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Culture, The Exhibitionist National Conference Focuses on Oakland Artists

National Conference Focuses on Oakland Artists

The National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture's conference, ALLIANCE, is in Oakland this weekend, and heavy hitters are coming along for it. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who the Rockefeller Foundation calls one of the…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Get Lost in The Grungy, Moody Textures of Steel Cranes' New Single, "Pretty"

Premiere: Get Lost in The Grungy, Moody Textures of Steel Cranes' New Single, "Pretty"

In Steel Crane's new song, "Pretty," — the first single to be released from their upcoming sophomore album, Tango — rollicking drums and bass collide with salacious guitar licks to create a moody, grunge-rock tune revolving around the topic…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: The Struggle is Real in Fantastic Negrito's New Track, "Hump Thru The Winter"

Premiere: The Struggle is Real in Fantastic Negrito's New Track, "Hump Thru The Winter"

It's been a little over a year now since Xavier Dphrepaulezz — the artist known as Fantastic Negrito — won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, performed his first show at South By Southwest, and released his self-titled, first EP. …
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Music, All Shook Down Explosions in the Sky Casts a Constellation Over the Fox Theater on Saturday Night

Explosions in the Sky Casts a Constellation Over the Fox Theater on Saturday Night

At 8:00 am on Saturday morning, I woke up in a sleeping bag in Wawona Campground in Yosemite Valley. The standard hazards of camping had taken their toll: a sunburn unfairly inflicted by an overcast day, soggy soles in…
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News, The Snitch Specials, Events, And Picking Up After Yourself: Your 2016 420 Guide

Specials, Events, And Picking Up After Yourself: Your 2016 420 Guide

It’s shaping up to be a banner year for cannabis. With attitudes rapidly evolving nationwide and legalization looming in the country’s largest state, this polarizing plant’s acceptance has never been stronger. So what better year than 2016 to celebrate…
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Music, All Shook Down Chvrches Opened Every Eye Monday Night at the Fox Theater in Oakland

Chvrches Opened Every Eye Monday Night at the Fox Theater in Oakland

The floor was actually bending. I’ve been to many shows at Oakland’s The Fox Theater, but Monday night was the first time I had to stop and consider the building’s structural integrity mid-concert. The culprit for the rattle beneath…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah Proves That She's Got More to Offer Than Just "How Does It Feel"

Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah Proves That She's Got More to Offer Than Just "How Does It Feel"

Kamaiyah, the 21-year-old Oakland rapper behind 2015's fiscally-focused banger, "How Does It Feel," dropped her debut mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto today. The 16-track project features ratchet rapper YG and Oakland R&B singer Netta Brielle and is heavily produced…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Women in the Bay Area Metal Scene That You Need to Know About

Five Women in the Bay Area Metal Scene That You Need to Know About

The Bay Area’s heavy metal scene is known around the world, particularly for being the fertile ground where thrash bloomed. But the region’s metal community is much richer and more varied than that. Its male musicians often get the…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Oakland Rapper Beejus Unveils His Newest Album, <i>Beesmoove 2</i>

Premiere: Oakland Rapper Beejus Unveils His Newest Album, Beesmoove 2

West Oakland rapper Beejus (born Brandon Robinson) unveils his eighth album, Beesmoove 2, today on All Shook Down (available for download on Sunday, Feb. 28). The 12-track project, produced almost entirely by Beejus’ friend and fellow West Oakland native…
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Music, All Shook Down The Soft White Sixties Talk New Album and Why They Ditched S.F. For L.A.

The Soft White Sixties Talk New Album and Why They Ditched S.F. For L.A.

While The Soft White Sixties recently joined the onslaught of Bay Area artists that have relocated to L.A., don’t expect them to use rising housing costs or the dying arts scene as reasons for their move. Instead, they describe…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Watch Madeline Kenney's Dreamy New Video for "Tricky Way"

Premiere: Watch Madeline Kenney's Dreamy New Video for "Tricky Way"

Oakland singer, guitarist, and pianist, Madeline Kenney, has shared with us the latest release from her solo project, “Tricky Way.” The video for the tranquil, soupy chillwave track was shot in an unnamed town on the California coast (“The…
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News, The Snitch S.F. is Becoming "The City Where Guns Are Lost"

S.F. is Becoming "The City Where Guns Are Lost"

A young woman is fatally shot in San Francisco in July. An artist is gunned down in September in Oakland. Aside from lives lost to gun violence, these two deaths have another troubling similarity: the murder weapon used to…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Doom Band Lycus Celebrates New Album at Oakland Metro

Oakland Doom Band Lycus Celebrates New Album at Oakland Metro

Lycus abandoned its native Sacramento for Oakland several years ago because the city didn't have enough bands or dedicated venues to sustain a metal scene. Now, Jackson Heath, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, wonders how long Oakland’s scene can hang…
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Dining, SFoodie Oaxaca to Oakland: Proyecto Diaz Coffee Sources From Grandpa’s Farm

Oaxaca to Oakland: Proyecto Diaz Coffee Sources From Grandpa’s Farm

Two weeks ago, I flew over the Mexican state of Oaxaca in a puddle jumper. We flew low, occasionally passing tiny towns and their brightly colored churches popping out from the blanket of deep green jungle. It occurred to…
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News, The Snitch S.F.'s Latest Loss to Oakland: Bernie Sanders

S.F.'s Latest Loss to Oakland: Bernie Sanders

As usual, San Francisco's loss was Oakland's gain this weekend. But on Saturday, the loss was Bernie Sanders.  With the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary at long last right around the corner, supporters of the 74-year old independent…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Dangerously Behind the Times on Police Oversight

San Francisco Dangerously Behind the Times on Police Oversight

After many dramatic public vows to reform the San Francisco Police Department’s culture and use of force policies following the Mario Woods shooting, this morning’s City Hall hearing was the first step toward deciding what exactly will be done.  The…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Trio, Devil Makes Three, Shares Its Top Five Influential Songs

Oakland Trio, Devil Makes Three, Shares Its Top Five Influential Songs

The Oakland trio, The Devil Makes Three, formed in Oakland in 1999 and consists of guitar, bass, and banjo, but, surprisingly, lacks drums. The band is known for bright, upbeat music that is best described as a medley of ragtime,…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Perhapsy's "All My Soul Swallowed" Will Get Stuck in Your Head Because it's That Catchy

Premiere: Perhapsy's "All My Soul Swallowed" Will Get Stuck in Your Head Because it's That Catchy

Derek Barber's one-man band Perhapsy has graced us with the first track off its upcoming sophomore album, Me Tie Dough-ty Walker. "All My Soul Swallowed" is an upbeat, experimental pop dittie that is rather catchy, despite the not-so-happy subject matter.…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Carpet King of Crime

Yesterday's Crimes: The Carpet King of Crime

“Wild-eyed” Leon Heskett was the self-proclaimed Bay Area “carpet king” in the 1960's and 70's. He ruled his discount empire from his bright yellow Carpet Coliseum store in Oakland, which was once described as “the most horrible thing I…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Singer Shawn Harris Stage-Dove the Shit out of The Matches' Show at the Fillmore Last Night

Live Review: Singer Shawn Harris Stage-Dove the Shit out of The Matches' Show at the Fillmore Last Night

The Matches @ The Fillmore December 28, 2015 "This one's for L3. Hey, be nice to each other — we're all 30." Shawn Harris, the singer for The Matches, is addressing a crowd of mostly 30-somethings who are crowd…
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