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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In Print: What Charles Hamilton Can Teach Lil B and Odd Future, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and More

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Charles Hamilton: Quick to rise, quick to fall.
  • Charles Hamilton: Quick to rise, quick to fall.


What Charles Hamilton can teach Lil B and Odd Future: As quickly as Hamilton found himself on national magazine covers (XXL and style mag The Fader), his career unraveled, serving as a warning of the dangers of Internet-fueled stardom. He was accused of releasing too much music, blogging nonstop gibberish, and disrespecting deceased Detroit production legend J Dilla (whom Hamilton anointed, without permission, as "executive producer" of his album). He was later punched by a female rapper with whom he'd been intimate after he suggested in a video widely circulated online that she needed an abortion.

The downfall was public and symptomatic of the times. In an other era, a label would have played a forceful hand in selecting which of Hamilton's songs to release. Today, young artists tend to offer up every sketch of a new song and see what sticks.

Los Munequitos de Matanzas
  • Los Munequitos de Matanzas

Cuba's Los Muñequitos de Matanzas return to S.F.: The band's Tambor de Fuego show reportedly will feature music from the latest album, tributes to legendary band members from the last half-century, and new pieces created especially for this tour, its first in the U.S. since 2002. Their nine-year absence was due to heightened restrictions on travel to and from Cuba stemming from the Cuban Democracy Act of 2002. The show at Mission High School is their first performance in San Francisco in 19 years. With all the sensual elements in place, it should be an experience only slightly short of synesthesia.

Highs and lows from this week in S.F. Music: Britney Spears, Japan benefits, vinyl on the wall, and more.

Also, we recommend shows from Bad Rabbits and Salem.

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