 1987. Can you guess the Bay Area singles that have sold the most in the last 25 years? Here are the surprising answers: See Also: ... More >>
New Edition Tony! Toni! Toné! Saturday, June 23, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: Smacking it up, flipping it, or rubbing it down. New Edition's "Road to 30" tour celebrates 29 years since the band found international recording success. But its origins actually stretch back to 1978, when producer M ... More >>
Oakland City Hall's Black History Film Series continues tonight with The Interrupters, a 2011 documentary about a few brave individuals' hardcore efforts to curb inner city violence. Though it was shot in Chicago, the trailer shows a landscape that could have just as easily been filmed in East Oakla ... More >>
"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 >>
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 >>
If you've been at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas recently -- and no, I wasn't expecting to start a sentence that way either -- perhaps you took in MüS.I.C., the critically acclaimed live show from masked B-boy crew JabbaWockeeZ. Or perhaps you saw it at the 2009 NBA All Star Game? Or maybe you're jus ... More >>
Chrissy LoaderNodzzzSaturday, Feb. 20, 2010Grace CathedralBetter than: Going to church for church stuff.San Franciscans complain about the "war on fun," but sometimes it isn't The Man, or the ABC, or even a rogue police officer that gets cool shit shut down. Sometimes all it takes is one really d ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 me his studio/office complex near Lake Merritt in ... More >>
You can't bring up neo-soul without bringing up Raphael Saadiq. He's definitely earned a reputation as one of the best R&B/soul artists of our time, having produced classic tracks with Tony! Toni! Tone!, the Roots, Erykah Badu, and Joss Stone, to name a few. Saadiq's latest album, The Way I See ... More >>
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