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Music, All Shook Down Yoshi's SF Reopens As The Addition

Yoshi's SF Reopens As The Addition

The venue and restaurant formerly known as Yoshi's SF, aka the much-aggrieved sister club to the historic Oakland jazz club of the same name, will reopen on Nov. 1 as The Addition, with a new focus on world music, announced the…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Platurn's New Mix of De La Soul Samples Is an Orgy of Beautiful Breaks

DJ Platurn's New Mix of De La Soul Samples Is an Orgy of Beautiful Breaks

Like any proper hip-hop head, Oakland Fader DJ Platurn reveres De La Soul. He reveres De La Soul so much that 10 years ago, Platurn put out a mix CD of songs -- many of them prety obscure -- that…
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Music, Hear This De La Soul: Show Preview

De La Soul: Show Preview

Adore it or abhor it, the non-musical "skit" track has long become a fixture in hip-hop records, resulting in such interludes as Method Man discussing testicular torture and Dr. Dre offering his take on an ultra-low-budget game show. De La…
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Music, All Shook Down Z-Trip's Show This Saturday at the Warfield Is Canceled

Z-Trip's Show This Saturday at the Warfield Is Canceled

Just got word from the publicity folks that this Saturday's show at the Warfield -- featuring Z-Trip, De La Soul, Nosaj Thing, and Daddy Kev -- has been canceled. Which is a bummer: we were excited enough about this…
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Music, BeatBox Z-Trip: Show Preview

Z-Trip: Show Preview

If you had any doubt that DJs have become rock stars, witness this current concert tour with L.A.-based DJ Z-Trip (Zach Sciacca), fresh off a residency of spinning at a high-profile Las Vegas nightclub, headlining over venerable New York rap…
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Music, All Shook Down Common: Five More Reasons for Talk Radio Conservatives to Hate Him

Common: Five More Reasons for Talk Radio Conservatives to Hate Him

Turns out we were wrong. For all these years, we considered Chicago rapper/romantic comedy star Common just a hair more hardcore than Jamiroquai. We thought of him as a somewhat conscious MC boasting a warm baritone, some strong tracks,…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: De La Soul Celebrates Saturdays, Old Age at Yoshi's

Saturday Night: De La Soul Celebrates Saturdays, Old Age at Yoshi's

De La Soul April 2, 2011 @ Yoshi's SF Better than: Spending Saturday with people who do not have an awesome song called "(A Roller Skating Jam Named) Saturdays." De La Soul posted up at Yoshi's this past Friday and Saturday,…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Gorillaz Drag Out De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Little Dragon, and More for a Cartoonishly Fun Halloween

Saturday Night: Gorillaz Drag Out De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Little Dragon, and More for a Cartoonishly Fun Halloween

GorillazN*E*R*DOctober 30, 2010Oracle ArenaBetter than: Vomiting up a one-eyed octopus; also, seeing Gorillaz on not-Halloween.What are you supposed to look at during a Gorillaz performance? Do you look at the band onstage, where a  group of humans -- including Damon Albarn,…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: De La Soul at Yoshi's

Friday Night: De La Soul at Yoshi's

​De La Soul Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 Yoshi's Better Than: the winter Olympics De La Soul is so well regarded for its laid-back grooves that its emcees don't always get the credit they deserve for microphone mastery. Friday night at…
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Music, Hear This De La Soul

De La Soul

Even if De La Soul never releases another album — don't worry, the group is reportedly in the studio working on its eighth full-length — these guys will go down in history as one of hip-hop's all-time classic acts. Pioneers…
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Music, All Shook Down Prince Paul Plays PST

Prince Paul Plays PST

Legendary producer Prince Paul (De La Soul/Gravediggaz/Handsome Boy Modeling School/Stetsasonic) drops through 330 Ritch's "PST" tonight for a rare DJ set.In case you don't know, PP is the guy who basically invented the alt.rap genre with his wacky, bugged-out…
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Music, All Shook Down The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Headline Annual Rock the Bells Festival

The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Headline Annual Rock the Bells Festival

Rock the Bells is consistently the annual geek-out for hip-hop purists who can't let go of loving classic acts from the golden era of the early to mid 90s. The festival isn't letting up this year with the announcement…
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Music, BeatBox Reggae, raw funk, and Afro-Latin grooves are "Hella Tight"

Reggae, raw funk, and Afro-Latin grooves are "Hella Tight"

Underworld's last effort, the 2002 album A Hundred Days Off, showed the group sounding disjointed as it pinged aimlessly between minimal techno and ramping Moroder-isms. But with the duo's latest, Oblivion With Bells (due out Oct. 13), Underworld leans back…
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Music, All Shook Down Girl Talk Nearly Dies In Kentucky

Girl Talk Nearly Dies In Kentucky

We got the whole scoop in this slideshow. Booyaka!…
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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 75 Degrees

75 Degrees

Hip hop conspiracy theory No. 4,081 posits that beneath the ridiculously smooth breakbeats of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul are subliminal messages stating that mainstream hip hop is inherently doomed and the only way to save it…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Live-Music Venue

When the Justice League closed more than a year ago, a lot of us gave up hope that the space at 628 Divisadero -- which has played home to a never-ending parade of doomed concert halls over the last two…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Shuffling between Ms. Mosley's seventh-grade math class and the school cafeteria with "Potholes in My Lawn" blasting from my cassette Walkman, it would've been nearly impossible for me to imagine De La Soul MCs Posdnous, Trugoy, and Mase as hip…
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Music, Reviewed Prince Paul

Prince Paul

Prince Paul will always be best known as the genius producer behind De La Soul's seminal 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising. That album's inventiveness inadvertently established a blueprint for commercial hip hop that still exists today: using comedy…
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Music, Reviewed DJ Spinna

DJ Spinna

Hip hop's history -- a dialectic forged by battling, boasting, and street-corner besting -- is a long-raging tug-of-war between MCs and producers. Throughout much of the late '90s, the lyricists had the upper hand, prompting the British label BBE (short…
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