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    News, Feature With <i>Is the Is Are</i>, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    With Is the Is Are, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Ever since Zachary Cole Smith catapulted onto the music scene in 2011 with his five-piece, guitar-driven rock band DIIV, he's been in the public eye. But not for his music. "It just kind of got glossed over," the 31-year-old says.…
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    News, Feature Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

    Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

    Big Grams might not sound familiar, but surely the names of the individual artists who make up the eclectic hip-hop trio do. Consisting of rapper Big Boi (André 3000's other half in OutKast) and Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of…
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    News, Feature Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

    Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

    For the last six months, the seven members of the Chicago band Whitney have been homeless — sort of. Though they've been living out of suitcases and backpacks, they haven't necessarily been sleeping on the streets. Instead, they've been touring…
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    News, Feature The Year In Music So Far

    The Year In Music So Far

    It seems like 2016 is going to be remembered for a lot of bad things, and we've only made it halfway. But through the blood, tears, and loss, there's been some fine music — in fact, 2016 is shaping up…
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    News, Feature Three Bay Area Rappers Talk Being Gay in Hip-Hop

    Three Bay Area Rappers Talk Being Gay in Hip-Hop

    Blimes Brixton started rapping in the seventh grade and learned how to make beats through an after-school program in San Francisco public schools. But she wasn't interested in spending time in the studio or recording tracks — at least not…
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    News, Feature Five Summer Camps for Grown-Ups

    Five Summer Camps for Grown-Ups

    If it weren't for summer camp, I would have never learned how to make a daisy wreath or shoot a bow and arrow. Both surfing and sewing would be foreign to me, and I'd never have starred in Annie: The…
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    News, Feature The Yogi and the DJ: Two Brothers' Separate Paths to Music Stardom

    The Yogi and the DJ: Two Brothers' Separate Paths to Music Stardom

    On a Sunday evening in April, MC Yogi, a 37-year-old rapper and yoga teacher, bounded across the stage of The Independent, wearing a short-brimmed fedora and his trademark rectangular eyeglasses. It had been a long weekend. Early that morning, he…
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    News, Feature Who to Hear: T-Ran

    Who to Hear: T-Ran

    Nestled in the depths of SoundCloud is the 27-year-old Oakland native T-Ran's fourth "official" album, Dreams Don't Grow On Trees. ("Official," because he's removed the early albums he made while at Howard University from the internet because he's "grown and…
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    News, Feature Hitsville High: The Unlikely Music Factory at Pinole Valley High School

    Hitsville High: The Unlikely Music Factory at Pinole Valley High School

    The lunch bell rings at Pinole Valley High School, and hordes of teenagers swarm out of squat, rectangular bungalows. Since the fall of 2013, Pinole Valley's 1,200 students have been learning out of 83 portable buildings placed on what used…
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    What To Do If You’re Too High (Read This Before You Eat Those Mushrooms)

    Drugs. Everyone does them, especially at music festivals. But people tend to forget drugs are mercurial: While you may have a good time high, you could easily have a not-so-good time — especially if you're already tired, dehydrated, or overstimulated.…
    News, Feature Find Your Festival: BottleRock

    Find Your Festival: BottleRock

    Think of BottleRock as a mini-Coachella in Napa Valley. Instead of 160 acts and 200,000-plus people, the three-day festival in Wine Country features half those numbers (not to mention day passes that cost less than half the price of Coachella's,…
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    News, Feature Find Your Festival: California Roots

    Find Your Festival: California Roots

    You don't have to be a reggae fan or even a stoner to enjoy California Roots Festival. Granted, reggae is featured prominently in the lineup and you'll probably encounter a few weed clouds, but the festival is broader and more…
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    News, Feature A Different Stream: Zoë Keating Wants to Disrupt The Music Industry - In Artists' Favor

    A Different Stream: Zoë Keating Wants to Disrupt The Music Industry - In Artists' Favor

    It was springtime 2015, and Zoë Keating was staring at rabbits. Through the curved window of the Georgian house outside of London, Keating, a critically acclaimed independent cellist, and Imogen Heap, a Grammy-nominated singer, watched the animals on the lawn.…
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    News, Feature Year in Preview: Can Yungcloud Replace SoundCloud As The Next Major Music Streaming Site?

    Year in Preview: Can Yungcloud Replace SoundCloud As The Next Major Music Streaming Site?

    It happened overnight. On May 6, Jude Mc and Marcellus "MFK" Marcy, roommates in Los Angeles, were hanging out in their Koreatown apartment and ruminating on the current state of music streaming platform SoundCloud and the changes the site's Berlin-based…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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