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Music, All Shook Down Five Musicians With Ultra-Weird Post-Fame Jobs

Five Musicians With Ultra-Weird Post-Fame Jobs

One of the few problems you deal with when you're a moderately successful musician is figuring out what to do with your life once your career is over. Facing life off the road can be a terrifying and boring prospect…
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Music, All Shook Down LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul Reign Over Shoreline, 5/25/13

LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul Reign Over Shoreline, 5/25/13

Kings of the Mic with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Shoreline Amphitheatre Saturday, May 25, 2013 Better than: Most rap shows. The rappers on stage at Shoreline on Saturday night's King of the Mic tour…
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Music, All Shook Down Yo Gotti and French Montana Brag About Money and Bore Us to Tears

Yo Gotti and French Montana Brag About Money and Bore Us to Tears

Remember when mainstream hip-hop had something to say? Back in the day, Public Enemy were an educational force to be reckoned with. NWA, who had their misogynistic moments, were in their own way teaching kids about life on the street.…
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Film, Film Feature How to Defend Tarantino: What Critics Miss

How to Defend Tarantino: What Critics Miss

Ah, here it is again: that special time we experience every two to six years when Quentin Tarantino makes a new movie, and people dig out the old "Tarantino just steals everything from such-and-such" arguments. You've heard them. Reservoir Dogs…
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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 • At the Treasure Island Music Festival, bands competed with sparkling weather and sweeping views for the crowd's attention. We loved Grimes' freaky beats, the full-frontal assault of Ty Segall, Public Enemy's thundering social consciousness, and the sleek rhythms…
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Music, All Shook Down Summer of the NPR Intern Shit Storms: What Austin Cooper's Public Enemy Essay Says About Taste

Summer of the NPR Intern Shit Storms: What Austin Cooper's Public Enemy Essay Says About Taste

In many ways, pop culture in 2012 is more sophisticated than ever. Hit TV shows and movies boast plots that are more twisty-turny than was once allowed; the general public's understanding of what Joni Mitchell once called "the star-maker machinery"…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Public Enemy Loosens Up Its Songs at the Regency, Calls Out V-Nasty and Mistah Fab

Friday: Public Enemy Loosens Up Its Songs at the Regency, Calls Out V-Nasty and Mistah Fab

Public Enemy Regency Ballroom August 19, 2011 Better than: Watching old VHS tapes of Yo! MTV Raps. Early this year, the hip-hop legends of Public Enemy got plenty of love from the Bay Area during two sold-out nights at…
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Music, All Shook Down The Antidote to <i>Watch the Throne</i>: Why We Need Chuck D's "Notice -- Know This"

The Antidote to Watch the Throne: Why We Need Chuck D's "Notice -- Know This"

The luxurious sheen of Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne has beamed brilliantly over the last couple of weeks of the hip-hop hype cycle. But amongst the chatter marveling at the upscale audacity of it all, there came…
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Music, All Shook Down Tri Angle Records Fetes Its Birthday with oOoOO and Water Borders, Outside Lands 2011 Wrap-Up, and More

Tri Angle Records Fetes Its Birthday with oOoOO and Water Borders, Outside Lands 2011 Wrap-Up, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Tri Angle Records showcase: Roughly a year ago, a young New York-based blogger named Robin Carolan did what many lovers of music often only dream of: He started his own record label. Calling…
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Music, BeatBox Public Enemy: Show Preview

Public Enemy: Show Preview

Public Enemy plans to release an 11th studio album, Most of Our Heroes Don't Appear on a Stamp, by the end of next year, and may allow some glimpse of its contents on its current live tour. But more likely,…
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Music, The Cool Kids: Cool with Recording for Mountain Dew

The Cool Kids: Cool with Recording for Mountain Dew

Chuck Inglish, one half of Chicago's retro-styled rappers the Cool Kids, is speaking about releasing the duo's new album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, through a quasirecord label funded by Mountain Dew, the lurid-colored soda brand owned by PepsiCo. "Green Label…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

So, it turns out that angling to be a presidential nominee turns you into a massive racist. At least, that's all we've been able to glean so far from Donald Trump's ill-informed and bafflingly ignorant behavior over the last few…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Public Enemy Rocks the Pulpit at Yoshi's

Saturday Night: Public Enemy Rocks the Pulpit at Yoshi's

Public Enemy January 15, 2011 @ Yoshi's SFBetter than: VH1 marathons. Twenty-four years, 12 albums, and 71 tours into the hip-hop evangelism project known on multiple levels as Public Enemy, there's little left to be said about the resonance of…
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Music, All Shook Down The Supposed Horrors of Salem, Plus Recent Highs and Lows in S.F. Music

The Supposed Horrors of Salem, Plus Recent Highs and Lows in S.F. Music

The Supposed Horrors of Salem:  ... Yet there's something totally hatable about Salem, something that in recent months has caused music writers to dogpile on the band with an M.I.A's.-truffle-fry fury. There is, of course the insane backstory of member John…
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Music, BeatBox Public Enemy: Show Preview

Public Enemy: Show Preview

As hip-hop old-schoolers well know, Public Enemy set the bar for conscious rap in the late '80s. Albums like It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet melded the radical street politics…
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Music, Kid Koala reimagines heavy rock with the Slew

Kid Koala reimagines heavy rock with the Slew

When discussing the intertwining of hip-hop and hard rock, it's much easier to dwell on the past two decades of embarrassments (three words: Limp Bizkit reunion) than on the successes. However, quality hybrids of spit lyrics and monster riffs didn't…
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Culture, Artcap

"Claire Fontaine: The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers"

The French art collective Claire Fontaine refers to itself in the singular, as a "readymade artist" who "uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist." The affectation would be unbearably cute if not for…
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Music, All Shook Down Hard Truth Soldiers Tour Takes Over SF, Major American Cities

Hard Truth Soldiers Tour Takes Over SF, Major American Cities

Generally, when ASD receives a press release boasting about a show with "arguably the strongest lineup of socially-aware, hardcore hip-hop talent in recent memory," we just shrug it off as pure hyperbole (and yes, to paraphrase Harry Allen, we normally…
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Music, BeatBox Long Island Rhymes

Long Island Rhymes

The latest release by Long Island ladies Northern State features a smart mélange of old-school hip-hop (think Public Enemy, whose Chuck D bestows props upon the trio), 1960s girl group harmonies, '80s synth-pop, and rock 'n' roll crunch. Listening to…
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Music, All Shook Down

Rock the Bells, The Expendables, New Monsoon -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 18

Rock the Bells, 12 noon at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (AT&T Park) . $76. Performing:Sage Francis, Murs, Blackalicious, Hieroglyphics, MF Doom, The Coup, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Public Enemy, The Roots, Cypress…
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