Going dumb proves smart in RL Grime’s latest performance

“Playing Golden State in Oakland was a moment,” RL Grime tweeted right after his set at the Fox Theater last Friday. Indeed, lots of songs and moments happened during the show, with a surprising — albeit very well-received — amount of Bay Area hyphy rap mixed into his set. RL
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The Based God blesses Memorial Glade

It was Friday evening, the end of the first week of classes at UC Berkeley, and a metamorphosis was taking place. Earlier in the day, students threw Frisbees across the sunny lawn, but as the moon rose over the night sky, Memorial Glade transformed into a spiritual sanctuary. Hundreds of
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The New Deal takes their playful package to Independent stage

For history buffs and techno fans in search of a unique evening out, San Francisco’s Independent theater hosted The New Deal last Friday and Saturday, and the group will tour through the Western states in the coming month. The Toronto-based electronic trio, which self-identifies as “acid jazz,” has been active
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UC Berkeley’s Symphony Orchestra closes on a beautiful note

Playing with textures, rhythms and musical shapes, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra closed its fall season with a dynamic program of pieces from the modernist and contemporary eras of classical music from Dec. 11-13 at Hertz Hall. Incorporating selections from Witold Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Ligeti and Richard Strauss, the orchestra combined
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Cass McCombs, Meat Puppets mix genres in live show

Cass McCombs and the Meat Puppets make an unexpected pairing. The two artists chose to tour together out of mutual admiration, but they share few of the typical similarities for such a setup. Where the Meat Puppets are famous for their energetic mix of grunge rock and country-western influences, McCombs
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Culture Collide Fest provides global music scope in SF

Elbo Room and the Chapel in San Francisco were some of the intimate but electrifying sites for Culture Collide acts Tuesday and Wednesday. The laid-back environment made it easy for new fans to be created, both of the international bands and of the festival itself.   Go Back to the
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Fans were head over heels at SF music fest Summersalt

Set among the abandoned warehouses of Pier 70, Summersalt 2014 featured an exciting range of dance music performers, both international and local, in the Bay Area. Offering popular acts in hip-hop and trap from G-Eazy to Keys N Krates, the festival was a wild success, as concert-goers danced nonstop from
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