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Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Prepare For Saturday's Super Bowl 50 "Urban EDM Fest"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM


This year marks the Super Bowl's first ever attempt to throw a huge EDM festival as part of their plethora of pre-game events. The 18+ party, comically dubbed the "Urban EDM Fest," takes place at the Oakland Coliseum this Saturday, Feb. 6. from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Weird hours, huh? Thank you, OPD.)

At Saturday's festival, superstar DJs like Diplo, Alesso, and The Chainsmokers will be manning the turntables, as well as over a dozen more electronic and dance acts. Like most EDM festivals, there are a lot of restrictions and "no-no's" that one should know while packing for the event, so All Shook Down has gone through the trouble of finding out what those are for you. In other words, we got you, ravers. 

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Every Single Concert/Show/DJ Set You Should Know About For Super Bowl Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM

TY SB for bringing all these artists to the Bay.
  • TY SB for bringing all these artists to the Bay.

Even though football is a vastly inferior sport to basketball, Super Bowl 50 has inspired a mass-migration of musicians to the Bay Area. And while some may have come for the game, most have probably immigrated here for the crowds and moola.

As a result, there are a slew of live shows, DJs sets, and parties hosted by artists that are taking place this weekend that we would be remiss not to mention. (Because seriously, there is A LOT going on.) 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Catch a Show at This Week's Kronos Quartet Festival (You Won't Regret It)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM


Kronos Quartet is one of the most fascinating, innovative, and long-standing musical groups of San Francisco. The neoclassical string group was formed in Seattle in 1973 by violinist David Harrington. When Harrington moved to San Francisco in 1978, the band stayed together, and now, 43 years later, still includes three of the four original members (Harrington, John Sherba on violin, and Hank Dutt on viola).

Most people, myself included, learn about Kronos through their collaborations with other artists and composers. They've worked with everyone from minimalist composer and keyboardist, Phillip Glass to hippy, psychedelic composer Terry Riley to Bollwyood singer Asha Bhosle. (Also worth mentioning: David Bowie, Nelly Furtado, Dave Matthews Band, and Paul McCartney.) In other words, even though Kronos is a string quartet, they're extremely versatile, experimental, and open to new things. (Which, in the world of classical music, is more than a little rare.)

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DJ JUAN G. on Afrobeats, Digging for Records in Africa, and Zimbabwean Dancehall

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 12:18 PM


The hunt for the perfect vinyl score is often an involved and lengthy process no matter where you are. But for DJ JUAN G., digging for records on a different continent has the potential to snowball into a year-long adventure filled with unexpected turns. In 2009, Juan Gomez, aka DJ JUAN G., went to South Africa to study photography, but ended up spending his time tracking down elusive records, learning about various local cultures, and even interviewing Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor.

Since returning from Africa a few years ago, he’s been running a blog called Digging4Gold where he shares West African records spanning from the well-known Afrobeat to smaller genres like makossa and soukous. He also puts on a party in Oakland at Au Lounge called Mondial Afrique, where lovers of African and Caribbean music can convene on dancefloors on Friday nights. He plays tomorrow night [2/5] for Mondial Afrique with special guests, DJ Tsedi and mbira player, Piwai, from Zimbabwe at Au Lounge and Monday, [2/8] for Sazon Libre at El Rio

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Tupac's Murder Might Have Been Choreographed By P. Diddy

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Biggie sort of looks like Meek Mill in this photo, no?
  • Biggie sort of looks like Meek Mill in this photo, no?

Whilst riding the oh-so-lovely BART to work this morning, I pulled out my phone to peruse the Snapchat "Discover" section as I usually do. I'm not sure what it is about  bite-size nuggets of tabloid and beauty articles that I love so much, but reading said-trash has become a daily habit of mine.

I usually start my morning in-transit reading sesh with Daily Mail because I'm a sucker for 1) anything animal related, 2) gross/shock-factor videos 3) and Kardashian/Jenner gossip. As I opened up the app, I (gently) chided myself for reading such crap. You could be reading real news, Jessie, I told myself. Stuff that will actually better your writing and help with finding fodder for articles. But, because I hadn't yet had my coffee or daily maple yogurt, I nixed those thoughts with a simple Fuck it and let my fingers continue tapping on the screen until Daily Mail was opened. And lo and behold, as the first article of the day, they chose to report on a music-related story. And not just any music-related story: this one was about TUPAC. 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Live Review: This Is What Going To A Snoop Dogg Show Is Like

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Sing it, Snoop. - KEVIN SMITH
  • Kevin Smith
  • Sing it, Snoop.

