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Music, All Shook Down R&B Trio KING Talk About Their Influences and What They've Learned About The Music Industry Thus Far

R&B Trio KING Talk About Their Influences and What They've Learned About The Music Industry Thus Far

Prince has a thang for plucking singers out of obscurity and molding them into mainstream hits. The ‘80s heartthrob learned of the Los Angeles trio KING after they posted their debut single, “The Story,” on YouTube in 2011. A…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay Z and Beyoncé Have Gone Vegan... And Think It Will Be Much Harder Than It Is

Jay Z and Beyoncé Have Gone Vegan... And Think It Will Be Much Harder Than It Is

In case you don't keep abreast of the dietary habits of the rich and famous, Jay Z announced yesterday that he and awesome wife, Beyoncé, were commencing a "plant-based" diet -- that's vegan to you and me -- for 22…
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Music, Hear This Thundercat: Show Preview

Thundercat: Show Preview

When Nintendo bigwig Hiroshi Yamauchi died in September, tributes from videogame fans poured in from all around. Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) joined the mix, too, distributing a tune called "Bowzer's Ballad." Aside from the title's reference to…
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Music, Hear This Janelle Monae: Show Preview

Janelle Monae: Show Preview

With its Prince and Erykah Badu collaborations, Janelle Monáe's second album, The Electric Lady, solidified the singer's reputation for breaking boundaries within music. Her last appearance in San Francisco was earlier this year at Davies Hall, where she fronted the…
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Music, All Shook Down The 2013 MTV VMAs: A Timeline of Egomania

The 2013 MTV VMAs: A Timeline of Egomania

MTV, the music video channel that doesn't play any music videos, held the 30th edition of its annual Video Music Awards last night, honoring many of pop music's biggest names. Here's our minute-by-minute recap of the 2013 VMAs:0:01: Close up…
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Music, Hear This Janelle Monae: Show Preview

Janelle Monae: Show Preview

There are few rising R&B stars as stylishly ambitious — and consistently satisfying — as Janelle Monae. Her 2010 album The ArchAndroid explored a futuristic mélange of hip-hop, R&B, soul, and rock — but even its heady conceptualizing couldn't keep…
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Music, All Shook Down Bonobo Mixes Electronics and Live Musicians at the Warfield, 5/3/13

Bonobo Mixes Electronics and Live Musicians at the Warfield, 5/3/13

Bonobo Erykah Badu aka DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (DJ set) El Ten Eleven Friday, May 3, 2013 The Warfield Better than: Watching a DJ fiddle with Serato or Ableton. Electronic dance music, when paired with live instrumentation, can have…
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Music, Hear This Bonobo: Show Preview

Bonobo: Show Preview

Electronic dance music shows often have a similar vibe: A DJ on a stage above a large dancefloor or tucked away in a small booth you can't quite see. A sea of head-bobbing, dancing fans. Flashing lights, high volume, heavy…
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Music, All Shook Down Nevermind Badu vs. Coyne: Here Are the Top Five Greatest Band Feuds

Nevermind Badu vs. Coyne: Here Are the Top Five Greatest Band Feuds

Uh-oh. Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips unleashed the wrath of Erykah Badu this week by releasing a video for their collaboration, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," without getting her approval first. Which was kind of important,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Erykah Badu dazzled the Warfield with an extended performance that included old favorites and songs from her upcoming album, due next year. Performing with her band, the Cannabinoids, Badu endlessly pushed her older material in unusual new directions,…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Erykah Badu Unleashes Cerebral Funk at The Warfield

Live Review: Erykah Badu Unleashes Cerebral Funk at The Warfield

Erykah Badu Dec. 9, 2011 The Warfield Better than: Badu's engaging performance at Outside Lands back in August. Erykah Badu is a skilled recording artist, but she flourishes and thrives on stage. The live setting is also where the…
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Music, All Shook Down Erykah Badu's Coolest Wigs, Headpieces, and Hair Things of All Time

Erykah Badu's Coolest Wigs, Headpieces, and Hair Things of All Time

Erykah Badu brings her band the Cannabinoids to the Warfield stage on Friday (Dec. 9) and, given her past history, you'll forgive us for being excited about something superficial in addition to the actual music. Her appearance at Outside Lands…
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Dining, SFoodie Chilean Sea Bass Isn't Sustainable, PETA Plans a Porn Site, and Make Us Vegan S'Mores Pocket Pies Already!

Chilean Sea Bass Isn't Sustainable, PETA Plans a Porn Site, and Make Us Vegan S'Mores Pocket Pies Already!

• No Worries, the vegan Filipino restaurant in Oakland, is closing its doors on Sept. 1 and transitioning to a food truck. I'm bummed because I won't be able to get delicious pancit at pretty much every hour, but…
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Music, All Shook Down Thirteen Lesser-Known Artists You Should See at Outside Lands 2011

Thirteen Lesser-Known Artists You Should See at Outside Lands 2011

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Outside Lands Must-Sees: You're obviously going to catch the headliner sets at this weekend's Outside Lands Festival, so we'll assume you're already more than familiar with Arcade Fire, Muse, the Roots, Girl Talk,…
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Music, BeatBox Badu and Questlove: Show Preview

Badu and Questlove: Show Preview

San Francisco production company Ankh Marketing has brought top-quality soul and hip-hop DJ events and live concerts to the city for the past seven years, often in support of local sociopolitical causes, and celebrates its birthday this week with a…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, aka Erykah Badu, to Spin at Mezzanine

DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, aka Erykah Badu, to Spin at Mezzanine

Interplanetary wonder Erykah Badu, who will be in town to perform at Outside Lands on Aug. 12, will help local promotion outfit Ankh Marketing celebrate its seventh anniversary the same night, performing a DJ gig under her alias Lo Down…
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Music, BeatBox Onra: Show Preview

Onra: Show Preview

R&B in 2010 is a sprawling artistic field that includes music as diverse as Usher's raunchy radio fodder, Erykah Badu's cerebral funk, Beyoncé's saucy soul, Keyshia Cole's sweet ballads, and Dam-Funk's underground grooves. Frenchman Arnaud Bernard takes cues from all…
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I Walk The Line, Naked: The Best in Public Indecency and Political Commentary

In protest of the controversial French ban on Islamic religious attire in public places, two French women, one of them Muslim, recently began a -- well, the right noun here hasn't come to light yet, and may not exist --…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: How Could Erykah Badu Possibly Seem Exciting After Janelle Monae?

Friday Night: How Could Erykah Badu Possibly Seem Exciting After Janelle Monae?

Erykah Badu Janelle Monae @The Paramount Theatre, Oakland June 17, 2010 Better than: Watching old Michael Jackson videos on repeat. (Well, maybe not.) There were seats all the way up to the front of the stage at the Paramount last…
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The Gays Win in the Battle of Erykah Badu Parodies

Erykah Badu knows one way to get bloggers excited--by taking off all her clothes for her "Window Seat" video, spurring rumors that she's gonna get arrested, and causing Dallas cops to consider tougher laws to prevent future streakers from stripping…
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