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Friday, May 13, 2016

Premiere: Lake Lady Explores Her Insecurities in the Music Video for "Will Your Feelings Change?"

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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  • Charise Sowells as a young girl at the Minnesotan lake that inspired her artist name.

My boyfriend and I have now been dating for a year and it's the first "real" relationship I've ever been in. Things are going well and I really like him — like, a lot. So much so that I can't help but freak myself out by thinking about the future. Will our relationship end? And if so how? Will he meet someone else? Decide he doesn't want to be in a monogamous relationship? Or will he just lose interest in me all together?

It is the latter possibility that Oakland's Lake Lady (a.k.a. Charise Sowells) explores in "Will Your Feelings Change?," premiered here today on SF Weekly.  In the haunting, eerie slow-burning jam, which is the first track on Lake Lady's debut EP Better Day, she sings "Will you love me / When my hair turns gray?" over and over, reinforcing the worry and concern that no doubt many women have experienced or will. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Premiere: Jealousy is The Name of The Game in The Old Grey Whistle Test's New Song, "Jealous Man"

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Oh jealousy, that green-eyed monster that can bite even the most judicious and unsuspecting of us in the ass. You're either a victim to it or the subject of it's fury. And boy does it suck. I once dated a guy who got jealous every time I talked to another male. Case in point: He sulked for half a day after I chatted with the person who made my sandwich, despite the fact that I already knew him.

San Francisco rock-noir band The Old Grey Whistle Test tackles this age-old problem in its newest release, "Jealous Man," a track off it's upcoming album, Ouroboros, out May 27. The rockabilly, country-esque rocker, which features hypnotic guitar chords and singer Tracey Holland's wail of a voice, is about — you guessed it — a jealous lover. The lyrics are peppered with questions and suppositions from the female protagonist's lover who, at every turn, is convinced that she's cheated on him. 

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Premiere: The Struggle is Real in Fantastic Negrito's New Track, "Hump Thru The Winter"

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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It's been a little over a year now since Xavier Dphrepaulezz — the artist known as Fantastic Negrito — won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, performed his first show at South By Southwest, and released his self-titled, first EP. 

On June 3, he will release his debut album, The Last Days of Oakland, and today he's gracing us with a sneak peak of it with the track "Hump Thru The Winter," premiered exclusively on SF Weekly. Like many of Negrito's songs, "Hump Thru The Winter" is based off of the artist's real life experiences and it's an acerbic commentary on the dire straights that not having enough money can put you in. 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Premiere: For an Out-Of-This-World Musical Experience, Listen to Will Magid's Eclectic New Album Alligator Spacewalk

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM

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In Hebrew, Bay Area producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Magid's last name means "traveling storyteller" — which is a pretty apt descriptor for both the artist and his music. Weaving boisterous horns and delicate strings with electronic samples and lively percussion, Magid, who studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, makes music that is evocative, eclectic, and more than a little worldly.

A trumpet player since the age of 10, Magid has toured and collaborated with a slew of artists and bands, such as Bonobo, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Pretty Lights, Kenny Burrell, and Solomon Burke. As an ethnomusicologist, he shares a professed passion for studying the evolution of music from various cultures, countries, and eras. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Premiere: Make Time For Berkeley Pop Duo Bows' Catchy Infectious New Track, "Time To Go"

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM

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Too little time: it's something we've all struggled with and can relate to. On their upcoming debut album, The Day We Left, Berkeley pop duo Bows takes this predicament to interstellar proportions in its infectious track, "Time To Go," premiered here today on All Shook Down. 

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Premiere: Listen to San Francisco Band NRVS LVRS' Up-Tempo Dark-Pop Single, "End Of The Night"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 4:17 PM

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I know there's no such genre as "night music," but I sure wish there was. It's hard to explain, but there are some songs, be they rap, pop, or rock, that just sound like, well, the night. They're dark and slightly eerie and have an almost sinister, seductive vibe to them. Travis Scott's "Antidote" and Grimes' "Oblivion" are two songs that comes to mind when I think of "night music," as well as basically everything by M83. 

"End Of The Night" the newest single from San Francisco band NRVS LVRS (short for Nervous Lovers) is another prime example of what I'd call "night music." It's crepuscular and opaque, with a grimy layer to it that thinly disguises the vein of pop running through the song. Lead singer Andrew Gomez's rumbling, baritone voice is a perfect match for the song's up-tempo, electronic melodies, giving "End Of The Night" layers of complexity and texture that make you scratch your head and ask yourself, "Wait, is this pop or rock?"  (Fun fact: The microphone that Gomez uses, which is purportedly well-suited for those with low voices, is the same model that Michael Jackson used to record "Thriller.")

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Premiere: Berkeley Rapper Caleborate — Who Sounds Crazy Similar To A Young Kanye West — Surprises Us With Two New Singles Today

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:25 PM

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It's pretty insane how far the Berkeley rapper Caleborate has come in the roughly five years since he started rapping. Originally from Sacramento, the twentysomething MC made his first rap at the age of 17 at the behest of his brother, who is also a singer (named Cash Campaign). In 2011, he started school at the Academy of Art University, where he took full advantage of the school's resources (studios, mics, recording equipment) to work on his first album, using beats culled from YouTube and elsewhere on the internet. A rookie endeavor, of course, and one that Caleborate has described as a "guerilla style" of producing music, but you've got to start somewhere, right?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Premiere: Listen to Dario Slavazza's Dream Pop Ditty, "Ocean Eyes"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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With the first single off his upcoming EP, Guilty Steps, San Jose native Dario Slavazza is shaping up to be one of the next big singer/songwriters to come out of the Bay. "Ocean Eyes," premiered here today, is a whimsical, down tempo, dream pop ditty, replete with delicate keyboards, solid guitar chords, and ambient electronic melodies. The song is about love and longing for the sea, the coast, and a specific person, and was inspired by the time Slavazza spent in Santa Barbara while in college.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Premiere: Everyone Is Dirty Uses Found Footage To Create The Music Video For "Lost Thing"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • Karen Doolittle

Everyone Is Dirty is a post-punk, garage quartet formed in 2013 by electric violinist Sivon Lioncub and guitarist Chris Daddio. The pair met in 2011 while Lioncub was in film school and their first project together was creating the soundtrack to one of her student films. 

The Oakland-based quartet — which also includes Tyler English (bass) and Tony Sales (drums) — released their debut album, Dying Is Fun in 2014. The title is a nod to Daddio's two-time battle with cancer, as a sort of victory, Lioncub says, for surviving the illness twice. 

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Premiere: Listen to This New Track From S.F. Rapper Adam Vida (Formerly A-1)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 11:28 AM

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If Adam Vida doesn't ring a bell, it shouldn't. Today is the third day that the S.F.-bred rapper (formerly known as A-1; real name: Adam Traore) has used the name since announcing the change on Instagram and Twitter on Monday, March 7. 

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