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    Music, Hear This Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

    Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

    "Shibui" is a Japanese word used to describe an aesthetic that is simple and subtle, but at the same time covertly complex, with hidden details and depths. It is also the perfect word to describe Ben Harper's music. On its…
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    Music, Hear This Riff Raff @ Social Hall

    Riff Raff @ Social Hall

    It's hard not to admire Riff Raff. The 34-year-old dude — born Horst Christian Simco — grew up in a shitty suburb outside of Houston, the second-oldest of four children in a blue-collar family where his mom worked as a…
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    Music, Hear This Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

    Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

    Vic Mensa is young — 23 — so he's still figuring shit out, namely his musical style. His first two mixtapes, Trap House Rock (2012) and Innateape (2013), are filled with rapid-fire bars over clangy, bass-heavy instrumentals. But his debut…
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    Music, Hear This K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

    K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

    There are a lot of black female singers whose names start with a K: Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Kehlani, Kelela, and Keri Hilson. And then there's K. Michelle. Yes, she sings lovelorn R&B songs like the others do and…
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    Music, Hear This Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

    Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

    Fuck being funny. Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Dacus is tired of "feeling like the odd man out" and would rather be "the cute one," "the best dressed," "the smartest," or "the artist." Or so she says in her rough, unpolished, and string-filled…
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    Music, Hear This The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

    The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

    Though they don't exactly sound like Kings of Leon — they have more of a Southern, retro sound — Canadian blues rock sextet The Sheepdogs owe a lot to that band. It was through playing Kings of Leon covers that…
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    Music, Hear This Musiq Soulchild @ Yoshi's Oakland

    Musiq Soulchild @ Yoshi's Oakland

    Musiq Soulchild is a neo-soul singer with a penchant for lowercase letters, conjoining words, and persuading women to be his friend. That might sound creepy, but listen to his music — or read his book, 143 - Love According to…
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    Music, Hear This Toad The Wet Sprocket @ The Fillmore

    Toad The Wet Sprocket @ The Fillmore

    If you were under the age of 25 and owned a TV in the '90s, then surely you know Toad The Wet Sprocket. (And if you fall in that age category and owned a TV but still don't recognize the…
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    Music, Hear This Caleborate @ Social Hall SF

    Caleborate @ Social Hall SF

    If it wasn't for his older brother, Caleborate might never have started rapping. While attending Contra Costa College, his older brother, a singer who performs under the name Cash Campain, rented a studio to record music and dragged his high…
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    Music, Hear This Schoolboy Q @ The Regency Ballroom

    Schoolboy Q @ The Regency Ballroom

    Rapper Schoolboy Q, one-fourth of Black Hippy — the L.A. hip-hop supergroup that includes Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul — is an interesting dude. Though he's beloved for his squishy, nasal voice; drug-centric subject matter; and party appropriate anthems,…
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    Music, Hear This Pitbull @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

    Pitbull @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

    If you're going to Miami any time soon, here are some tips from the one time I visited: Bring sunscreen, don't swim too far out in the ocean lest you risk getting stung or bitten, drink as many Cuban coffees…
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    Music, Hear This Margaret Glaspy @ Rickshaw Stop

    Margaret Glaspy @ Rickshaw Stop

    Whatever you do, don't call Margaret Glaspy a folk singer. "I worked so hard in trying to move to different space," the Northern California-born singer-songwriter told Noisey. "It's like dammit, there's so much other shit that's going on." That…
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    Music, Hear This Lonesome Shack @ Starline Social Club

    Lonesome Shack @ Starline Social Club

    Once, while driving from Oakland to Ojai, I stopped for a drink in Maricopa. A city of approximately 1,000 people, every business and storefront on the main street was closed or boarded up except for the bar. Ceiling fans spun…
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    Music, Hear This The Schmidt @ Northern Nights Festival

    The Schmidt @ Northern Nights Festival

    If you think The Schmidt is a reference to the character with the same name on the FOX comedy New Girl, you're wrong. It's short for Kleinschmidt — although the DJ's first name is David, not The. The Schmidt makes…
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    Music, Hear This Hieroglyphics @ Stern Grove Festival

    Hieroglyphics @ Stern Grove Festival

    It's been three years since Oakland hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics released its last studio album, The Kitchen, but that doesn't mean they haven't been keeping busy. On September 3, they'll be throwing their fifth annual Hiero Day Festival in West Oakland,…
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    Music, Hear This Jacquees @ The New Parish

    Jacquees @ The New Parish

    I first heard the rapper and singer Jacquees through his 2015 song "Like Baby," a bass-laced, synth-heavy track that's been seen on YouTube more than 5.5 million times to date. In the braggadocio-heavy track, the Georgian, who signed to Birdman's…
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    Music, Hear This Flight of the Conchords @ The Masonic

    Flight of the Conchords @ The Masonic

    It's been almost seven years since the New Zealand duo Flight of the Conchords — consisting of Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement — announced that their smash-hit self-titled show would not return for a third season on HBO, and yet…
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    Music, Hear This Cleopold @ Rickshaw Stop

    Cleopold @ Rickshaw Stop

    Among the Australians living in Los Angeles, there is a particular blonde-haired, mustachioed Aussie who performs under the name Cleopold. And he's awesome. He's just starting out — meaning if you search his name online you won't find much —…
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    Music, Hear This Royal Jelly Jive @ The Independent

    Royal Jelly Jive @ The Independent

    If there's one thing you should know about Royal Jelly Jive, it's that they're not a throwback act. In the San Francisco/Petaluma-based band's second album, Stand Up, jazzy, cabaret sounds blend with hints of funk, traces of rock, and smidgens…
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    Music, Hear This Madeline Kenney @ Fortress Callosum

    Madeline Kenney @ Fortress Callosum

    There's something special about stumbling upon a new and unknown artist who tickles your eardrums in just the right way. You feel lucky, even victorious, for having "discovered" them, and if and when you get the chance to see them…
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    Music, Hear This Kamaiyah @ The New Parish

    Kamaiyah @ The New Parish

    Kamaiyah came around at just the right moment — and with just the right song, to boot. Oakland needed a female rapper, and the proletariat needed a working-class anthem about what it would feel like to be rich. The two…
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    Music, Hear This Da Brat @ New Karribean City

    Da Brat @ New Karribean City

    1996 was the year I became aware of Da Brat. Though the Chicago-born emcee had been rapping since 1991 and released her debut Funkdafied in 1994, she entered my world via her cameo in the Shaquille O'Neal genie comedy film…
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    Music, Hear This Fetty Wap @ Oracle Arena

    Fetty Wap @ Oracle Arena

    Surely you've heard a song by Fetty Wap — how could you not? His buzzy, autotuned breakout hit "Trap Queen" dominated the airwaves for most of 2015, and was followed by similar R&B and hip-hop fusion songs later that year.…
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    Music, Hear This Holy Fuck @ The Independent

    Holy Fuck @ The Independent

    Listen to Holy Fuck's 2009 self-titled debut, 2007's LP, 2010's Latin, and this year's release, Congrats, and you can hear the evolution of this electronic-rock quartet. Once known for improvised live sets and a rotating cast of drummers and bassists,…
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    Music, Hear This Caravan Palace @ The Fox Theater

    Caravan Palace @ The Fox Theater

    How's this for a weird formation story: The Parisian electronic big band Caravan Palace met while composing the score for a 1920s-themed silent porno flick. To date, the septet, which has only recently started touring in the U.S., has released…
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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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