<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - The City]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/the-city http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:59 -0700 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:59 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Castro Wants to Build the World's Biggest Organ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:35:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/20140630123129-CONSOLE_PHOTO__NEW__CURTAIN_-_JASON_5_14.jpeg

The Castro Theatre will soon lose its iconic Wurlitzer organ (the owner has moved), but you can help fund the creation of a unique new instrument.

An Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $60,000 by Aug. 28 to build the largest hybrid pipe/digital organ in the world. It will feature seven keyboards and more than 800 stops and have the capability to produce the sounds of a full symphony orchestra.

Reward incentives for donating include digital downloads of organ music, event tickets, and — for high rollers — private organ parties and concerts.

Watch the campaign video below:



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<![CDATA[Jordannah Elizabeth Sows Psychedelic Soul]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*127/jordeliz.jpg

San Francisco is home to many musicians, journalists, music editors, radio personalities, and event coordinators; combine them all and you have Jordannah Elizabeth. Born in Baltimore, she’s made waves all throughout the U.S. and is now splitting her time between San Francisco and New York. 

The bicoastal, psychedelic folk soul musician is releasing her new single “Six Years” from her upcoming album Bring to the Table. Her nomadic, artistic soul is exemplified in her music and reflects the uniqueness we love about the San Francisco music scene.

This Thursday (July 31), Jordannah Elizabeth will perform at her album release party at El Rio in San Francisco (3158 Mission Street). The lineup also includes The Asteroid #4, Trans Van Santos, and a special collaboration between members of Electric Shepherd, The Jaunting Martyrs, Buzzmutt, and The Love Dimension.

 



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<![CDATA[Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Guess The Lineup]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:59:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/hsbanthonypidgeon.jpg

The next Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is coming to Golden Gate Park on October 3-5 and SF Weekly brings word that a series of song medleys will offer clues for the yet-to-be-announced lineup.

The first medley clocks in at just over five and a half minutes and reveals nine of the acts who will play at HSB, now in its 14th year. Considering that last year's festival featured over 80 acts, there's still a lot of guessing to do, even if you use Shazam to cheat after pressing play.

Spoiler alert: Some of the artists include the soulful Nashville family trio McCrary Sisters, North Dakota singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, and Ohio country artist Buddy Miller. The rest is up to you!

Listen to HSB 2014 - Artist Medley Round 1 below:

 



Photo Credit: Anthony Pidgeon]]>
<![CDATA[Come to The City's Free Sweet 16 Party]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:15:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Fritz+Montana2.jpg

Our free monthly parties are a fun community extension of The City blog, where we champion local artists and emerging sounds at locations all over San Francisco. If you've never come to one of our events, we promise a good time at our super Sweet 16 event at DNA Lounge (375 11th Street) on August 28, when Sunrunners, Fritz Montana and The Lillies will bless the stage with live performances.

Use this link to RSVP, which will score you some free beverages and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, consider dropping an extra special "like" on our Facebook page — you can love us later, maybe after a couple of drinks at the club.

 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fritz Montana]]>
<![CDATA[Hiero Day Doubles Size in 2014]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:39:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/hieroday14.jpg

Oakland's Hieroglyphics is known worldwide as both a rap crew and a style movement that has been in the game for two decades and counting. Time has marked it as essentially a Bay Area supergroup of MCs as well, spawning the lasting careers of members like Del Tha Funky Homosapien and Souls of Mischief (whose There Is Only Now album drops on August 26).

Over the last two years the collective's free, all-ages Hiero Day music and food festival has grown from a peaceful 8,000 to 15,000 person event in Oakland. This year's event, which takes place at Linden Street Brewery on September 1, will occupy twice the amount of space as the previous years, which should be welcoming for more people and give everyone a little more elbow room.

Food vendors are currently being vetted by application and the specifics of the music lineup have yet to be announced, but now's a good time to put this significant event on the calendar.



Photo Credit: Stacey DeBono]]>
<![CDATA[Sriracha, Electronic Dance Music Meet in San Jose]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/srirachaedm.jpg

What's the hottest new thing in EDM? Sriracha, of course.

The embattled spicy condiment is the unlikely star of The 1st Annual Electronic Sriracha Festival (ESF), to be held at St. James Park in San Jose on August 30. Heat up with the choice of 120 Sriracha-laced dishes (most priced at $6 or less) and then dance it off to the saucy beats of electronic dance music DJs and artists.

The event, which will feature three stages of music, an array of food trucks and the SJ Made Street Mart over two city blocks, has already attracted national attention on both ends of the spectrum. "There's a Sriracha Electronic Dance Music Festival, and It's Going to Be Incredible," crows Huffington Post, while Vice's new food site Munchies says, "A Sriracha Rave is My Version of Hell." The City says the ESF will probably be somewhere in between the two headline extremes.

Pre-sale tickets ($26) are available now on Eventbrite; the price goes up to $30 in two days. Check out the music lineup below:

OLMSTEAD STAGE

Thee-O
Sam F
John Beaver Live with Krishna Lee on drums & Greg Manacho on guitar
Ross FM
Taj
Carlos Alfonzo
Tomas Phan
Ian Rey

KENNEDY STAGE

Aaron Axelsen
Dead Funk
Andy P
Mr. Tyler Jackson
California Casual
DJ Hil
Bare Knuckles
James Ashley

HART STAGE

GoldenChyld
Los Disco Duro
Bobby Acosta
DRU
Double A and Jay Reese
DJ Basura
Haptic Synapses
Mike Zhao



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<![CDATA[MC Hammer Debuts Cooking Channel Series]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:34:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/mchammerholy.jpg

Oakland's own MC Hammer is returning to television in a new series — and it's not what you would expect.