Halfway through Snoop Dogg’s Tuesday night set at the Regency Ballroom, the Long Beach rap legend paused and asked the audience to share some of their best pot with him. In response, a wave of presumably smokable objects were catapulted onstage, including fully rolled blunts and at least one entire bag of weed, which seemed to even catch the Doggfather off-guard. “I love ya’ll,” he responded.

It was a much more fitting Bay Area welcome than the TMZ story from earlier that day claiming that all of the rapper’s laptops, concert equipment, and luggage had been stolen from an SUV in San Francisco the night before. Snoop refuted the claim on Instagram, but TMZ still stuck by its story. Either way, the Regency show had a pretty sparse stage setup, with just a couple laptops and keyboards. But, then again, Snoop was really the only spectacle the packed audience came to see.

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WTF Is The Electric Trombone?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 1:01 PM

  • wikihow

I got a press release recently for a jazz album that ended with this line: 


Of course, if there's one way to get a music editor's attention this is it. What the hell does the electric trombone sound like? I wondered. Is it really so bad that you need an all-caps, underlined warning in a press release for it? My interest piqued, I started looking into the nouveau instrument (and of course listened to the song from jazz musician Robin Eubanks' new album, too). From what I could gather, based on my scanty research, it's not an entirely new instrument, but rather a handful of devices (like a microphone and amp) that you stuff and plug into the trombone to amplify the sound and give it that electronic boost.

I listened to a few YouTube videos of artists demonstrating the technique and I was repeatedly struck by how scratchy and rough it makes the trombone sound ("sounds like sandpaper" was scribbled in my notes). In addition to making the trombone sound bafflingly similar to an electric guitar, it also gave the instrument a muffled sound, as if you were standing outside of a club listening to the music through the walls. Because there wasn't a lot of information available about it (at least not in laymen's terms), I turned to an expert, Mark Mullins, the trombonist for the band Bonerama, for help. 

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R.I.P. The Jacka: Thizzler Celebrates The Rapper's Life With a Month-Long Interview Series

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:32 AM


On Feb. 2, 2015, local Bay Area rap legend, The Jacka, was fatally shot at the age of 37. To commemorate the MC (born Dominick Newton, from Pittsburg), Thizzler is dedicating the month of February to him. "Jack History Month" features daily interviews with people who knew the rapper during his roughly 15-year career.

The Jacka started rapping in the late '90s with the Pittsburg crew Mob Figaz before launching his solo career in 2001. The prolific rapper released 14 solo albums and countless mixtapes, compilations, and collaborative albums prior to his death. He joined forces with a number of Bay Area rappers, like E-40, Mistah F.A.B., Berner, J. Stallin, and Yukmouth, and also collaborated with a slew of So-Cal big-names like Game, Jay Rock, and Nipsey Hussle.

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Inland Empire Rapper Trizz Takes a Serious, No-Nonsense Approach to Rap

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 9:09 AM

  • Anthony Hollis

Music can tell you a lot about a person, but not everything. Take, for instance, the 24-year-old rapper Trizz. Before talking to him on the phone, I knew little about him other than what I’d picked up from his music. Since 2011, around the time that he graduated high school, he’s been releasing mixtapes, most of them in conjunction with his friend and San Diego rapper, Chuuwee. In 2012, he signed with Brotha Lynch Hung’s label, Madesicc Muzicc, and in March 2013, went on tour with Tech N9ne and other artists from the Strange Music label.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Catch Hunter Hayes, Fall Out Boy, and Skrillex For Free This Week (Thank You, Super Bowl 50)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 3:09 PM

  • Skrillex

Three big-name acts, Hunter Hayes, Fall Out Boy, and Skrillex, will be playing free shows at the Regency Ballroom this week thanks to Super Bowl 50. The shows are sponsored by an app called Go90 that requires an app download in order to get a ticket for each free show. The downsides are that only the first 560 people to register get free tickets and both Hunter Hayes and Fall Out Boy are already sold-out. 

The good news is that Skrillex's show on Saturday, Feb. 6, has not yet gone on sale, so you still have a chance to snag free tickets to that one. They go on sale starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, so if you want to see the bespectacled DJ, you better download the app today and register for a validation code. 

(Update: All the performances will also be streamed on go90's website for those who can't make it (or get tickets) to the shows.)

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