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Music, Hear This Elevate Oakland: Show Preview

Elevate Oakland: Show Preview

Elevate Oakland's first benefit concert this week will pack soul (Michael Franti and Friends, Judith Hill, Goapele), spice (Ozomatli), and pure rock (Orianthi). Franti — still in the midst of filming an autobiographical documentary about his song "11:59" — will…
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Music, Michael Franti's <i>All People</i>: Blasting Good Vibes, But Provoking Bad Ones

Michael Franti's All People: Blasting Good Vibes, But Provoking Bad Ones

Unequivocated, unself- conscious, uncynical positivity is the prevailing theme of All People, the latest album from San Francisco pop-reggae singer Michael Franti, and the result is 40 minutes of music that will make you loathe the idea of happiness. At…
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Music, All Shook Down What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Singles of the Last 25 Years?

What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Singles of the Last 25 Years?

Compared to the relatively few big-selling Bay Area albums of the last quarter-century, there's a plethora of singles that have sold at least a half-million copies since 1987. Can you guess the Bay Area singles that have sold the most…
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Music, All Shook Down Power to the Peaceful Wrap-Up

Power to the Peaceful Wrap-Up

The 11th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival began with a thunderclap and ended with an affirmation of love. The season's first storm hit in the wee hours, bringing warm, tropical showers - but no lightning. Most of the…
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Music, All Shook Down Vieux Plays Deux: Malian Guitarist Hits SF

Vieux Plays Deux: Malian Guitarist Hits SF

It would be somewhat of a disservice to Vieux Farka Toure to call him the Jimi Hendrix of Malian music. Though he's definitely an innovator and an amazing player--sometimes given to playing behind his back, as Hendrix did--and has…
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Music, All Shook Down Michael Franti Hospitalized, Cancels Shows

Michael Franti Hospitalized, Cancels Shows

Our thoughts and prayers go out to musician Michael Franti, who was hospitalized last week for a ruptured appendix and had to undergo emergency surgery. The timing was especially poor, as it forced Franti's band Spearhead to bow out…
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Music, All Shook Down Michael Franti Single Passes 120k Mark in Digital Sales

Michael Franti Single Passes 120k Mark in Digital Sales

Digital downloads continue to become a larger and larger part of the music industry's overall sales. A good example of this is Michael Franti, whose iTunes Top Twenty single "Say Hey (I Love You)" recently passed the 120,000 mark…
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Music, All Shook Down Power to the Peaceful Announces Fundraiser

Power to the Peaceful Announces Fundraiser

Nothing's more peaceful than yoga. And nothing's more powerful than music. If that sounds like an appealing combination to you, then you'll want to be at the appropriately-named Green Ballroom of the SF War Memorial & Performing Arts Center…
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Music, All Shook Down Spearhead in Golden Gate Park Saturday: Free!

Spearhead in Golden Gate Park Saturday: Free!

Attention Al Gore and the bongwater brigade! Please report to the Park for more pot smoking and self righteousness this Saturday, starring ... MICHAEL FRANTI HOSTS 2007's POWER TO THE PEACEFUL FESTIVAL 9th Annual Free Music and Arts Fest…
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Music, Reviewed Spearhead

Spearhead

Spearhead's fourth album of beats and socially conscious lyrics manages to accomplish two rare things: Its moments of protest are eloquent without being preachy; and the divergent and elaborate range of styles it attempts neither comes up short nor sounds…
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Music, Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

At a recent show at the Fillmore, Goapele found herself part of a tiny minority. Looking out on the crowd, she realized that it "was 99 percent high school boys." Even her band, the Heat, was all-male. "I was one…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Go Wild

Like a curio shop brimming with shrunken heads, strange potions, forlorn puppets, fading stars, and dusty keepsakes of long-gone eras, the Slow Poisoners' new album, Great Spiders and Diamond Powder, is crowded with oddball treasures just waiting to be sifted…
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Keeping It Real

"Keep it real" scores of hip-hop MCs stress in song after song, a cliched cry that essentially translates into "keep it status quo." Though historically hip hop has been all about quick-fire evolution, the genre has grown increasingly formulaic in…
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