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Music, All Shook Down TIDAL Waves and Positive Disruptions: What Gear Pairs With Streaming Services Best?

TIDAL Waves and Positive Disruptions: What Gear Pairs With Streaming Services Best?

Even if audio streaming services haven’t been in your headphones over the last few months, they’ve undoubtedly been in your newsfeed. Sure, you might have missed when, in March, Jay-Z and his cadre of photo opportunists (Kanye, Madonna, Jack…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle If there is a God, he's probably jealous of what Herbie Hancock can do on the keyboard. We caught the 74-year-old at the SFJAZZ Center on Saturday, and he torched even the high expectations we brought after seeing him…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle We didn't believe it would happen, but Morrissey finally played a concert date in the Bay Area. After canceling four shows in the last two years, Moz proved in San Jose that he's still pretty magnetic, performing "Hand in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Behind the Paint

Behind the Paint

Earlier this year, painter and sculptor Brad Kahlhamer was one of a select number of artists asked to co-star with Jay-Z in the singer's "Picasso Baby" video, filmed at New York's Pace Gallery. Kahlhamer, who was photographed and interviewed…
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Music, All Shook Down Lady Gaga Goes Highbrow -- and Naked -- With Marina Abramovic

Lady Gaga Goes Highbrow -- and Naked -- With Marina Abramovic

Let's begin by thinking back to a simpler time: When Lady Gaga was just a charismatic, fashion-forward lady with sharp hair and good accessories. "Poker Face" was, for many, our first introduction to Stefani Germanotta. Back then, this young lady…
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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 • Jay Z and Justin Timberlake delivered a show at Candlestick Park that pretty much lived up to their "Legends of Summer" billing. Justin is a spirited performer, but sometimes seemed like he was playing to the judges on…
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Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake: Show Preview

Anyone who says they don't get excited by the idea of seeing Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z on the same stage is lying — Jay-Z is a straight-up superstar, and the days of Timberlake being merely a guilty pleasure are long…
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Music, Hear This Madlib: Show Preview

Madlib: Show Preview

If eating dinner is anything like making music for Otis Jackson Jr., the man must never leave the goddamn table. The California producer/rapper best known as Madlib has the kind of overflowing discography that indicates a compulsive drive to create.…
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Music, <i>The Great Gatsby</i>'s Soundtrack Doesn't Fit Its Message

The Great Gatsby's Soundtrack Doesn't Fit Its Message

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzergald's The Great Gatsby is surprisingly true to the original text. He is reverent to the plot, lifts dialogue from the book, and honors Fitzgerald's principal literary devices as well: automobiles as…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Straight Rappers Who Support LGBT Rights

Five Straight Rappers Who Support LGBT Rights

As we're sure you're aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is again hearing arguments today about what to do with the issue of same-sex marriage. If the inundation of red profile pics on Twitter and Facebook is any indication, the growing…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Is Coming to San Francisco

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Is Coming to San Francisco

So that Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake collabo on "Suit & Tie" wasn't a one-off -- and neither was their joint performance at the Grammys. The famed New York rapper and the ex-boy-band leader (who's now making his long-awaited return to…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Musical Couples That Should Collaborate

Five Musical Couples That Should Collaborate

Yesterday, we sighed and felt warm and fuzzy inside when angel-faced pixie Brit Ellie Goulding revealed that she'd love to make an album with her boyfriend, Skrillex, with whom she shares a hairstyle. Adorable! We'd like to take a…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

One of the most interesting discussions we heard at the SF MusicTech Summit yesterday was about which artists of today will still matter -- will be remembered and talked about and referred to -- in 30 years. The question was…
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News, The Snitch Jay-Z Inspires San Francisco Tourists

Jay-Z Inspires San Francisco Tourists

San Francisco has way more than 99 problems: Ross Mirkarimi, rogue Muni buses, and Ross Mirkarimi driving rogue Muni buses, for starters. But for all our problems, tourists aren't one of them. Try as we might, we just can't keep…
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Music, Hear This The RZA: Show Preview

The RZA: Show Preview

The producer known as The RZA (real name: Robert Diggs) is largely known as the architect of the Wu-Tang Clan's deathly spare beats and signature instrumental sound. But he's also spent more than a decade releasing four solo albums and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crazy Funny

Crazy Funny

Consider how much mileage Moshe Kasher gets from just the title of his new memoir. It’s called Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Music, All Shook Down Awkward! The Top Five Most Uncomfortable Grammy Moments

Awkward! The Top Five Most Uncomfortable Grammy Moments

This Sunday, Rihanna and Chris Brown are both going to be present at the always-prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It's been just three years since they both were forced to drop out of the show last minute, due…
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Music, All Shook Down Veteran Rappers: Do You Really Need to Continue Making New Records?

Veteran Rappers: Do You Really Need to Continue Making New Records?

There was a time, back in the late '80s, when the legendary Bronx rapper KRS-One was a candidate for the title of Greatest Rapper of All Time. Twenty-five years later, though, the self-anointed Blastmaster's latest long-player, The B.D.P. Album, suggests…
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Music, All Shook Down President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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