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Music, Leaping Through Time at Outside Lands 2013

Leaping Through Time at Outside Lands 2013

Scan the big names of the Outside Lands lineup this year, and you could be forgiven for thinking you'd been transported back to 2003, or deposited in an MTV Buzz Bin circa 1993. (Hell, two of the three main-stage closers…
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Music, Outside Lands Artists as Muni Map: Must-See Acts for 2013

Outside Lands Artists as Muni Map: Must-See Acts for 2013

Download our Muni map of Outside Lands acts utside Lands 2013 has nearly 90 musical acts on the bill. What are the relationships between them? Well, let's try an experiment: What if each one was a Muni metro stop, somewhere…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Old Crow Medicine Show did vintage American music right at the Warfield. Instead of corporate country songs spit-shined to a soulless nub, the seven-piece band displayed a personable rawness that transcended the polish of its recent recordings. This…
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Music, Richmond rapper Erk Tha Jerk says melody is key to mainstream success

Richmond rapper Erk Tha Jerk says melody is key to mainstream success

Erk Tha Jerk talks about melody a lot. He's an upcoming hip-hop artist releasing music on an underground level, but instead of spewing the usual plaudits about bringing back pure lyrical skills and being an antidote to an oversaturated commercial…
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Music, Hear This Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq

Oakland native Raphael Saadiq first came to national prominence with his '80s R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! He found subsequent success as a Grammy-winning solo artist and producer of R&B hits, including D'Angelo's flesh-baring "(Untitled) How Does It Feel." Though…
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Music, Reviewed John Legend

John Legend

With neo-soul backdrops and a voice that exudes a sexy sort of sadness, John Legend clearly resides in the house that Stevie built. And like late-era Stevie Wonder, this album does occasionally dip into cheesy sentimentalism (see the oh-so-inflected mess…
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Music, Reviewed Dudley Perkins

Dudley Perkins

Think of some of the famous male voices of R&B -- Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and more recently, D'Angelo -- proof that great soul music goes hand in hand with vocal virtuosity, right? Not in the case of L.A.'s Dudley…
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Various Artists

Various Artists Easy Tempo Jet Society (Eighteenth Street Lounge) Looking back on the '90s, it's clear that most, if not every, significant musical current of the decade was built around the rediscovery and representation of forgotten or overlooked styles from…
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