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Music, Hear This Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Show Preview

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Show Preview

Everyone has to start somewhere. For Thao Nguyen — leader of S.F. band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down — the point of origin was her mom's laundromat in Virginia. When she wasn't helping out customers, a tween Nguyen…
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Music, In Praise of Songs That Aren't About Their Singers

In Praise of Songs That Aren't About Their Singers

She stood alone onstage, armed with only a banjo, and played a blues so hard it hurt. This was Thao Nguyen — sans backing band the Get Down Stay Down on this Sunday night at Public Works — scraping through…
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Music, Jailed Heart: Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Prison

Jailed Heart: Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Prison

Last February, just minutes after taking off her jewelry, handing over her Social Security number, and removing her bra, Thao Nguyen found the inspiration for her new album, We the Common. The setting was Valley State Prison for Women, an…
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SF Weekly Letters

Complete Set List Don't forget about the others: Although I am well aware that , his presence on the set…
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Film, Flagrant Foul: "Just Wright" is just wrong

Flagrant Foul: "Just Wright" is just wrong

Another movie, not as awful or deluded as this one, might one day find better use for the easygoing vibe between Queen Latifah and Common, the stars of Just Wright, a romantic comedy (for the ladies) with basketball and cameoing…
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Music, The Knux: From street warfare to soirées with socialites

The Knux: From street warfare to soirées with socialites

"It may be one of the worst cities in the world to live in," says rapper Krispy Kream of New Orleans, where he and his brother Rah Al Milio lived before being chased out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "When…
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Music, The Roots’ state of the union address

The Roots’ state of the union address

Legendary hip-hop drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson could easily win an award for multitasking. The man with the biggest Afro in hip-hop has an excess of talent, working as an executive producer (for Common, Slum Village, and, most recently, Al Green),…
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Music, Reviewed The Roots

The Roots

If the recent Smirnoff showcase in New York — at which Common, Q-Tip, and KRS-One disconcertingly sold their skills to the vodka company for some quick stacks — is any indication, the state of "conscious" rap is in serious flux…
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Music, BeatBox Italians Always Do It Better: Joakim and Glass Candy

Italians Always Do It Better: Joakim and Glass Candy

Born and raised in Chicago, Common is no stranger to critical acclaim, receiving rave reviews from the press since his 1992 debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar? One feud with Ice Cube, multiple awesome collaborations with the likes of Kanye…
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Music, Nothing in Common

Nothing in Common

In his continuing crusade against hip hop, FOX News polemicist Bill O'Reilly recently went on the attack against N.Y.C. rapper Nas. He tagged the Queensbridge MC a "gangster rapper," and claimed that by performing at a benefit for Virginia Tech…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

While performing with pianist/singer John Legend at this year's BET Awards, Stevie Wonder proclaimed Legend's hit "Ordinary People" his "favorite song of the year." That's high praise, but not unjustified: While there's an old-soul voice that lurks in Legend's young…
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Music, Reviewed Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli is one of the most compelling voices in hip hop, and it isn't because he's an oasis of high-minded political thought in a desert of materialism, misogyny, and PC boogeymen. Despite his billing as the MoveOn.org of hip…
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Music, Reviewed Common

Common

Chicago-born MC Common (aka Lonnie Lynn) has been a standard-bearer for the Native Tongues' progressive style of hip hop for years. During that time, he's been rightly celebrated for his intelligent lyrics and his rejection of hip hop's rampant misogyny…
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"Jazz Horizons": Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Hunter Group Masonic Auditorium Friday, Oct. 24 Cassandra Wilson and Charlie Hunter packed the Masonic Auditorium last Friday with the promise of somethin' else. Diva of the moment for four years running, Wilson wanted to…
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