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Monday, August 8, 2016

The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:07 PM

"F" is for "fuck"
  • "F" is for "fuck"

I still remember the first time I heard someone my own age say the word "fuck." I was in second grade in Mrs. Wright's class, and  I was sitting on the bench behind the dugout waiting my turn at kickball. Josh Kaplan, a towheaded boy who also happened to be the class clown, was ahead of me, and when he kicked the ball out of bounds, he uttered the then-outlawed word, at which point I'm pretty sure every pre-pubescent jaw on the baseball field and beyond dropped. 

"Josh said the f-word," my classmates whispered to each other for the rest of the day. It was the talk not only of Mrs. Wright's class, but of the entire second grade. It was a BIG deal. 

And now it's not. Not only are we adults, but the f-word — and seemingly every other cuss word — is pretty much OK to utter, even if you are a kid. Blame it on the media, the proliferation of rap music, or bad parenting, but the fact is saying "fuck" just isn't that big of a deal anymore. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Find Out Which Artists Are Most Listened To On Pandora In Each State (Spoiler: The Whole Country Loves Drake)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 1:46 PM

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 Analyzing data is always fun (though it's probably not very fun for the people compiling it in the first place). With this in mind, Pandora dug through their station adds from the past year to amass a list of the most listened to artists and bands in each state. Their findings? The U.S. loves rappers and female vocalists.

Like plenty of other states, Drake was the top most listened to artist in Cali, and, quite honestly, none of the other artists who made it on the list are that much of a shocker either. (Though it should be mentioned that although Taylor Swift popped up on a number of other state's lists, she was absent from Cali's. Hooray!) In addition to Drake, California's top 10 included The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Beyonce, J. Cole, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Adele, as well as Los Angeles natives YG and Chris Brown. 

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Monday, May 16, 2016

I’m Just a California Boy: 10 Songs That Make Me Nostalgic For The Bay Area

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Dayumm, that's one fine-looking city right thurr. - STEVE EDELSTONE
  • Steve Edelstone
  • Dayumm, that's one fine-looking city right thurr.

Until September 2013, I had never spent more than a few months at a time outside of the Bay Area. Growing up in Moraga, a pristine suburb in the East Bay devoid of any sort of culture, I had my gaze focused to the west, through the Caldecott Tunnel, just over the rolling green hills, to UC Berkeley.

For the first dozen or so years of my life, attending UC Berkeley was my ultimate goal. Both my parents and grandparents had graduated from the school, and, as a child, I would bring my plastic trumpet to football games so that I could play along with the marching band. I recently cleaned out my closet in Moraga and found a poster I made in third grade in which I had to answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wrote, “A Cal student.”

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy National Moscato Day! Here Are 15 Songs That Reference The Sweet Dessert Wine

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Even Olive Garden serves Moscato.
  • Even Olive Garden serves Moscato.

I love the sickly-sweet dessert wine Moscato. It's the only alcohol I drink, and for a short phase of my life, my friends even referred to me as Young Moscato. 

Why do I like Moscato so much? Well, it's not only cheap and widely-available, but it doesn't taste like alcohol. Like at all. And if you're someone who doesn't find the taste of spirits particularly pleasing, this drink is a Godsend. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ten of Prince's Most Memorable Bay Area Shows

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 4:57 PM


Though Prince started touring in 1979, it wasn’t until 1981 that the Purple Rain artist played his first show in the Bay Area at a now-defunct nightclub in S.F. called The Stone. From 1981 to 2016, he played a total of 34 shows throughout the Bay Area (half of which were in Oakland, and six of which were in Daly City in 1985). Of those, we’ve selected ten of Prince’s most memorable Bay Area performances, and we’re willing to bet that more than a few fans still have their ticket stubs from those shows.

1. Feb. 14 and 15, 1982 — Controversy Tour

San Francisco Civic Auditorium: This was Prince’s second ever tour stop in S.F. at what is now known as Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. And, as per the tour’s name, it was rife with controversy. Prince’s side-band The Time were performing so well that Prince reportedly worried that they were outshining him. The drama and backstage tension ended up imploding a month after his S.F. show at the tour’s last stop in Cinnicinati when Prince and some of the members of his band egged The Time off the stage. Towards the end of their set, Prince poured honey over Time bandmate Jerome Benton and dumped trash on him. Things escalated and guitarist Jesse Johnson was handcuffed to a wall-mounted coat rack and Prince proceeded to throw Doritos at him. After the show, the two bands partook in a vicious food fight backstage. The fighting continued after they returned to their hotel and Prince reportedly made Morris Day pay for all the damages, claiming he had started the feud.

