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Music, All Shook Down Saul Williams Talks <i> Martyr Loser King</i>, Hackers, and Drones

Saul Williams Talks Martyr Loser King, Hackers, and Drones

Saul Williams is a veteran poet, actor, musician, and writer who has been infiltrating international artistic communities for nearly 20 years. The multitalented artist starred in the award-winning indie film SLAM in 1998, performed in the Broadway hip-hop musical Holler if…
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Music, All Shook Down RIP Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Keyboardist for Mars Volta, Jack White, and Many More

RIP Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Keyboardist for Mars Volta, Jack White, and Many More

Sad news broke on Tuesday that much-loved keyboardist and producer Isaiah "Ikey" Owens had passed away of a suspected heart attack while on tour with Jack White in Mexico. He was 38 years old. While Ikey Owens isn't a name…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Defending the Lowly CD From Oblivion

In Print: Defending the Lowly CD From Oblivion

From the latest edition of SF Weekly: In Defense of the CD: No one loves CDs. The cool kids today want to either dig through crates of dusty old vinyl or pay four times too much for the new stuff.…
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Music, Hear This Saul Williams: Show Preview

Saul Williams: Show Preview

Saul Williams is often pigeonholed as a slam poet, a rapper, or an "Afro-Punk" artist, but that does a disservice to his wide-ranging abilities as a performer. Though he hasn't abandoned rhythms and rhymes with his lyrics, his most recent…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Saul Williams, Earl Greyhound, and American Fangs at the Independent

Last Night: Saul Williams, Earl Greyhound, and American Fangs at the Independent

Saul Williams, Earl Greyhound, American Fangs November 10, 2009 The Independent Better Than: Gym Class Heroes, or 2009 David Bowie With a head full of feathers and his face painted like a glittering Star Trek dolphin, experimental polymath Saul…
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Calendar, Night&Day Black Rock City

Black Rock City

Afro-Punk is on. It's an explosion of young, talented, alternative African-Americans. " gathered around this idea that you can be Black and different," says Trace magazine's Claude Grunitzky in an MTV video clip about the organization, named after James…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Saul Williams at Slim's

Last Night: Saul Williams at Slim's

Saul Williams visited SF under his alter ego Niggy Tardust last Friday. Click the photo above to check out our slideshow for all the visual awesomeness. Trent Reznor beats not included. -- Photos by Jeff Enlow…
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Music, Saul Williams Teams with Trent Reznor, Bucks Industry

Saul Williams Teams with Trent Reznor, Bucks Industry

Ater the November digital release of Saul Williams' latest album, The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of NiggyTardust!, producer Trent Reznor was disheartened. Reznor had masterminded the Radiohead-esque plan of letting listeners choose between getting Williams' album for free or contributing…
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Music, All Shook Down Saul Williams Brings Niggy Tardust to SF in March

Saul Williams Brings Niggy Tardust to SF in March

Saul Williams is coming to town to manifest his latest album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, live on stage at Slim's March 21. Word is he'll be exercising his theatre background skills while unleashing rapier insights matched…
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Music, All Shook Down Saul Williams Goes the Way of Radiohead, Announces New Album Available For Free

Saul Williams Goes the Way of Radiohead, Announces New Album Available For Free

Ever since OiNK got shut down, a lot of folks are bummed now that they can't get free music anymore. At least you can download Radiohead's In Rainbows without getting your house raided and searched. And because Saul Williams…
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Calendar, Performance Musical Theater

Musical Theater

ONGOING 12/1-1/2 We're barely out of November, and already the stores are buzzing with holiday cheer -- which too often takes the form of agonizing and repetitive Christmas tunes played on a seemingly endless loop. If you're digging the season,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Playing to the Crowd

Playing to the Crowd

If anyone out there is harboring suspicions that the word is dead, the Living Word Project's "Second Sundays" season kickoff should blow you out of the water. The series is going into its second year at the Justice League stronger…
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Zoom Lens

SlamNation Slamming is poetry as a spectator sport. Part rap, part performance art, and part stand-up, it's raucous, sometimes crude, and pulsating with the rhythm of the streets. Independent filmmaker Paul Devlin, who previously made a TV pilot called Slammin,…
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Poetry in Locomotion

Slam Directed by Marc Levin. Starring Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, and Bonz Malone. Opens Friday, Oct. 23, at the Embarcadero Center. The first time we see Ray Joshua, the young black hero of director Marc Levin's impressive feature debut Slam,…
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