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Music, All Shook Down The Week in Parties: Spank Rock Hits 103 Harriet, NYC Lands in SF, and a 14-Hour Marathon

The Week in Parties: Spank Rock Hits 103 Harriet, NYC Lands in SF, and a 14-Hour Marathon

San Francisco nightlife has been going hard, lately with every weekend stacked with good parties and interesting bookings. This weekend is no different, with a handful of solid monthlies playing host to some of New York's finest artists. Check…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Unpacking the Awful Poetry of Train, One of S.F.'s Most Successful Recent Bands

In Print: Unpacking the Awful Poetry of Train, One of S.F.'s Most Successful Recent Bands

From SF Weekly's latest print edition: Derail the Train: You know the song. You'd recognize it from the gently rolling piano chords that start it off, or the opening lyric -- "Now that she's back in the atmosphere/ With drops…
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Music, BeatBox Spank Rock: Show Preview

Spank Rock: Show Preview

When Spank Rock debuted in 2005, the indie world was swept up in Baltimore club music fetishism and primed for a dance party group grope. And that's what Spank Rock provided: with bass-heavy gutter rhythms following in the footsteps of…
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Music, Amanda Blank: indie dance star in the making

Amanda Blank: indie dance star in the making

Twenty-six-year-old MC Amanda Blank is still trying to get past her Married with Children moment. On indie-rap crew Spank Rock's celebrated 2006 debut, YoYoYoYoYo, she contributed the following in honor of Christina Applegate's alter ego: "See, I like my ass…
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Music, Hear This Amanda Blank

Amanda Blank

Over the last few years, Philly MC Amanda Blank scored props by playing and collaborating with locals Spank Rock, Diplo, Aaron LaCrate, and Plastic Little. Her debut album, I Love You (due in July), bears the fingerprints of her hipster…
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Music, Reviewed Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Onstage and in interviews, Lee "Scratch" Perry's persona is a mix of giddy surrealism, folk wisdom, apocalyptic theology, and simple crudity (fart jokes, raw sex talk). And while there's fun to be had listening to him ramble, when you unpack…
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Music, All Shook Down The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Headline Annual Rock the Bells Festival

The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Headline Annual Rock the Bells Festival

Rock the Bells is consistently the annual geek-out for hip-hop purists who can't let go of loving classic acts from the golden era of the early to mid 90s. The festival isn't letting up this year with the announcement…
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Music, Reviewed

Various

Longevity in hip-hop is increasingly rare, so milestones should be memorialized. Enter Well Deep, two CDs (31 tracks total) marking the first decade of U.K.–based indie label Big Dada. An offshoot of the quick-cut quarry known as Ninja Tune (home…
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Music, All Shook Down Spank Rock Lets Out the Inner-Hoodrat Hoodrat Hoochie Mama

Spank Rock Lets Out the Inner-Hoodrat Hoodrat Hoochie Mama

If you’ve ever pondered how heavy your dick was to the beat of an Uncle Luke freak-fest jam, then Spank Rock and Benny Blanco just served your new favorite bootylicious plate: Bangers and Cash. ‘Nuff said.…
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Music, BeatBox Tap that ass on the turntables: Spank Rock returns

Tap that ass on the turntables: Spank Rock returns

Tyrese Gibson isn't necessarily crazy. But he does think he's two people: R&B pinup/singer Tyrese and rapper Black Ty, both of whom star in the recent double album Alter Ego. Actually, he's three dudes, if you catch him in wannabe…
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Music, BeatBox Getting Spank'd

Getting Spank'd

He's both a vocalist for Oakland-based electro-rap outfit Gravy Train!!!! and author of the sublime zine Fag School, but Brontez also hits the DJ decks pretty goddamn hard. You can hear him spin at the first installment of "Fist," a…
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Music, Slap Shot

Slap Shot

Raise a glass to MC Naeem Juwan Hanks. "I had a shot in Baltimore called 'the bird,' and I think it's the best comparison to the Spank Rock collaboration," says the man known as Cool Disco Spank Rock (aka…
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