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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moment of Truth: The Top 7 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 10:16 AM

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Moment of Truth’s first year comes to a close and it’s been a pleasure covering hip-hop in the Bay throughout 2015. If the year in music showed us anything, it’s that hip-hop artists in the area are getting more comfortable with stepping outside of any previously established Bay area norms. Where we’ve always been a hyphy-heavy hip-hop community, the bass-forward sound isn’t the only way to create viable hip-hop that hits.

Not gonna lie, I’m hella proud to claim all of the artists on this list as part of the Bay area hip-hop community. There’s way more than these seven to shout out, but these were the ones that stood out above the rest. With that, here’s Moment of Truth’s Top 7 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2015:

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Top 8 Best Places to See Free Live Music in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 3:30 AM

It's one of the curiouser by-products of this post-collapse economy that plenty of what's free is actually what's best -- and this is as true for music as it is for smartphone apps. It's so easy to feel burned by a phoned-in "big show" when it sets you back $50 plus fees -- and so easy to feel elated by a great show that cost you nothing. Emboldened by the successes of 21st-Century DIY models, a lot of our best musicians are simply giving it away. Here are the eight best S.F. venues to catch them doing it.

See also:

* The Top 10 Best Club Sound Systems in San Francisco

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8. Club Deluxe

In the heart of a neighborhood desperately clinging to faint strands of its past, Club Deluxe in the Haight-Ashbury is the unequivocal real deal. Besides Milk Bar (which is waaaay over by Whole Foods), this the only locale in the historic neighborhood where you can witness live music every night -- and, excepting a few weekend nights, it's nearly always free. Deluxe hosts an eclectic selection of bossa nova, bebop, and gypsy jazz throughout the week, as well as a Monday night comedy showcase, and a Thursday night burlesque revue. Its also happens to serve some of the best and freshest pizzas in the city, the spicy Sinabaldo being a popular favorite. Club Deluxe is, first and foremost, a bar, so patrons are exclusively 21-plus. But the place is an essential spot for free live entertainment in one of the city's most famous tourist neighborhoods.

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