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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 1, 2016

Rumor Has It Prince Might Have Donated $34 Million To The San Francisco Foundation Before His Death

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 11:55 AM

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There's a rumor going around that Prince may have donated $34 million in July 2015 to The San Francisco Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country that is dedicated to improving racial and economic equity in the Bay Area. Granted, we don't know this for sure, but Tamara Palmer, writing for SF Sounds, made a pretty convincing argument. 

First of all, anyone willing and able to donate that large of a sum, definitely had to have a lot of money — which Prince did. We also know that Prince loved the Bay, especially Oakland. Not only did he play numerous shows here, as well as surprise performances, but some of his favorite people — namely Sheila E. and Steph Curry — are from Oakland, as well. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Someone Has Been Setting Fire to the Picnic Tables at Stern Grove

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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Someone — or some people — have been torching Stern Grove's distinctive green picnic tables. The arson has been discovered on three separate occasions in the last week by the Grove staff, reports Hoodline. Some of the tables have had fires lit directly on top of them, while one table was so charred that only ashes remain. Scattered beer cans were left behind, hinting that the culprit(s) was partying, and piles of hay have also been found, no doubt used to stoke the fire. Weirdest of all are the miniature American flags that have also dotted the scene of the crime. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

S.F.'s Oldest Vinyl Shop, Aquarius Records, Will Close on July 4

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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After 40-plus years, S.F.'s oldest indie vinyl shop, Aquarius Records, will be closing its doors. It wont, however, be totally gone. 

In a letter posted to the store's website, owners Andee Connors and Allan Horrocks explained that they have sold the store to the reissue label Superior Viaduct, who also operates the record store Stranded in Oakland. 

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Indie Radio Makes a Comeback With New Station

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 10:17 AM

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On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded the low power-FM frequency of 102.5 to San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR) and San Francisco Public Press, two non-profit organizations who were among an original eight applicants for the signal. The announcement is particularly exciting for online radio station SFCR, which was formed from the ashes of KUSF 90.3 FM.

“A lot of unpaid work and long hours have paid off. It’s not done yet, we still have a lot to do, but this decision is huge,” SFCR Treasurer Damin Esper said. “Hopefully, we can bring a community radio station that serves the community, that serves college students, that serves under-served communities [and plays] stuff that’s not on the commercial stations.”

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ticketmaster Reveals List of 431 Concerts That You Can Use Your Free Tickets or Discount Codes For

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Weezer are one of the concerts you can use your free tickets or codes for. - (PHOTO JEFF DALY/INVISION/AP)
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  • Weezer are one of the concerts you can use your free tickets or codes for.

Thanks to a class action settlement from Ticketmaster (over ticket fees), the company has issued free tickets, discount codes, or both to those who purchased a ticket through the company between October 21, 1999 and February 23, 2013.

Today the company has released a list of 431 concerts that you can use those free tickets or discount codes for. And the good news is that you can use them on a A LOT of amazing acts. If you're hankering to redeem your codes or discount now, you can catch Flight of the Conchords, Pitbull, Weezer and Panic! at the Disco, and Joan Jett, but if you'd rather wait, the fall and winter promise a number of great shows as well, like Counting Crows, Dolly Parton, Def Leppard, Blink 182, and Gwen Stefani, to name a few.

Check out the full list here to see what shows are available and make sure you check your Ticketmaster account because you might have a little surprise waiting for you.  

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grammy Awards Change The Rules to Allow Streaming-Only Tracks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM

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  • Artists like Chance the Rapper will benefit from the rule changes.

The rules for the Grammy Awards change often — as in every few years. But the changes announced on Thursday, June 16, by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the awards, are bigger than just a few tweaks.

Now, for the first time ever, the awards show has made streaming only music eligible, so long as it comes out on "paid subscription, full catalog, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms" in existence for more than a year (so basically Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and the like). This means that albums like Chance the Rapper's streaming only Coloring Book can still contend for an award — and as a result, we might be seeing more streaming only albums being released by artists. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

We Are The 17th Most Metal City, Yo

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 11:09 AM

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Inspired by a map of metal bands per capita in Europe, journalist Simon Davis created a list mapping the 100 "most metal" cities per capita in the U.S. After Cleveland, Portland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Richmond (as in Virginia), San Francisco made it on the list, landing in the Top 20 at No. 17. Not bad, S.F., not bad at all. (Side note: Los Angeles was the city with the most metal bands in total (1,086 bands), but it came in at No. 26 per capita.)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

XXL Releases Its Annual Freshman Issue — And Lil Dicky, Denzel Curry, and Kodak Black Are On It

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 3:01 PM

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At this point, XXL's Freshman 10 honorees are a bit of a mixed bag: you can pretty much predict most of the rappers who will be on it, but there are always some that you just don't understand how they got on the list. In the magazine's annual issue — released today — the ninth class is revealed and it includes: Desiigner, Lil Dicky, Dave East, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Anderson Paak, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black. 

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Friday, June 10, 2016

A Rare Promo Copy of Prince's The Black Album Sold For $15,000 on Discogs, Becoming The Site's Highest Selling Record Ever

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 1:55 PM

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Last month, we reported that a rare copy of David Bowie's album, Bowie, sold for $6,826 on Discogs, becoming the online record shop's highest selling record ever. But we just got wind that another album recently sold for much — much — more, and lo and behold, it was a record from another recently deceased great: Prince.

And it's not just any album; it's an original promo copy of Prince's The Black Album from 1987, which, it turns out, was never supposed to see the light of day. 

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