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Music, Let's Get Killed SF Weekly Music Awards: Winner's Circle

SF Weekly Music Awards: Winner's Circle

I'm writing this the morning after last week's annual SF Weekly Music Awards — and because I avoided a certain "new alcohol" that even the bartender muttered "screamed instant hangover," my memories of the party blessedly aren't coated in a…
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Music, Weapons of Mass Construction

Weapons of Mass Construction

In the five years since the release of the last Coup album, Party Music, there's been enough high-octane political scandals to power a space shuttle. The poorly reasoned Iraq War, illegal spying tactics, Valerie Plame-gate, the torture photos of Abu…
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Music, BeatBox > Activist hip hop act the Coup previews its upcoming album; Hawtin homie John Acquaviva brings his techno to Ruby Skye

> Activist hip hop act the Coup previews its upcoming album; Hawtin homie John Acquaviva brings his techno to Ruby Skye

Groups like Oakland's The Coup are what give the Bay Area hip hop scene a reputation for something other than its snazzy slang. Established in 1991, the duo of incisive rapper/poet/activist Boots Riley and surreally talented DJ Pam the Funkstress…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen The Paminator

The Paminator

THURS 3/31 We have many reasons to love Pam the Funkstress. She's famous for her skill on the turntables rather than for being decorative, for one. Also, as half of political hip hop group the Coup, she and MC Boots…
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Music, Bouncer

All Is Full of Luck

A pollywog is a tadpole, which is a baby frog, which is a sperm with eyeballs. So why a female DJ would name herself after said larva is beyond me, except for the fact that it is a cool, Wind…
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News, Night Crawler And the Winners Were ...

And the Winners Were ...

Though I spend several months every year planning and pondering the chimeric configuration of the SF Weekly Music Awards, I never actually know what will happen. We hire the talent, pack the Bay Area's most fervent supporters of independent music…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dial 510-Hip-Hop

Dial 510-Hip-Hop

SoCal's rap trio the Pharcyde might have intended its Cali Comm tour as a showcase for all Golden State hip hop, but for the show's final stop, at the Fillmore, Bay Area hip hoppers steal the spotlight. If much of…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Suggested cover image for the Coup's next album: world peace East Bay hip hop act the Coup can foresee the future. That conclusion would at least explain the proposed cover for the group's new album, Party Music, its fourth. The…
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Music, Black Rage

Black Rage

The Coup -- probably the most radical hip hop group that's ever existed -- has dropped three brilliant albums on the world during the last 10 years. Public Enemy, the only other hip hop act that is consistently a thorn…
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Hear This

The Coup The Coup, the East Bay political rap group, are back and keeping things closer to home. Known for scathing lyrical attacks and a laid-back West Coast sound, the band took the last four years off to do what…
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Making a Habit of Safety In response to "A Royal Snub" (Bay View, Nov. 8), I would like to clarify some facts for you and your readership. In years past the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Inc. have coordinated the Halloween…
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