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Monday, May 23, 2016

East Bay Rapper Caleborate Drops a New Video and Announces His Next Album, 1993

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 12:59 PM

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Berkeley rapper Caleborate — who we believe will be the next big thing to come out of the East Bay — drops a new music video today for his song, "El Bandito," off of his 2015 album, Hella Good. The lush, melodic track, which melds well with the 23-year-old's athletic, deliberate flow, was produced by Bay Area natives Drew Banga and 1-O.A.K. 

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Premiere: San Francisco Rapper Babii Cris Drops Her Sophomore Album, Fearless

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

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Babii Cris is a 22-year-old rapper from San Francisco with a penchant for penning candid, introspective lyrics and a knack for spitting quickly and hard. She began producing around the age of 13 when one of her mom's friends showed her how to record a song on her computer. Upon graduating from high school in 2011, Cris enrolled in a community college, taking electronic music courses to learn how to further craft and produce her own music. A year later, she transferred to San Francisco Art Institute's audio production program, where she learned how to mix, master, and engineer. 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Peep Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival's Artist Line-Up and Cop Tickets!

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 12:48 PM

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This July, The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone's yearly music and food festival, Phone del Sol, will take place at the usual spot — Portrero del Sol Park — on Satruday, July 9. A number of San Francisco musicians, like Mission rapper Adam Vida (formerly A-1), pop-rock quartet Hot Flash Heat Wave, and all-girl indie-punk band The She's, will be performing at the event, along with Chairlift, The Seshen, Alvvays, Born Ruffians, Mr. Little Jeans, and Dick Stusso. 

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Nominees For The BET Awards Are Announced and Drake Leads The Pack With Nine Nominations

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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If you watched the BET Awards last year, you might remember seeing hosts Tracee Ellis Ross (Rainbow Johnson of "black-ish") swinging barefoot from a rope and Anthony Anderson (Andre Johnson in "black-ish") sashaying across the stage. Or maybe you remember watching then-newcomer Fetty Wap perform his breakout hit, "Trap Queen," or Rihanna premiering a teaser for her new song, "BBHMM." 

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Q&A: Polyenso Opens Up About the Light & Dark in Pure In The Plastic

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Halfway through 2010, a Floridian post-hardcore outfit, Oceana, reformed after a short break-up to release the band’s final breath in 2010, an EP called Cleanhead. With that last four-song EP, Oceana gave fans and the greater music community something revolutionary to wrap their ears around. Cleanhead featured Thom Yorke-style vox reminiscent of Radiohead’s Hail To the Thief, but with the technical time breaks and leftover angst of a millennial punk band. Oceana disbanded soon thereafter, but those who kept their eyes and ears fixed for the next chapter discovered a new band and a fresh set of sounds. Three of Oceana’s core members — Brennan Taulbee (vocals), Alex Schultz (multiple instruments and vocals), and Denny Agosto (percussion) — checked into a studio in mid-2012 and re-formed as a trio under the new name Polyenso. Just six months later, Polyenso released their debut full-length studio album, One Big Particular Loop.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Keep It Heavy: New Jersey Punk Band, Titus Andronicus, on Using A Lot of Guitars And Writing Candid Lyrics

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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The first time I saw Titus Andronicus was in 2008, when the New Jersey punk band made their San Francisco debut at the Hemlock Tavern.

Patrick Stickles, the brilliant and mercurial songwriter for the band, looked sallow and gaunt at the show, bedraggled perhaps from the group’s first-ever jaunt across the country. Yet when Titus Andronicus launched into its first song, he exploded with a burst of energy, glaring intensely at the audience as the band’s army of guitars created a din of scrawling, dissonant noise that reverberated heavily off the walls of the tiny room in the back of the Polk Street bar.

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All Day I Dream Resident Hoj Reflects on the Early Days of Bay Area Record Shopping

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Growing up in the Bay Area,  Hoj first got a taste for the nightlife and DJ lifestyle over two decades ago during a time he remembers was full of “Adidas jumpsuits, underground raves, and DJ Dan mixtapes.” While the days of tapes and CDs are long gone, the iconic Sony Discman will always be a fondly remembered item for Hoj. After all, it was that portable player that served as a stand-in alongside his lone Technics 1200 turntable until he could afford to complete the pair and jump-start his DJ career. Combining his DJ practice with the experiences of carousing at club nights like HomeBase, Spundae and Qoöl, he soon became a fixture behind the decks and one of the first residents of Opel Productions.

These days, his musical endeavors are more concentrated on serving as a resident DJ for All Day I Dream, a collective, record label, and party started by underground house DJs and producers Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay. In recent years, the house/techno party has propelled from national to international fame, including upcoming dates in Barcelona and Beirut. We got a chance to chat with Hoj about his DJ style, favorite Bay Area record stores, and his upcoming set at All Day. All Day I Dream in the Park takes place with Lee Burridge and Hoj headlining with special guests this Sunday, [5/22] from 1pm – 7pm at Hellman Hollow Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

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Premiere: Experience The Suckiness of Breaking Up in The Music Video For R&B Singer Cash Campain's Song "Notifications"

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Breaking up is never easy. They always suck and hurt and stick in your mind for longer than you'd like. And now that we've got so many social media sites, breakups are even worse. If you don't "breakup" with someone on each platform, then you get bombarded with notifications about them, which just makes the whole experience even more painful.

In "Notifications," the third single off of Cash Campain's new album Michael In '79 (released in April), the East Bay singer explores this 21st century predicament. Today, the track is followed by a music video — premiered here on SF Weekly — shot by @photosbydarrin around Marin and on the Golden Gate Bridge. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Charles Bradley Bared His Soul at The Fillmore

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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Charles Bradley may not look like a priest, but on Tuesday night at the Fillmore, he delivered a sermon for the ages.

He took the stage dressed in sharp red pants and a sparkling black shirt, the material split open to reveal his chest and the incredible heart beating wildly within.

“I promise I’m going to give you my best tonight,” he said.

Nothing has come easy for the 67 year-old soul singer, but it is that very pain and suffering that gives his guttural wails such beauty. Bradley may be well past the qualifying age for an AARP card, but his stage show was filled with twirls, gyrations, and the sultry sexiness of a man on a mission. Watching him storm the stage and fill the ballroom of The Fillmore with the unfiltered power of his voice was to be transported back in time to the age of the showman, when figures like James Brown held court only with a jab of their hips and the urgency of their song.

But Charles Bradley is done being in the shadow of Brown, a man he spent many years impersonating under the name Black Velvet. This is his show now, and no comparisons are required.

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Catch UnderCover Presents' Tribute to Radiohead's Kid A

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 11:52 AM

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If you caught UnderCover Presents' re-imagining of Green Day's Dookie in February, then you know what to expect from their upcoming tribute to Radiohead's seminal, fourth album, Kid A, from June 3 to 5 at The Independent. 

Every song from the Grammy Award winning album will be played at the three-night event, but don't come expecting them to sound like the originals. Instead, come prepared to hear bands from disparate genres reinterpreting the tracks in new styles, tempos, and melodies. 

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