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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Influential Music Critic Robert Christgau Forced to Move Column or Write for Free

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:16 PM

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Freelance writing isn't what it used to be.

Robert Christgau, one of the earliest professional rock critics, most known for the short capsule reviews contained in his Consumer Guide columns, has announced the end of his Expert Witness column at Cuepoint/Medium due to the publication's decision to no longer pay its music writers.

On his website, where he announced the news, Christgau writes, "[Cuepoint/Medium] decided that their music 'vertical' will now feature what web publishers like to call 'reader-provided' copy. Me, I think the term 'unpaid' is more to the point. Having made a living as a journalist for more than 50 years now, I don't regard writing as a hobby, or as 'self-expression.' It's a job, and better for it."

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Rihanna's Vengeful "Bitch Better Have My Money" Video Is Everything You Have Ever Wanted

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM

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Rihanna's new video for "Bitch Better Have My Money," which opens with bloody female legs sticking out of a trunk, flips the script on the media's portrayal of women by slowly revealing to the viewer that (spoiler alert) instead of just being another image representing a slasher flick-esque damsel in distress, the blood belongs to an accountant that cheated Rihanna out of some serious money.

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Rødhåd, Michna, The Black Madonna, and More

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:52 AM

German techno avatar Rødhåd headlines Audio for Honey Soundsystem's party on Saturday, July 4.
  • German techno avatar Rødhåd headlines Audio for Honey Soundsystem's party on Saturday, July 4.
Honey Soundsystem presents Rødhåd at Audio, 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, July 4. $25-$30; audiosf.com

Ah, techno. Techno! Techno! For many Americans, "techno" is a handy catch-all phrase, a stand-in for any kind of electronic music whatsoever. For others, those who often find themselves sweaty and gyrating among a mass of similarly sweaty bodies in a dark club at 3 a.m., techno means something different, more specific. It's possible to home in on that specificity in writing, by pointing out that techno is largely mechanistic, loop-based, and comprises a futuristic sound palette, but it's a lot more efficient to simply point out a musician who embodies the sound and spirit of techno. Rødhåd is that person. Rødhåd is techno. ("Rødhåd" is Danish for "redhead," by the way.)

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Jimmy DePre on His Recent Set at NY Pride and the Song to Unite Disco Lovers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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Characterizing his first DJ experience as a “baptism by fire,” Philadelphia DJ Jimmy DePre’s remembers his earliest foray into DJing as a fortunate accident. Starting his musical career at 15 working for legendary Philly radio personality Jerry Blavat, DePre's experience up until that "baptism" was audio editing and behind the scenes radio work. However, one day he was invited to accompany Blavat to a live appearance where he met Blavat’s DJ. After getting a crash course on the DJ equipment, he was handed the headphones and stepped up to perform in front of 2000 people when the DJ decided to take a smoke break. After this moment, his journey to becoming a professional DJ began.

Today, he’s not only known as a seasoned DJ, but a radio personality, a capella singer, and disco aficionado. We spoke with Depre about making musical connections, DJing Pride, and his latest edits. He makes his San Francisco DJ debut for Go Bang! this Saturday, July 4, at The Stud. 


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tanlines' "Palace" Video Is Required Viewing Before Heading to Phono Del Sol

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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Phono Del Sol is next weekend, July 11, at Potrero Del Sol Park. But before you head over there to catch some tunes and grab a bite to eat, you need to watch Tanlines' new video for "Palace."

The electronic indie rock duo kept the Netflix theme from its hilarious website going by enlisting the help of Natasha Lyonne (from Orange Is The New Black) to star in the new video alongside Alex Karpovsky (from Girls). The video follows the couple through its various disputes, moments of reconciliation, and fantasies in a way that's both humorous and poignant. It also pokes fun at the idea that Tanlines frontman Eric Emm looks exactly like Karpovsky.

Check out the video, and its highly danceable, melodic, synth-heavy tune below. My favorite part is the one involving extension chords:
Tanlines play Phono Del Sol next Saturday, July 11. Tickets are $30-$60.
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Astronauts, etc. Emerge at Rickshaw Stop

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM

JUSTIN YEE
  • Justin Yee
Astronauts, etc.
O (formerly Black Cobra Vipers)
Chaz Bundick
(DJ Set)
Rickshaw Stop
Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Better Than: Jury Duty

My introduction to Anthony Ferraro's Astronauts, etc. project was that he's "Toro y Moi's touring keyboardist." But at last night's sold out Rickshaw Stop show, while Ferraro and a cadre of fine Oakland musicians churned through most of astronauts etc.'s Mind Out Wandering (due out in September), they emerged as not only Ferraro's fully formed vision for the band, but as one of the products of the Bay Area music scene that positively merit your attention. 

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Why Is Fox News So Terrified of Kendrick Lamar?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:28 AM

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In case you haven't noticed, Kendrick Lamar is one of the most important artists in hip-hop right now. His third full-length, To Pimp A Butterfly, came out last March to widespread critical acclaim. Then last month, in recognition of his positive community work and activism, the California State Senate honored him with the "Generational Icon" Award. No surprise then, that Lamar was given the task of opening Sunday night's BET Awards, with stunning latest single, "Alright" (which — side note — also has a video that features a lot of Bay Area things, so you should probably watch it).

Lamar did most of his BET performance on top of a graffitied cop car, ripped up stars and stripes flying in the background, explosions of smoke going off all around him. The main refrain of the song makes it clear what the overall message is — "We gon' be alright" — but it doesn't shy away from any justice-related issues facing African Americans in 2015. The entire tone of the song can be summed up in this verse:

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

King Diamond Saves Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
King Diamond
Sunday, June 28
Shoreline Amphitheatre


The Shoreline Amphitheatre has never been the destination it was purported to be upon opening back in 1986. And there's still too many flaws with the Mountain View venue today that include (but are certainly not limited to) abysmal lines of sight, poor sound, absurdly high concession prices ($14.50 cans of beer anyone?), and a lawn section that is so far from the stage folks could almost have a better view from their front porch.

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The Independent Got Lit Like Vic Last Night, With Help From Lil B

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 1:42 PM

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Vic Mensa
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June 29, 2015
The Independent


Vic Mensa brought an unbridled energy to the Independent Monday night that one fan on Twitter aptly described as, "so lit my titty popped out like 4 times." Visually, the stage was set in theme with flashing traffic lights and vandalized road signs. Out of the gate, the 22-year-old MC thrashed onstage like the frontman of a hardcore punk band, yet maintained the attitude and sway of a Chi-Town trap scholar. Fitted with threads more like the former (including a jacket with an Exploited patch), Mensa had the bay crowd hanging on to every word, gesture, and stage dive.

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Exclusive Album Premiere: Rin Tin Tiger's Burial Grounds

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

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Anyone who has seen a Rin Tin Tiger show knows its a special sort of band. Singer-songwriter and lead guitarist Kevin Patrick Sullivan jumps, whoops, and hollers to the flurry of Andrew Skewes-Cox’s frenetic drumming, while bassist Sean E. Sullivan bolsters the band with his impeccable rhythmic timing. The band takes chances and pushes its boundaries in the midst of San Francisco's increasingly dynamic independent music scene.

For the band's first LP, Toxic Pocketbook, the boys worked with Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco to record on two-inch tape. The group mixed the finished album without the help of computers, and its commitment to that homegrown, analog sound is what helped put the band on the map. Rin Tin Tiger spent the next year touring the U.S. and preparing songs for what would become 2013’s Splinter Remedies.

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