Steve Brodsky, an artist manager, show promoter, and executive who left his mark on many aspects of the San Francisco music scene, passed away Friday night of complications from leukemia.
Among other endeavors, Brodsky worked with local acts like Wallpaper., Midi Matilda, Capital Cities, and others ... More >>
Broken bottles, used fireworks shells, stray tortillas, water balloons, and raging bonfires fueled by lawn chairs and wooden street barricades filled the intersection at Third and King streets last night. The police were chill about it for the first couple hours, watching in riot gear from half a bl ... More >>
Sick Sad World
Somewhere in Oakland
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
Better than: Similar events in S.F
With a sharp pull on the wheel, we turned off Telegraph and headed towards San Pablo. It was almost 11 p.m. and we were on the other side of the Bridge, driving through downtown Oakland in search of the pa ... More >>
It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her -- but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about being able to use Apple's dinky little music player. "She's gonna come back in a coup ... More >>
Bell Biv DeVoeBell Biv DeVoe
August 18, 2011
@ Yoshi's SF
Better than: The last time we saw BBD (which was pretty darned good)
America typically eats its child stars, or at least chews 'em up and spits 'em out. But after decades together in show business, the members of Bell Biv DeVoe are s ... More >>
Charlie Wilson and his winged angel dancers.KBLX Stone Soul Concert
Sunday, May 29, 2011
@ Sleep Train Pavilion
Better than: Not hollering and dancing for nine hours
KBLX 102.9 FM has long been known as the "Quiet Storm," but until we attended the Stone Soul Concert on Sunday, we had no ide ... More >>
Richard HaickP. Diddy at the Warfield Friday night.
Diddy Dirty Money Tour
May 6, 2011
Better than: Not getting to study the science of weave-ology on a Friday night.
"I thought I told you that we won't stop!"
Friday night at the Warfield, Sean "Diddy" Combs, the artist former ... 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 >>
Mistah Fab in Austin yesterday.Perhaps 25 people were in the room yesterday afternoon when Oakland rapper Mistah Fab and his DJ started playing inside the Austin Convention Center. That number grew eventually, but Fab blazed from the start, in a set that felt like half spoken-word lecture and hal ... More >>
The Based God on MTVLast night, rising Berkeley rap sensation Lil B appeared on MTV. If, like me, you follow him on Twitter, this event pretty much dominated your evening. If you don't, well, let's just say B retweeted a stream of silly, profane, and occasionally hilarious comments from pretty mu ... More >>
ShockGDance to tracks by Digital Underground and more this Saturday at DebaserBoo-hoo. It's chilly and raining. But don't cry, everything you want to do this weekend is indoors anyway. So go enjoy all the cheap shows, exhibits, and parties you can pack in. Here's our list of 10 things to do for l ... More >>
June 3, 2010
Better than: Any sideshow in the Bay Area
Hanging behind the stage at 50 Cent's show last night at the Warfield was a monstrous self-portrait of 50 emerging from a cityscape, with lava pouring out of his mouth and eyes. This apocalyptic stage setup mirror ... 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 >>
Too Short performing at Geoffrey's Inner Circle
Last week, Geoffrey Pete--long a well-respected figure in Oakland's African-American community, and the owner of Geoffrey's Inner Circle nightclub--held a press conference outside Oakland City Hall to announce he's considering filing a complaint again ... More >>
Kev ChoiceLevende LoungeMarch 11, 2009Better Than: watching reruns of Lost.Most hip-hop open mics are dingy, dusty affairs offering plenty of underground flavor in basement-like settings. Upscale restaurant-lounges used to be reserved for jazz trios.But We All We Got, a new Wednesday ... More >>
Busted: Dem HoodstarzAs the Chronicle reported on Sunday, 42 members of a South Bay gang known as "the Taliban" have been arrested following a joint task force raid conducted in 14 Bay Area cities Friday night and Saturday morning.
The suspected Taliban members--who have no religious affiliation, ... More >>
Shane King could've been a just another civil engineer with discerning music taste. Instead he said, "Physics can suck it" and followed his burgeoning radio DJ gigs up with public DJ gigs on the dancefloors. Now he's one of the city's electro tastemakers, running the production company Hacksaw Enter ... More >>
EKAphotographyBeeda Weeda and friendThe national media attention has pretty much moved elsewhere, yet the tragic shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day remains a sore spot for many in the community. In death, Grant has become a poster boy (literally) for the case against police misconduct, ... More >>