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Music, All Shook Down Q&A w/ Joyo Velarde of Quannum Projects

Q&A w/ Joyo Velarde of Quannum Projects

Joyo Velarde is taking a break from being everybody's back-up singer. After incessant touring with Jurassic 5, the Living Legend Crew, Blackalicious, Michael Franti, Zion I, Ozomatli, and husband Lyrics Born, among many others, the classically-trained, Pleasanton-based, Quannum Projects vocalist…
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Track of the Day: From Joyo Velarde's Quannum Debut

Soulful singer Joyo Velarde has long been part of the Quannum family, lending her honeyed delivery to top names on the local label's roster, including music by husband Lyrics Born (she's given co-writing and performing credit for over half…
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Music, All Shook Down Gift of Gab Announces New Solo Record

Gift of Gab Announces New Solo Record

Today, Blackalicious emcee Gift of Gab announced the October 27 release of his second solo album. Imaginatively-titled Escape 2 Mars, the new record features guest appearances by Del the Funky Homosapien, Brother Ali, Honeycut vocalist Bart Davenport, Joyo Velarde…
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Music, All Shook Down Lyrics Born Pops His Collar at Stern Grove

Lyrics Born Pops His Collar at Stern Grove

It's probably safe to say that in its 72-year history of free concerts, no one has ever 'popped their collar' onstage at Sigmund Stern Grove. Score another milestone for Lyrics Born.…
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Music, All Shook Down Joyo Velarde EP Release at 330 Ritch Tonight

Joyo Velarde EP Release at 330 Ritch Tonight

Mrs. Lyrics Born aka songstress Joyo Velarde aka the Chilla from Manila appears at 330 Ritch's Pacific Standard Time tonight to celebrate the release of her eponymous, digital-only EP, which officially hits iTunes today. Nepotism, shmepotism--even if she weren't…
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Music, All Shook Down Joyo Velarde Announces New Digital-only EP

Joyo Velarde Announces New Digital-only EP

The beautiful and fabulous Ms. Joyo Velarde (better known as Mrs. Lyrics Born) has finally announced a digital drop date for her first official solo project, a five-song self-titled EP available online on May 26. With a full-length to be…
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Music, The Bay Area Maverick

The Bay Area Maverick

Tom Shimura may get fervent enthusiasm from audiences over the world, but he can still enjoy a quiet lunch in his hometown of Berkeley without being assailed by paparazzi. Dressed stylishly but not ostentatiously in a tilted baseball cap and…
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Music, Reviewed Lyrics Born

Lyrics Born

It's been five long years since the Bay Area's favorite gruff-voiced MC last graced us with a new album. Lyrics Born's emphasis on quality over quantity pays off on Everywhere at Once, which is solid from top to bottom. Opener…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Whether releasing the literate hip hop of Blackalicious or reissuing the essential oddity Schoolhouse Funk (a compilation of high school funk bands), San Francisco-based Quannum Projects is everything that independent hip hop labels aspire to be but rarely are: smart…
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