The rapper, preacher and entrepreneur stars in Holy & Hungry, a food and faith-themed program premiering on Cooking Channel. Hammer travels around the country meeting chefs who infuse their culinary efforts with guidance from a higher power. The first episode finds Hammer exploring the Carolinas, including a bakery that tithes all of its profits to the community and a seafood market and restaurant operated by a pastor.

This will be Hammer's first return to series television since 2009. That year, A&E ran a reality show called Hammertime that was centered around his family including his wife Stephanie, who loves to cook.

Holy & Hungry premieres on Cooking Channel on July 20.



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<![CDATA[Rogue Wave, Cayucas Headline Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:07:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/roguewave20st.jpg

Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group are bringing back last year's successful 20th Street Block Party in San Francisco on August 23. The music and food festival highlights local sounds and restaurants from the neighborhood.

Musicians on deck for this year's event include Rogue Wave, Cayucas, Melted Toys, Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2 featuring Tommy Guerrero, The Bilinda Butchers, Myron & E, 8th Grader, 1955, and San Francisco Rock Project.

The event is free but an RSVP is appreciated. There's also a VIP package ($95) that includes amenities like a private area to view the stage, wine, beer and bites from Trick Dog and Salumeria, T-shirt, and mixtape.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rogue Wave]]>
<![CDATA[Summersalt 2014: Big Gigantic, G-Eazy and More]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/geazyforme.jpg

The annual music festival Summersalt expands in size this year, moving to San Francisco's Pier 70 on September 13.

Event production company Eye Heart SF today announced the initial lineup for the festival, which launched in 2010, and expects to add "many more" in the coming months. So far, these acts have been confirmed:

Big Gigantic
G-Eazy
Keys 'N Krates
Grandtheft
The Gaslamp Killer
Salva
Amp Live
Kehlani
Aaron Axelsen
DJ Dials
Platurn
Manics
The Schmidt

Tickets ($45-80) are on sale now via Eventbrite.



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<![CDATA[KMEL Announces Legends of Summer Jam Concert]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:55:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/484349659.jpg

After hosting the annual Summer Jam concert on and off for 27 years, radio station KMEL is now extending the brand flavor to a new event.

Legends of Summer Jam, featuring past stars of the show, will take place on October 25 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Headliners announced on the station today include the Bay Area's own E-40, Midwest legends Bone Thugs N Harmony and Twista, and a slew of Southern artists (T.I., Mystikal, Juvenile, and Mannie Fresh). More acts are expected to be announced — and hopefully the lineup will include more locals.

Tickets go on sale on July 18, but KMEL is already holding on-air ticket giveaways.



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<![CDATA[Brass Band Mission Seeks Help to Record Album]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:58:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/brassbandmission.jpg

"If we don't move you, there's something wrong with your spinal column!" says James H Thornton III of Brass Band Mission, a New Orleans second line style brass band based in San Francisco's Mission District.

The year-old ensemble hopes to record a debut album with the help of crowdfunding. The full-length will feature both covers and original songs, including a tune written by Adam Theis of Jazz Mafia and a remix from the Brass Tax DJ crew.

A Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $5,000 by August 8. Donation premiums include a private party and concert for those who give $500 or more.

Watch Brass Band Mission's Kickstarter video below: 

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<![CDATA[Mac Dre Day Moves to San Jose]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:12:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/MacDrezz.jpg

November marks a decade since the charismatic Vallejo rapper Mac Dre was gunned down in a still-unsolved murder, and his friends and former colleagues still continue to keep his music and memory alive.

A yearly birthday celebration called Mac Dre Day organized by his Thizz Nation label has frequently taken place at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, but this year the party moves to San Jose's Fiesta Nightclub (3840 Monterey Highway) on July 11. Tickets are $20 in advance; the Eventbrite page for the event states that the party will be filmed for a VH1 documentary and appearances by rappers including J Diggs, Andre Nickatina, The Jacka, Hustla and Ap9 are expected.

The man born Andre Hicks was fatally shot in Kansas City, MO in 2004 after a concert there; the case remains unsolved to this day. Despite the violent end to his life, he is remembered as a distinctly creative individual who brought relaxed and humorous moments to his music and, perhaps most critically, to dangerous hoods in need of relief.

His legacy has lived on through tributes such as this as well as posthumous releases and mentions in other artist's songs. His image has become iconic in Bay Area hip-hop, leading to a never-ending supply of merchandise including T-shirts, Halloween masks, energy drinks, bobbleheads, and sneakers.



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<![CDATA[Phono Del Sol 2014: A Pre-Party Playlist]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:07:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/thao_crlaurentabak.jpg

As the awesome local indie music site The Bay Bridged gets ready to host the 4th Annual Phono Del Sol Music Festival on July 12 at Potrero Del Sol Park, we've assembled a little pre-party of a playlist featuring artists slated to appear. Get a taste of sounds by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Wye Oak, Nick Waterhouse, Blackbird Blackbird and more before you head out to the party:

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, "The Feeling Kind" 

 

Wye Oak, "Glory"

 

Nick Waterhouse, "This Is a Game"

 

Blackbird Blackbird, "Love Unlimited"

 

A Million Billion Dying Suns, "Hey Man"

 



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<![CDATA[Sonny and The Sunsets Shines at Home]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:48:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/sonnysunsets.jpg

What does beach pop sound like when the beaches are in San Francisco? There's perhaps no one better to answer this question than Sonny and the Sunsets.

