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Culture, The Exhibitionist Soundwave Biennial’s Audiobus Explores The Tenderloin In Its Own Voice

Soundwave Biennial’s Audiobus Explores The Tenderloin In Its Own Voice

San Francisco in the 21st century is experiencing the tumbleweed-silent steel buildings canyon of the Financial District transition into the always-lively cacophony of the badlands of The Tenderloin. “The Tenderloin is an area that a lot of people ignore…
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Music, All Shook Down Poppet Makes Electronic Baroque-Pop That is as Weird as it is Wonderful

Poppet Makes Electronic Baroque-Pop That is as Weird as it is Wonderful

Most of the time, when you hear an artist described as being "emotionally honest," they're usually an NPR-approved indie-folk singer-songwriter or that guy from your high school who just discovered Bright Eyes and his dad’s acoustic guitar. Not so…
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Music, All Shook Down “The Synthesizer For Me, Has Always Been The Greatest:” John Carpenter on His Life in Music and Movies

“The Synthesizer For Me, Has Always Been The Greatest:” John Carpenter on His Life in Music and Movies

“When I was eight-years-old, I saw a movie that changed my life: Forbidden Planet,” John Carpenter, the film composer, director, and screenwriter says from his home in Los Angeles. The film he is referring to is a 1956 science fiction…
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Music, All Shook Down “Music That is Bigger Than Mundane Life:” Laraaji on His Life as a New-Age Artist

“Music That is Bigger Than Mundane Life:” Laraaji on His Life as a New-Age Artist

Though chiefly instrumental, new-age music is music with a purpose. Call it background or spa music if you will, but new-age tunes can be used for a multitude of purposes, such as relaxation, help with sleeping, optimism, inspiration, and more. …
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Music, All Shook Down Chicago Rapper G Herbo Hopes His Music Will Put a Stop to Inner-City Violence

Chicago Rapper G Herbo Hopes His Music Will Put a Stop to Inner-City Violence

When the lineup for The Smokers Club Tour was released a couple of months ago, the pulses of many stoner hip-hop heads surely had to be checked. Cam'ron, now the purplest man on the planet (R.I.P. Prince), is set to…
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Music, All Shook Down "All The Music Down Here is Hyphy:" An Interview with Richmond Producer YP On The Beat

"All The Music Down Here is Hyphy:" An Interview with Richmond Producer YP On The Beat

For the last few years, 26-year-old bedroom producer, YP on The Beat, has been working on a new Yay Area sound, one that combines the booming, gloopy sound of hyphy, with the regimented high hat and snare cracks of trap…
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Music, Hear This Jlin @ F8

Jlin @ F8

If you've never heard of footwork — the sped up, grittier, child of Chicago house music — hearing a track by Jlin will blow your mind. Jlin, who works by day in a steel mill, began making music in 2008…
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Music, All Shook Down At 84, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Teacher to Bob Dylan and Best Friend of Woody Guthrie, is Still Keeping Folk Music Alive

At 84, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Teacher to Bob Dylan and Best Friend of Woody Guthrie, is Still Keeping Folk Music Alive

About halfway through talking to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, I realized I’d stopped trying to ask him questions and just let him tell me stories. After all, they don’t call him “Ramblin’ Jack Elliott” for nothing. After 60 years in…
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Music, All Shook Down An Interview With SELA, Vallejo's Best, Weirdest, and Only Ambient/Footwork Producer

An Interview With SELA, Vallejo's Best, Weirdest, and Only Ambient/Footwork Producer

Listening to Vallejo producer SELA is akin to wandering through a bleary, dew-laden field at dawn, accidentally falling down a rabbit hole, and then getting sucked up by a rainbow tornado before drifting slowly back down to earth and laying…
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