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Friday, July 29, 2016

8 Local Albums That Came Out This July

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:55 AM

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New music gets released every day, so it can be hard to keep up with the constant flow of tunes. This is where we come in. For the month of July, we've been keeping tabs on new local releases. Here, we've rounded up eight of the best Bay Area albums that dropped in the past month, covering a wide range of genres and musical styles, from indie-pop and electronic to street rap and R&B. 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

G-Eazy Teams Up With Britney Spears In "Make Me"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:27 AM

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Britney Spears fans were overjoyed two weeks ago when the star released the first single from her upcoming LP.

Titled "Make Me," the harmony filled midtempo pop ballad features a guest verse from Oakland rapper G-Eazy, who has been having quite a successful year already. His debut, When It's Dark Out, was released at the end of last year and features collaborations with a number of big names, like Too $hort, Chris Brown, and E-40. It charted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in its first week, and early this July was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Third Eye Blind Gets Political With "Cops Vs. Phone Girl"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:33 AM

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Longtime San Francisco band Third Eye Blind — remember them? They came out with that song "Semi-Charmed Life" in the late '90s — have a habit of getting political. In 2012, the band's singer Stephan Jenkins penned an article for Huffington Post titled "Why We Aren't Playing at the RNC," and this year, though they accepted an invitation to play at a charity gig for the RNC in Cleveland, they used the occasion to "repudiate" what the Republican party stands for. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dario Slavazza's EP Ocean Eyes is Full of Laid-Back, Dream Pop Tunes That Are Perfect For Summer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM

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For most of his life, 28-year-old Dario Slavazza has been making music. He learned how to play saxophone in fourth grade — followed later by guitar, piano, clarinet, and flute — and played in various jazz and other bands throughout high school. he studied ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara and has been working as an arranger and production director for Magik* Magik Orchestra for the last three years. 

"Working with them opened my eyes to the fact that you could do things that were musical that weren't just like playing in a rock band," he said of his job. "It showed me that you can make a living and still be an artist."

For the last few years he was working on an album with two friends, until tragedy struck in 2015 when his laptop was stolen. 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sacramento Rapper Mozzy Releases Mandatory Check And It's Just As Dark And Gangsta As You'd Expect

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 12:56 PM

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Dilettante rap fans might not know who Mozzy is — yet — but hardcore hip-hop heads, especially in California, have been following him since he exploded on the scene in 2015 with his highly-lauded album, Bladadah. (Rolling Stone named it the 22nd best rap album of 2015.) 

“It's like anywhere I go in the Bay Area, any mall they scream my name," the 28-year-old told Vice. "Everywhere I go they take pictures, they want autographs, any new merchandise I get they eat it up it sells out within a week,” 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Check Out The Music Video For "San Francisco" by British Singer-Songwriter Laurel

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

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Last month I posted about singer-songwriter Laurel's ode to San Francisco. When I originally heard the song, I had assumed that Laurel, who is based in London, was lamenting leaving our beautiful city, especially when she sang the lines, "I don't want to cry / But I fucking miss it."

But today, with the release of the music video for "San Francisco" — and it's accompanying subtitles — I've realized that I was wrong about the song's subject matter and that I had misheard the lyrics.  The full chorus goes: "Baby's gone to San Francisco / I don't want to cry / But I fucking miss him."

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Get Off Your Cell Phone and Listen to Rapper Rexx Life Raj's New Single, "Handheld GPS"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 1:21 PM

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In Rexx Life Raj's new single, "Handheld GPS" — off of his upcoming debut, Father Figure — the Berkeley rapper waxes poetic about our technology-obsessed society and the distractions that our devices pose.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

I Can't Stop Listening To Sonny and The Sunset's New Song "Moods"

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 9:02 AM

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It's too bad there's no record of what you've just listened to on SoundCloud (or if there is, I obviously don't know about it), because I'm curious to see just how many times I've listened to the new Sonny and The Sunsets track "Moods." It's. That. Good. 

That is, if you like upbeat pop-rock bangers that feature plenty of chord instruments, some horns, a little bit of funk, and lots interstellar space sounds. Personally, what got me was the drumstick tapping that sounded like galloping wooden horses. (It starts about three and half minutes in.) 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Nef The Pharaoh Drops A New, Highly Relatable Track: "BMD" (for "Baby Mama Drama")

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 12:20 PM

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It appears as if E-40 protege, Nef The Pharaoh, has a knack for making relatable songs. First, we got "Big Tymin'," a playful, braggadocio-heavy song about, well, being the shit, and then we got "Big Chang Chang," the lead single off his second EP, Neffy Got Wings, which is also about being the shit. Okay, so maybe his lyrics aren't that deep — and he definitely has a penchant for boastfulness — but at least now the 21-year-old Vallejo rapper is switching it up with his newest release, "BMD."

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Monday, April 18, 2016

After Years in a Storage Unit, J Dilla's Last, Unreleased Album, The Diary, Sees The Light of Day

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 12:14 PM

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J Dilla fans rejoice! Last Friday, April 15, The Diary, an entire, unreleased J Dilla album, was released for free on SoundCloud thanks to Mass Appeal Records and Dilla's company PayJay. The album is the last batch of unreleased material that Dilla assembled to be released after his untimely death in 2006 (from an incurable blood disease). It is one of the earliest projects that Dilla rapped on and features production from many of his favorite producers, like Madlib, Waajeed, Pete Rock, and Hi-Tek.

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