On this project, local treasure Sonny Smith, an accomplished playwright and solo artist with an extensive discography (including a gallery exhibit where he created 200 songs for 100 imaginary bands), leads a loose collection of musicians including Kelley Stoltz, Ryan Browne, Tahlia Harbour, and Shayde Sartin.

Like SF's mighty Ocean Beach, this music isn't glimmering fakely; there are some jagged, dangerous edges that can disturb or amuse. Mostly though, it's the sound of good fun in the summer sun — fog and all.

Catch Sonny and the Sunsets on July 12 at The Chapel (777 Valencia Street) in San Francisco.



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<![CDATA[Souls of Mischief Returns With Snoop Dogg]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:18:39 -0700 There Is Only Now album comes out on August 26.]]> There Is Only Now album comes out on August 26.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/soulsofmischief.jpg

The next album from Souls of Mischief is called There Is Only Now (due August 26 via Adrian Younge's Linear Labs label), and this week Oakland's mighty hip-hop crew have dropped the first taste.

"There Is Only Now" features a cameo from Snoop Dogg and a remix from Ali Shaheed Muhammed of A Tribe Called Quest. The single is offered in several physical formats, including cassettes, 7-inch records and 12-inch picture discs.

Watch the video for "There Is Only Now" below:



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Souls of Mischief]]>
<![CDATA[Why BARF is a Cool Thing]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:13:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/10169328_316606061821201_3408807796127192676_n.jpg

BARF admittedly isn't the most pleasant acronym imaginable, but the Bay Area Record Fair is still worth a spin.

Record swaps and sales are nothing new around these parts, of course, but BARF has more to distinguish itself than shock tactics. The event has the participation of at least two dozen local labels, including Alternative Tentacles, Father/Daughter, and 1-2-3-4 Go!

In preparation for the organization's second annual main event on September 27 at Thee Parkside, BARF will be setting up micro fairs at NightLife at California Academy of Sciences on July 3 and at the Phono Del Sol music fest on July 12.

September's event will be free, but early bird tickets ($5) are available now for crate diggers who want to get going with BARF an hour before the general entry time.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bay Area Record Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Metallica Strikes Back at Glastonbury Critics]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/181513522.jpg

Metallica was one of the headliners at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival in England, a booking that was criticized by British press and some rather uncharitable musicians. The band came up with a brilliant response to the backlash.

NME reports that the band sold limited edition "Glasstallica" T-shirts at the event, each emblazoned with some of the most negative comments. Some of the choicest ones include "Metallica: Whoopee F*cking Doo," "Metallica aren't in the spirit of peace-loving Glastonbury," and "Metallica — they're just shite!"

After 33 years as a band, it's delightful to know that Metallica's tongue is still firmly in cheek.



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<![CDATA[The City Live at Thee Parkside ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:09:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/NBCTheCity6-26-3.jpg The City SF Sounds rocked it out in Potrero Hill, an up and coming scenester neighborhood on June 26! Check out some of the photos.]]> <![CDATA[Five San Francisco Songs By Out-of-Towners]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:03:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/macmillerrrr.jpg

From Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller to UK indie act Arctic Monkeys, the City by the Bay is a point of inspiration for a diverse group of artists who share one thing in common — they don't actually live here.

Mac Miller describes a vivid acid trip in "San Francisco," taken from his recent mixtape Faces. Unfortunately he didn't get much further than the strip club, so it couldn't have been that much fun.


 

UK indie rock act Arctic Monkeys rails against the superficial in 2005's "Fake Tales of San Francisco"with surprising accuracy: "Fake tales of San Francisco echo through the air/And there's a few bored faces in the back, all wishing they weren't there."


 

The Mowgli's look and sound as if they are from here, but they live in Southern California. Still, it doesn't stop them from declaring their love for Karl the Fog on "San Francisco."


 

Foxygen, also from Los Angeles, can't help but declare their allegiance to the North with 2012's "San Francisco." Yet another group leaving important stuff like their love up here. "That's okay," they sing, "I was bored in LA."


 

But the O.G. is Florida singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie, who penned his loving ode to The City back in 1967. "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," the song perhaps most responsible for SF's persisting image as a hippie haven of gentle people. 



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<![CDATA[Come to Our Free Party on Thursday]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:35:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/parksidethee.jpg

Join us this Thursday (June 26) at Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street) in San Francisco for live performances by Curious Quail and The Soonest.

Our free monthly parties are a fun community extension of The City blog, where we champion local artists and emerging sounds at locations all over San Francisco. If you've never come to one of our events, we promise a good time!

Use this link to RSVP, which will score you some free beverages and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, consider dropping an extra special "like" on our Facebook page — you can love us later, maybe after a couple of drinks at the club.



Photo Credit: Thee Parkside]]>
<![CDATA[Four Radio Shows for Your Friday]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:06:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/kmaxxonkpoo.jpg

It's Friday, the big prelude to the weekend — and you're listening to the radio! Here's where the party's at tonight, both on and offline:

Play for Today (6-8 PM on Radio Valencia) by DJ Chanchan and Mehdi showcases new music free of boundaries, with a reverent dose of classic cuts.

