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Culture, The Exhibitionist Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Nick Kroll, Pete & Pete, Patton Oswalt, and More

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest: Nick Kroll, Pete & Pete, Patton Oswalt, and More

UPDATED, Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.: Unfortunately, Judah Friedlander has canceled his SF Sketchfest appearance. Dispatches from SF Sketchfest will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-23). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let…
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Music, All Shook Down Last-Minute Gift Ideas From Bay Area Rappers: Boots Riley's Screenplay and E-40's Sluricane

Last-Minute Gift Ideas From Bay Area Rappers: Boots Riley's Screenplay and E-40's Sluricane

One of the best things about the Bay Area's rich history in hip-hop is the vast spectrum of styles it encompasses — and there's no more timely illustration of that breadth than two brand-new non-musical items released this month…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: The Coup's Boots Riley on Art, Politics, and Getting Laid

In Print: The Coup's Boots Riley on Art, Politics, and Getting Laid

In the latest print edition of SF Weekly, we talk to Boots Riley -- leader of radical Oakland hip-hop outfit The Coup, erstwhile figurehead of the Occupy Oakland movement, and underrated philosopher -- for his views on art, music, politics,…
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Music, The Coup's Boots Riley on Political Art and the Importance of Needing to Get Laid

The Coup's Boots Riley on Political Art and the Importance of Needing to Get Laid

The Coup is an anomaly in the small world of socially conscious hip-hop. This radical Oakland group, led by the activist and rapper Boots Riley, makes music that is both politically charged and fun. The Coup is dead serious about…
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Music, All Shook Down Stream the Coup's Incendiary New Album, <i>Sorry to Bother You</i>, Right Now

Stream the Coup's Incendiary New Album, Sorry to Bother You, Right Now

After a fiery new video for first single "the Guillotine" and that thumping set at last week's Treasure Island festival, we're pretty excited for the new album from Oakland rap-funk outfit The Coup. Sorry to Bother You isn't out until…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: The Coup's "Guillotine" Is A Funky Agitprop Masterpiece

Watch: The Coup's "Guillotine" Is A Funky Agitprop Masterpiece

With the election only weeks away, it's a perfect time for a new video from the Coup, the radical Oakland hip-hop group whose leader, Boots Riley, was one of the loudest agitators in the city's Occupy movement. The group is…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Das Racist, Danny Brown and Trackademicks Play Ruby Skye, with Not a Little Irony

Live Review: Das Racist, Danny Brown and Trackademicks Play Ruby Skye, with Not a Little Irony

Das Racist Danny Brown Trackademicks Boots Riley Nov. 4, 2011 Ruby Skye Better than: A typical night at Ruby Skye. Don't blame Das Racist. The words "Ruby Skye" didn't bode well for a successful hip hop show at a…
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Music, All Shook Down Boots Riley: Oakland General Strike Is "Like Us Flashing Our Guns"

Boots Riley: Oakland General Strike Is "Like Us Flashing Our Guns"

The Occupy movement doesn't have a leader, but Oakland activist-rapper Boots Riley is serving as one sort of de facto spokesman for his hometown's defiant occupation, lending the collective grievances a high-profile voice. Inspired by public gatherings in Greece…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

It's been over two weeks since the protest in SF's financial district commenced -- prompted by the occupation of Wall Street that started almost a month ago -- and four days since Oakland joined this now apparently worldwide movement. As…
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Music, All Shook Down The Coup's Boots Riley Will Perform for the Occupy Oakland Crowd This Evening

The Coup's Boots Riley Will Perform for the Occupy Oakland Crowd This Evening

So, so fitting: On a day when his bandmate in Street Sweeper Social Club, Tom Morello, performed at Occupy Wall Street, politically conscious Oakland rapper Boots Riley of the Coup is bringing his boisterous rhymes to Occupy Oakland for…
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Music, All Shook Down The Coup's Boots Riley on His Next Record, Hip-Hop for White Kids, and Loving <i>Battlestar Galactica</i>

The Coup's Boots Riley on His Next Record, Hip-Hop for White Kids, and Loving Battlestar Galactica

It's been almost a decade since 9/11 -- which means (among other things) that it's been 10 years since Boots Riley was seemingly everywhere, coolly responding to outrage over some extremely ill-timed album art depicting explosions at World Trade…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Dishes on His Two New Productions: One Show and One Baby

W. Kamau Bell Dishes on His Two New Productions: One Show and One Baby

It has been a incredibly hectic, bone-tiring, brain-stretching couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I called my manager Keri Smith of Whitesmith Entertainment and I said the five words she surely didn't want to hear, "I wanna cancel those shows."…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Miss <em>SF Weekly</em>'s W. Kamau Bell Comedy Extravaganzas This Week, and You'll Be Sorry

Miss SF Weekly's W. Kamau Bell Comedy Extravaganzas This Week, and You'll Be Sorry

Last week, SF Weekly's resident comedian and blogger, W. Kamau Bell, wrote that he originally planned to use his weekly blogosphere platform to talk about the comedy show he's putting on tonight and Wednesday. That all went out the…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Street Sweeper Social Club -- 'The Ghetto Blaster EP'

CD Review: Street Sweeper Social Club -- 'The Ghetto Blaster EP'

Don't let the attention-grabbing choice of a first single mislead you: Though their cover of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" sounds pointless at all but the most eardrum-shattering volumes (and only slightly amusing at those), Tom Morello and Oakland rapper Boots Riley,…
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Music, Hear This Galactic

Galactic

New Orleans instrumental funk sextet Galactic has built a sterling reputation on the jam-band scene, rocking Bonnaroo, the seagoing Jam Cruise, and many other gatherings of the unwashed. The group's studio albums provide killer backdrops for a fistful of highly…
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Music, Hear This The Coup

The Coup

For more than a decade and a half, Oakland's the Coup has been using hip-hop rooted in '70s funk and 808 trunk explosions to push its subversive, ultraleftist agenda. Providing a soundtrack and guide to Molotov cocktail partying, rapper Boots…
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Music, All Shook Down The Return of the Coup

The Return of the Coup

It's been a minute since Oakland's legendary hip-hop group the Coup last played its hometown - nine years in fact, according to frontman and primary songwriter Boots Riley. In that time, the group has played SF and Berkeley -"We…
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Music, All Shook Down Dead Prez + Boots Riley Tonight @Black Dot

Dead Prez + Boots Riley Tonight @Black Dot

Outside Lands, Shmoutside Lands. The hundreds of folks who came out to Yerba Buena Gardens to see dead prez and Mistah F.A.B. perform for free yesterday may have gotten a better deal than the tens of thousands who shelled…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Tom Morello and Boots Riley rage as one in Street Sweeper

Tom Morello and Boots Riley rage as one in Street Sweeper

Politician greed. Wall Street greed. Insurance exec greed. The media offers daily reasons to rail against the corrupt systems forcing the struggling economic classes into ruin. The little people are mad as hell, but really, what are we gonna do…
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Music, All Shook Down Special Guests Announced For Tom Morello's Slim's Show

Special Guests Announced For Tom Morello's Slim's Show

Back in the pre-Obama days, Tom Morello was like, the only guitar god with a conscience. While Slash and Jack White were doing bumps off of stripper tits, Morello was playing demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention (with Rage…
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