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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Game's "Don't Shoot" is an Expression of Unity and a Rallying Cry for the Entire Country

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM


For years now, the world has thought of hip-hop as a volatile place. Backstage beefs, on-track insults, coastal rivalries and, at times, shocking violence and shooting deaths. Yesterday though, The Game unleashed "Don't Shoot" — a collaboration with some of the biggest hitters in hip-hop, that expresses a firmly, and refreshingly, unified message.

Inspired and horrified by the violent death of Michael Brown and the subsequent troubles in Ferguson, The Game enlisted 2 Chainz, Diddy, Rick Ross, Wale, Yo Gotti, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, King Pharaoh, Fabolous, Curren$y, and Problem, as well as Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, to vent their frustrations about racially motivated police brutality and share personal insights about just how terrifying a problem this is and how exhausting it has become to fight against. 

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Nas: From Queensbridge to Harvard

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

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  • Danny Clinch
In a YO! MTV Raps interview in 1994, a month after his debut album Illmatic was released, 20-year-old rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones told Fab Five Freddy that everything changed for him when he was just 7 years old. "The ghetto makes you think," he said. "I used to think I couldn't leave my projects. I used to think if I left, if anything happened to me, I thought it would be no justice or I would be just a dead slave or something. The projects used to be my world until I educated myself to see there's more out there." A picture of Jones at that age graced the cover of the album, which eventually went platinum, was a huge critical success, and is largely considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums not just of the '90s, but of all time.

A new film by One9 and Eric Parker, Time is Illmatic, helps explain the backstory, not just of how Jones grew up with his older brother, mother, and traveling jazz musician father in housing projects in Queensbridge, New York, but also the trajectory of "Nasty Nas" as a hip-hop artist.

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Creative Adult Scorches the Earth, Then Creepoid Smokes the Embers at Hemlock, 8/27

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

  • Daniel Levin Becker
  • Creative Adult

Creative Adult
The Down House
Mall Walk

Aug. 27, 2014
Hemlock Tavern

Better than: Most activities at equivalent decibels, like using a power saw or a pneumatic riveter.

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Magic Touch, Todd Terry, Honey Soundsystem and More

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

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  • Magic Touch headlines the Public Works Loft, Friday Aug. 29.
The Chase presents Magic Touch + Roche, Newbody, Ghosts on Tape, and more at Public Works
9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. $5­-$10;

All too often, the visual elements of a dance party feel like afterthoughts. A good dance party can’t happen without the
right DJ or performer — that much is clear. So when a party promoter and designer pairs the right DJ with the right visual artist, a good dance party can become a great one. The Chase is one such party.

The Chase, an irregularly occurring dance party now in its seventh iteration, returns on Aug. 29. From the beginning, the party has focused on its visuals just as much as its sound. Party promoter and resident DJ Ash Williams, aka Jimmy Gillan, explains, “It’s really the point: to elevate the visual artist’s role a bit since what they do is so crucial to the vibe. Subset [the party’s visual artist] did the visuals at my own live performance at Haçeteria a few years ago and I’ve been aching to work with them ever since. I don’t know anyone who does color and strong forms better.”

Music­wise, The Chase is headlined by Magic Touch, aka Damon Palermo, a former San Francisco resident now based in L.A., whose take on house music has a particularly West Coast feel. “I don’t think about the beach or sunny vibes while making music, although a couple people in Japan told me the same thing [about the West Coast sound],” Palermo says. “I definitely enjoy tropical environments, the ocean, so maybe my preferred environment comes out in the tunes.” Intentional or not, expect warm, breezy melodies and classic vocal cuts when Magic Touch DJs back­to­back with Roche, a local producer/DJ with a complementary approach to house music.