Stay Hatin (7-9 PM on All Day Play) broadcasts on occasional Fridays with hosts Serg Dun and Soft Money unearthing regional rap gems (listen to our guest appearance on Stay Hatin).

The History of Funk (10 PM to midnight on KPFA) with author and professor Rickey Vincent is an authoritative celebration of the genre's most underexplored corners.

• Ghetto Gumbo (10 PM to 2 AM on KPOO) with K-Maxx offers a treasured voice for emerging rap sounds heard nowhere else on the airwaves.



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<![CDATA[Not All Foie Gras is Banned in California]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:15:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/foiegrasact.jpg

Not much is known about San Francisco's mysterious Foie Gras, but we do know that the soul of her moody drone music can instantly be felt, she's also known as Bad Kisser, and she'll be performing it live on June 23 when she opens for New Jersey's Planning for Burial at Elbo Room.

Listen to Foie's debut album Innermost Shrine, Heavily Gilded below:



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Foie Gras]]>
<![CDATA[Treasure Island Music Festival: Outkast, Massive Attack and More]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:47:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/450206716.jpg

Treasure Island Music Festival will return on October 18-19 with two surprising headliners in tow: Newly reunited Atlanta duo Outkast and UK act Massive Attack.

Outkast is a particular revelation since Big Boi and Andre 3000 recently performed at the Bottle Rock Festival in Napa. Meanwhile, Big Boi appeared at Outside Lands over the past two years, which led to speculation that Outkast might be rocking this year's festival in Golden Gate Park. And for Massive Attack, which last released an album in 2010, this is one of just two American dates scheduled so far on a current world tour.

The Treasure Island lineup includes:

Outkast
Massive Attack
Zedd
Alt-J
TV on the Radio
Janelle Monae
The New Pornographers
Washed Out
St. Lucia
Banks
Jungle
White Denim

Poliça
The Growlers
Classixx
Chet Faker
Ryan Hemsworth
Ana Tijoux
Asgeir
XXYYXX
Ratking
Tobacco
Bleached
Painted Palms
Waters

While the bulk of the lineup has been released, it is not yet known which acts will perform on each day. Tickets go on sale on June 19. Two-day early bird tickets are priced at $145 (regular price $160), while VIP access for the weekend costs $295.



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<![CDATA[Kronos Quartet Needs a Kick]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:26:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/kronos-quartet.jpg

San Francisco's Kronos Quartet is turning to the public to fuel future projects.

The lively string ensemble hopes to raise $25,000 via a Kickstarter initiative for the David Harrington Research & Development Fund. It has already made more than 50 projects possible for Kronos, but after a 40th anniversary season, new money is needed. If they meet this new goal, it will be used to pay for two new arrangements and a future collaboration with David Charke (with whom the group has worked in the past).

Donation incentives include Kronos stickers and pins, mp3s of new works and special mix CDs from Harrington. Premiums at the highest levels include the chance to check out a private rehearsal or have dinner with the group.



Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Laszlo Installs House Vinyl Collection]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:07:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Laszlonight.jpg

Laszlo Bar, which is adjacent to the acclaimed restaurant Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission), is the latest institution in town to celebrate the vinyl format.

Chef/owner Gayle Pirie has brought her extensive family collection onsite for DJs to play during a new weekly event, Vinyl Side Thursdays. The free party, held from 6-9 PM, comes paired with a special cocktail to match the evening's musical theme, which changes each week. Mixers have about 50 years of recordings and a wealth of styles to choose from, so the night can vary wildly — which is part of the fun.

The lounge's in-house vinyl expert Mike Apokalypse has documented the entire Laszlo vinyl collection of almost 1500 records on Discogs.



Photo Credit: Charlie Villyard Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Classic Local Music Moment: Santana Rocks Woodstock]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:51:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/santanacar.jpg

This summer marks 45 years since the historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place in New York, and several of the Bay Area's most iconic acts were in attendance.

Revelers enjoyed sets from San Francisco stars like Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Sly & The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana.

This video of Santana performing "Soul Sacrifice" at Woodstock will have you feeling the spirit of the influential celebration:



Photo Credit: Getty Images for HBO]]>
<![CDATA[Keyshia Cole Comes Home Amidst Family Rift]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:43:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/keyshiacolephoto.jpeg

Keyshia Cole journeyed from a tough upbringing in East Oakland to international musical acclaim. After nearly a decade in the recording business, she is now on the precipice of releasing a sixth studio album and has announced a new live tour that will stop at The Fillmore on August 23.

Tickets go on sale June 13.

Meanwhile, Cole's estranged birth mother, Frankie Lons, and five half-siblings are making the rounds on gossip blogs this week as a trailer for a prospective reality show called Family Therapy has dropped. Lons, a star of VH1's Celebrity Rehab, is shown attempting to bring her other children together under one roof for intense counseling and television drama.

For Cole, it's surely the latest unwanted chapter in a television story that began with her own 2006 BET show The Way It Is, which featured Lons and her half-sister Neffe. The show ran for three seasons and generated the Frankie and Neffe spinoff, in which Cole did not participate. Cole later starred in a program with her husband Daniel Gibson, with whom she's now separated.

