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Music, All Shook Down Stern Grove Festival Launches With Janelle Monáe

Stern Grove Festival Launches With Janelle Monáe

People all over the world will join in and form a love train, love train. The 79th Stern Grove Festival lineup is out, and the O'Jays are part of it: Aug. 7, to be exact. Every Sunday from June 19…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: To Pimp A Butterfly Gets Inside Kendrick Lamar's Conscience

Moment of Truth: To Pimp A Butterfly Gets Inside Kendrick Lamar's Conscience

Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City (GKMC) changed the course of my life. Straight up. I wouldn’t be writing these words had I not delved into the lyrics and stories on that album. I fell in love with hip-hop…
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Music, Hear This Jamie Lidell: Show Preview

Jamie Lidell: Show Preview

With Rick James' trek to the great disco in the sky nearly nine years ago, and Prince's increasingly elusive, unpredictable behavior, someone's gotta be in line to carry on the legacy of slinky R&B/funk/pop/lovemaking music perfected by black dudes in…
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Music, All Shook Down George Clinton Is 72, Sober, and Has Short Hair -- WTF!?

George Clinton Is 72, Sober, and Has Short Hair -- WTF!?

Photo: William Thoren PhotographyGeorge Clinton is a national treasure -- an artist who changed the sound of music and the way we danced. Simultaneously leading two legendary bands with completely different styles throughout the '70s, Parliament and Funkadelic, Clinton is the…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • On what would have been Tupac Shakur's 41st birthday, the group that gave the late rap legend his start, Digital Underground, celebrated him in a live show at Yoshi's. Guests included George Clinton (who was virtually unrecognizable without…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/16/12: Digital Underground and Surprise Guests Celebrate Tupac at Yoshi's

Live Review, 6/16/12: Digital Underground and Surprise Guests Celebrate Tupac at Yoshi's

Digital Underground June 16, 2012 Yoshi's Better than: Watching reruns of Juice on TV. Oakland's own Digital Underground is the group that gave a young Tupac Shakur his first significant start in the music business. But if not for the…
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Music, Hear This George Clinton: Show Preview

George Clinton: Show Preview

At 70 years old, George Clinton is one of the nimblest seniors on tour, a vibrant progenitor of funk even when he ditches his characteristic multicolored wig for a low-key bald head. He's currently embroiled in legal battles for the…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • George Clinton celebrated his 70th birthday with a string of sizzling shows at Yoshi's. The first night saw the funk icon breaking Yoshi's ban on smoking inside; on the second night, our photographer had to give him a…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Yoshi's (Photos)

Friday Night: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Yoshi's (Photos)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic July 8, 2011 @ Yoshi's SF George Clinton is celebrating his 70th birthday with a string of shows at Yoshi's in Oakland and San Francisco. Jen Cash of Calibree Photography got a special invite…
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Music, All Shook Down George Clinton Begins His Four-Day Birthday Funkathon in S.F.

George Clinton Begins His Four-Day Birthday Funkathon in S.F.

Legendary funk artist George Clinton turns 70 on July 22 and has been celebrating in the Bay Area all week…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Sonny Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Poet with Qualms, and More

In Print: Sonny Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Poet with Qualms, and More

Sonny and the Sunsets: It's an immaculate summer day, and we are interrupting Sonny Smith. He's sitting under an umbrella at Dolores Park Cafe, eating a cup of yogurt he'd been carrying in his pocket, trying to answer a question…
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Music, BeatBox George Clinton: Show Preview

George Clinton: Show Preview

The famously colorful — and colorblind — musician George Clinton is still alive and funking at nearly 70, his bands Parliament and Funkadelic (now typically referred to as one compound) continuing to influence generations of hip-hop, electronic, and even indie-rock…
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Music, Hear This George Clinton

George Clinton

Easily one of the funniest articles in The Onion's history was a 1998 gem headlined "Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On Iraq." That's George Clinton, and if the erstwhile P-Funk leader had been in charge, we probably wouldn't be…
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Music, All Shook Down P-Funk Tribute Tonight at PST

P-Funk Tribute Tonight at PST

Attention funkateers, freak-a-zoids, and motor-booty-aficionados. Tonight at 330 Ritch's Pacific Standard Time, DJ Sake One dons his Mr. Wiggles suit and plays a very special 4-hour tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic, and, no doubt, its associated artists, a short list of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fog Belt Flicks

Fog Belt Flicks

Here’s a helpful hint Heloise neglected to mention: Guys will say and do anything to get laid. You already knew that? Well, that’s precisely what frustrates the greasy titular “hero” of The Snake, local filmmakers Eric Kutner and Adam Goldstein’s…
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Music, Reviewed Lifesavas

Lifesavas

Expectations for Portland's Lifesavas ran high from the start. MCs Vursatyl and Jumbo the Garbageman and DJ Shines comprised the first act to ink with Quannum Projects outside the local label's original Solesides crew (DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, et…
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Music, Hear This Mountain Goats graze through three sold out shows

Mountain Goats graze through three sold out shows

Portland's Charlie Salas-Humara is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist best known as Panther . Like a one-man short-wave set with purposely faulty control knobs, his new mini-album Secret Lawns integrates hellish hip-hop rhythms, surreal soul, arty/noisy collages, mock prog-rock pomp, and…
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Music, Reviewed Eric McFadden Trio

Eric McFadden Trio

Six-string axe slingers lauded for their digital dexterity are usually: a) crappy singers, and b) inept tunesmiths. Though local guitar wizard Eric McFadden has an unquestionable pedigree -- for four years he served as designated face-melting soloist in George Clinton's…
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Music, P Is for Paradox

P Is for Paradox

If George Clinton and Parliament/ Funkadelic are indisputably the Afro-powered party band of all time, then why do their audiences tend to be lily-white? In a phone interview, the 65-year-old captain of the P-Funk mother ship credits the youngest generation…
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Best Dance to Attend If You Were Never Asked to the Prom

The Black & White Ball Civic Center, Van Ness & Grove, www.bwball.com During the hellish years of high school, some of us were either too unpopular, too gay, or too intent on creating misanthropic personas to receive an invitation to…
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