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Alessia Cara’s debut EP indicates powerhouse potential

Two days before the official release of her premiere EP, Alessia Cara posted a series of playful, self-made music videos for each new song on YouTube. Taylor Swift-approved, the 19-year-old anti-diva launched her music career with YouTube song covers. Now, in Four Pink Walls, Cara makes her mark as a
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Miguel preaches sexuality at Fox Theater

Sure, to fixate on Miguel’s Herculean, topless body might be unprofessional. After all, the R&B singer’s Tuesday night performance at the Fox Theater had so many other merits. There was his exhilarating charisma, which pulsed at the audience like a solar flare. There was his soaring falsetto, which peaked with
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LA’s best-kept secret: FYF 2015

To the nearly 40,000 people who attended Fuck Yeah Fest 2015 on Sunday and Monday, the music festival still feels like Los Angeles’ best-kept secret. In its twelfth year, FYF has flourished as the crown jewel of LA’s lively summer scene. Even with radio-ready headliners jampacked over the course of
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FKA twigs challenges listeners with dissonance, sinister lyricism

Early Friday morning, experimental trip-hop artist FKA twigs dropped a surprise EP and an accompanying short film as enigmatic as the artist herself — M3LL155X (pronounced “Melissa”). True to FKA twigs’ established reputation, M3LL155X is original and demonstrates stunning artistry. Though the EP isn’t exactly easy listening, its songs are
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Classical music group Ensemble Mik Nawooj reimagines hip-hop songs

From a methodological, classically trained perspective, hip-hop is a revolutionary invention. At least it is to JooWan Kim, a Korea-born composer who trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While earning his master’s degree in San Francisco, Kim composed a one-off orchestral chamber piece that incorporates emcees. The performance
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Cayucas performs unsurprising set at the Independent

When the West Coast bands Cayucas and Hibou performed at the Independent in San Francisco on Monday, the city’s weather was strangely suited for the occasion. Smoke from the wildfires covered the sky with a thick, gray blanket that obscured the sun and diffused the street lights along Divisadero Street,
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The weird, the wonderful: Outside Lands 2015

“There’s no geofilter yet!” cried a bucket hat-clad bro after snapping a selfie on the dusty path leading down to Golden Gate Park. The gates to the infamous Bay Area music and arts festival had just barely opened, but festival-goers were already eager to tell their friends and followers that
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