Watch the explosive trailer for Family Therapy below (clip spotted via Straight From The A):

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<![CDATA[Amoeba Presents Summer Documentary Series]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:22:10 -0700 White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights plays on July 24]]> White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights plays on July 24]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/2949312.jpg

Amoeba Music has partnered with Balboa Theatre for a summer documentary series running on Thursday nights from June 12 to July 31.

The eight-week program explores the cultural history of genres such as hip-hop (5 Sides of a Coin, 6/19), reggae (Holding on to Jah, 6/26), punk (Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock, 7/10) and blues (You See Me Laughin', 7/31) as well as individual acts like rocker Bobby Bare, Jr. (Don't Follow Me, 6/12), Jewish musicians The Klezmatics (On Holy Ground, 7/3), singers Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (The Swell Season, 7/17), and "brother-sister" duo The White Stripes (Under Great Northern Lights, 7/24).

All films cost $10 and start at 7:30 PM.



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<![CDATA[Wicked Turns 23 This Weekend]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:09:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/wicked23.jpg

In a fickle local club scene, Wicked Sound System is marking 23 years of uniting people on dancefloors and under full moons. Wicked 23 - The Magick Ball plans to bring the collective's now geographically-scattered DJs Garth, Jeno, Markie and Thomas (all British expats) back together in San Francisco to spin soulful dance music literally all night long. That's a big deal for a sometimes sleepy city.

There is one bittersweet element to this event: The now London-based Thomas has announced that this anniversary gig will be his last as a DJ. But this is not being billed as a final Wicked event; rather, it's a celebration of the enduring impact that one ardent crew has had on dance music culture in the Bay Area. Two decades on from Wicked's birth in SF and people are still coming together through the power of dance music.

Participate in this special birthday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Mighty on June 7. Tickets are $20 in advance. Wicked has also partnered with Lyft to generate a discount code (Wicked23) offering a $25 credit to first-time riders.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wicked]]>
<![CDATA[Netta Brielle Flips the 90s]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:56:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/161*120/nettabrielle.jpg

Oakland's Netta Brielle was raised on the strong and fly sounds of 90s R&B, when acts like TLC, SWV, Xscape, Aaliyah, Brandy, and Missy Elliott captured her imagination. While she neither looks nor sounds like these artists, their spirit of individuality is something she absorbed.

She is also heavily influenced by the Bay Area's always-colorful music scene. As a child growing up in Berkeley, she remembers being pulled up on stage to dance at an MC Hammer concert. On the other end of the sonic spectrum, she holds a degree in musical theater from San Jose State.

Her sense of local history is evidenced on her new single "3xKrazy." A joint production between popular natives Traxamillion and P-LO, the song samples "Keep It On The Real," a 17-year-old local anthem by 3X Krazy. The trio of Keak Da Sneak, B.A., and Agerman recorded together for just three years, but this song from their debut remains a classic.

Listen to Netta Brielle's new single "3xKrazy" below:



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<![CDATA[Party With The City on June 26]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:29:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Soonest.jpg

The City's free party series returns on June 26 at Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street). This time, we're turning up the volume with hot live performances by indie bands Curious Quail and The Soonest.

Our monthly events are a showcase for up-and-coming Bay Area music talent and a great place to meet likeminded fans of the local scene. Try it, you'll like it!

Use this link to RSVP, which will score you some free beverages and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, consider dropping an extra special "like" on our Facebook page to stay in touch with all of our latest stories.

 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Soonest]]>
<![CDATA[Bruno Mars' Oakland Appearance Could Hurt Image]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:28:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/bmars.jpg

Last week, Warner Music Group filed a complaint with YouTube to remove a video showing singer Bruno Mars being turned down by a fan who he demanded come onstage twice at his show at Oracle Arena. The reason cited by YouTube was a copyright violation, but the truth may lie elsewhere.

The evidence: several video clips from the same concert are still accessible on YouTube, but the one showing Mars losing his cool at the woman — including hurling a four-letter word at her and demanding, "Get your a** to the front of the stage, girl!" — has no music and has been taken down.

There was no copywritten material in the clip.

Do you think Bruno Mars' label is worried about his image? Share your opinion in the comments.

 

 



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<![CDATA[Bruno Mars Gets Rejected On Stage in Oakland]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:56:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bruno7.jpg

Bruno Mars breaks hearts across the world with his love songs, but one Bay Area woman found the singer's advances plenty resistible at his concert at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

In a video posted to YouTube by user MrWakasik, a lady in the crowd refuses Mars' invite to come toward the stage not once, but twice. Perhaps it's the way he demanded her attention, saying, "Get your ass to the front of the stage, girl!"

As boos start to ring out, the star can't believe it, exclaiming, "Did you see us at the Super Bowl, what?!?" Moments later, he hurls a four-letter expletive her way.

Watch the incident below: (Editor's note: It appears the video has been removed from YouTube "due to a copyright claim by Warner Music Group.")

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<![CDATA[Afrolicious Ends Seven-Year Series at Elbo Room]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:54:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/afroliciousbye.jpg

San Francisco's Afrolicious, a project that encompasses a live band and a DJ soundsystem crew, is set to conclude a seven-year run of its eponymous weekly party at Elbo Room on June 6.

"It is the finite of things that give them meaning," promoters cite as a reason for winding it down.

Luckily, the end of the party doesn't spell the end of Afrolicious, which hits the road in June to play festivals throughout California and Colorado.

