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Music, All Shook Down Tickets For Outside Lands Go On Sale Today, But Can You Afford Them?

Tickets For Outside Lands Go On Sale Today, But Can You Afford Them?

Tickets for the ninth-annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, hosted at Golden Gate Park from August 5 to 7, go on sale today. The only problem is the ticket prices are steeeeeeeep — which is saying a lot given that the…
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Music, All Shook Down D.M.V. Rapper GoldLink Speaks the Truth

D.M.V. Rapper GoldLink Speaks the Truth

It’s easy to miss lyrics in a GoldLink song, given the 22-year-old’s quick vocal pace. Listen closely though, and you’ll catch something. Hate my uncle on my mama side, we started beefin' / Kicked me out house, yeah I…
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Music, All Shook Down Peep the Nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards

Peep the Nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards

Early this morning, the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced. And we gotta admit, none of the nominees came as a shocker. Both Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are nominated for seven awards, with Kendrick Lamar…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Janelle Monae's Weapon, Ed Sheeran's Pasta, and the Androgyny of Miley Cyrus

This Week: Janelle Monae's Weapon, Ed Sheeran's Pasta, and the Androgyny of Miley Cyrus

Based on social media chatter and more formal interviews with the press, the theme of this week is undoubtedly bullying, and the best possible ways to deal with haters. Miley is defiant, Kendrick Lamar lives by example, Sam Smith publicly…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: Outside Lands Hip-Hop Factoids

Moment of Truth: Outside Lands Hip-Hop Factoids

There's 5 hip-hop acts at Outside Lands Festival this year. Sorta sad... I know, but to the festival's credit, the slate is very top-heavy. With that, your resident hip-hop encyclopedia (Moment of Truth) has put together some curiosities and…
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Music, All Shook Down Yesterday's Nicki vs. Taylor Spat Wasn't About Race, It Was About Sexism and the Power of the Ego

Yesterday's Nicki vs. Taylor Spat Wasn't About Race, It Was About Sexism and the Power of the Ego

Yesterday, Nicki Minaj had a minor shitfit on Twitter about the fact that she'd only been nominated for three VMAs this year — Best Hip Hop Video, Best Female Video (both for "Anaconda"), and Best Collaboration (for "Bang Bang"…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

Surprises all round this week! Louis from One Direction has unexpectedly knocked up a "friend," Katy Perry (who's never won a Grammy) is up for an Emmy, Sinead O'Connor probably hasn't looked at Rolling Stone for 15 years, and it turns out…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Lily Fights for Kanye, Iggy A. Fights for Britney, and Hayley W. Fights for Punk Rock Decency

Last Week: Lily Fights for Kanye, Iggy A. Fights for Britney, and Hayley W. Fights for Punk Rock Decency

Last week was all about monsters. Everyone has their own idea of what a…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Is Fox News So Terrified of Kendrick Lamar?

Why Is Fox News So Terrified of Kendrick Lamar?

In case you haven't noticed, Kendrick Lamar is one of the most important artists in hip-hop right now. His third full-length, To Pimp A Butterfly, came out last March to widespread critical acclaim. Then last month, in recognition of…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: A Playlist for March

Moment of Truth: A Playlist for March

Moment of Truth is SF Weekly’s hip-hop column and appears every Tuesday on All Shook Down. Except for this week, when it is appearing on Wednesday. Don't worry about it. If you’ve been following along for the past few…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: To Pimp A Butterfly Gets Inside Kendrick Lamar's Conscience

Moment of Truth: To Pimp A Butterfly Gets Inside Kendrick Lamar's Conscience

Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City (GKMC) changed the course of my life. Straight up. I wouldn’t be writing these words had I not delved into the lyrics and stories on that album. I fell in love with hip-hop…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's Michael Chabon Explaining Kendrick Lamar

Here's Michael Chabon Explaining Kendrick Lamar

Remember the days when there were categories like "high art" and "low art," or, say, The New Yorker and the lyrics annotation website Rap Genius, and never the two did meet? That wall arguably came tumbling down for good last…
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Music, Hear This Sidewalk Chalk: Show Preview

Sidewalk Chalk: Show Preview

Sidewalk Chalk is an eight-piece Chicago ensemble that plays a combination of hip-hop and soul. Its laid-back, jazzy approach — horns, keys, soulful singing, unforced rapping — could easily have fit in with '90s-era groups like Digable Planets, but those…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Best Moments From Last Night's Grammy Awards

The Five Best Moments From Last Night's Grammy Awards

Last night was the 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Three and a half hours of back-slapping and ass-kissing and sparkly outfits and singing and stuff. We sat through the entire thing so you wouldn't have to. These were the most outstanding…
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Music, All Shook Down Kanye West Announces Solo Tour, Comes to the Bay Area in October

Kanye West Announces Solo Tour, Comes to the Bay Area in October

Yeezy season approaching! Fuck what else ya'll got planned this October, because Kanye West just announced a solo tour -- a Yeezus solo tour, where we will presumably see the Divine Presence in a similar shadows/digital rendering/barking dogs visuals mode…
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Music, All Shook Down The High Five: 5 Songs From This Week You Must Hear

The High Five: 5 Songs From This Week You Must Hear

Some tough calls to make for the High Five this go-around, people. But in the interest of journalistic objectivity (or something like that), we've tempered the past week's biggest music news with some truly obscure (and at times downright peculiar)…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Rufus Wainwright wore an awful, paint-splattered suit to Davies Symphony Hall, but dazzled the assembled mellow masses anyway. He toured through what was basically a greatest hits set with a little swagger, a splash of self-deprecating charm, and,…
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Music, All Shook Down A$AP Rocky Brings Out Hometown Special Guests at the Fox Oakland, 10/24/12

A$AP Rocky Brings Out Hometown Special Guests at the Fox Oakland, 10/24/12

A$AP RockySchoolboy QDanny BrownWednesday, October 24, 2012Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Anything else you could do on a Wednesday night. Where were you!?Bouncing around on a stage draped in camouflage nets with the rest of the A$AP mob, A$AP Rocky wore…
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Music, All Shook Down A$AP Rocky's New Song Should've Been in <i>CB4</i>

A$AP Rocky's New Song Should've Been in CB4

Remember that awesome 1993 Chris Rock movie, CB4? Which basically zoomed in on the extremes of rap culture, parodied them, and got the world to see how absurd it all was? The songs in that movie were laugh-out-loud funny precisely…
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Music, All Shook Down

Best of Coachella Weekend One: Friday, April 13

Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyCoachella! Yeah!Day one of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brought something more unusual than ironic outfits or that poor guy who couldn't get his flip flops on for the life of him: rain. Usually, the desert festival is…
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