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Music, Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters

Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters

It's San Francisco in the early '80s, and Faith No More is a little-known punk-rock band consisting of four musicians all under the age of 21. In their short time together, they've already had three name changes — previously they…
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Music, White Lung's New Record, <i>Paradise</i>, Is The Canadian Punk-Rock Band's Most Accessible Album Yet

White Lung's New Record, Paradise, Is The Canadian Punk-Rock Band's Most Accessible Album Yet

Guitarist Kenneth William has been asked so much about White Lung's "new" sound that's he's beginning to wonder if the punk-rock band accidentally created a pop masterpiece with its latest album, Paradise. "I wouldn't even know how to make a…
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Music, Sonic Soul Food: With His Debut Album, <i>Jentrify</i>, Elujay Speaks For Himself and Oakland

Sonic Soul Food: With His Debut Album, Jentrify, Elujay Speaks For Himself and Oakland

Elujay is no stranger to Interstate 5. A third-year business student at the University of Redlands, he's made the roughly 400-mile journey between SoCal and his hometown of Oakland multiple times in the last few years. In fact, it was…
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Music, Why Electronic-R&B Duo Lion Babe Will Forever be Tied to its Breakout Single

Why Electronic-R&B Duo Lion Babe Will Forever be Tied to its Breakout Single

The song opens with a trickling keyboard melody, coated with a thick layer of analog fuzz that makes the tune sound old, and as if it were cascading through your speakers from a faraway place. Ten seconds in, a clapping…
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Music, John Mayer Lives The Dream With Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company

John Mayer Lives The Dream With Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company

John Mayer had only 100 days to learn 100 songs. But not just any songs: Grateful Dead songs. That was back in 2015, when Dead guitarist Bob Weir invited the "Your Body Is a Wonderland" singer to form Dead &…
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Music, Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Chuck Ragan has a "serious soft spot" for San Francisco. In fact, in 2001, the singer-songwriter and his future wife, Jill, had their first date in the city. After playing a show at Slim's with his former Gainesville, Fla., punk…
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Music, OIM Records: Breaking the Bay Area Band Exodus

OIM Records: Breaking the Bay Area Band Exodus

You've heard it before, a thousand times: The Bay Area is really expensive to live in. And rising rents have made it harder than ever to be a working musician in San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley — but you already…
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Music, Fear Itself: Marcus Ghiasi of Your Fearless Leader

Fear Itself: Marcus Ghiasi of Your Fearless Leader

Musicians aren't always fearless. In fact, Marcus Ghiasi — the frontman for San Francisco indie-rock band Your Fearless Leader — was gripped by anxiety during his first performance under that moniker, on a trip to South Africa in December 2014.…
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Music, Seattle Rockers Tacocat Make Feminist Punk For A Post-Riot Grrrl World

Seattle Rockers Tacocat Make Feminist Punk For A Post-Riot Grrrl World

Tacocat does not write hardcore songs — it's a pop-punk band. And yet, as of its latest European tour, it is officially an honorary hardcore band. It all happened one night in Copenhagen. The band's tour manager, Rafael, had his…
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Music, Rapper Larry June's New EP Reflects His San Francisco Origins

Rapper Larry June's New EP Reflects His San Francisco Origins

Rapper Larry June has a thing for Giants baseball caps. In a recent Instagram photo, he showed off eight of them, only a small fraction of the 65 he owns in total. It's no surprise, then, that he has trouble…
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Music, Pop Duo Midi Matilda Plans Its Comeback One Single at a Time

Pop Duo Midi Matilda Plans Its Comeback One Single at a Time

Midi Matilda was in a pickle. The electronic-pop duo — consisting of drummer Logan Grimé and multi-instrumentalist and singer Skyler Kilborn — had dozens of three-foot-by-two-foot band posters printed on newsprint, but they had no idea what to do with…
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Music, King Sol is San Francisco's Teenage Jewish Rapper

King Sol is San Francisco's Teenage Jewish Rapper

In advance of its annual Oracle Arena basketball games against Lick-Wilmerding High School, the spirit squad from University High School uploaded a video on YouTube in January. Called "Devil's Anthem," the four-minute-and-22-second film is essentially an ode to the Pacific…
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Music, Berkeley Rapper Rexx Life Raj is Feeling Like A Dad Right Now

Berkeley Rapper Rexx Life Raj is Feeling Like A Dad Right Now

On a recent Saturday night, upwards of a hundred millennials gathered in an Emeryville warehouse to gleefully chant "Got me feeling like a dad right now." Leading the chorus was a 6-foot-3 man with chest-length dreadlocks flecked with gold beads,…
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Music, Oakland's Piano Man

Oakland's Piano Man

When I walk into The Alley in Oakland's Grand Lake district at 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday, Rod Dibble is leading a singalong. His fingers flit along the piano keys, playing the melody for "Oakland," a 1960s classic by The…
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Music, Boss Tycoon: The Enduring Legacy of Mac Dre

Boss Tycoon: The Enduring Legacy of Mac Dre

Ronald Dregan. Muhammed Al Boo Boo. Thizzle Washington. Andre Louis Hicks. Mac Dre was a rapper of many monikers, a natural comedian with an incredible work ethic, and an artist who forever changed the course of Bay Area hip-hop. From…
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Music, John Waters Returns for Burger Boogaloo in Oakland

John Waters Returns for Burger Boogaloo in Oakland

If you're going to book an emcee for a two-day festival focused on cult heroes and scuzzy punk-rock, you can't do better than John Waters. For the second year in a row, Oakland's Burger Boogaloo festival, presented by Orange County's…
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Music, Chill Dads: For Two Decades, Slightly Stoopid Has Enthralled Fans With Its Laid-Back, Southern California Chill

Chill Dads: For Two Decades, Slightly Stoopid Has Enthralled Fans With Its Laid-Back, Southern California Chill

Slightly Stoopid spent its first decade on the road. The San Diego rock-reggae fusion band averaged about 200 shows a year, racking up 300,000 miles on a number of vans' odometers, co-frontman Miles Doughty says. "We'd make just enough money…
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Music, Of Montreal Frontman Kevin Barnes Talks Isolation, Producers, and The Cost of Happiness

Of Montreal Frontman Kevin Barnes Talks Isolation, Producers, and The Cost of Happiness

It's been over a year since Of Montreal released its last album, Aureate Gloom, but leadman Kevin Barnes isn't much for taking time off. When he's not relentlessly touring with the indie quintet or releasing albums — he's put out…
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Music, "Who Do You Love?" The Many Ways In Which Rapper YG Has Left an Indelible Footprint on Pop Culture and Why He's "Still Brazy"

"Who Do You Love?" The Many Ways In Which Rapper YG Has Left an Indelible Footprint on Pop Culture and Why He's "Still Brazy"

YG knows how to make headlines. In 2013, the Compton rapper, born Keenon Jackson, inspired legions of high school students to ditch class and temporarily halted traffic on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles after inviting the public via Instagram to…
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Music, Austin Psych-Rock band Holy Wave Chase The Groove

Austin Psych-Rock band Holy Wave Chase The Groove

Dustin "Dusty" Zozaya was organizing a pre-party for this year's Levitation, Austin's annual three-day psychedelic rock festival, when he got the news that it was cancelled. Heavy spring rains had caused significant flooding throughout Austin and its surrounding suburbs. By…
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