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Music, All Shook Down The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

Don't want to travel south for the three-day festival of the sunburn? Well, fine: Most of the biggest and best draws at Coachella are hitting the Bay Area over the next few weeks anyway. Here's a guide to whom to…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Raphael Saadiq

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq @ The FoxOakland native Raphael Saadiq first came to national prominence with his '80s R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! He found subsequent success as a Grammy-winning solo artist and producer of R&B hits, including D'Angelo's flesh-baring "(Untitled)…
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Music, Hear This Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq

Oakland native Raphael Saadiq first came to national prominence with his '80s R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! He found subsequent success as a Grammy-winning solo artist and producer of R&B hits, including D'Angelo's flesh-baring "(Untitled) How Does It Feel." Though…
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Music, All Shook Down Raphael Saadiq Announces Oakland Show

Raphael Saadiq Announces Oakland Show

November 18th will be a homecoming of sorts for Oakland native Raphael Saadiq. Ray Ray, as he is known, is arguably the most prolific and talented male soul/R&B artist around today--equally seasoned at singing, playing several instruments, and producing.…
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Music, All Shook Down Art & Soul Organizer Explains What Happened To This Year's Festival

Art & Soul Organizer Explains What Happened To This Year's Festival

Earlier this week I wrote about discovering that Oakland's Art & Soul Festival--which happens August 15 & 16--had managed to almost completely ignore the youthful 16-35 demographic with its bookings for this year. There's no live hip-hop, indie, or alternative…
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Music, All Shook Down Kamala Harris Benefit Announced

Kamala Harris Benefit Announced

It takes a lot of cojones to stand up for what you think is right in the political world, especially when faced with high-level pressure. Though she's generated controversy and made a few formidable enemies in law enforcement circles,…
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Music, Hear This Saadiq Soul

Saadiq Soul

Raphael Saadiq proves that the sounds of '60s Philly, Detroit, and Memphis can still be mined for fresh inspiration. His last album, The Way I See It, offered 13 tracks of unabashedly retro soul. Like Nicole Willis & the Soul…
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Music, Reviewed Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq

Since no idea is original, it's all in the way you freak it. Late last year, Boyz II Men released a respectable Motown remake album with a lousy title that only could've been worse if they'd added an exclamation point…
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Year End, On the Down-Low

On the Down-Low

Everyone knows all of Usher's Confessions by now; everyone went to see Prince play "1999" for the very last time. Everyone knows all about Lil Jon and his penchant for hollering "Yayy-uuhhh!" With everyone paying attention to these superstars, a…
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