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Music, Hear This Zion I

Zion I

Oakland rap crew Zion I delivers MC Zumbi's deliberative rhymes over revved-up soul and spastic scraper beats engineered by AmpLive. The pair takes a generous view of technology's role in creating and spreading music. "Keep on downloading!" Zumbi told fans…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Janelle Monáe at Cafe du Nord

Last Night: Janelle Monáe at Cafe du Nord

Janelle Monáe
 Monday, March 22, 2010 
Café du Nord 
Better Than: The Wizard of Oz Janelle Monáe's voice is huge. Her shoes are tiny. When she performs, she stares into the distance at some far-off revelation, eyelids thrown in alarm, and then…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Gil Scott-Heron at Yoshi's

Last Night: Gil Scott-Heron at Yoshi's

Gil Scott-Heron
 Tuesday, March 16, 2010 
Yoshi's 
Better than: Anything on TV Gil Scott-Heron is old. For those born in the 1980s, you might have heard his "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" for the first time in a Nike commercial, which is…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Balkan Beat Box at the Fillmore

Last Night: Balkan Beat Box at the Fillmore

Balkan Beat Box
 Monday, March 15, 2010
 The Fillmore
Better Than: Studying Google Earth's atlas to trace the gypsy diaspora. Have you ever been to a cockfight, a reggae festival, and an electro-trance party all at the same time? "Gypsy punk" as performed by…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend: Dan the Automator at Yoshi's

Over the Weekend: Dan the Automator at Yoshi's

​"For those of you who don't know who I am, we put together a little medley of sorts," Dan announced. He then spun his most famous tracks, "Mastermind" from Del tha Funkee Homosapien's…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Erykah Badu at the Fox Theater

Friday Night: Erykah Badu at the Fox Theater

Erykah Badu Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 
Fox Theater, Oakland
Better Than: Sex. Unless, with, well... Erykah Badu is from Texas, so she can be forgiven for thinking she needed four layers in Northern California in February. And maybe it's just her microphone skills,…
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Music, Hear This Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu's sneaky allure comes from the way she can tinge her own feminine mystique with hip-hop's gruff legacy. Her style is at once funky-slow-singing and funeral-flower-bringing, to paraphrase a Notorious B.I.G. verse she also lifts for her upcoming album,…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: De La Soul at Yoshi's

Friday Night: De La Soul at Yoshi's

​De La Soul Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 Yoshi's Better Than: the winter Olympics De La Soul is so well regarded for its laid-back grooves that its emcees don't always get the credit they deserve for microphone mastery. Friday night at…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: DJ Krush at Mighty

Last Night: DJ Krush at Mighty

DJ Krush Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 Mighty Better Than: Staying home to watch Blade. DJ Krush came all the way from Japan and all he got was the caprice of San Francisco's fans. The pioneering figure in Japanese hip-hop, Krush…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Crowne Royal, Supernatural, Exile, Alexander Spit

Last Night: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Crowne Royal, Supernatural, Exile, Alexander Spit

Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Crowne Royal, Supernatural, Exile, Alexander Spit Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 Mezzanine Better Than: Rock the Bells Souls of Mischief stormed the stage last night with such havoc and energy that it turned on…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Nneka at Red Devil Lounge

Last Night: Nneka at Red Devil Lounge

Nneka January 27, 2010 Red Devil Lounge Better Than: the State of the Union, or the Nigerian underwear bomber Berlin-based Nigerian Nneka delivered an intimate scolding to the crowd Wednesday, while moving them to jerk knees and hips to her…
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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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