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Music, BeatBox <i>Yo Gabba Gabba!</i>: Show Preview

Yo Gabba Gabba!: Show Preview

Some people might consider it cruel to carry your best friends in a briefcase — even a well-padded one — and to only let them out in 24-minute increments. But not Gabbaland's DJ Lance Rock. He's totally down with carting…
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Music, Hear This Biz Markie, Just a Friend

Biz Markie, Just a Friend

Biz Markie is best known for his tongue-in-cheek '80s songs "Just a Friend" and "Vapors," but these days he makes his living as a DJ who entertains with a mix of rock and rap — and often a performance of…
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Music, All Shook Down Biz Markie's Got What You Need, SF

Biz Markie's Got What You Need, SF

Oakland white rapper Ashkon opens tonight for the legendary Biz Markie in San Francisco. The line-up is stacked: Biz Markie Hosted by Kevvy Kev with Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist additional performances by Ashkon aka Ashkon Broadway The Natural plus…
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Music, All Shook Down

Leon Russell, Lauryn Hill, Biz Markie -- ASD's Live Music Picks, June 27

Leon Russell, 8 at the Independent. $25. “Those who visit the Leon Russell empire at Disney, Oklahoma, and do not succumb to Russell's dark magnetism come away muttering about mind games and mass manipulation and even "rock evangelism." Rita Coolidge,…
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Music, Reviewed Awol One 2MEX and Life Rexall

Awol One 2MEX and Life Rexall

Shape Shifter Awol One is maybe the most loved/hated MC in Southern California — hip hop's Forrest Gump or Crocus Behemoth, depending on which side of the slash you're on. War of Art finds Awol pirating lines from Was Not…
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Music, Reviewed Biz Markie

Biz Markie

Over its 25 years, hip hop has created some durable identities for its participants, including thug, player, activist, and just straight-up cool cat. But with most rhymers fancying themselves big-ballers in every hater's gun sights, riding on 20-inch rims with…
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Music, The Music Man

The Music Man

Yuri Lane is onstage at Spanganga in the Mission, and he's not alone. There's Jojo the break dancer, Mike the bike messenger, MC Pissed and DJ Wicked, Gerard the aerobics instructor, a party girl called Tiffany, and a homeless harmonica…
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Beats, Rhymes, and Laughs

Despite tremendous SoundScan sales numbers, something is missing from today's hip hop. Humor, a rap music staple during the '80s in the hands of Biz Markie and others, has all but disappeared as the music's popularity has increased; instead of…
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