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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

It's time to take cover San Francisco because we're pretty sure hell just froze over. Almost everything this week has been incredibly unlikely — from the length of Henry Rollins' kill list, through Guns N' Roses getting the old…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Everyone's gone super-political this week (except Courtney Love, naturally). We saw Killer Mike biggin' up Bernie Sanders and RZA backing Hillary Clinton. We heard Thom Yorke talking shit about Tony Blair and watched MIA's refugee-focused video, as well as…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: Run The Jewels at TIMF in Photos

Moment of Truth: Run The Jewels at TIMF in Photos

You gotta hand it to Run The Jewels. They've gotten a lot of people excited about hip-hop again, and many for the first time. Their sophomore album, Run The Jewels 2, has endeared itself to hip-hop heads and indie…
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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Respond to the Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Musicians Respond to the Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Unless you ignore every single source of media readily available to you, you will have already heard about the strange case of Rachel Dolezal: the Caucasian leader of Washington State's NAACP who has been pretending to be African-American for her…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Is Silenced, Taylor Swift Blows Shit Up, and Courtney Love Is Nice to Someone

This Week: Kanye Is Silenced, Taylor Swift Blows Shit Up, and Courtney Love Is Nice to Someone

Well, good golly Miss Molly! Everyone's getting their politics on this week: from Killer Mike's smackdown of Bill O'Reilly, through feminist statements from Mark Hoppus and Taylor Swift, all the way up to a terrifying conversation between Muse's Matt Bellamy…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

"All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?" Madonna, responding to Dolce & Gabbana's assertion that babies born…
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Music, All Shook Down Run the Jewels' Killer Mike on MLK: "He was a Revolutionary"

Run the Jewels' Killer Mike on MLK: "He was a Revolutionary"

There’s a different tone to MLK Day 2015 than that of recent years. Our country is reeling in the wake of highly controversial cases of police brutality across the nation, while mass protests take over highways to demand basic…
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Music, All Shook Down Cat Rap Fans Rejoice: <i>Meow the Jewels</i> Is Actually Happening

Cat Rap Fans Rejoice: Meow the Jewels Is Actually Happening

As if Run the Jewels, the rascally hip-hop team that plays the Mezzanine tonight, weren't beloved enough already (check our interview with them here for their take on the new record and their correct opinions on California weed), now they've…
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Music, All Shook Down Quotes of the Week: Farewell to Robin Williams, Killer Mike Stands Up For Ferguson and Too Many Kardashians on the Dancefloor

Quotes of the Week: Farewell to Robin Williams, Killer Mike Stands Up For Ferguson and Too Many Kardashians on the Dancefloor

"You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Whenever wherever u need me, I'll be there". Frances Bean Cobain offers a shoulder to Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, after his shocking suicide. (Twitter)…
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Music, All Shook Down El-P and Killer Mike on the Importance of Arrogance and Disrespecting Royals

El-P and Killer Mike on the Importance of Arrogance and Disrespecting Royals

We like to attach simplistic stories to our music, molding artists and albums into forms that are easy to discuss and in turn accept or reject. But music isn't as simple as that. Even El-P and Killer Mike -- who…
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Music, How El-P and Killer Mike's "Run the Jewels" Stole the Rap Duo Throne

How El-P and Killer Mike's "Run the Jewels" Stole the Rap Duo Throne

Listening to Run the Jewels, I keep seeing my 12-year-old self at the piano, crying. Let me explain. One hundred and fifty years ago there was a French dude named Charles-Louis Hanon, who came up with a leviathan collection of…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/29/12: El-P and Killer Mike Deliver the Goods at the Regency

Live Review, 6/29/12: El-P and Killer Mike Deliver the Goods at the Regency

El-P Killer Mike Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire Despot Friday, June 29, 2012 The Regency Ballroom Better than: The last time you sat through a lecture about the Iran-Contra affair. Maybe it was the trappings of his headline slot -- light show,…
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Music, Pump It Like the Future: El-P and Killer Mike Bust Hip-Hop's Boundaries

Pump It Like the Future: El-P and Killer Mike Bust Hip-Hop's Boundaries

"Someone took his artificial leg off and handed it to me to sign at a show," says El-P, recalling the strangest thing he's ever seen on tour. The Brooklyn-based rapper and producer, born Jaime Meline, is looking back as he…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Papercuts' Stunning Sub Pop Debut, Killer Mike's Righteous Fury, and More

In Print: Papercuts' Stunning Sub Pop Debut, Killer Mike's Righteous Fury, and More

S.F.'s Papercuts Make a Stunning, Dreamy Sub Pop Debut: On Papercuts' Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade, Quever's vision of atmospheric, world-weary indie-pop is expanded to a stunning degree. Not only is it by far the best thing Papercuts has yet…
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Music, Killer Mike's Fury Blends Southern and Conscious Rap

Killer Mike's Fury Blends Southern and Conscious Rap

Over the past decade, fairly or unfairly, Southern rap has become known as carefree party music, content to ignore social issues while shooting Patron and dancing the "Stanky Legg" and the "Laffy Taffy." But Atlanta MC Killer Mike is an…
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Music, All Shook Down Killer Mike Is Still "Burn"-ing Over the Oscar Grant Shooting

Killer Mike Is Still "Burn"-ing Over the Oscar Grant Shooting

The Oscar Grant saga was an awful event in Bay Area history -- and, uh, we'll leave it at that. But more than two years after the tragedy, Outkast affiliate and overall Dirty South badass Killer Mike still has…
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Music, Reviewed OutKast

OutKast

Nearly a decade ago, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik announced OutKast as one of hip hop's most inspired acts, and over subsequent albums the duo has created one of the most unusual catalogs in the genre, beefing up double-barreled Southern bounce with acid rock,…
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