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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Five On It: Five Recent Bay Area Slaps That You've Gotta Hear

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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We live in a time where good music is fleeting. So many songs drop daily that even the best ones got lost in the shuffle, buried in the depths of SoundCloud or hidden in the abyss of YouTube. Keeping track of what's new (and what's worth listening to) has almost turned into a full-time job now (Case in point: My job as music editor).

This is where I come in: I've taken on the onerous task of selecting five of the best rap bangers — so far — from 2016 for your listening pleasure. These songs — from both unknown and up-and-coming artists — represent the breadth and diversity of the Bay Area's hip-hop scene; not to mention, they're just really good songs. Don't sleep on these.  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Five On It: Five Under-The-Radar Bay Area Bands You Must Hear

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Band to hear: Bong Kitty
  • Band to hear: Bong Kitty
One thing no one can seem to agree on is whether the Bay Area music scene is dead, dying, alive, enjoying a renaissance, or fading away. If you’re like me, you’ve heard (and participated in) enough dumb arguments about the health of the scene to last a few lifetimes, and you would rather not be within spitting distance of another one ever again.

So when the opportunity arose to evaluate the Bay Area scene, I considered running screaming in the opposite direction. Making claims about the scene is the ultimate Sisyphean task since a) no one can agree, b) you will piss people off no matter what you say, and c) it changes so fast that your argument is obsolete by the time you’ve finished your sentence. Plus, getting sucked back into that discussion (read: screeching at each other drunkenly outside Slim’s during a cigarette break) sounded like my personal circle of hell.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Five On It: The Five Best Take Away Shows Filmed in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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In April of 2006, YouTube was still in its infancy and uploading videos was not nearly as commonplace as it is today. But that all changed the day that Vincent Moon, a French independent filmmaker and photographer, grabbed a handheld camera and filmed the American indie-rock group Spinto Band performing their song "Oh, Mandy" in a basement and in the corner of a restaurant in Paris. He uploaded the video to his blog, La Blogothèque, calling it a Take Away Show, and 10 years later, it has been followed by almost 400 impromptu public performances of the same style. 

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Five Women in the Bay Area Metal Scene That You Need to Know About

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Laila Abdul-Rauf, Sigrid Sheie, Kris Force, Chiyo Nukaga.
  • Laila Abdul-Rauf, Sigrid Sheie, Kris Force, Chiyo Nukaga.

The Bay Area’s heavy metal scene is known around the world, particularly for being the fertile ground where thrash bloomed. But the region’s metal community is much richer and more varied than that. Its male musicians often get the lion’s share of the attention, but there are a number of kick-ass, creative women who’ve defined the sound of their bands — not to mention redefined whole genres, including death metal, ambient metal and sludge. Their participation in the scene and support for one another have helped keep Bay Area metal alive and breaking new ground. Here are five you need to know about.

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