Rounding out the bill are L.A.’s Newbody, another part of the 100% Silk family alongside Magic Touch. “Once Damon mentioned he was working with [Newbody] for the album he released earlier this year, I thought it would be good to get a bunch of the collaborators together for a single show,” says Gillan. Last but certainly not least, Ghosts On Tape, one of Icee Hot’s resident DJs, who should fit right in with the rest of the Silk crew.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sole & DJ Pain 1 Reinvent Political Rap With "Fuck Google"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Screen shot from "Fuck Google" music video.
  • Screen shot from "Fuck Google" music video.

When Sole & DJ Pain 1 announced the video premiere of their latest collab yesterday, “Fuck Google,” it came as no surprise that the scratch-and-spit duo tactfully released the track on YouTube, ensuring the sting was long-lasting.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 Lineup Announced

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

  • Evan DuCharme
It's here! The official lineup of 2014's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is out!

Here's the full list of who you'll be able to watch at Hellman Hollow Oct. 3-5, 2014:

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Monday, August 25, 2014

First City: Monterey's Second Annual Music Festival was a Mellow Affair

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 7:12 PM

  • Anna Roth
California music festivals tend to follow in the same grooves year after year: Coachella embodies L.A. hippie chic, Outside Lands has Bay Area quirk, High Sierra the laid-back microbrew crowd, and Woodsist the kids smoking pot in the woods. Last weekend brought Monterey's First City Festival, the very definition of California casual. Now in its second year, the festival didn't have a huge attendance — Beck and The National were its biggest headliners, two bands that have been headliners on the festival circuit for years — but it was definitely the mellowest festival I've ever attended.

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Jack White Unleashes Blazing, Unpredictable Set at Bill Graham

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Jack White, circa 1958 - SUGARWOLF
  • Sugarwolf
  • Jack White, circa 1958

“Are you all ready for a rock ‘n’ roll show?” asked a member of Jack White’s fedora-and-suit sporting road crew before the main event began Friday night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. After responding with an enthusiastic roar, the audience was politely but firmly asked to keep cell phones put away and experience the moment rather than trying to capture blurry digital memories with their handheld devices. If White’s fiery, freewheeling performance proved anything, it was the guitarist’s whole-hearted commitment to living in the here and now.

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Some Thoughts Of A Certain Sound: The Agony and the Ecstasy of DJ Sprinkles

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Honey Soundsystem presents DJ Sprinkles at F8, August 23 - JOHAN AARDAL
  • Johan Aardal
  • Honey Soundsystem presents DJ Sprinkles at F8, August 23

Okay actually, mainly just the ecstasy. Mainly the ecstasy.

“House isn’t so much a sound as a situation.” And on Saturday night, DJ Sprinkles brought the spirit of house music to San Francisco. Our city is a house music city, for sure. On any given night, the thump of house music reverberates through clubs, homes, and bars throughout the city. But Sprinkles’ DJ set — 4-plus hours and counting, still going by the time I walked out of the club at five minutes past 4 a.m. — was something else altogether, the Platonic ideal of house music, made of the stuff behind the fire that lights up our speakers night after night.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

This Week: Ferguson Goes to Hell, Gucci Mane Goes to Prison and Dave Grohl Goes to Prom

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

  • Kalene Nickelson

"Seems to me, we don't hear of many incidents of young unarmed white males being gunned down for running away from police, or even for resisting arrest... How many tragic losses of this nature must we endure before we're called to conscience on this issue."
Ferguson, MO. native, Michael McDonald, weighs in on the wider problems relating to the shooting of Michael Brown. (Twitter)

"We're the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked,& ignored. We were brought to this place,unaware of our own cultures,religion,&traditions therefore,we created our own. Now look at us. For years we've been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes broken,lives shattered,and futures lost on your watch....unanswered. Look at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected?"
T.I. took the ongoing troubles in Ferguson as an opportunity to speak out for, and to, African Americans all over the country. (Instagram)

"This shit ain't right. Obama, get on a plane — it's serious. These are your people, baby. These are your people."
Diddy pleads with Obama to intervene in the Ferguson troubles. (Instagram)

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    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
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