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Monday, July 27, 2015

Earl Sweatshirt Gives Stage Invader Lesson In Respecting Personal Space

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

  • Adrian Spinelli
Earl Sweatshirt was accosted from behind during a performance in Sydney, Australia over the weekend. In a video, posted below, a crazed fan sneaks up behind the rapper and grabs at his face — perhaps in over-enthusiastic attempt to hug him, or maybe in a Beatlemania-esque attempt to devour the rising star. Running Clip notes that the event could have been sparked by the stage invader's previous attempts at stagediving, which saw the fan kicking fellow concert-goers in the head and Sweatshirt calling him a "fucktard."

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Morrissey Brings His Ageless Voice and YouTube Politics to San Jose State University

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

  • Christopher Victorio
July 25, 2015
Event Center, San Jose State University
Click here for a slideshow of the concert.

Better Than: Getting bitten by a tick. Yeesh.

Well, it wouldn’t be a Morrissey show if someone didn’t cancel. In this case, Moz wasn’t the culprit, a departure from his history of bailing on Bay Area shows at the absolute last minute. In 2009, he cancelled a gig at the Paramount in Oakland due to “illness” but was spotted that night at the DNA Lounge. In 2013, he nixed a pair of gigs at the Warfield and the Regency Ballroom respectively, which followed an earlier missed date at Davies Symphony Hall.

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Death Grips Please With Stripped-Down Performance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:56 AM

An Evening With Death Grips
July 25, 2015
The Fillmore

Death Grips: Making a mockery of the music business since 2010.

The line for experimental hip-hop group Death Grips stretched well past Imperial Health Spa (which is a full block from The Fillmore) snaking its tail all the way around the corner next to the adjacent Taco Bell and KFC. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 — the actual ticketed start time — people were still filing in like mad.

While standing in line, I couldn't help but notice the lack of a tour bus, semi-truck, or even a van with trailer. Instead, a simple nondescript black Mercedes sprinter van was the band's lone vehicle, parked just below the building's outdoor exit staircase. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Afrolicious and Midtown Social Take Congas to Cathedrals

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Midtown Social
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Chapel

Better than: that wildly indulgent rave-in-a-cave scene of The Matrix Reloaded.

The Chapel breeds pleasure and liberation the way churches foster severity and inhibition.

A single disco ball hanging from the cathedral ceiling of the venue spangled the arches with stars and a luminous shadow of itself. Underneath, the crowd danced to the soul-jangling tunes of Midtown Social and then Afrolicious — even a young fellow in crutches.

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This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Sometimes, creative decisions that seem great within someone's mind don't always translate well when they're thrust upon the rest of the world. This week, it's one probable artistic disaster after another: James Franco writing about Lana Del Rey, Backstreet Boys entering the world of filmmaking, George Lucas turning down Michael Jackson... Thank goodness for great decisions by NWA and Ryan Adams...

Here are the quotes of the week:
  • Michael Jackson / "Thriller"
"We were taken backstage and we met Michael... George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and... Michael was like, "Oh. OK." ...After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I'm having a drink with George and I said, 'Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?' He said, 'Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like 'Thriller.'' George wanted to do it in CGI."
Would Michael Jackson have made Jar Jar Binks less fucking terrible? We'll never know, because George Lucas cast Ahmed Best instead. Poor fucker. (Vice)

"It's a zombie Western futuristic horror movie. My character is still being worked out right now, but I'm a good guy that's going to help save the day."
Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys is writing a movie that will star his band, plus members of ’NSync, that we know definitely won't be Justin Timberlake. (Rolling Stone)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Om Unit, Rabit, Fort Romeau, and More

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Om Unit headlines Stamina's Sunday night drum & bass weekly on July 26. - JONANGELO MOLINARI
  • Jonangelo Molinari
  • Om Unit headlines Stamina's Sunday night drum & bass weekly on July 26.
Stamina Sundays presents Om Unit at F8, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Free;

Drum & bass was, for a moment, a trademark San Francisco sound. Beginning in the mid-'90s, the rapid, hyper-kinetic sound rippled through the Bay Area rave scene (in its heyday at that time), finding its way into the city's club nights and record shops. (For an in-depth examination of drum & bass' history in the Bay Area, especially the influence of the all-female crew Eklektic, read Shawn Reynaldo's excellent "Nightclubbing" feature published recently by Red Bull Music Academy.) By the early-mid aughts, as the first tech boom wound down and began permanently altering the character of the city, drum & bass all but disappeared from San Francisco dancefloors.

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Post-Geographical Club Music: Houston's Rabit on Rap, Grime, and New Club Sounds

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Rabit headlines a stacked lineup this Friday, July 24, for BREAD #2 at F8, 1192 Folsom. - LANE STEWART
  • Lane Stewart
  • Rabit headlines a stacked lineup this Friday, July 24, for BREAD #2 at F8, 1192 Folsom.
Houston's Rabit, also known as one Eric Burton, has been quietly pushing his own breed of slightly demented club music for several years now. Recently, thanks to the mainstream music press' late-to-the-party interest in UK grime (likely thanks to Kanye's similar interest in same) and his forthcoming collaborations with Björk, he's beginning to garner quite a bit of attention outside of his usual circles. Ahead of his appearance at BREAD #2 this Friday — his San Francisco club debut — we caught up with Rabit to talk about his musical influences and what makes him tick.

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We Sent an Old Metal Dad and His 10-Year-Old Daughter to Review Meghan Trainor

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM

  • Dave Pehlling

Meghan Trainor
Charlie Puth
Life of Dillon
July 21, 2015
The Masonic

"Is it going to end late?" my 10-year-old daughter Katrina asked, a touch of concern in her eyes as she looked up at me while we waited for the Powell Street cable car to take us up the hill to see Meghan Trainor at the Masonic. Ever since she was a toddler the kid had always been one to put herself to bed at a reasonable hour.

"I don't think so, as early as the show is starting," I reassured. "I'll be surprised if she plays for more than 70 minutes. We'll be home pretty close to 10."

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King I-Vier Talks the Jah Warrior Shelter Collective and His Contemporary Reggae Recommendations

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 9:29 AM

  • Bousa Concepts
When asked how he got into DJing, Jah Warrior Shelter's King I-Vier sums it up with three simple words: "It just happened." Getting his first taste of reggae in his early teens and inheriting his eldest brother's reggae collection shortly after, it was only a matter of time before he began seeking outlets to share these records. His first official DJ appearance happened during the mid-'90s at Nickies on Haight Street.

His successful debut led him to start DJing reggae shows at Maritime Hall, and secure an internship at community-supported radio station KPFA. It was there when he worked under veteran DJs Tony Moses and Spliff Skankin, who he credits for teaching him the ways of the music industry.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Watch Fantastic Negrito's Soulful New "Lost in a Crowd" Video

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:40 AM

  • Eric Taylor
Oakland's Fantastic Negrito debuted the official video for “Lost in a Crowd,” the song for which his live performance earned him the title of NPR Music’s first-ever “Tiny Desk Concert Contest” winner, today. Images from the video will look familiar to local concert-goers, since it was shot at the Boom Boom Room, Mindseed Records, and the Clubhouse of the East Bay Dragons

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    Third Eye Blind performed on Sunday, July 26 at The Masonic to a sold out show with the support of Dashboard Confessional & Ex-Cops. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.
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    The last stop for Morrissey serenaded the sold out crowd during his only Northern California date on Saturday, July 25 at the San Jose Events Center. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.