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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What to Drink with Your Favorite Outside Lands Artists

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 12:23 PM

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We’re looking forward to spending a few summer nights with this year’s Outside Lands headliners. It’s a beautiful daydream: Picnic blankets strewn around Golden Gate Park, music whistling in your ears, people laughing and eating, a relaxing drink in hand.

Which got us wondering, naturally: What should we be drinking at the event? We know which wines to pair with the artisan Raclette cheeses from Cheese Lands, which beers to wash down the garlic fries from the Taste of the Bay Area food vendors. But which wine complements the soothing vocals of Lionel Richie? What beer matches the desperate wail of “Creep?”

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Happy 90th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 11:19 AM

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Today, Tony Bennett, the man behind the 1962 track "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" — whom we also wrote extensively about in last week's cover story — turns 90. Even if you're not a San Francisco native, surely you know the ditty. It's been estimated that Bennett, who won two Grammy Awards for the track, has sung it in front of audiences at least 8,000 times.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Earworm Weekly: Seals and Crofts' "Get Closer"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM

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These days, after writing this column for so long, the earworms practically generate themselves. As I wrote my previous column on the Ghostbusters theme, for example, I listened to a lot of songs where Ray Parker Jr. played session guitar. This track didn't warrant a mention at the time – the rhythm guitar  is subtle and pretty much buried in the mix – but weeks later, Seals and Crofts “Get Closer” is still stuck in my head.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Third Eye Blind Designed a Politically-Charged T-Shirt And Will Donate The Proceeds to Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 2:08 PM

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For $25 you can buy a cleverly-phrased T-shirt that not only supports your favorite local band, Third Eye Blind, but also presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It's a simple shirt — all black with grey sans-serif font — but the words on it — "Raise Your Hand If You Believe In Science" — pack a punch. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Electronic-Pop Princess, MOONZz, Talks Outside Lands, Her First CD, and Performing at Northern Nights

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM

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Molly Williams, a.k.a. MOONZz, is a singer from Los Angeles with a velvety voice and a knack for crafting catchy dark electronic-pop songs. Her debut single, "Satisfy," came out in 2015, and was quickly snatched up by Victoria's Secret who used the song in two of their commercials. 

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8 Local Albums That Came Out This July

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:55 AM

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New music gets released every day, so it can be hard to keep up with the constant flow of tunes. This is where we come in. For the month of July, we've been keeping tabs on new local releases. Here, we've rounded up eight of the best Bay Area albums that dropped in the past month, covering a wide range of genres and musical styles, from indie-pop and electronic to street rap and R&B. 

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Premiere: San Francisco Pop Trio EagleWolfSnake Get Sucked Into a Video Game in The Music Video for "Closer"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:32 AM

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In San Francisco band EagleWolfSnake's new video for "Closer" the trio climb into a crazy man's cardboard box contraption and end up starring in their own video game as Mario-inspired characters navigating the obstacles of a digital San Francisco. It's a clever concept that works well with the uptempo electronic-pop song and makes for an equally intriguing watch. 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

G-Eazy Teams Up With Britney Spears In "Make Me"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:27 AM

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Britney Spears fans were overjoyed two weeks ago when the star released the first single from her upcoming LP.

Titled "Make Me," the harmony filled midtempo pop ballad features a guest verse from Oakland rapper G-Eazy, who has been having quite a successful year already. His debut, When It's Dark Out, was released at the end of last year and features collaborations with a number of big names, like Too $hort, Chris Brown, and E-40. It charted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in its first week, and early this July was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Find Out Which Artists Are Most Listened To On Pandora In Each State (Spoiler: The Whole Country Loves Drake)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 1:46 PM

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 Analyzing data is always fun (though it's probably not very fun for the people compiling it in the first place). With this in mind, Pandora dug through their station adds from the past year to amass a list of the most listened to artists and bands in each state. Their findings? The U.S. loves rappers and female vocalists.

Like plenty of other states, Drake was the top most listened to artist in Cali, and, quite honestly, none of the other artists who made it on the list are that much of a shocker either. (Though it should be mentioned that although Taylor Swift popped up on a number of other state's lists, she was absent from Cali's. Hooray!) In addition to Drake, California's top 10 included The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Beyonce, J. Cole, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Adele, as well as Los Angeles natives YG and Chris Brown. 

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Third Eye Blind Gets Political With "Cops Vs. Phone Girl"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:33 AM

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Longtime San Francisco band Third Eye Blind — remember them? They came out with that song "Semi-Charmed Life" in the late '90s — have a habit of getting political. In 2012, the band's singer Stephan Jenkins penned an article for Huffington Post titled "Why We Aren't Playing at the RNC," and this year, though they accepted an invitation to play at a charity gig for the RNC in Cleveland, they used the occasion to "repudiate" what the Republican party stands for. 

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