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Music, Hear This Yusef Lateef: Show Preview

Yusef Lateef: Show Preview

True story: When this writer was a student of Yusef Lateef's in the early '90s, there was a violinist who brought his dog to class every week. One week we played a blues, and the dog, which had been napping…
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Music, Exploring the Jewish influence on black American music

Exploring the Jewish influence on black American music

You might be forgiven for thinking that the history of black–Jewish relations in the United State was one of tension, suspicion, and hostility. For years, the only headlines to include blacks and Jews in the same sentence were ones that…
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Music, So Soulful

So Soulful

The Daptone House of Soul is a squat, two-story brick row house on an anonymous side street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Graffiti mars the entryway, and cars from the auto repair shop next door block the sidewalk in front. Only a…
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Music, Cloud technology and the future of portable music

Cloud technology and the future of portable music

"The Cloud is coming to steal my music collection!" It sounds like a bad horror movie, and yet it might be true. The common way to listen to music has changed relatively slowly over the years, from records to CDs…
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Music, Porto Franco Records exports the Mission’s eclectic live music scene

Porto Franco Records exports the Mission’s eclectic live music scene

Porto Franco Records is devoted to chronicling the Mission District's interwoven underground music scene. The label is the brainchild of father-and-son team Sergei and Peter Varshavsky, who hail from far outside that neighborhood — their family arrived here from Russia…
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Music, Hear This Orixa

Orixa

In the mid-'90s, it looked as though the exploding Latin demographic in the U.S. meant the rock en Espanol genre would storm the pop charts. That didn't happen, though it did make cocktail party fixtures out of Café Tacuba and…
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Music, Feature Music Awards: Crown City Rockers

Music Awards: Crown City Rockers

The ability to not just party-hop but also to genre-hop is why the Crown City Rockers (then known as Mission) moved to the Bay Area from Boston in 1999. It's also exactly what has kept the Rockers here as their…
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Music Awards: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Stay • Smaller is better. Less competition means more space for creativity and collaboration. Identifying the key players and then networking is fairly easy. • San Francisco remains riddled with misfits. You and your band can get as weird as…
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Music, Local tech companies remove the music middleman

Local tech companies remove the music middleman

Chicken Little would have plenty to scream about if she were watching the recent trajectory of the music business. CD sales have dropped off precipitously as the ease of downloading or copying music for free has skyrocketed. Meanwhile, monolithic major…
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Music, Tanya Tagaq modernizes Inuit vocal traditions

Tanya Tagaq modernizes Inuit vocal traditions

Tanya Tagaq's new album, Auk/Blood, is a portrait of a primeval past that is also quite futuristic. Animalistic grunts and howls mix with beatboxing and sensual gasps, the chorus of which emanates from Tagaq's vocal cords. An Inuit throat singer…
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Music, Indie songwriters find success in wooing the superfan

Indie songwriters find success in wooing the superfan

While some rock stars have reacted poorly to major shifts in the recording industry (see: Metallica sues Napster and its own fans), others have adapted more shrewdly (see: Radiohead popularizes pay-what-you-can pricing, makes tidy profit). But far beneath the Spin…
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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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