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Space Jams: Hip-hip duo Chiddy Bang release unconventional debut album

You’ve heard it all before. Gangsta, old-school, new-school, indie, alternative and even ambient forms of hip-hop have all passed through your ears at some point in time or another. Well, how about future-space rap? This is exactly the genre under which Chiddy Bang classify their debut studio album Breakfast. After
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Ja Rule: Pain is Love 2

J. Lo in terry cloth Juicy Couture reminding us, again, that she’s real. Ja Rule in a wife beater. Ashanti with red lips, hoops and a lace-up leather onesie? Ja Rule still in a wife beater. We have had some great times with Ja, tracks with wind instrumentals and women
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This week in arts

Film This Friday afternoon, at 3 p.m., the Berkeley Art Museum is hosting Film Forward, a colloquium on the state of film education, curation and criticism. Prominent Bay Area film personalities will be on the panel, including independent filmmakers Tiffany Shlain (“Connected”) and Barry Jenkins (“Medicine for Melancholy”), film journalists
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Tyga: Careless World – Rise of the Last King

Tyga is the newest in a line of mainstream rap artists of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) fame, and his latest album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, is just as hackneyed and unnecessarily hedonistic as anything the label has ever put out. Don’t get me wrong —
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Grimes: Visions

Claire Boucher, known as Grimes, first started making music through GarageBand sessions in her home in Montreal. Although the 23-year-old artist continues to make her music singlehandedly, her newest album, Visions, ventures out of her bedroom and soars as her most confident compilation yet. In her past two albums Halfaxa
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Ducky: The Whether

Ducky’s latest four-track EP The Whether, swirls ethereal synth vocals around popping electro-pop beats. The album’s cover art — depicting a computer-generated woman wrapped in fur and free-floating hair (a la “Zelda”) with a bionic arm and opaque, white demonic eyes — encapsulates the album’s juxtaposition of bubble-gum beats and
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Cursive: I am Gemini

Kudos to Cursive for misguidedly returning to that no-man’s land of the goth-drenched concept album. Their recent release, I Am Gemini — follow-up to 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen — attempts to reanimate a corpse by cobbling fairytale influences, carnival oddities and the too-likely tale of estranged twins, Cassius and Pollock,
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Perfume Genius: Put Your Back N 2 It

Google has a knack for knowing a lot more about us than we want it to. When the site flagged an album teaser showing Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius,  embracing another man for “promoting mature themes” and not being “family safe,” it underlined many of the social taboos that the
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