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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: The Roots Are Coming to Town

Moment of Truth: The Roots Are Coming to Town

Go ahead and file The Roots under one of the live bands you have to see once in your lifetime.  Somehow, The Roots have been around for damn near three decades. Earlier this year their iconic jazz/hip-hop fusion record…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: The Roots' <i>Do You Want More?!!!??!</i> Turns 20

Moment of Truth: The Roots' Do You Want More?!!!??! Turns 20

“You are all….You are all about to witness, some organic hip-hop jazz. 100 percent groove. And ya don’t stop! It’s from The Roots. Philadelphia-based rap group. Now check, check. Imma start it like this. Yo, dig it:” About a week…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: The Roots Channel Their Musical Heroes at the Fox

Live Review: The Roots Channel Their Musical Heroes at the Fox

The Roots Lion Babe Dec. 27, 2014 The Fox Theater  Hip-hop heads who stayed local over the holidays received a special treat Saturday night with a visit from Philly-based super group The Roots, who sold out the Fox Theater…
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Music, All Shook Down Five New Songs You Need to Hear, From Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and the Roots, and More

Five New Songs You Need to Hear, From Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and the Roots, and More

United in their sharpness and density, this week's selections are taut as well-set mousetraps. The tension comes in a few flavors: Paul McCartney's insistent momentum, The Blow's clean pluckiness, Son Lux's jam-packed orchestration. The genres vary, but each song is…
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Music, All Shook Down What's Up With Elvis Costello's Vocal Ticks on "Walk Us Uptown"?

What's Up With Elvis Costello's Vocal Ticks on "Walk Us Uptown"?

A few years ago, we went to see Bob Dylan play, and it was one of the most crushingly disappointing performances we've ever seen. Not because he'd rearranged songs, and not because he didn't play some classics -- the overriding…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Holidays! Here Are the Least Awful Christmas Songs of 2012!

Happy Holidays! Here Are the Least Awful Christmas Songs of 2012!

It's a well-known fact that the worst time of year for music is Christmas. Christmas songs, by and large, stink to high heaven. They reek of sleigh bells and Santa references and tree dressing and mistletoe. They are overly sentimental…
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Music, All Shook Down SFJAZZ Center: Five Things We Learned on a Tour of the Construction Site

SFJAZZ Center: Five Things We Learned on a Tour of the Construction Site

In case you haven't heard, SFJAZZ -- the nonprofit group that presents a world-class jazz festival in San Francisco every year -- is building a brand-new home in Hayes Valley. Comparable only to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York,…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Photos, 5/28/12: The Roots Storm the Regency Ballroom

Live Photos, 5/28/12: The Roots Storm the Regency Ballroom

The Roots Monday, May 28, 2012 The Regency Ballroom There really is nothing like the Roots' live show. The Philadelphia live hip-hop ensemble stormed through San Francisco's Regency Ballroom last night in support of its latest album, the acclaimed…
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Music, All Shook Down The Park on Drinking Baileys with Wallpaper., Appearing on Carson Daly's TV Show, and What Song They'd Play for Mitt Romney

The Park on Drinking Baileys with Wallpaper., Appearing on Carson Daly's TV Show, and What Song They'd Play for Mitt Romney

You've heard The Park, even if you don't recognize the name. As the Bay Area's most in-demand rhythm section, the trio quartet of Derek Taylor (drums), Josh Lippi (bass), Ben Schwier (keys), and Nate Mercereau (guitar) has laid down…
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Music, All Shook Down President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch tUnE-yArDs' TV Debut with the Roots on "Gangsta"

Watch tUnE-yArDs' TV Debut with the Roots on "Gangsta"

So this was pretty cool: Not only did the Oakland experimental pop outfit tUnE-yArDs make its TV debut last night on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, but it did it so with the show's house band, which…
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Music, All Shook Down R.E.M., The Roots, and a Bunch of Waffles Tell Feds To Preserve Net Neutrality

R.E.M., The Roots, and a Bunch of Waffles Tell Feds To Preserve Net Neutrality

A group of musicians that includes R.E.M., Jackson Browne, The Roots, Moby, and OK Go has sent a letter to the FCC urging legal protection for net neutrality, the principle (and current reality) that all information can travel equally quickly…
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Music, All Shook Down Mos Def and Erkyah Badu Davies Hall Show Announced

Mos Def and Erkyah Badu Davies Hall Show Announced

If you missed your first chance to see hip-hop take over the normally-staid Davies Hall--home of the San Francisco Symphony, don't fret. Ankh Marketing and Guerilla Union (promoters of Rock the Bells) has just announced an upcoming performance by…
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Music, All Shook Down The Roots Play Davies Symphony Hall

The Roots Play Davies Symphony Hall

Spring has sprung, and with all the excitement over upcoming shows, music festivals and new releases, ASD almost forgot to tell you about one of the more interesting local concerts this season: The Roots at Davies Symphony Hall on…
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Music, All Shook Down Questlove at PST Tuesday Night

Questlove at PST Tuesday Night

Tuesday nights haven't traditionally been the most happening club nights around--that honor is usually reserved for the weekend (or Thursday, for locals wary of bridge-and-tunnelers). But Great Gosh A-mighty if DJ Sake One's "Pacific Standard Time" at 330 Ritch…
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Music, All Shook Down The Weekend Hitlist: 6/6 - 6/8

The Weekend Hitlist: 6/6 - 6/8

Finally another long work week gives way to the weekend! Since there's no big blockbusters to check out (unless you count Kung Fu Panda and You Don't Mess With the Zohan). BUT everyone knows neither Jack Black nor Adam…
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Music, All Shook Down Erykah Badu and The Roots Play at Oakland's Paramount in June, On Sale 4/11

Erykah Badu and The Roots Play at Oakland's Paramount in June, On Sale 4/11

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Badu and Roots band have dropped gems -- sometimes together -- for over 15 years, and '08 is no different. Ms. Wright has blessed the airwaves with a delicious…
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Music, All Shook Down The Roots Get Political on New Album due in April

The Roots Get Political on New Album due in April

The Roots have revealed details on their upcoming album, Rising Down, due in stores April 29. Drummer ?uestlove says the new LP is "probably our most political album to date, dealing with addiction, nihilism, hypocritical double standards in the…
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Music, All Shook Down LiveFEED: Rock the Bells, 2007!

LiveFEED: Rock the Bells, 2007!

SF Weekly.com's daily music site "All Shook Down" brings back a live feed of photos, interviews and commentary from the biggest hip-hop event of the Bay Area's 2007 -- Rock The Bells, in McCovey Cove, San Francisco, August 18, 2007.…
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Rock the Bells, The Expendables, New Monsoon -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 18

Rock the Bells, 12 noon at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (AT&T Park) . $76. Performing:Sage Francis, Murs, Blackalicious, Hieroglyphics, MF Doom, The Coup, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Public Enemy, The Roots, Cypress…
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