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Music, All Shook Down How Oakland's tUnE-yArDs Conquers the World, One Bag of Rice at a Time

How Oakland's tUnE-yArDs Conquers the World, One Bag of Rice at a Time

From the latest SF Weekly: Our cover story on tUnE-yArDs: Barely post-slumber -- definitely pre-caffeine -- and nearing the exact midpoint between two seven-hour band rehearsals, Merrill Garbus appears both irreparably frazzled and warily content. It's 7:45 on a Thursday…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Oakland's Los Rakas Offer a Chilling Look at the Immigrant Experience in "Sueño Americano"

Watch: Oakland's Los Rakas Offer a Chilling Look at the Immigrant Experience in "Sueño Americano"

That the immigrant experience in the U.S. is not always, or often, what it's cracked up to be -- a fairy tale of moving, hope, hard work, and eventual success of the kind you hear at political party conventions --…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

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Music, All Shook Down Local Rap Video Roundup: Too $hort Clowns around with Wallpaper. and More

Local Rap Video Roundup: Too $hort Clowns around with Wallpaper. and More

Too $hort is firing off a battery of new videos to support his forthcoming No Trespassing album. The first, "Money On The Floor" (with E-40) revisits a familiar booty-shaking theme (albeit with stunningly cinematic new angles), while "Hey," with Silk-E,…
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Music, All Shook Down Hear This: Los Rakas' Raka Rich Wants You to 'Check Yo B*tch'

Hear This: Los Rakas' Raka Rich Wants You to 'Check Yo B*tch'

Panama-born, Oakland-raised Raka Rich is best known as one-half of the rap group Los Rakas (with cousin Raka Dun), but he's also a solo artist who is planning to drop a new EP sometime in 2012. Today we have a…
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Music, All Shook Down Uptown Unveiled Tonight

Uptown Unveiled Tonight

One of the biggest Bay Area-wide buzzes in recent years has been the revitalization of Oakland--specifically, the Uptown district. Its makeover attained critical mass in February, when the renovated Fox theater officially reopened, and tonight, a massive street fair,…
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