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Mark Segal Kemp

Mark Segal Kemp is SF Weekly's former Editor and the author of a book called Dixie Lullaby, as his tinge of a southern accent will attest.

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News, Feature Sam Smith: A Refugee No More

Sam Smith: A Refugee No More

Sam Smith "wanted to make a Rihanna record," he told Billboard last year. Instead, he remade a Tom Petty song — or so Petty contended when someone noticed Smith's bittersweet pop-soul hit "Stay with Me" sounded a little like Petty's…
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News, Feature Natalie Prass: A Delicate Voice In the Park

Natalie Prass: A Delicate Voice In the Park

Natalie Prass' remarkable phrasing amid the lush jazz balladry of "Christy" — the way her whisper of a voice floats above plucked harp and strings as Prass hisses out the titular name — sounds like it came out of a…
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News, Feature Richmond: The Colors of Change

Richmond: The Colors of Change

"Isn't it kind of dangerous there?" "Wow, that's a long way from the city!" Those are just two of the many entertaining comments I get — usually accompanied by a furrowed brow and slight tilt of the head — when…
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Music, Mex-I-Am Festival Brings Latino Sounds to SF

Mex-I-Am Festival Brings Latino Sounds to SF

"Ice: water frozen solid. Ice: Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ice: El Hielo." A child's voice intones those words softly, without emotion — as if competing in a spelling bee — before a crisp, syncopated acoustic guitar and rubbery, bossa nova…
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Music, Hear This Hear This: The Coup at New Parish

Hear This: The Coup at New Parish

Any time I get the opportunity to plug a Coup show, I take it. That's because there aren't enough Coups in hip-hop these days. Boots Riley has been at the agit-hop game for more than two decades, but his performances…
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Music, All Shook Down Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Tackles Hateful Flags and Southern Heritage in <i>New York Times </i>Essay

Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Tackles Hateful Flags and Southern Heritage in New York Times Essay

In 2001, I was commissioned by Simon & Schuster to write a book on the music and culture of the South. Beginning just after the desegregation of public schools in the late 1960s, Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race,…
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News, Feature Permanent Residents: Tattoos Capture the Best of San Francisco

Permanent Residents: Tattoos Capture the Best of San Francisco

I almost got a tattoo. It was the summer of 1985 and the artist, an old friend, was going to engrave four vertical black bars — the logo of the pioneering L.A. punk band Black Flag — into my upper…
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News, Letters Reports of <i>SF Weekly</i>’s death greatly exaggerated

Reports of SF Weekly’s death greatly exaggerated

Among the most satisfying moments in an editor's life is when he or she receives the first draft of a story that is destined to make a difference. That's how I felt when I read staff writer Julia Carrie Wong's…
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Music, All Shook Down Nigerian Singer-Songwriter Nneka Plays the New Parish in Oakland

Nigerian Singer-Songwriter Nneka Plays the New Parish in Oakland

I discovered Nneka Lucia Egbuna a few years ago when I happened upon a Youtube video of her playing an acoustic session on a sidewalk in Paris. Delightfully raw and gritty, with whooshing sounds of traffic passing by on…
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News, Feature How to Navigate SF's Summer Music Festivals

How to Navigate SF's Summer Music Festivals

Here's how not to begin your summer music festival experience: In late May, I was at BottleRock, an extraordinarily mediocre music festival in Napa where hordes of people who don't seem to like music all that much get smashed together…
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News, Feature Cold Town, Summer in the City

Cold Town, Summer in the City

I'm sure it's the same experience for all San Francisco newcomers. You come here knowing it's very different from other places you've lived — in my case, New York City, Los Angeles, and Charlotte, N.C. — but you don't really…
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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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