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Friday, October 21, 2011

Tom Morello Is Playing Occupy SF This Afternoon and Great American Music Hall Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Tom Morello as the Nightwatchman
  • Tom Morello as the Nightwatchman

Apologies for the late notice, but those you political rock/Rage Against the Machine/protest-folk fans will appreciate knowing that Tom Morello will be performing twice in S.F. today. First up, Morello is playing Occupy SF at 4 p.m., according to several different tweets (and SFist, which first put this together).

Then, later tonight, Morello will be joined by the Coup's Boots Riley -- with whom he also records as part of Street Sweeper Social Club -- for a show at Great American Music Hall. It's not Street Sweeper playing the Great American, though, it is Morello's folk/protest music alter ego, the Nightwatchman. In lieu of whammy pedals and electrified fretboard acrobatics, there will be harmonicas, acoustic strumming, and lyrics about the sorts of things that the Occupy crowd is fighting against. All-in-all, a night of highly socially relevant tunes here in S.F. After the jump, check out a few videos of Morello speaking about the Occupy movement and doing his thing.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 8:55 AM


It's been over two weeks since the protest in SF's financial district commenced -- prompted by the occupation of Wall Street that started almost a month ago -- and four days since Oakland joined this now apparently worldwide movement. As we all know, Occupy Wall Street was outright ignored by mainstream media for the first two weeks of its existence and now that the major news channels aren't turning a blind eye anymore -- they've taken, instead, to playing dumb and repeatedly wondering aloud with wide-eyed faux ignorance what all these pesky protesters want.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Coup's Boots Riley Will Perform for the Occupy Oakland Crowd This Evening

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Boots Riley. Photo by John Duah
  • Boots Riley. Photo by John Duah

So, so fitting: On a day when his bandmate in Street Sweeper Social Club, Tom Morello, performed at Occupy Wall Street, politically conscious Oakland rapper Boots Riley of the Coup is bringing his boisterous rhymes to Occupy Oakland for a free performance.

But you better hurry if you want to catch it: Riley's performing as part of a live show at Occupy Oakland that's set to start at 5 p.m. More details after the jump.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lupe Fiasco Brings Food, Encouragement to Occupy Oakland

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Lupe came to Occupy Oakland
  • Lupe came to Occupy Oakland

Okay, so he might be kind of a whiner. But Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is also down for the cause. Prior to performing last night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Fiasco dropped by the Occupy Oakland encampment and offered a few words of support and solidarity -- along with food, supplies, tents, tables, and a generator, according to a witness writing on IndyBay. He gave a brief statement during the group's evening meeting, then took off to play the Fox, where he also gave a shout-out to the Occupy movement. Watch videos of his Oakland appearances after the jump, courtesy of IndyBay.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" Video: A Feminist Close Reading

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

The duo is already known for compelling and profound works such as "Yes" -- an unflinching exercise in self-affirmation -- and the allegorical "I'm in Miami, Bitch," which analyzes the relationship between a physical location and a state of mind.

But with "Sexy and I Know It," the Pacific Palisades-based uncle-nephew outfit LMFAO have created a sociological masterpiece: a video that delves into the deeply internalized feelings of physical objectification -- a phenomenon often directed toward women that these two men deftly turn upon themselves.

To the untrained eye, the video may appear to consist simply of men shaking their genitalia in lamé Speedos. But the subtext of this work -- which practically begs for close analysis -- speaks to the struggles of objectified women everywhere.


Filmmakers over the decades have examined the concept of an unflinching male gaze directed at women. But here, DJs Redfoo and Sky Blu explore how thoroughly unsettled those stares would make men feel when directed in a way that never fades.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

London Warehouse Fire Badly Burns Indie Labels

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM


The London riots began with a fatal police shooting, but the latest casualty may be independent record labels.

Protesters burned down a CD and vinyl stock warehouse in North London last night that was owned by Sony DADC and used by the PIAS Group, a marketing and distribution firm that works with over 200 labels, many of which are beloved U.S. and U.K. indies like XL, 4AD, Fact, Drag City, and Matador.

These labels are home to numerous S.F. and Bay Area artists, including Girls (True Panther), tUnE-yArDs (4AD), and Wooden Shjips (whose Thrill Jockey-released new album, West, may face a delayed release in the U.K. as a result of the fire). The massive three-story building, more than 200,000 square feet in size, also housed DVD stock.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Today: Support S.F.'s Proposed New Live Music Permit with a Free Show at City Hall

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM


Admittedly, it sounds pretty dorky to get all yee-haw excited about some new permit they're giving out at City Hall. But the Limited Live Performance Permits S.F. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is proposing would help lots of cafes, restaurants, and bars host live music that can't now, basically by making a cheaper and simpler process for venues that aren't the Warfield.

Live music is better than not-live music, so it sounds like a good idea to us. Also sounding good to us is a little shindig that supporters of the legislation are holding on the steps of City Hall today -- a party that will feature (naturally) live performances from Bourbon Kings Brass Band and Jazz Mafia. Because what better way to celebrate more live music than with, uh, more live music?

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Carlos Santana Criticizes Georgia's New Immigration Law

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

"Really, Georgia?"
  • "Really, Georgia?"
Beware, people of states with drastic immigration laws: Santana is angry with you.

Days after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed off on a new Arizona-style regulation, Carlos Santana brought the immigrant-friendly spirit of Bay Area liberalism to baseball's yearly Civil Rights Game. Saying he was representing immigrants, Santana -- who was born in the Mexican state of Jalisco -- issued a straight-up scold: "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves," he said.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

President Obama Douses S.F. Crowd with Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" -- a Republican Favorite

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

iPhone photo of President Obama in S.F., taken from outer space.
  • iPhone photo of President Obama in S.F., taken from outer space.

It was all pretty Blue State in San Francisco last night: President Obama flew to the fundraiser from a gathering at Facebook. He got a ride in Marine 1, the presidential helicopter, and commented to the assembled masses at Nob Hill Masonic Center about the beauty of flying by the Golden Gate Bridge. He talked about clean energy, and technology, and health care, and education, and his re-election campaign. The crowd was pretty much ecstatic. Before the president spoke, Oakland songstress Goapele performed covering "A Change is Gonna Come," and a few of her own hits, including "Closer." She wore a radiant blue dress -- and very, very short hair.

But after Obama's speech, things took a turn straight for middle America: the President walked offstage to Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" -- a song he not only used toward the end of the '08 campaign, but also swiped from the Republicans. "Only in America," as writer Chris Willman has capably explained, is a Republican favorite. Last night, the song landed in the middle of the auditorium like a rare porterhouse at a vegan barbecue.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Tommy Guerrero and Umamimart Present a Japan Relief Show at the Burritt Room

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Guerrero: Doin' his part for Japan.
  • Guerrero: Doin' his part for Japan.
In just the latest of several Japan earthquake benefit shows to hit S.F., local skater/musical mastermind Tommy Guerrero has announced plans with the food and drink lovers over at Umamimart for a special event at the Crescent Hotel's Burritt Room. Guerrero, who recently dropped a new album of jazzy-folky-rock-y instrumental jamming called Lifeboats and Follies, will bring a full band to the show, along with several DJs. All the proceeds from the event will go to Second Harvest Japan, a Tokyo-based organization that's essentially Japan's first food bank.

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