Watch a video of Afrolicious performing live at Elbo Room below:

 



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<![CDATA[Classic Local Music Moment: Metallica's First Recorded Show]]> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:42:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/181513522.jpg

Metallica is a local band through and through, a group that sprung from humble beginnings in Bay Area garages to global supernova stardom.

It's a pleasure, in the historical sense, to note that the first known video recording of Metallica was taken in 1983 at The Stone, a now defunct venue that was then a legendary club in the making.

The set took place on March 19, 1983, four months before the release of the debut album Kill 'Em All. Playing alongside founding members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in this early era were Dave Mustaine, who would soon leave and later create Megadeth, and Cliff Burton, the band's second bassist who passed away in a catastrophic tour bus accident just three years later.

Watch a full set of Metallica live in San Francisco below:

 



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<![CDATA[The City Live With Turn Me On Dead and Revenant]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:32:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/NBCTheCity5-22-20.jpg Turn Me On Dead and Revenant play our free party at Monarch]]> <![CDATA[Electric Strawberry Secures Residency, Throws Release Party]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:24:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/electricskrawberry.jpg

Electric Strawberry is one of the acts that has performed live at The City's free monthly showcases of local music (come to our next one this Thursday!).

Now the soulful Oakland rock quartet has a weekly Wednesday night residency for the next month at Uptown Nightclub starting tonight (May 21). The band is also getting ready to release a debut album and will celebrate with a release party at The Night Light (311 Broadway) on May 30.

Get acquainted with the band that Austin's Deli Magazine calls the "hypothetical love child shared between Ray La Montagne and Adele" by checking out a sampler of Electric Strawberry's album below: 



Photo Credit: Alex Shonkoff]]>
<![CDATA[RSVP Now For The City's Free Party on Thursday]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:58:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/revenant.jpg

It's only Monday, but our thoughts are already on The City's next free party! Join us this Thursday (May 22) at Monarch (101 Sixth Street) in San Francisco as San Jose's Turn Me On Dead and SF's Revenant perform live.

Our free monthly parties are a fun community extension of The City blog, where we champion local artists and emerging sounds at locations all over San Francisco. If you've never come to one of our events, we promise a good time!

Use this link to RSVP, which will score you some free beverages and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, consider dropping an extra special "like" on our Facebook page — you can love us later, maybe after a couple of drinks at the club.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Revenant]]>
<![CDATA[Godzilla: Pre-Party With Mike Relm's Remix]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:39:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/mikerelmgodzilla.jpg

Excited for the opening of Godzilla tonight (May 16)? Time to pre-party with the remix!

Mike Relm, a Bay Area native who currently spends most of his time in LA, has just dropped a remix to the highly anticipated film's trailer, so now you can watch the destruction of San Francisco to a compelling beat.

Besides being a veteran mixmaster and global DJ champion (snagging the International Turntablist Foundation's top prize in 1999), Relm has toured with acts as diverse as Oakland rapper Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and performance artists Blue Man Group. Since moving down south, he has served up a number of remixes to Hollywood films, but this is one that's especially dear to him.

Watch Mike Relm: The Godzilla Remix below: 



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<![CDATA[Iamsu! Tops iTunes Chart With Debut]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:01:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/sudanwilliams.jpg

It's a happy and proud week for Bay Area hip-hop and for Richmond, California as rapper/producer Sudan Williams — aka IAMSU! — hit the top of the iTunes hip-hop chart yesterday with the release of his debut album Sincerely Yours

The album features contributions from Bay Area OGs like Too $hort and E-40, international stars like 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, and members of his own crew HBK Gang. But Williams is also prolific and strong on his own, with a likeable magnetism that should poise him for wider acclaim.

The spot at the top of the charts can be painfully fleeting and Sincerely Yours is currently number two after last night's peak at number one. But that position can flip flop back in an instant, particularly given Williams' prowess at social media. Don't believe us? Search the hashtag "#OnlyThatReal" on video app Vine for powerful evidence.

Check out the video for the album's first single "Only That Real" featuring 2 Chainz and Sage The Gemini below:

 



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<![CDATA[Stanford Fellow Reimagines Print Experience]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:14:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/danyelliott.jpg

East Oakland native Danyel Smith got her first byline at East Bay Express before becoming the music editor at SF Weekly in 1990. She eventually relocated to New York, where she became the first female editor at Vibe and a published novelist. More recently, she was an editor at Billboard and is currently working on a history of African-American women in pop music.

Smith has returned back to the Bay Area to begin what might be her most special and personal project to date: HRDCVR, a print publication she and husband Elliott Wilson describe as a "book-shaped magazine by and for the new everyone."

As a 2013-14 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, Smith says she's spent "an incredible year of being nurtured and learning here." She has taken classes at the Graduate School of Business, the Institute of Design and other university departments while developing the idea of HRDCVR as her fellowship project.

Elliott Wilson, based in New York, is the founder of the influential RapRadar.com and has a web series called The Truth on Jay Z's Life + Times YouTube channel. He is also the host of CRWN, a live interview series that has quickly become rap's answer to Inside The Actor's Studio. Though the couple have been married for almost nine years and both have been heavily involved in the world of music for more than two decades, it's significant and surprising to note that HRDCVR is their first media collaboration.

"We've always competed," Smith laughs. "When he was the editor-in-chief at XXL, I was the editor-in-chief at Vibe. When he was the music editor at The Source, I was the music editor at Vibe — so it hasn't been pretty."

