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Music, All Shook Down Deltron and the 3030 Orchestra Throw a Dystopian Block Party at the Fillmore, 11/23/13

Deltron and the 3030 Orchestra Throw a Dystopian Block Party at the Fillmore, 11/23/13

Deltron 3030 Kid Koala Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 The Fillmore Better than: Their June show at Stern Grove, from what we heard. There was a moment -- er, make that a year or so -- where it was pretty…
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Music, Hear This Deltron: Show Preview

Deltron: Show Preview

Can you even imagine how different the world was when the first Deltron 3030 album came out? We're talking before Sept. 11, before Facebook, before widespread drone warfare, before roughly half of Americans kept devices called Androids in their pockets.…
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Deltron 3030 Brings a New Song and a Huge Orchestra to David Letterman

Live hip-hop is by definition a risky endeavor -- it's really hard to get the mixing and the timing right -- and live hip-hop on a late-night TV show is even more likely to go off the rails in…
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Music, Deltron 3030 Offers a Look at Its Second Space-Rap Treatise

Deltron 3030 Offers a Look at Its Second Space-Rap Treatise

When it comes to long-deferred dream records finally seeing the light of day, 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year. In addition to the sudden appearance of My Bloody Valentine's near-mythic third album, and the first (almost) reunion…
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Music, All Shook Down Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup: Deltron 3030, E-40, Zion I, and Too $hort Rep the Bay

Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup: Deltron 3030, E-40, Zion I, and Too $hort Rep the Bay

Deltron 3030 (the trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala), Zion I and the Grouch, and the powerhouse duo of E-40 and Too $hort are the local names representing the Bay Area at this year's…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Bay Area Hip-Hop Stars Who Should Be Really Stinkin' Rich

Five Bay Area Hip-Hop Stars Who Should Be Really Stinkin' Rich

On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend: Dan the Automator at Yoshi's

Over the Weekend: Dan the Automator at Yoshi's

​"For those of you who don't know who I am, we put together a little medley of sorts," Dan announced. He then spun his most famous tracks, "Mastermind" from Del tha Funkee Homosapien's…
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Music, Del the Funky Homosapien teams up for his best work in a decade

Del the Funky Homosapien teams up for his best work in a decade

Del the Funky Homosapien has contributed his share to the canon of hip-hop classics. His first two albums, the funk-infused I Wish My Brother George Was Here and the harder-edged, battle-rapping No Need for Alarm, left unique marks upon the…
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Music, Reviewed Saga of the Simian Samurai

Saga of the Simian Samurai

The teaming up of venerated MCs with esteemed producers has reaped fantastic results over the past few years. From Kool Keith and Dan the Automator's Dr. Octagon project to Danger Mouse and MF Doom's Danger Doom, the right chemistry can…
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Music, Sibling Mastery

Sibling Mastery

Since their inception a mere four years ago, the Bay Area-based Rondo Brothers have gone from unknown bedroom producers to a pair of go-to industry veterans. These days they busily tour the globe, working with the likes of Dan the…
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Music, BeatBox Dan the Automator's video addictions

Dan the Automator's video addictions

S.F. has a virtuosic hip-hop superproducer in Dan The Automator , a position he's recently solidified, strangely enough, through the soundtrack for NBA videogame 2K7. Rather than licensed tracks, it's an original album that finds a perfect beat for the…
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Music, Reviewed <i>Automatic</i> Weapon

Automatic Weapon

Bay Area studio wizard Dan Nakamura (aka Dan The Automator) is best known for his whimsical work with two of hip hop's underrated geniuses: Prince Paul (as Handsome Boy Modeling School) and Kool Keith (on his Dr. Octagon project). 2K7…
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Music, Finders, Tweakers!

Finders, Tweakers!

The world-famous Love Parade returns to San Francisco for its second year here on Saturday, Sept. 24, which means the local dance-music scene will flaunt its many colorful feathers like a peacock in heat, on acid, while drunk. More than…
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Music, Reviewed Rondo Brothers

Rondo Brothers

White dude hip hop tends to fall into three categories: second-generation carbon copies (Vanilla Ice, Everlast), freaky art-rap (Anticon, El-P), and rocktronic syntheses (Tipsy, Head Automatica). Rondo Brothers' debut disc deserves the latter classification. It most closely resembles Dan the…
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Music, Reviewed Handsome Boy Modeling School

Handsome Boy Modeling School

Brazenly creative yet wildly erratic, Handsome Boy Modeling School producers Prince Paul and San Francisco resident Dan the Automator have made a career out of stepping onto the slipperiest of musical branches. White People, the follow-up to 1999's So...How's Your…
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Music, Hard Gore

Hard Gore

Fantômas singer Mike Patton possesses the most versatile voice in all of music. The strain he puts on it as he shrieks, bellows, cackles, croons, and yelps must be unbelievable. (Skeptical? Check out Adult Themes for Voice, his 1996 solo…
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Music, Reviewed Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

If you checked out on Cheap Trick the way a lot of us did 15 or 20 years ago, it will possibly come as a dual revelation that 1) the band is still alive; and 2) it is kicking harder…
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Bombing Maneuvers

Getting around David Paul's Noe Valley apartment isn't easy. Simply walking through a hallway means maneuvering past dozens of cardboard boxes filled with records and compact discs. Reach the cramped bedroom and you'll find the center of operations for Paul's…
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