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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Rock Vocalists Whose Voices Have Completely Changed

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 2:33 PM

The goal for all successful artists is to have as long of a career as they can possibly muster. The downside to this is having the world watching your every move, as you grow, change and explore other avenues that fans don't necessarily want you to. Soul singers (see: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston) are heavily criticized when their voices age and aren't quite as elastic as they once were. But sometimes, voices change for other reasons. Here are five that transformed before our very ears, over the years.

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Moment of Truth: A Playlist for March

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Jay Stone
  • Jay Stone

Moment of Truth is SF Weekly’s hip-hop column and appears every Tuesday on All Shook Down. Except for this week, when it is appearing on Wednesday. Don't worry about it.

If you’ve been following along for the past few months, you’ve noticed that Moment of Truth looks to keep a finger on the pulse of hip-hop, both in the Bay and beyond. With that, check out our first Spotify playlist and track-by-track breakdown below, featuring artists who have been Moment of Truth subjects, some who will be in the future (spoiler alert), Bay Area shout-outs and some other curiosities that belong in your headphones.

Check the playlist below, and read on for our notes on why these are can't-miss tracks.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1-2-3-4 Go! Records Opening Second Location in Shared Space with Lost Weekend Video

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM


No foolin': Next Wednesday, April 1 you'll be able to get all of your analog entertainment in one spot, right on Valencia Street.

1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Oakland's finest outfit for hard-to-find punk and indie records, cassettes, and singles by local heroes and special releases, is moving into 1034 Valencia. They will share the location with long-time tenants Lost Weekend Video and bring a little bit of punk rock taste to Valencia Street.

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Death Grips Announce World Tour That Is Maybe Actually Happening, Will Maybe Play the Fillmore July 25

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM


Death Grips
, the Sacramento noise-punk-hip-hop crew that's elevated the act of trolling one's own fan base to an art form, have announced a world tour, which runs fairly contrary to the group's decision last July to "break up." 

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Here's Your Outside Lands Lineup: D'Angelo, Elton John, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, and More

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM


Start weaving those whimsical flower crowns now, kiddos: Festival season is officially upon us.

We don't make this proclamation lightly. For one, we've started receiving press releases tailored around festival fashion, as well as pitches about new ways for ladies to relieve themselves whilst enjoying music out of doors. But more importantly, like the first robin of spring — nevermind that San Francisco didn't actually get a winter this year — Another Planet Entertainment has officially delivered the lineup for this year's Outside Lands, which will run Aug. 7 through 9 in Golden Gate Park. (Full lineup both here and below.)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Music Heroes: Brendan Getzell

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Brendan Getzell - BRIDGET CANFIELD
  • Bridget Canfield
  • Brendan Getzell
If you're a musician, Tuesday is band-practice night. Thursday is the old new Friday, Sunday's to relax, weekend nights are weekend nights, and Wednesday you can just stay in. That leaves Monday, which God created for the Hotel Utah Open Mic.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

SXSW: Friday Brings the Zombies, E-40, and Bushwick Bill With Thee Oh Sees

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM

  • Tony Albert
  • E-40
Friday rolled in with cloudy skies, and I was losing steam. Luckily enough a musical moment of inspiration enlivened my tired form, as The Zombies took the stage at the Jackalope for the Deli Radio day party. As eager fans crowded the corner stage at the unassuming bar on Sixth street, keyboardist Rod Argent joked: “Wait I thought this was an area gig?” No Rod, it was a dive bar, and perhaps the most intimate setting the band has ever performed in since forming in 1961. They played all the hits and even a couple new songs, accompanied by the news that the band was recording a new album. This will be your year, fellas.

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SXSW: Thursday Brings The Dodos, 8th Grader, Girlpool, and House Parties

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

  • Martin Hirshland
  • Girlpool
Thursday started with Brooklyn Vegan’s annual day party, held inside and outside at Red 7. The New York -based music blog hosted some of their favorite bands starting around noon and I spent a couple hours there, firstly catching shoegaze feels from Elvis Depressedly. Ultimate Painting from the UK, who channeled Brian Jonestown Massacre with catchy guitar hooks and very British psychedelia.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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"All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?"
Madonna, responding to Dolce & Gabbana's assertion that babies born via non-traditional means are somehow lesser than. (Instagram)

“Your mamma should be ashamed you were born."
Killer Mike after getting attacked by a stage invader halfway through a SXSW performance. (NME)

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chuck Prophet on SXSW Survival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

Chuck Prophet - CHARLIE HOMO
  • Charlie Homo
  • Chuck Prophet

[Ed. note: As previously mentioned, we conned a few Bay Area musicians heading to SXSW to write about their experiences for us. First up, the inimitable S.F. troubadour Chuck Prophet.]

Once a year Austin hosts the SXSW festival. I’m not sure how many times I’ve been out there for it. But it’s been more than a few treks. Seven or eight times maybe?

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