Prince at Cow Palace in 1985.
  • Prince at Cow Palace in 1985.

2. Feb. 27 to March 5, 1985 — Purple Rain Tour

Cow Palace: For six straight nights, Prince played shows at the 12,000-seat Cow Palace, which, per the ticket’s

 request that attendees “wear purple,” was filled with fans decked out in the hue. While tickets were sold for $17.50, they were being scalped for as much as $100, an SF Chronicle article reports. On Prince’s final night at Cow Palace, he played 23 songs, including “When The Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Prince at The Warfield in 1986.
  • Prince at The Warfield in 1986.
Prince at Oakland Coliseum in 1988.
  • Prince at Oakland Coliseum in 1988.

3. Nov. 11, 1988 — Lovesexy Tour

Oakland Coliseum: Prince’s penchant for playing long sets began with this tour and he squeezed in a whopping 40 songs for his two-hour set at the Coliseum. The Lovesexy tour was one of Prince’s most expensive, and he ultimately lost money from it due to transportation and high production costs incurred by his elaborate stage props, which included a moving, multi-tiered stage, a basketball hoop, a fountain, trellis fences, and a full-scale replica of his Ford Thunderbird. (By the tour’s final leg in Japan in 1989, he reportedly broke even.) The show was divided into two acts, with older songs making an appearance in the first half, and newer songs, some of which were played acoustically on the piano,  in the second.

Prince at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 1993.
  • Prince at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 1993.
Prince at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 1993.
  • Prince at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 1993.

4. April 10 and 11, 1993: Act I Tour

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium: These shows marked Prince’s first return to the Bay in five years, as well as his last tour before he changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. The tour was in support of his album Love Symbol Album and featured the backing band The New Power Generation. The first half of the show focused on material from Love Symbol Album, as well as a few tracks from The New Power Generation’s recently released album Goldnigga. The second half of the show was reserved for Prince’s greatest hits, including “Purple Rain” and “1999.”

Prince at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 1993.
  • Prince at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 1993.

5. October 10, 1997 — Jam Of The Year Tour

Shoreline Amphitheater: This show was The Artist Formerly Known As Prince’s first outdoor performance in the Bay Area and his first time playing solo piano sets. Backed by The New Power Generation, he played 34 songs at the October show, most of them culled from the two albums he released in 1996,  Emancipation and Chaos and Disorder (not including the soundtrack that he wrote for the Spike Lee film Girl 6). The year before, Prince had left his label at Warner Bros. and married the dancer Mayte Garcia, who was 15 years his junior.

Prince at Shoreline Amphitheater in 1997.
  • Prince at Shoreline Amphitheater in 1997.

6. Dec. 3, 2000 — Hit N Run Tour

Ruby Skye: At this point, Prince had dropped the symbol and reverted to his original name. He was also still touring with The New Power Generation, though by then, the band’s roster was entirely different. For his show at Ruby Skye, which was announced mere weeks ahead of time, Prince was almost 90 minutes late, but he made up for it with a two-hour set. Both a saxophonist and the dancer-singer Geneva joined him onstage where he danced for the bulk of the show, as well as made three costume changes. With “Cream,” Prince launched into the first of a few guitar solos, even jumping atop speakers on both sides of the stage while strumming out notes.

7. May 19, 2007

Orpheum Theater: This one-off performance occurred a few weeks after Prince’s month-long residency at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas and two months after he headlined the half-time show for Super Bowl XLI. Tickets for this “cozy” show, sponsored by CitiAdvantage credit card, cost $225, and included opening sets by the Esovedo Family and Sheila E. Instead of playing many of his biggest hits, like “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Raspberry Beret,” Prince opted for covers of older songs by  Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, and Sly and The Family Stone.

8. Feb. 21, 23, and 24, 2011 — Welcome 2 America Tour

Oracle Arena: Like most of Prince’s later shows, this one was announced very last minute — as in five days before the first show. A few weeks earlier at the Grammy Hall of Famer’s Madison Square Garden show, Prince had invited Kim Kardashian onstage, before kicking her off because she refused to dance.. Tickets were being sold for as much as $250 for his Oracle Arena shows, which featured openers Larry Graham and Graham Central Station. On the last night he was in Oakland, Prince ditched the openers and ended up playing a three-hour set that included a surprise performance and duet with Shelia E.

