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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Watch: Fantastic Negrito's Tiny Desk Concert

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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This is pretty gratifying to see: Oakland's Fantastic Negrito, who beat out nearly 7,000 bands from around the country with his submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, has been enjoying the fruits of his labor — including some great press. As such, the singer, Xavier Dphrepaulezz, is heading into South by Southwest as one of the buzziest acts at the fest. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Listen: Meat Market's "Hole"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Meat Market plays The Knockout Wednesday, March 11. - REBECCA ERIN LUKENS
  • Rebecca Erin Lukens
  • Meat Market plays The Knockout Wednesday, March 11.

There’s always something cathartic about listening to Meat Market. The Oakland outfit was my first introduction to the Bay Area, and their brand of catchy, ferocious, surfy pop-punk set a high benchmark for the years that ensued.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Here's Your First Anti-Gentrification Anthem of 2015: "Mission, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 6:24 PM

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Well, this was probably inevitable.

Joining the ranks of POW!'s "Hi-Tech Boom" and Persia's "Google Google Apps Apps" is this adaptation of LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," featuring lyrics about how the Mission is pushing out all its "black or brown" residents and musing that maybe an earthquake is only way to stop the train of soul-crushingly nice restaurants and boutiques. The video is made up of shots of the neighborhood in all its shiny, depressing glory. Give it a listen:

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Jonathan Siegel loves San Francisco musicians thiiiis much. - DREW DANIELS
  • Drew Daniels
  • Jonathan Siegel loves San Francisco musicians thiiiis much.

The pretty couple standing next to me are losing their minds. They love it.

"What is this place?" Laughing, grabbing each other by the lapels. "Look at that! And that! They have music here? This is awesome. What is this place?" I have to laugh too, and appreciate — I'm just waiting for the small room, while they're having some kind of awakening.

Somehow this funny pair have made their way to the very back of Viracocha without having the slightest idea what kind of place it is. But far from being wary or confused, they only want more, and tangentially, to figure out what kind of place it is. They're in a fairytale right now: The store's twisted branches and glinting machinery all washed in a dark-gold glow combine high design, rough nature, and a warm welcome. I've become spoiled by overexposure and hardly see it anymore, so it's good to be jostled by these wild-eyed little animals.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Go Down the Rabbit Hole (and Around San Francisco) in This Video for Waterstrider's "Calliope"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

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It’s been a big start of 2015 for Oakland’s Waterstrider. Shortly after the new year, they dropped the enchanting “White Light” and now they’ve come roaring back with “Calliope,” the second single off their newly announced debut LP, Nowhere Now, out on April 7.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Moment of Truth: DJ QBert's Jellyfish Lazer Face Is Turntablism Porn

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 4:06 PM

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Welcome back to Moment of Truth. If you’ve been reading recently, you know we launched our new hip-hop column with a candid interview with Hieroglyphics’ Pep Love about the state of hip-hop in the Bay. Moment of Truth will continue to appear every Tuesday here at All Shook Down.

Today we're bringing you San Francisco’s very own turntablism legend DJ QBert, in the form of his latest mixtape, Jellyfish Lazer Face. It’s rooted in hip-hop from all over the map, bass-heavy trap and dubstep. He tells Mass Appeal that it’s “an odyssey of future bass music.”

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Favorite Venue Closing? Try a Pedicab

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

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Juuust kidding. But this video from a sunny Sunday in the Mission (16th and Valencia, to be specific) featuring S.F. indie blues-rock quartet Eyes on the Shore shows just how far a band can go with some instruments, a PA, and a good old-fashioned, tourist-friendly, human-powered means of transportation.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Stream Creative Adult and Wild Moth's New Split 7-Inch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM

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Got a case of the Mondays? On your third cup of coffee but still can't wake up? Oh wait, sorry, that's us. 

If you're in the same Monday boat, go ahead and treat your ears to a little musical caffeine in the form of a new split 7-inch from a pair of S.F.'s pre-eminent post-punks, Creative Adult and Wild Moth. The record's out Jan. 27 on Broke Hatrè, but to announce that it's available for pre-order, the dudes decided to stream the thing a few weeks early; it premiered today on Brooklyn Vegan. Bonus: Pre-ordered records come with a sweet t-shirt that lets people know exactly where your favorite punk is from

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Happy Fangs on Tina Turner, Their New Record, and the Power of Female Drummers

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Happy Fangs: A new drummer makes three. - KARINA ORDELL
  • Karina Ordell
  • Happy Fangs: A new drummer makes three.

In front of lawn chairs and glow-in-the-dark ping pong tables, Happy Fangs recently played a 21-plus event for Hanukkah — Night at the Jewseum at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

"For the past year I've been this weird Contemporary Jewish Museum darling," frontwoman Rebecca Gone Bad explains. "They just keep inviting me back."

If you've listened to Happy Fangs' insanely fun riot grrrl ferociousness or seen them play with their cheeks and foreheads streaked with primal war paint, you know their animalism isn't for the typical museum enthusiast. While Rebecca flung ping-pong balls back into the crowd and threw herself onto beanbag chairs, a small but loyal crowd stuck around to ogle the antics.

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Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:33 AM

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  • Kyle Lesley
I met Kyle Lesley at Occupy San Francisco, in October of 2011. The local musician had abandoned his sublet, quit his job, and sold all his stuff to live on the streets downtown.

"Everyone would create, share food, and do everything together for free," he tells me. We're perched at a sunny cafe table in early 2015, and he still sounds excited about Occupy. He went, he says, out of frustration with the same injustices that concerned most of the U.S. that winter — corporate personhood, staggering economic inequalities, bad bank behavior.

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