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Calendar, Night&Day Now I'm A ...

Now I'm A ...

Jeff Chang makes you cry; so does Greil Marcus. But in the new Believer Art Issue, plenty of the other contributors make you laugh and smirk and grin and have other reactions as well. Peter Blegvad as interviewed by Franklin…
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Music, All Shook Down Will Vibe Reboot Digitally?

Will Vibe Reboot Digitally?

From NYC tipsite Idolater comes this  interesting tidbit (thanks to SFW Music Editress Jen Maerz for passing it on): One day after Vibe magazine announced 50 employees would be laid off and print operations would cease, founder (and Michael…
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Calendar, Night&Day Break/s It Down

Break/s It Down

"I have literal speech and figurative movement," says Marc Bamuthi Joseph. He's talking about the pat-head-rub-tummy style of his critically acclaimed performances, in which he tells a story, say this one, from one of the videos on his MySpace page:…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Berkeley author Jeff Chang follows his American Book Award-winning Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by editing and curating a new anthology exploring hip hop's artistic achievements beyond the beats and rhymes. Total Chaos traces the…
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Music, OK Then

Journalism 101

As my great-grandpappy used to tell me over tumblers of rye, his wispy beard blowing in the wind as bullets whizzed by (we hung out on battlefields), there comes a time in every columnist's life when he must rebuke a…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox


In 1997, as San Francisco drum 'n' bass club night "Eklektic" was getting off the ground, British producer Roni Size was dominating both his homeland and the States with his jazz-inspired grooves. That year, Size's now-defunct group Reprazent won the…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Quannum Mechanics

Quannum Mechanics

The bass line thunders out of the DNA Lounge's colossal speakers as the sold-out crowd pushes toward the stage. With this many arms and bodies intertwined, it's hard to tell where one person ends and another begins. The beat drops.…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Don't Stop

Don't Stop

TUES 2/8 Hip hop recently turned 30, and there's a good chance you don't recall a world without it. But the booming, chest-pounding cultural behemoth was once young, and as Jeff Chang's new book, Can't Stop Won't Stop, demonstrates, hip…
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