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Music, MC El-P talks about new music and the demise of Def Jux

MC El-P talks about new music and the demise of Def Jux

It becomes apparent when listening to El-P that this is one producer, MC, and (former) label head who doesn't care about hip-hop conventions. Over two solo albums, several mixtapes, and the tracks he has produced for Cannibal Ox, Cage, and…
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Music, All Shook Down

Good Rappers Who've Made Terrible Actors

The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just…
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Music, All Shook Down Will Lil Wayne's Stardom Survive Lockup? Look To 10 Other Jailed Rappers

Will Lil Wayne's Stardom Survive Lockup? Look To 10 Other Jailed Rappers

Lil Wayne, perhaps the most commercially successful and critically-lauded rapper of the past few years, was recently granted a reprieve from his date with destiny. Due to be sentenced on February 9th after pleading guilty to gun possession, the proceedings…
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Music, Del the Funky Homosapien teams up for his best work in a decade

Del the Funky Homosapien teams up for his best work in a decade

Del the Funky Homosapien has contributed his share to the canon of hip-hop classics. His first two albums, the funk-infused I Wish My Brother George Was Here and the harder-edged, battle-rapping No Need for Alarm, left unique marks upon the…
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Music, Claude VonStroke’s bird-themed empire takes flight

Claude VonStroke’s bird-themed empire takes flight

Claude VonStroke knows the value of branding. It's not that the San Francisco–based house and techno DJ and producer is a commercial automaton. After all, the man has been known to rock a bird costume. But don't let his fowl…
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Music, CD ripping services put record collections in the 21st century

CD ripping services put record collections in the 21st century

It seems the only numbers rising at independent record stores these days are in the amounts of CDs being sold back to retailers who deal in used merchandise. Buy counters across the country are inundated with customers trying to unload…
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Music, Reviewed Zion I

Zion I

"This system does not work for us, so we must take this system over." The statement of intent that opens Zion I's new album rings true both politically and musically. Since their 2000 debut, producer AmpLive and MC Zumbi have…
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Music, Reviewed Bon Iver

Bon Iver

The title track of Bon Iver's new EP is an example of mastermind Justin Vernon's songwriting at its best. The tune is a delicate ballad, rich in sentiment but completely schmaltz-free. Musically, it comprises layered vocals over a melancholy, descending…
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Music, Reviewed Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim

Sung to the tune of "Jack and Diane": "A little ditty about Matt and Kim/Two American kids making music in Brooklyn/Matt plays keys, sings snotty and cute/Kim bashes out drumbeats and sings a bit, too/Oh yeah, life goes on/Long after…
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Music, Reviewed Wilderness

Wilderness

You don't so much listen to a Wilderness album as become completely absorbed by it. The band's densely textured and deceptively simple format of guitar, bass, and drums takes on a throbbing, hypnotic quality that's hard to classify with terms…
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Music, Electronic acts trade laptops for live bands

Electronic acts trade laptops for live bands

It seems like only yesterday that everybody wanted to be a DJ, or at least to have one in his band. This trend peaked in the late '90s, the era that begat the godawful fusion of rap and rock. Frosted-tip…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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