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Music, All Shook Down Tippa Irie Wants to Turn Your Sunday Funday Into a Bacchanalia of Roots, Rocks, and Reggae

Tippa Irie Wants to Turn Your Sunday Funday Into a Bacchanalia of Roots, Rocks, and Reggae

Reggae legend Tippa Irie is on a boat. Or rather, a ship. A ship that’s about to set off for a five-day cruise from Miami to Jamaica. And luckily for him, he gets to repeat this journey twice. “It’s…
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Dining, Eat Miss Ollie's: Yet Another Reason to Move to Oakland

Miss Ollie's: Yet Another Reason to Move to Oakland

We haven't met anyone yet who doesn't love Miss Ollie's. And we mean, love. A random poll in our living room brought hands to hearts and lots of cooing, as if we'd placed a puppy in the center of the…
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Music, Hear This Dawn Penn: Show Preview

Dawn Penn: Show Preview

From 1966 to 1970, between the decline of Jamaican ska and the rise of reggae, rocksteady held sway in Jamaica, impacting the U.S. and U.K. charts as well. Figureheads like Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, and Dawn Penn laid the foundation…
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Music, Hear This Easy Star All-Stars: Show Preview

Easy Star All-Stars: Show Preview

Covering soul and pop hits has been a standard practice for reggae bands since the musical style first emerged from Jamaica in the late '60s, but NYC-based collective Easy Star All-Stars elevated the custom to a conceptual artform with 2003's…
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Music, Hear This South Rakkas Crew: Show Preview

South Rakkas Crew: Show Preview

This 4/20, instead of smoking out on Hippie Hill, take a more adventurous trip and submit yourself to the global rhythms of South Rakkas Crew. Jamaica-born, U.S.-based Dennis "D-Rakkas" Shaw and Canadian producer-songwriter Alex Greggs splice together a mishmash of…
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Calendar, Night&Day 420 Potency

420 Potency

This 4/20, instead of smoking out on Hippie Hill, take a more adventurous trip and submit yourself to the global rhythms of South Rakkas Crew. Jamaica-born, U.S.-based Dennis "D-Rakkas" Shaw and Canadian producer-songwriter Alex Greggs splice together a mishmash of…
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News, The Snitch Brontez Purnell, Oakland Musician, Beaten Outside Club Allegedly for Being Gay

Brontez Purnell, Oakland Musician, Beaten Outside Club Allegedly for Being Gay

Brontez Purnell, an Oakland musician, and his bandmate Adal Castello were unlocking their bikes outside Club Paradiso in Oakland at about 2 a.m. Thursday when two men, who had also been at the club, started yelling gay slurs at them.…
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Music, BeatBox Extra Classic: Show Preview

Extra Classic: Show Preview

Resurrecting classic rocksteady and dancehall sounds is an enterprise fraught with risk: As the legions of Sublime imitators and wannabe reggae tossoffs illustrate, it's tough enough to duplicate — let alone improve — styles that arguably reached perfection in Kingston…
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Music, Hear This Stephen Marley: Show Preview

Stephen Marley: Show Preview

Jamaica's Ziggy, Julian, and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley might get all the attention, but behind the scenes, Bob and Rita's second-oldest son, Stephen Marley, has been working on his own legacy. He coproduced most of Damian's '05 breakthrough album, Welcome…
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Calendar, Night&Day Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough

Jamaican vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds are to reggae what Crosby, Stills, and Nash are to classic rock: enduring artists whose songs passionately draw on folk stories and politics to examine everyday struggles. In 1969, Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny"…
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Music, Hear This Beres Hammond: Show Preview

Beres Hammond: Show Preview

Hugh Beresford Hammond — Beres Hammond to his fans — is Jamaica's gentleman crooner, a nattily dressed dude who still makes female audiences swoon. He has enjoyed decades of reggae chart success via his emotionally charged songs and raspy, Otis…
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Music, S.F.’s Jamaican music revivalists populate the clubs with vintage sounds

S.F.’s Jamaican music revivalists populate the clubs with vintage sounds

It's Saturday night at Koko Cocktails in the Tenderloin, and Adam Tadesse is on the decks, spinning a bouncy late-'60s tune by Jamaican pioneer Prince Buster. It's a reggae cover version of American soulman Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood," and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dee Lightful

Dee Lightful

Jamaica Dyer is the new Ariel Schrag. If you don't know what that means, then … you're not a comics geek. The point is, Dyer's innovative watercolor Web-comic, Weird Fishes, has the ability to pull readers, as though with a…
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Music, Dub Wise

Dub Wise

There are several figures in music who, despite their significant impact establishing genres, styles, and mythologies, still aren't household names. Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of those important instigators lacking mainstream kudos. He's a Jamaican producer, songwriter, mixologist, and performer…
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Music, Charge It to the Game

Charge It to the Game

Tomás Palermo records as Double Identity for his Voltage Music label, where the motto is "dub for the dancefloor." It's a great catchall phrase for local and international artists that range in style and tempo from breakbeat to electronic jazz,…
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Music, Reviewed Mr. Anonymous

Mr. Anonymous

Jeep MacNichol got his start in the late '80s as the drummer for the Samples, a group that came out a little too early to truly capitalize on the current popularity of laidback folk-rock. MacNichol has kept a fairly low…
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Music, System of a Sound

System of a Sound

It's a little past noon, and the peculiar, somewhat mysterious workings of the reggae business are already in full swing at Wisdom Records in the Outer Mission, the only record store specializing in reggae dancehall in Northern California. Local DJ…
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Music, Reviewed Cornell Campbell

Cornell Campbell

Although hard-core fans of reggae's golden era have generally come to grips with Jamaica's 15-year-old dancehall revolution, many still see a glaring lack of singing talent in today's scene. Oh, they recognize the impact of such recent crooners as Luciano…
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Music, Reviewed Beenie Man

Beenie Man

If Beenie Man weren't still smashing it on the ragga circuit, as he has been for nearly a decade, his crossover success in U.S. markets might taint his street cred. But instead, his lyrical skills and charisma just translate, making…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eine Kleine Odd Musik

Eine Kleine Odd Musik

As a high school music teacher, Bart Hopkin didn't have much chance to explore his fascination with strange and exotic instruments. It's not like he could have outfitted the entire teen horn section with Russian zgamoniums, or replaced the first…
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