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Music, BeatBox Dub Mission's anniversary

Dub Mission's anniversary

Thirteen years is an eternity in club years — it's closer to two eternities, in fact. Yet there must be a reason DJ Sep's Dub Mission party has survived for more than a decade in its Sunday night Elbo Room…
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Music, Aphrodesia spreads Afrobeat cross-country

Aphrodesia spreads Afrobeat cross-country

The 11 Afrobeat enthusiasts who comprise Aphrodesia always have good anecdotes to share. There was the tour they took through the United States in a bus powered by vegetable oil. Or the time they sang to Ghanaian audiences in their…
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Music, Om Records at 15

Om Records at 15

Pioneering S.F. electronic music label Om Records turns 15 this year. In the past decade and a half, the company has evolved from a purveyor of multimedia CD-ROMs to a dance music tastemaker well-regarded for its output of house and…
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Music, BeatBox "Amplify"

"Amplify"

This week's "Amplify" party at 111 Minna promises both audio and visual stimulation, combining a top-notch roster of hip-hop DJs and MCs with an impressive list of musically inspired photographers and designers. Headliners Pase Rock (New York City) and Dam…
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Music, Hear This De La Soul

De La Soul

Even if De La Soul never releases another album — don't worry, the group is reportedly in the studio working on its eighth full-length — these guys will go down in history as one of hip-hop's all-time classic acts. Pioneers…
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Music, Hear This Céu

Céu

South American vocalist Céu is probably best known as a featured artist at Starbucks. But don't hold that against her. Her second Six Degrees album, Vagarosa (loose translation: laid-back), is anything but tame and middle-of-the road. The backing tracks are…
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Music, Santero summons orishas to the club scene

Santero summons orishas to the club scene

The burgeoning Urban Latino genre has come of age with the arrival of reggaetón-heavy Spanish-language radio stations, Urban Latino magazine, and even a Rough Guide compilation disc. The catch-all phrase — used to describe traditional South of the Border music…
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Music, Hear This Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti

Antibalas is usually given credit for kick-starting the Afrobeat revival; that honor actually should go to Olufela Olufemi (Femi) Anikulapo Kuti. The eldest son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, his 20-year career attained critical mass in 1998 with the release…
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Music, The Jacka reprises hyphy with a gangsta twist

The Jacka reprises hyphy with a gangsta twist

Who needs a hyphy movement when you have the Jacka? The Pittsburg turf rapper is a one-man phenomenon. Though independent, he has as much street cred as any major-label rap artist. Maybe even more. Like his mentors C-Bo and Mac…
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Music, The Roots discuss hip-hop’s second jazz age

The Roots discuss hip-hop’s second jazz age

Hey, Bay Area: Don't tell anyone, but Questlove thinks you're special. According to the Roots' drummer, our music scene is unique in fostering acts that cross genres the way pedestrians cross streets. "You come from one of three places that…
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Music, Hear This Black Magic Spells

Black Magic Spells

Santana's "Black Magic Woman" long ago became a classic-rock radio staple easily taken for granted. But in the hands of Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, the song's bruja mystique is restored through her bilingual lyrics and inspired, jazzy arrangements. The song…
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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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