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Music, Hear This Cannibal Ox: Show Preview

Cannibal Ox: Show Preview

Underground hip-hop used to be a long swim upstream. It meant jostling from accusatory critics — how many times was the "granola" tag leveled at El-P or Aesop Rock? — and mystification from consumers. Cannibal Ox was the high priest…
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Music, All Shook Down Aesop Rock and Dark Time Sunshine Will Give You a Haircut You'll Regret at the Fillmore

Aesop Rock and Dark Time Sunshine Will Give You a Haircut You'll Regret at the Fillmore

Ever find yourself fantasizing about receiving an extreme haircut on stage at The Fillmore while Aesop Rock performs a song? Well, that's precisely what's going down this Sunday when Aesop performs "Racing Stripes," a song about getting a bad trim,…
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Music, Hear This Blockhead: Show Preview

Blockhead: Show Preview

New Yorker Tony Simon calls himself Blockhead because he thinks his dome has that shape. He's an accomplished producer for rappers such as Aesop Rock and MURS, but has leaned toward instrumental music on his five solo albums. The occasional…
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Music, All Shook Down Aesop Rock on Making <i>Skelethon</i> Alone, Working with Kimya Dawson, and His Love-Hate Feelings For Live Shows

Aesop Rock on Making Skelethon Alone, Working with Kimya Dawson, and His Love-Hate Feelings For Live Shows

The last time Aesop Rock released an album, Hillary Clinton was running for president, tech nerds were lining up for a first-generation iPhone, and no one ever had to read or write headlines about Justin Bieber's hair. A lot's changed…
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Music, Aesop Rock Climbs Back into the Spotlight with "Skelethon"

Aesop Rock Climbs Back into the Spotlight with "Skelethon"

Aesop Rock has had a lot of coffee today. At 5 p.m., he's halfway through another cup and has just launched into a description of the Rubik's cube championship he got stuck watching on YouTube last night when an old…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Phono del Sol Festival Pairs Eclectic Music with Angry Skaters

Saturday: Phono del Sol Festival Pairs Eclectic Music with Angry Skaters

The Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival, featuring Aesop Rock, Mirah, Man/Miracle, and more July 16, 2011 @ Potrero del Sol Park Better than: Registering to vote. It's hard to turn down anything free -- even if you're…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: San Francisco's Problem with Live Music, Kreayshawn at Thrift Town, and More

Music Links: San Francisco's Problem with Live Music, Kreayshawn at Thrift Town, and More

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Music, All Shook Down Free Concert Alert: Phono del Sol Festival This Saturday

Free Concert Alert: Phono del Sol Festival This Saturday

Free music. Food. Parks. Hipsters. If you like at least two of those things, you should head over to Potrero del Sol Park by Cesar Chavez and 101 on Saturday, July 16, for the Phono del Sol Music and Food…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Shabazz Palaces Lets Its Idiosyncratic Hip-Hop Do the Talking

In Print: Shabazz Palaces Lets Its Idiosyncratic Hip-Hop Do the Talking

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Shabazz Palaces: If there's one thing we're supposed to know about Shabazz Palaces, it's that we're not supposed to know shit. In the two years since recordings by the Seattle-based hip-hop act of…
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Music, BeatBox Aesop Rock: Show Preview

Aesop Rock: Show Preview

San Francisco-based rapper Aesop Rock has a well-earned reputation as a studious rap practitioner. His releases on El-P's famed indie label, Definitive Jux, were verbose affairs that excelled at pairing gloomy imagery with somber beats. His latest project, Are You…
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Music, BeatBox Atmosphere: Show Preview

Atmosphere: Show Preview

Minneapolis's Atmosphere — once just a DJ and a beleaguered rapper, now a quartet with guitarist and keyboardist — has been on the road for a long time. Its latest record, The Family Sign, takes a hard look at the…
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Music, All Shook Down Cop Atmosphere & Aesop Rock's Record Store Day Single

Cop Atmosphere & Aesop Rock's Record Store Day Single

How was your Record Store Day? Did you relive the simple bygone joys of exchanging physical money for a cold hard physical artifact that you could display proudly in your home and, if need be, use as a doorstop…
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Music, All Shook Down Quickly Now: Atmosphere & Aesop Rock Tickets for Pre-Sale This Morning

Quickly Now: Atmosphere & Aesop Rock Tickets for Pre-Sale This Morning

Esteemed prolix rapper, bat enthusiast, and Bay Area adoptee Aesop Rock is gearing up for some wildness at his Noise Pop show next Friday at the Great American Music Hall. "been speaking to some talented friends about trying to make…
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Music, All Shook Down Aesop Rock and Cage Will Play Free Show Saturday To Send Off Zerofriends Shop In Style

Aesop Rock and Cage Will Play Free Show Saturday To Send Off Zerofriends Shop In Style

Toni FrancoisAesop Rock​This may well come back to bite me in the ass, but what's the use keeping a secret on the internets? Bay Area adopted son Aesop Rock and reformed psycho-rapper Cage will be playing brief sets tomorrow at…
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Grab A Bat-Ass Beat Tape From SF Producer Edison at 900Bats

What's new in the Bat Area -- excuse me, the Bay Area -- right now? Enclosed find some new sounds for the weekend courtesy of Frisco beatsmith Edison, who peddles grimy skip-hop jams made from a monome done up like…
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Music, Bossasaurus moves from remixing others to creating itself

Bossasaurus moves from remixing others to creating itself

So far, Bossasaurus' career fits pretty snugly into the hipster laptop-remixer and DJ template. Its members promote a fanciful backstory involving a fictional archaeologist, Ronald Cornelius, who finds fossils in Oakland that mutate into life when placed too near to…
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Last Night: Treasure Island Music Festival Day 1 on Treasure Island

Treasure Island Music Festival Day 1 Treasure Island September 20, 2008 Better Than: Spending all day Saturday drinking on the couch listening to music on your laptop. Words by Melissa Baron, Photos by Christopher Victorio Big music festivals can…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lif Off

Lif Off

The Boston-based Perceptionists are one those peripheral side-project groups non-crazed Definitive Jux fans never get around to checking out. By accident we caught "Medical Aid" on Def Jux Teaser III, and we're pretty sure we liked it. But among albums…
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Music, All Shook Down Aesop Rock Plays Fillmore Today

Aesop Rock Plays Fillmore Today

From the SF Weekly: Rock flung himself across the country to be with his wife, Allyson Baker, guitarist for erstwhile Bay Area band Parchman Farm. "It was kind of a blessing in disguise," he says. "I probably needed to…
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Music, Aesop Rock's <i>None Shall Pass</i> A Mixed Bag

Aesop Rock's None Shall Pass A Mixed Bag

During the making of None Shall Pass, Aesop Rock's gentler, narrative-heavy new CD, the hip-hop MC moved from his beloved New York to San Francisco, got married, and turned 30. "So, those were the three punches in the face I…
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