Michael Tilson Thomas

Violinist Gil Shaham dazzles at Davies Symphony Hall

A deep-seated anticipation permeated the atmosphere of San Francisco Symphony’s Davies Symphony Hall in the moments before violinist Gil Shaham walked onstage. Then, simultaneously with the excitement of an overeager child and the confidence of a brilliant performer, the Israeli violin virtuoso entered to spirited applause. After a friendly nod
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Mobb Deep: Black Cocaine

Over the last few years, ‘90s hip-hop artists, particularly those from New York (the genre’s mecca), have capitalized off of the enduring quality of their now timeless albums, crafting critically acclaimed sequels — see Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (2009) — and coming together for what feel like
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Iconic hip-hop duo Black Star graces the Mezzanine

On Nov. 16th, Black Star — rappers Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli — hit the Mezzanine in San Francisco. Known for their thought-provoking and introspective lyrics, Black Star has managed to stay in demand even though their last album came out over a decade ago.
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Yelawolf: Radioactive

Yelawolf has had an unconventional rise to stardom. After purchasing his first car, he traveled to the Bay Area to pursue professional skateboarding. Spending a lot of his time in Berkeley, he would often spend nights at abandoned frat houses while eating at Food Not Bombs because he was too
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The Hundred Days @ Pop Roxx DNA Lounge

Up All Night

The night of Nov. 4th started off as most nightclub nights usually do: Amateur D.J.s spinning and mixing songs old and new, the early-bird clubbers stumbling around in a pre-gamed stupor and Pop Rocks strewn across tables mixed in with Hershey’s Kisses for the DNA Lounge’s Pop Roxx theme. At
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Gym Class Heroes: The Papercut Chronicles II

Jumping across genres — alternative hip-hop, electro-rock, pop-rap — The Gym Class Heroes have managed to break out of any two-or three word musical labels on their latest album, The Papercut Chronicles II. The band dared to cut loose from any genre ties, and freely mixed together electronic and rock
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Lykke Li evokes heartbreak at Oakland Fox

From a thick haze of smoke, Lykke Li swooped into the Fox Theater last Wednesday like a vehement specter. The Swedish songstress was swathed in billowing, all-black robes, gliding her way across the stage. As the night began with the haunting “Jerome,” Lykke Li’s voice soared and wailed, but the
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