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Music, All Shook Down Deltron and the 3030 Orchestra Throw a Dystopian Block Party at the Fillmore, 11/23/13

Deltron and the 3030 Orchestra Throw a Dystopian Block Party at the Fillmore, 11/23/13

Deltron 3030 Kid Koala Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 The Fillmore Better than: Their June show at Stern Grove, from what we heard. There was a moment -- er, make that a year or so -- where it was pretty…
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From '93 Til: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's No Need For Alarm

[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From…
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Music, Del the Funky Homosapien Recalls the Past, Skips Nostalgia

Del the Funky Homosapien Recalls the Past, Skips Nostalgia

South Central Los Angeles, 1987: Teren Delvon Jones was staying at his aunt's house, visiting his cousin, O'Shea Jackson, whose rap name was Ice Cube. Across the street, Jones noticed somebody playing with a remote-controlled car in a driveway. He…
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Music, BeatBox Soulico: Show Preview

Soulico: Show Preview

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Democracy in the Middle East

Democracy in the Middle East

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Music, BeatBox Del the Funky Homosapien: Show Preview

Del the Funky Homosapien: Show Preview

For most of Del the Funky Homosapien's career, we've had to wait years for him to come down from the mountain with a stone disc etched in dizzying hieroglyphics. Now he's producing prolifically — since 2008, the Oakland rapper has…
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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, The Eazy Stylings of Jern Eye

The Eazy Stylings of Jern Eye

Jern Eye is that rare Golden State MC whose influence is equal parts Northern and Southern California. He lives near Lake Merritt in Oakland and works at True Clothing on Haight Street in S.F., but was raised in northeast Los…
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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, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Those in no hurry to abandon CDs are advised to check out one of the many collections from a current favorite, Richmond's DJ Juice (www.djjuice.biz). One of the Bay Area's most respected and prolific mixtape jocks, he offers blends of…
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Music, Reviewed Zion I

Zion I

Potential can be a bitch. Proclaiming that a group has potential is a backhanded compliment at best, implying that that group may be decent or even great in the future, but only in the future. For the past few years,…
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