9. April 23 and 24, 2013 — Live Out Loud Tour

DNA Lounge: For Prince’s Live Out Loud Tour, he played two shows a day at smaller venues in each city he visited. At DNA Lounge, which housed 900 people for the shows, Prince performed along with his backing girl band 3rdeyegirl and rocked an afro and pencil mustache. Instead of playing the hits, he played a lot of covers (like Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson and Clover,” The Cars’ “Let’s Go,” and an instrumental version of “Day Tripper” by the Beatles). In honor of Richie Havens’ death the day before, Prince also played two tribute songs to the late Woodstock artist. As usual, his sets were at least two hours long and the going rate was around $250 a ticket (or $6000 if you opted to sit in the V.I.P. area).

Prince catching a game at Oracle Arena in 2016.
  • Prince catching a game at Oracle Arena in 2016.

10. March 4, 2016 —  Piano and a Microphone Tour

Oracle Arena: After playing two surprise, back-to-back, and immediately sold out shows at Paramount Theater in Oakland the week before, Prince surprised the Bay (again) by announcing this second show at Oracle Arena (which also sold out in minutes). The night before, he’d attended a Warriors game at the venue, and while he was in town, he also hit up Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio (for a limoncello, which he sipped from a straw) and the Western Edition New American eatery Nopa. All four corners of the stage at this two-hour long  show were lit by a cluster of candles, and, as the tour name suggested, the show consisted solely of Prince, his microphone, and a piano. He played hits from a medley of albums, including Dirty Mind, Purple Rain, and his most recent release HITnRUN Part 2, and even did a cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain.” Perhaps the coolest aspects of the show were when he hopped on a bicycle and peddled around the audience and the fact that every member of the audience was handed a free CD of HITnRUN Part 2 when they left.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ten Weed Songs in Hip-Hop That Are Perfect For 420

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:21 PM

Hopefully you're high while reading this. Because today is the unofficial stoner's holiday, we've compiled a list of 10 of the greatest weed related songs out there. Because so many lists about weed songs abound, we figured we'd do our best to cull some of the lesser known ganja tracks for your ears. So without further ado, sit back, light a joint, and listen to these jams. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Folk-Rock Band Murder By Death’s Top 10 Cocktails

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

  • Greg Whitaker

Murder By Death may have a scary name, but the band is anything but. The folk-rock quintet from Bloomington, IN has been around for 16 years, releasing seven albums, including 2015’s Big Dark Love on Bloodshot Records. The band's mix of dark lyrics with cello-driven hooks has made them known for alcohol-fueled anthems, like “As Long As There Is Whiskey In the World,” and “Kentucky Bourbon.” 

I reached out to Sarah Balliet, the band’s cellist, to put together a list of the band’s top 10 cocktails. No order of preference here, just grouped by the main ingredient in each cocktail.

If you want to grab a drink and check out Murder By Death’s whiskey-soaked and energetic live show, the band plays The Independent on Thursday, March 24 with opener Tim Barry. More info here. 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Twelve of E-40's Most Funny and Creative Lyrics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM


There's no denying that E-40 has a zany, entirely unique voice in the rap world. And the fact that the Vallejo native has some of the most creative, off-the-wall lyrics only makes this better. To help get you through Hump Day, here are 12 of E-40's silliest, most comedic lyrics for you to giggle at just because. 

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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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Friday, March 4, 2016

Animal Collective's 10 Weirdest Music Videos — Because How Could We Resist?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  • Photo: Tom Andrew

Trying to find the weirdest Animal Collective videos is in essence an exercise in futility. Dating back to "Who Could Win a Rabbit," the band's 2004 video for the single off Sung Tongs, the band has made a point of using their music videos as a free-form mode of artistic expression. There is hazy Super 8 footage, blinding flashes of neon, creepy figures lurking out of focus, and occasionally, even the band members themselves.

The elements of an Animal Collective video are often psychedelic visuals, somewhat creepy animations, and people wearing assorted masks. Their visual output in large part does not place an emphasis on story, or even narrative, although there are a few notable exceptions to the rule. 

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