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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

In Print: Oneohtrix Point Never, Marlena Shaw, and KMEL's Summer Jam

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Oneohtrix Point Never
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Behind the "abrasive, frightening introduction" to Oneohtrix Point Never's new album, Returnal, lies another bewildering set of tracks from a Brooklyn electronic artist whose style straddles the line between noise and pop. As Reyan Ali writes in our print edition this week, Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin gets his inspiration from weird places -- like listening to pop music at the dentist's office -- which helps his output feel both obscure and accessible. Lopatin performs this week as part of the On Land Festival.

You've heard the voice of Marlena Shaw a million times, yet you probably have no idea who she is. That's the fundamental irony behind this queen of American jazz and soul, whose pristine voice has been sampled for countless dance and hip-hop tracks, as well as TV commercials. Ron Nachmann talks to the diva herself -- she's performing at the Razz Room this week -- and finds out how Shaw really feels about reaching her widest audience through a vocal sample.

KMEL's Summer Jam concert began 23 years ago, and has since helped break such megastars as Mariah Carey to Bay Area audiences. But perhaps the annual concert's greatest legacy, writes Tamara Palmer, has been its tradition of elevating of local artists such as E-40 to the national scene. The Vallejo rapper will perform along with Drake and local up-and-comers such as Oakland's R.O.D. Project at the latest iteration of the arena show this week.

Also this week, we recommend shows from Panda Bear, Stereo Total, DJ Sabo, and Motor City Drum Ensemble.

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