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Announcing the Winners of the First Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

Photo by Christine TaylorJesse SykesEach week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners…
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Five Attractive Strange People Working for Tips at SXSW

Ben WesthoffAbnormally attractive pedicab driverPaying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding…
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Music, All Shook Down Point/Counterpoint: Is a Sober Lil Wayne a Good Thing?

Point/Counterpoint: Is a Sober Lil Wayne a Good Thing?

Lil Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher. And…
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Music, Killer Mike's Fury Blends Southern and Conscious Rap

Killer Mike's Fury Blends Southern and Conscious Rap

Over the past decade, fairly or unfairly, Southern rap has become known as carefree party music, content to ignore social issues while shooting Patron and dancing the "Stanky Legg" and the "Laffy Taffy." But Atlanta MC Killer Mike is an…
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Music, Lil B is a crass but honest rapper

Lil B is a crass but honest rapper

Lil B is the noisiest, oddest, most intriguing Bay Area rapper working. A dust cloud of controversy follows him everywhere, and a combination of famous endorsements, stunning D.I.Y. songs and videos, and guerrilla marketing seems likely to send him over…
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Music, Listomania 2009: Unintentional Lyrical Hilarity

Listomania 2009: Unintentional Lyrical Hilarity

The Most Unintentionally Hilarious Lyrics of 2009 The lowest common denominator having been achieved in 2005 with the release of the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, popular musicians have had to work extra hard in recent years to find new…
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Music, All Shook Down Listomania: Top Southern Rap Picks For 2009

Listomania: Top Southern Rap Picks For 2009

Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most…
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Music, The Eazy Stylings of Jern Eye

The Eazy Stylings of Jern Eye

Jern Eye is that rare Golden State MC whose influence is equal parts Northern and Southern California. He lives near Lake Merritt in Oakland and works at True Clothing on Haight Street in S.F., but was raised in northeast Los…
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Music, Piano Til You Puke: Andrew W.K.'s classical side by Ben Westhoff

Piano Til You Puke: Andrew W.K.'s classical side by Ben Westhoff

Over the years, New York City rocker Andrew W.K. has masterminded widely disparate, seemingly random projects and has brought great intensity to all of them. Best known for his 2001 album I Get Wet — which featured his bloody-nosed portrait…
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Music, Hear This Living Colour

Living Colour

New York City funk-metal band Living Colour was arguably the most successful black rock group of its era, taking over MTV in the late '80s with politically themed songs from its Epic debut Vivid. Though follow-up Time's Up won great…
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Music, Woodsuck: Crummy festivals I attended in the late '60s and early '70s

Woodsuck: Crummy festivals I attended in the late '60s and early '70s

They say that if you remember Woodstock, you weren't there. That's bullshit. I remember it perfectly, and I was there. That's why I don't need all this nostalgic crap they're trying to unload on everybody in honor of the celebration's…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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