The idea behind HRDCVR is to create a magazine with special permanence in this digital age, something that could easily be mistaken for a beautiful coffee table book. 

"We’re thinking about dry-transfer and dye-transfer," Smith and Wilson write in their Kickstarter campaign that they hope will make the project a stunning reality. "Art hand-colored, and handwritten. Bespoke typefaces Garamond-y and Le Monde and Bauhaus and bow wow wow. We're thinking about metaphoric lettering. Memento mori. Emblems. Iconography. Poster styles. Stencil. Massive bylines. Text as image. Sticker paper. Monumentality. Entire stories built in pull-quote. Wide-width satin ribbon bookmark. Matte paper and glossy paper, at the same damn time."

"A lot of writers haven't had the experience of being an editor and a lot of writers haven't had the experience of seeing their name printed on beautiful paper or having a meeting with an art illustrator," says Smith. "We know what that feels like and we want more people to be able to experience and feel that as well."

HRDCVR is not intended to explicitly be a music magazine, though it will be a natural component to the project. "We believe one can adore DJ Snake and Cloud Nothings and Gerardo Ortiz and Nicki Minaj and still want to get deep into how things are moving at the protests in Venezuela, want to know who the humans are behind the net neutrality battles, want to prep for the 2016 elections."

This sort of diversity reflects the cut-and-paste nature that gave rise to hip-hop.

"Hip-hop is in our culture," says Wilson. "From the fact that we galvanized to elect Barack Obama to everything, it's all hip-hop still. To me, it's really important to capture 2014 and what's going on right now, and when I go to newsstands and see magazines and see books, I don't get that feeling."

There may only be one edition of HRDCVR (which they're presently calling Issue 1nce), but they're not opposed to the possibility of more in the future.

The HRDCVR team seeks to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter. Watch their first campaign video below:

 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of HRDCVR]]>
<![CDATA[Finish Ticket Gets Major Label Deal]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:23:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/finishticketnewshot.jpg

Finish Ticket independently released a debut album called Tears You Apart in February 2013. Now, just over a year later, the Alameda band that boasts two sets of brothers and came of age playing under-21 shows in the Bay Area has grown up into a major label deal.

Atlantic Records is re-releasing the album and giving it a wider push into the world. Locally, the band plans to celebrate with a free in-store appearance at Amoeba Music in San Francisco at 6 p.m. on May 20.

Watch the band's new video for "Tranquilize" below:

 



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<![CDATA[Classic Local Music Moment: Jello Biafra on Oprah]]> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:11:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jellonicolepowers-2.jpg

Jello Biafra and Oprah Winfrey have a shared, censored past.

The incendiary musician and one-time San Francisco mayoral candidate behind the punk group Dead Kennedys and the now almost 34-year-old label Alternative Tentacles appeared on Winfrey's popular daytime talk show in 1986 to face Tipper Gore and other members of the Parents Resource Music Center (PMRC) on the topic of censorship in music.

At the time, Biafra was facing a charge of distributing harmful material to minors for releasing the Dead Kennedys album Frankenchrist. (He was later acquitted.)

Watch the strange sight below:

 



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<![CDATA[Morrissey Hug Brings Bay Area Tour Opener to an End]]> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:15:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/162998550.jpg

After canceling three previously scheduled concerts in the Bay Area, Morrissey opened his U.S. tour Wednesday night at the intimate City National Civic in San Jose.

Despite actually showing up, looking and sounding fit, and performing new songs with names like "Earth is The Loneliest Planet of All" and "World Peace is None of Your Business" (the latter the title of his next album), all anyone has been able to talk about afterwards is how the concert ended.

The 20-song set was cut short just moments before the likely organic ending of the show when the British singer was ushered offstage by his security team after a flurry of fans risked their safety to run onstage and touch him.

Thursday morning, NBC Bay Area reported the story with the headline 'Singer Morrissey Tackled to Ground.' Watch the video in the above link and decide for yourself, but from our vantage point in the balcony, it looked like he had more of a stumble before being swiftly whisked offstage by his security team. 

'Morrissey ATTACKED On Stage During San Jose Concert,' crowed gossip site TMZ, a certain exaggeration of the people who lightly hugged him.

The way the show concluded was nothing new and part of the Morrissey charm. Morrissey has drawn ardent fans worldwide since debuting as the frontman of The Smiths in 1982. We first saw The Smiths play Berkeley's Greek Theatre in 1986, which was the first time we witnessed the stage invasion of fans who just wanted to be close to Morrissey, a sport that builds and builds until the finale.

Though his lyrics spoke (and still speak) of impossible loneliness, he has always been lavished with intense affection by fans at concerts.

He's often egged it on, too. One show we saw in Los Angeles in 1992 ended with riot police after he enticed the audience to leave their seats and get closer to him. And, Wednesday night, after a particularly lukewarm audience reaction to a new song, he asked, "Did you feel anything? What was it like?"

Morrissey's security team in San Jose were all wearing team shirts with his name on the front and the number 59 on the back. The enviably extensive merchandise table also had a shirt with his face and the words Salford 59ers in a design meant to evoke the San Francisco 49ers.

These guys, like everyone who has worked for Morrissey over the past, oh, quarter century, are totally prepared to quarterback the stage invasion when fans defy gravity and pain to get on stage and give him a little hug. If you watch that video, you'll see him smile after one guy gets his shirt torn off his body before getting that hug.

