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Thursday, August 11, 2016

UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  • Steve Glashier
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Who said punk music isn't for dancing? Certainly not the members of UK trio Shopping, because, well, that's exactly what their fast-paced, bass-heavy music is meant for. 

Formed in 2012, the band released its debut album, Consumer Complaints, last year, and followed it up this year with Why Choose, an even stronger sophomore effort. We chatted with the disco-inspired punkers ahead of their Saturday, August 13 show, about making the album, their favorite venues to play at, and that time they won over a group of football-obsessed bros. 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 2:02 PM

  • Marina Chavez
  • Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is an artist whose lyricism revels in the dark alleys of existentialism and identity crisis, yet is somehow simultaneously sprinkled with comic relief in the bluntest of ways. His most recent album b’lieve i’m going down…, released on Matador Records last September, was widely-lauded as one of the greatest albums of 2015, gaining recognition from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and accolades from Rolling Stone for being "his most introspective tapestry yet."

With his Bob Dylan-esque vocals and tight guitar picking, Vile has a way of flirting with the complexities of life, but the 36-year-old is quick to remind us that things don’t always have to be so serious. In advance of his August 12 and 13 shows at The Greek Theatre, we chatted with the indie artist about the highlights of his most recent tour, April Fool's jokes, and wallabies vs. kangaroos. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Electronic-Pop Princess, MOONZz, Talks Outside Lands, Her First CD, and Performing at Northern Nights

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM

MOONZz at Northern Nights
  • MOONZz at Northern Nights

Molly Williams, a.k.a. MOONZz, is a singer from Los Angeles with a velvety voice and a knack for crafting catchy dark electronic-pop songs. Her debut single, "Satisfy," came out in 2015, and was quickly snatched up by Victoria's Secret who used the song in two of their commercials. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Local DJ Baysik on Tropical Bass, Sazon Libre, and His Medical Road to Recovery

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

While local DJ Baysik’s nickname stemmed from an aversion to school work, the young up-and-coming DJ’s approach to his music is anything but lazy. Starting his DJ career at the age of 13 in a family full of selectors, he was particularly mentored by his cousin DJ Quest, who taught him everything from holding a needle to nightlife etiquette.

Today, he is a resident of Sazon Libre and Rebel Pop Radio on WiLD 9.49, and is gaining attention for his signature edits and remixes. We chatted with Baysik about his Bay-centric name, favorite genres, and recent health complications. Catch him a variety of gigs this weekend starting tonight Thursday, July 21 at Social Study, Friday, July 22 at Bamboo Hut, and Saturday, July 23 with Sake One at Luka's Taproom in Oakland. There will also be a fundraiser for Baysik's health funds next Thursday, July 28 at Madrone Art Bar

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Monday, July 18, 2016

J-POP Star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on Her Music, Her Image, and Her Olympian Aspirations

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 10:31 AM


Five years is a long career for anyone in the music business, particularly for women, but Japan’s pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has reached the half-decade mark and is still going strong. She just released her first compilation album, KPP BEST, which she’s supporting with her "KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016" — and appropriately enough, she's kicking off the 2016 J-POP SUMMIT Festival this Friday at the Regency Ballroom. Also, capitalization is rampant in Japanese pop culture. Deal with it.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Non Stop Bhangra Residents on Celebrating Cultural Sounds and How to Let Loose on the Dancefloor

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 10:47 AM

From top to bottom: Rav-E, Jimmy Love, DJ Nix - ODELL HUSSEY
  • Odell Hussey
  • From top to bottom: Rav-E, Jimmy Love, DJ Nix

As one of the most unique and diverse experiences in the Bay Area for 12 years running, Non Stop Bhangra is a night where people of various backgrounds and ethnicities can come together to celebrate, dance, and learn about Punjabi music culture. A typical night starts out with a dance lesson, followed by live Dohl and artist performances, and ends with DJs playing a mix of tunes ranging from Bhangra to reggae.

This week, the party celebrates with the theme of “Crash an Indian Wedding Party,” which gives you an opportunity to experience all the fun parts of an Indian wedding without the requisite wedding pressures. We got a chance to chat with founder and DJ Jimmy Love and resident DJs Rav-E and Nix about NSB’s evolution, memorable moments, and favorite Indian dishes. Non Stop Bhangra #124 takes place this Saturday, [7/16] at Public Works.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Laser Native Label Founders on Their Two-Year Anniversary, Emerging Artists, and "Vibular Activation"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

  • Carbon8
For those that enjoy breaking a sweat on the dancefloor, there’s often nothing more satisfying than feeling the crowd around you vibing and pulsating to the same beats and rhythms. For the past two years, local record label Laser Native has been releasing music and putting on events that cultivates the saying, “Your vibe, attracts your tribe.” Founded by artists Devo (Vitamindevo) and Dan (Lt. Daaan), Laser Native has contributed greatly to the local dance scene by putting an emphasis on showcasing up-and-coming producers and DJs established in the Bay Area.

We got a chance to talk to the duo about their upcoming release on July 18, record label and two-year anniversary party. Laser Native record label's anniversary party happens tonight, [7/7] at Monarch with BOT headlining. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Event Host and Emcee Fran Boogie on His Origins as a Hype Man and The Best '90s Jams to Sing Along To

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:35 AM

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If you’ve been to a Bay Area hip-hop or ‘90s event in the last decade, you’ve probably seen the phrase “hosted by Fran Boogie” on a flier. This week, the column takes a look at the dynamics between a DJ and their hype man. As the non-DJ member of the Triple Threat Crew, Fran Boogie has stood alongside some of the Bay’s most prominent hip-hop DJs as a bodyguard, emcee, hypeman, and body-roll connoisseur. We got a chance to talk about his beginnings as a nightlife dancer, hosting events, and his love for all things ‘90s and Fernet.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

DJ and Event Producer Justime on the Importance of Showcasing Local Talent and Keeping Clubs Ego-Free

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 11:03 AM

  • Kevin Cooke
Whether it’s throwing events or being behind the decks of clubs and festivals, local DJ and musician Justime has always strived to create an atmosphere of equality and keep radical queer culture alive and thriving in the Bay. Curating events as big as Afterglow or as intimate as his current monthly Afternoon Delight, his ascension in the nightlife scene has come from years steadily throwing underground parties and making sure local talent and culture stays recognized. This week, Justime shares his talents at four different events during Pride, from a Friday afterhours set to closing out the Faerie Freedom Village during the heart of the Pride celebration. We got a chance to ask him about his DJ history, producing events, and what Pride means to him.

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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

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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