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Music, All Shook Down Blackalicious Producer Chief Xcel Talks New Album and Crafting Music on the Road

Blackalicious Producer Chief Xcel Talks New Album and Crafting Music on the Road

One of the most celebrated hip-hop acts to emerge from the greater Bay Area during the '90s, Blackalicious made a triumphant return with the release of Imani Vol. 1, the duo's first new studio album in a decade that just…
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Music, All Shook Down Local DJ Mophono Releases New, Coin-Operated Track "VL MONO"

Local DJ Mophono Releases New, Coin-Operated Track "VL MONO"

Local DJ Mophono, who has been hosting weekly party Change The Beat since 2006, released a new track full of bleeps, sci-fi chirps, and arcade game coin collecting clinks called "VL MONO" ahead of his upcoming EP, M.O.3. The forward-thinking, genre-defying producer…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Shadow On the Historic Renegades of Rhythm Tour

DJ Shadow On the Historic Renegades of Rhythm Tour

have helped raise the bar and push the envelope…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

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Music, All Shook Down <em>Unsound</em>, an S.F.-Made Documentary About the Music Industry in the Age of Free

Unsound, an S.F.-Made Documentary About the Music Industry in the Age of Free

San Francisco producer-engineer Mikael Eldridge, a.k.a. Count, has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, New Order, No Doubt. Locally, he's collaborated with Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and DJ Shadow. And Count, who…
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Music, Lyrics Born and Lateef Return as Latyrx, Right on Time

Lyrics Born and Lateef Return as Latyrx, Right on Time

So Jurassic Five has reunited, Deltron 3030 just put out a new album, El-P and Killer Mike have made three of the best rap records of the last two years, Death Grips smolders controversially in the national consciousness, and Kanye…
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Music, Hear This Blockhead: Show Preview

Blockhead: Show Preview

New York's Blockhead produces a style of funky, psychedelic hip-hop that counts DJ Shadow as its deity and Amon Tobin, Thievery Corporation, and Danger Mouse (among others) as patron saints. Blockhead is not new to the game, though, having contributed…
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Music, All Shook Down Live 105's BFD Lineup: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, Diplo, DJ Shadow, and More

Live 105's BFD Lineup: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, Diplo, DJ Shadow, and More

Live 105 this morning released the lineup for its annual BFD spring mini-festival, which will head to Shoreline Amphitheatre for the 19th year on Sunday, May 19. Headlining the day are Thirty Seconds to Mars, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, and…
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Music, Hear This Diplo: Show Preview

Diplo: Show Preview

Diplo has no trouble keeping himself occupied. In 2012, the prolific DJ and producer born Thomas Wesley Pentz worked with Snoop Lion, oversaw Major Lazer as its remaining original member (a second album is forthcoming), toured with Skrillex and Grimes…
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Music, Hear This Latyrx: Show Preview

Latyrx: Show Preview

Born out of the lauded Northern California hip-hop collective Solesides — the same group that produced DJ Shadow and Blackalicious — Latyrx was a short-lived, much-loved partnership between rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. Their 1997 full-length became…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Best Bay Area Music Videos of 2011

The 10 Best Bay Area Music Videos of 2011

Ah, the music video: In three decades, these modest clips went from insider promo tool, to prime-time TV staple, to Internet meme-generator. And despite all the online noise and bustle of 2011, a good music video is still a…
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Music, All Shook Down Exclusive Premiere: Lateef The Truthspeaker and DJ Shadow Team Up for "Say What You Want"

Exclusive Premiere: Lateef The Truthspeaker and DJ Shadow Team Up for "Say What You Want"

Lateef the Truthspeaker is a prince of Bay Area hip-hop -- as a member of the Quannum collective, he's worked with DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and numerous other local greats. Lateef recently…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

With a line-up that includes cut-and-paste maestro DJ Shadow, innovative rap duo Blackalicious, and the spirited funk styles of Latryx, the Quannum collective is a Bay Area institution. Since its inception in the early '90s, the creative crew has…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: DJ Shadow's Amoeba Shopping Spree, Recommended Shows This Week, and More

In Print: DJ Shadow's Amoeba Shopping Spree, Recommended Shows This Week, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: DJ Shadow's Store-Bought Inspiration: Two years ago, Josh Davis realized he had accumulated a whopping $800 of store credit for Amoeba Music. Davis had built up the bounty after managers at the chain…
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Music, DJ Shadow Goes Shopping for Inspiration at Amoeba

DJ Shadow Goes Shopping for Inspiration at Amoeba

Two years ago, Josh Davis realized he had accumulated a whopping $800 of store credit for Amoeba Music. Davis had built up the bounty after managers at the chain of independent record stores insisted on giving him credit as a…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch DJ Shadow's Blood-Boiling New Video, "Border Crossing"

Watch DJ Shadow's Blood-Boiling New Video, "Border Crossing"

The Occupy Wall Street Everywhere protests are stealing headlines this week. But for many, immigration and border politics remain one of the most backwards and unjust issues facing the country. Count among that group the Bay Area's DJ Shadow,…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Shadow's <i>The Less You Know The Better</i>: A First Listen

DJ Shadow's The Less You Know The Better: A First Listen

Let's get this out of the way right from the off: DJ Shadow's fourth solo studio album, The Less You Know The Better, won't finally stop long-time fans from requesting that he makes a true sequel to 1996's Endtroducing.…
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Music, BeatBox Amon Tobin: Show Preview

Amon Tobin: Show Preview

Rio de Janeiro-by-way-of-London producer Amon Tobin chops and splices samples with the precision of DJ Shadow. He has an ear for musicality that recalls Tim Hecker, and his tracks are as haunting as anything by Four Tet. Really, though, Tobin's…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Shadow Reviews His Own Discography

DJ Shadow Reviews His Own Discography

This week On Oct. 4, DJ Shadow will release his fourth solo studio album, The Less You Know, The Better. Featuring cameos from Little Dragon, De La Soul, Talib Kweli and Tom Vek, Shadow insists that the album isn't just…
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Music, All Shook Down Mochilla's B Plus on <i>Endtroducing</i>, J-Dilla, and the Last Ten Years of Hip-Hop Photography

Mochilla's B Plus on Endtroducing, J-Dilla, and the Last Ten Years of Hip-Hop Photography

Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker Brian Cross (or B+, as he's commonly known) has blazed a distinct path through independent media over the past two decades. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Cross moved to L.A. in the early '90s and…
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