The fans can't be blamed for trying to touch the music icon for what could be the last time. When the show ended, Morrissey was singing, "Someday Goodbye Will Be Farewell."  



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter]]>
<![CDATA[Party With The City on May 22]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:10:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/turnmeondead.jpg

San Jose's Turn Me On Dead and San Francisco's Revenant headline The City's next free party on May 22 at Monarch (101 Sixth Street) in SF.

If you haven't joined us at one of our free events yet, this month's free party is the perfect time to start your monthly exploration into live local music. Get ready to have a great time.

We can't wait to see you! Use this link to RSVP, which will score you some free beverages and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, consider dropping an extra special "like" on our Facebook page to stay in touch with all of our latest stories.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Turn Me On Dead]]>
<![CDATA[Classic Local Music Moment: Sly Stone Jams With Richard Pryor]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 17:06:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/slystonewignew.jpg

Quick, can you name the drummer from Sly and the Family Stone? If you said Richard Pryor, you wouldn't be totally wrong.

In 1974, San Francisco's own Sly Stone was interviewed on the then-popular TV series The Mike Douglas Show and brought out the late legendary comedian to play drums on Stone's famous "If You Want Me to Stay."

It's probably good that Pryor never gave up his day job. Watch the classic clip of Sly Stone jamming with Richard Pryor below:

 



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<![CDATA[Disco Legend Sylvester Immortalized in Musical]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 15:17:36 -0700 Mighty Real, an off-Broadway musical.]]> Mighty Real, an off-Broadway musical.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/anthonywaynesylvester.jpg

A San Francisco musical legend is now the subject of an off-Broadway musical in New York.

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical begins previews on September 5 and runs through October 5. Anthony Wayne stars as the late icon Sylvester James, Jr. — known simply by his first name.

The flamboyant performer, who was one of disco's beloved architects, passed away in 1988. His musical legacy, which includes 11 studio albums and a live album, lives on here at home not only through local record collections, but through tribute nights. Monthly party Go Bang! at The Stud in San Francisco has hosted two such annual events.

Would you go see a Sylvester musical in San Francisco? Let us know what you think in the comments.



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<![CDATA[Stern Grove Announces 2014 Series]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:35:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/smokeyrob.jpg

San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival has announced the lineup for the 2014 concert season. All performances are free and take place on Sundays at 2 PM.

This is Stern Grove Festival's 77th season, and there are new tricks up the sleeve this year is Grove on the Road, a series of free community arts and music events that begin this weekend at the May 4 Sunday Streets in Bayview and continue at Bryant Elementary in the Mission on May 9, Cleveland Elementary in Excelsior on May 17 and Noe Valley Town Center on June 1.

Here is the full concert lineup:

June 22: Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin
June 29: Allen Stone and Yuna 
July 6: San Francisco Symphony with Edwin Outwater, conductor 
July 13: Funky Meters and Sugar Pie DeSanto
July 20: Pupy Y Los Que Son Son and Vieux Farka Touré
July 27: Rufus Wainwright and Quartet San Francisco
August 3: Andrew Bird And The Hands Of Glory and Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors
August 10: Darlene Love and Monophonics
August 17: Sergio Mendes and LoCura
August 24: The Zombies and Vetiver

 



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<![CDATA[A Tale of Two Farallons: Folk/EDM]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:37:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/farallonsband.jpg

Not to be confused with the group of islands and sea stacks off the San Francisco coast, Farallons is a local band getting ready to record a debut album. And Farallons is also a local producer of trap and electro house - styles of electronic dance music (or EDM).

As for the band, last year's debut Farallons EP and early live performances were all well received by local media and attracted a wide range of fans, some who gravitate to pronounced surf-rock vibes, others to the folk-like vocal harmonies. A Kickstarter seeks public help to raise $11,800 to put towards the cost of recording, engineering, hiring session musicians and producing both CDs and cassette versions of Farallons' debut album. At press time, the band has raised a potential $5,470 toward the goal, with 20 days left in the campaign.

Farallon the EDM artist is the alias of Jay Jachinowski, who describes himself on his Soundcloud as both a musician and producer from San Francisco and Concord. He has just signed on with Revolutionize Records, a label based in Toronto and London with an ethos of nurturing and supporting new artists.

Jam on, both Farallons.



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<![CDATA[Lil B's NBA Hoop Dreams]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:03:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/lilbnba.jpg

Brandon McCartney, aka Lil B, has already pursued and achieved several of his dreams at the age of 24. He became both a rap star and published author by the time he was 19. He's lectured at universities and, as his other alias Young Based God, is one of the Internet's most consistent pop culture memes.

But longtime observers of Lil B know that he also has big hoop dreams: he wants to make the NBA. In 2012, he tried out for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State Warriors' D-League team.

The narration in the video of his new song "Gotta Make the NBA" explains that he has to win 50 basketball games in order to have another chance to tryout for an NBA team. The lyrics of the song add that he's working through a recent injury, but nothing is going to stop him from following his passion.

Lil B is very prolific and has dedicated a whole mixtape to the subject of basketball. Hoop Life features songs like "NBA Stole My Swag" and "F*ck KD," the latter a diss song directed to Kevin Durant, a player with the Oklahoma City Thunder with whom he's had a public rivalry for a few years.

Check out the video for Lil B's "Gotta Make the NBA" below:

 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lil B]]>