MC Novelist paves way for political grime at Born & Bred

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Amid wailing sirens, gunshots and a tongue-in-cheek sample of David Cameron’s Eton-educated voice proclaiming “Keeping people safe is the first duty of government,” grime MC Novelist burst unequivocally onto the scene in 2015, lyrical guns blazing and rhythmic cannons firing in “Street Politician.” Novelist, a 19-year-old black Englishman from Lewisham,
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Fantastic Negrito regales hometown with record release show

“The last days of Oakland. The end of something, the beginning of something. There’s good in the old Oakland. There’s good in the new Oakland,” Fantastic Negrito began. As the sun set over First Fridays on June 3 in downtown Oakland, the city’s favorite blues musician was celebrating the release
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VÉRITÉ revels in warm welcome at Rickshaw Stop

VÉRITÉ oozes New York City cool on stage just the way you’d imagine a hip electro-pop singer-songwriter would. At her recent performance at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, she stole the show with perfectly coiffed melodies, glittering synths and the cool-girl uniform to match: black lipstick, black leather jacket, sequined shorts
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Pentatonix pleases with a cappella anthems at Greek Theatre

Before a viral video gets to the viewer, the clips are extensively edited, color-corrected and oftentimes auto-tuned to perfection prior to launching into the web for the world to see. Though many are doubtful of these online musicians’ ability to deliver on a live stage, superstar a cappella group Pentatonix
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Zhu sets Fox Theater aglow on ‘Neon City’ tour

The crowd erupted. Slowly, a hooded figure emerged from behind his trademark flag logo with images of a drive down a dark mountain road flashing behind him. A pounding beat began to pulsate through the room, and the Fox Theater, which five minutes ago had been flush with the white
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R&B singer Gallant serves up slick, simple performance

“My name is Gallant.” Rising R&B singer Christopher Gallant, who performs under the mononym Gallant, didn’t say much to the crowd during his set at the Fox Theater in Oakland — at least not in plain words. Instead, he engaged in intimate conversation with his audience through soulful falsetto vocal
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Furries, fans unite at CHVRCHES performance at Fox Theatre

Scottish electro-pop outfit Chvrches, stylized as CHVRCHES, excels at its craft — triumphant pop songs that launch into the stratosphere but wear their broken heart on their astronaut suit sleeve. “We’ve played, like, 470 shows,” announced Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry four songs into the band’s second night at the Fox
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Built to Spill welcomes Cal Day crowd

With more than 25 years and eight full albums under its belt, Built to Spill didn’t have any need to impress anybody. The band got up on the steps of Doe Library overlooking a casual audience on Memorial Glade for the end-of-Cal Day concert Saturday and jammed out in style.
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