2012 was a fertile year for Bay Area rap, a time when the intellectual, the brazen, the sexed-up, and the chilled-out all took center stage at one point or another. There were songs that inspired dances, songs of Bay Area pride and protest, and more of that straight mack flow that still bumps around ... More >>
Wait... who says festival season has to end just 'cause it's winter? They've clearly never heard of SnowGlobe Music Festival, a three-day musical gathering in South Lake Tahoe starting Dec. 29 that features the worldly rhythms of Beats Antique, Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Big Gigantic, Polica, Zion I, an ... More >>
Sunn O))) @ Mezzanine, Tuesday, Dec. 18
Over the 14 years that Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have run Sunn O))), the pair have eagerly tested threshold after threshold. The Seattle-born drone metal project's songs are long -- the shortest track on 2009 LP Monoliths & Dimensions is 9 minutes, 42 ... More >>
A game show that people have ever cared about -- even a little bit -- can go down, but it will never truly be out. Know the Dick Clark version of Pyramid that started in the 1970s and continued throughout the decade? No? Well, you've probably encountered the Bill Cullen version (also from the '70s), ... More >>
Deltron 3030 (the trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala) and the powerhouse duo of E-40 and Too $hort are the local names representing the Bay Area at this year's hip-hop megafest Rock The Bells, which returns to Shoreline Amphitheatre this August 25-26.
This year's lin ... More >>
If you're reading this, it's arrived: The marijuana holiday, the tokiest of tokies, the Christmas/Chinese New Year/Yom Kippur of cannabis use. The 20th day of April, the beloved 420.Woot.Today, every medical cannabis dispensary in town will be offering specials and discounts, and many will be offeri ... More >>
Rest assured, attending any of these S.F. parties held on the marijuana smoker's unofficial holiday of April 20 should result in a world-class contact high -- not to mention beats worthy of holding a limited attention span. There are no seeds or stems in the bunch. But in order to wager on which gre ... More >>
With the explosion of moombahton on the electronic music scene in the past two years, DJ Theory made a name for himself within the genre through appearances on the Moombahsoul series, original moombah-inspired remixes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, and by starting one of the first local moombahton p ... More >>
Berner.There aren't too many local songs in seemingly heavy rotation on KMEL, but this annoying (and, to these ears, racially insensitive) one called "Yoko" is always on in the car.
Turns out it's by San Francisco's Berner, with heavyweight national guest stars Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, and ... More >>
Wiz Khalifa at Bill Graham Civic last night. All photos by Calibree Photography.
June 22, 2011
@ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Better than: The other kind of secondhand smoke
Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa (government name Cameron Thomaz) takes his moniker from an abbreviatio ... More >>
D.WillzThe song "Watermelon," by Oakland rapper D.Willz, is striking a claim for 2011's most off-kilter rap video. Instead of plumping for the usual format of having an artist posture, gesticulate, and rap to the camera, the flick features three farmers on an organic watermelon farm rapping t ... More >>
Stay in class, students, or you'll have to face San Quinn
Students, the rappers of our fair city want you to remain in school. Truly. They want it so bad that tomorrow, three of them -- DaVinci, San Quinn, and Jay Ant -- are playing a free show at S.F. City College to encourage you to continu ... More >>
Big Gigantic at the Fillmore Saturday night.Umphrey's McGee
March 12, 2011@ The Fillmore
Better than: Daylight Savings Time; sleeping.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but Big Gigantic was LOUD Saturday night at the Fillmore. Too loud. One girl told me she had to leave during the set bec ... More >>
Sean BarryWiz Khalifa, dreaming of O.G. Kush.Is Yoshi's S.F. slowly turning into a hip-hop club? [SF Gate]S.F. street-rock duo the Ferocious Few releases its own iPhone app. [The Bay Bridged]Wiz Khalifa's pot sack does not run dry. Ever. [SF Critic]
Rap impresario and motivational speaker Sean "Puff 'P. Diddy' Daddy" Combs wants you to have a festive, funky, and above all, thought-provoking Valentine's Day. Which is why he and his femmetourage Dirty Money have just released the eminently Kierkegaardian LoveLOVE vs. HateLOVE mixtape, a handfu ... More >>
Perhaps we've been remiss in regularly endorsing songs to listen to while high without giving you the technical wherewithal to get high. (As for the material wherewithal, well, if you don't know how to secure the requisite chemicals you probably shouldn't live in San Francisco.)
In arguably the least surprising development in the lead-up
to next Tuesday's general election, Wiz Khalifa -- promising Pittsburgh
rapper and successor to the weed-rules-everything-around-me mantle of
Devin the Dude -- has come out in support of Proposition 19.