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    Music, Reviewed San Quinn

    San Quinn

    Thirty-year-old San Francisco native San Quinn (Quincy Brooks IV) has been releasing independent rap records for exactly half of his life, rhyming mainly about his Fillmore District turf. His seventh solo album, From a Boy to a Man, is his…
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    Music, Reviewed Ike & Tina Turner, <i>The Ike & Tina Story 1960-1975</i>

    Ike & Tina Turner, The Ike & Tina Story 1960-1975

    History has branded Ike and Tina Turner's story as a violent one for good reason, but musically there were many joyful moments in their rock and soul catalog. This three-disc boxed set rewards listeners who can execute the difficult task…
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    Music, Reviewed Mark Farina

    Mark Farina

    To say that San Francisco-based DJ/producer Mark Farina has a worldwide following is no exaggeration. His May itinerary includes gigs from Modesto to Dubai. Enthusiasm for Farina's mixing abilities has been sufficient to support the release of several CD compilations…
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    Music, Reviewed V-White

    V-White

    He's likely one of the favorite local rappers of your favorite local rapper, the street-level equivalent of being a respected "musician's musician." But Oakland's V-White (half of the Delinquents duo) is still a well-kept secret except to the most ardent…
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    Music, Reviewed Busdriver

    Busdriver

    Busdriver's messages are easily relatable — once you decipher his vocal delivery. When the Los Angeles-based rapper presents his most rapid-fire rhyming, as he does on album opener "Casting Agent and Cowgirls," only those attuned to the flow of linguistic…
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    Music, Reviewed Diddy

    Diddy

    Sean "Diddy" Combs has a proven aptitude for entrepreneurship, a talent that has overshadowed his career as a music artist and record-label head for the last several years. Until the recent No. 1 successes of his Bad Boy Records artists…
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    Music, Reviewed <i>Automatic</i> Weapon

    Automatic Weapon

    Bay Area studio wizard Dan Nakamura (aka Dan The Automator) is best known for his whimsical work with two of hip hop's underrated geniuses: Prince Paul (as Handsome Boy Modeling School) and Kool Keith (on his Dr. Octagon project). 2K7…
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    Music, Reviewed OutKast

    OutKast

    Although this new OutKast album emerges simultaneously with (and bears the same name as) the group's long-awaited cinematic debut, the Idlewild CD is less a soundtrack than it is a proper standalone record. Truth be told, many of the songs…
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    Music, Reviewed Plaid & Bob Jaroc

    Plaid & Bob Jaroc

    50 Cent isn't the only artist with enough clout to offer a video for every song on an album. After four studio full-lengths (five, if you count the Peel Sessions) and countless compilations, singles, and EPs, U.K. experimental electronicists Plaid…
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    Music, Reviewed Mr. Lif

    Mr. Lif

    With dreadlocks of unusually impressive girth, it would be easy to mistake the rapper Mr. Lif for a ganja-soaked reggae star. And though his family hailed from the island of Barbados, eventually settling in Boston, Lif's always favored writing songs…
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    Music, Reviewed Sun Ra

    Sun Ra

    There have been many writings and recordings concerning jazz innovator Sun Ra. But even the most respected scholars on the topic can't really hold a candle to Millbrae's John and Peter Hinds, publishers of the Sun Ra Research books and…
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    Music, Reviewed Mr. Anonymous

    Mr. Anonymous

    Jeep MacNichol got his start in the late '80s as the drummer for the Samples, a group that came out a little too early to truly capitalize on the current popularity of laidback folk-rock. MacNichol has kept a fairly low…
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    Music, Reviewed

    Various Artists

    San Francisco-based cultural explorer Oliver Wang (aka O-Dub) regularly discusses new music on NPR and has written for major publications throughout his 12-year career as a journalist. Known primarily for his work in hip hop, he was also at the…
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    Music, Reviewed Latrice

    Latrice

    San Francisco's Latrice Barnett isn't the typical house music diva: She is a multi-instrumentalist who has played bass in funk bands and on tracks by Oakland hip hop crew Hieroglyphics. For her debut album, however, the only instrument Latrice uses…
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    Music, Reviewed Various Artists

    Various Artists

    Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is best known as the drummer of Philadelphia hip hop stars the Roots -- he's, y'know, the one with the enviable Afro and impeccable rhythm. He's also a DJ and a meticulous collector of records, which makes…
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    Music, Reviewed San Quinn

    San Quinn

    Along with frequent collaborator JT the Bigga Figga, San Quinn has been one of the top rappers in San Francisco since the mid-'90s. He's released close to a dozen albums, but with national eyes fixed more closely on Bay Area…
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    Music, Reviewed Various Artists

    Various Artists

    New Yorker Friedman is a triple threat in the electronic music world: journalist, record label manager, and DJ with a keen ear for a low-end groove no matter where in the world he needs to look to for it. Sadly,…
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    Music, Reviewed Colossus

    Colossus

    The rough edges of Oakland's east side play home to most of the city's hip hop, but now here comes Colossus, representing out of the west. Curious thing though: Colossus' nucleus, the rather tall Charlie Tate, is a British expatriate…
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    Music, Reviewed Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    The synth-pop legends of Erasure can still sell out a week of shows in San Francisco or New York as swiftly as they did in their early-'90s heyday. But lead singer Andy Bell has apparently been itching to release a…
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    Music, Reviewed JT the Bigga Figga

    JT the Bigga Figga

    Rapper/producer JT the Bigga Figga, who hails from S.F.'s notorious "Fillmoe" District and once spent time at Priority Records soaking up tycoon game from the likes of Master P and Ice Cube, announces his retirement from solo work at the…
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    Music, Reviewed Ying Yang Twins

    Ying Yang Twins

    Like their collaborator Lil' Jon, Atlanta's Ying Yang Twins (the team of Kaine and D-Roc) burst onto the mainstream as the ambassadors of brash, bass-heavy urban club anthems, i.e., crunk. U.S.A. is expected to surpass the platinum achievement of its…
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    Music, Reviewed Out Hud

    Out Hud

    So many bland new-wave bands have emerged so far in the '00s that they're beginning to dry up the musical credibility of the original '80s synth-pop and -rock experiments they're ostensibly inspired by. Fischerspooner is supposed to be the New…
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    Music, Reviewed Fantasia

    Fantasia

    Last spring, more than 65 million votes were cast in Fantasia Barrino's American Idol victory. For those living under a rock who don't know about this 20-year-old single mother from North Carolina with the tear-jerking voice, know this: She is…
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    Music, Reviewed Romanowski

    Romanowski

    Despite rolling with Future Primitive Sound (a visible local crew with a Lower Haight music and art boutique that hosts exciting and genre-bending club nights), Romanowski remains one of S.F.'s more underrated DJ talents. There are a number of reasons…
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    Music, Reviewed Fela Kuti

    Fela Kuti

    This is something of a wet dream for us Bay Area folk, a captivating mix CD of songs by the late Nigerian Afrobeat bandleader Fela Kuti put together in an ultimate DJ set by Chief Xcel of our own home-grown…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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