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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Listen to Berkeley Rapper Caleborate's Latest Song, "Hold On"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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2015 has been a good year for East Bay rapper, Caleborate, and by the looks of it, 2016 will be even better. Pigeons and Planes named him one of "20 Artists About To Blow" and his album, Hella Good, has been making waves (spoiler: it's one of SF Weekly's Best Albums of 2015). Caleborate's latest song, "Hold On," produced by Kuya Beats and Cal-A, pairs the MC's velvety, smooth bars with beats that switch back and forth between laid back jazz to reverbed, minimalist electronica. Caleborate proves, yet again, that he has a knack for combining classic sounds with experimental techniques, and he is quickly becoming a rising star in the Bay Area rap scene. The MC said that while he has no plans to release another project any time soon, he is "working on a bunch of songs right now...that I want to unveil in 2016." So keeps your eyes and ears peeled for that. Actually, never mind. We'll do that for you. Duh.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Get Ready For Christmas With R. Kelly's Holiday Slap, "Christmas Party"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM

CREDIT: RCA
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If you've heard R. Kelly's summer slap "Backyard Party," then you'll recognize the tune in "Christmas Party" (and know that it's basically the same song but with different lyrics). Whatever, though, we're still bumping it over here at the Weekly office because a) it's a nice deviation from the standard holiday classics, and b) like all of R. Kelly's songs, it's damn catchy. Not only that, it's also funny (which you could also say about practically every R. Kelly song). Apparently on Christmas R. Kelly likes to reminisce "on old times / While drinking and playing Dominoes," and he even makes a comment about how "all the people here are so good looking."

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Premiere: Lust for So-Cal With Teens In Trouble's Debut Single, "Santa Monica"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Lizzie Cuevas of Teens In Trouble - CREDIT: RIKI FELDMANN
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  • Lizzie Cuevas of Teens In Trouble

When you type "Teens in Trouble" into Google, make sure you also write "band;" otherwise, you'll get a lot of Dr. Phil and WebMD search results about how to deal with troubled teens. As the name suggests, Teens In Trouble has a sense of humor. Their debut single, "Santa Monica," is a wistful, albeit hyperbolically upbeat ode to the West Los Angeles city by the sea where Lizzie Cuevas, the band's founder, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, lived for one year of her life. 

"The weather is gorgeous there all the time and it was nice to be like, 'Hey, let's go ride the Ferris Wheel for no other reason than we can," says Cuevas, who is originally from San Francisco. "I actually didn't appreciate Santa Monica until I moved out."

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Premiere: Social Work Wants You to Dance Funny to Their Debut Single, "Funny Dancers"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 7:02 AM

CREDIT: SOCIAL WORK
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Funny dancers rejoice because we've got a song for you. "Funny Dancers" is the debut single from Oakland band, Social Work, and it's the kind of jam that'll get even the most staunch non-dancers out of their chairs and onto their feet. It's an experimental pop jam, replete with brass and drums, as well as dreamy, bleary vocals from singer Madeline Kenney and producer, Will Butler.

"Funny Dancers" is derived from a chopped-and-screwed track of the same name by fellow Oakland band Brass Magic. After a heavy dose of editing and a sprinkling of additions, Butler, who is the frontman and founder of Social Work, churned out this wholly original gem (but decided to keep the original song title for kicks). The only glimmer of the original song, he said, is the brass, which is why he suggests calling the track a "rebrass," rather than a "remix."

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Friday, July 17, 2015

San Francisco Symphony Performs Back to the Future Score This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM

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Great Scott! It's been 30 years since the characters of Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown first thrilled audiences on the silver screen in the beloved sci-fi flick Back to the Future — and local fans can celebrate the anniversary with two very special events this weekend in the city. The San Francisco Symphony continues its highly successful film and concert series, where a movie is shown using a unique technology that removes the music soundtrack (leaving the dialogue and other sound) so that the orchestra can perform the score live, all synced up perfectly with the action on screen.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Deerhoof Song "The Trouble With Candyhands" Is Funky, Tropical, and Delightful

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Deerhoof wants to party. We highly recommend you join them.
  • Deerhoof wants to party. We highly recommend you join them.

The music of Deerhoof is like spicy mustard or stinky cheese or Tusk or something: Once you acquire a taste for this kind of thoroughly adventurous pop-rock, nothing else is quite satisfying in the same way. The band (which was founded in S.F. but whose members now live all over the place) started out playing time-and-tone-bending rockouts that shuddered the brain and stretched the ears -- and were, by regular pop standards, difficult. As it's evolved, though, its members have learned to make music that's just as adventurous but a bit easier to listen to.

Not that "easy to listen to" is should be The Ultimate Goal. But, as drummer/savant Greg Saunier argues in the hype sheet for Deerhoof's new album, Breakup Song, "Pop = catchy; Pop = new; Pop = no rules." He calls the new album a "sensational slice of Cuban-flavored party-noise-energy music," which is spot-on: First single "The Trouble with Candyhands" is a bouncy dose of avant-Latin-jazz-pop, hot-rodded with coursing lines of gritty guitars. The verses are both funky and off-kilter in that challenging Deerhoof way, but the choruses soar with a gorgeously zen/inane pop refrain from singer Satomi Matsuzaki and the sunny punctuation that only a piano can supply. (Also: saxophone!) This is, to be clear, delightful -- and possibly a sign that Deerhoof has reached yet another artistic pinnacle. Listen:

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