Gonjasufi: MU.ZZ.LE

If you were to try and recreate the sonic emissions of artist Sumach Ecks, better known as Gonjasufi, your best bet would be to lock a Tibetan monk in a room with only a beat-mixer, a microphone and a few tabs of acid. After the schizophrenically awesome album A Sufi
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Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix

At last, an indie band has got it right. Considering all the monotonous droning one must sift through in the current indie scene (which has degenerated into banality), it’s good to know that there’s a group capable of capturing real emotions within a characteristically indie sound. With their third studio
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The Big Pink: Future This

You might have heard of The Big Pink from the catchy single “Dominos” off of their first album, A Brief History of Love. This track had a brief surge of mainstream attention when it was sampled in Nicki Minaj’s “Girls Fall Like Dominoes,” and, like most of this British duo’s
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Top 10 Albums of the Year

10. Childish Gambino: Camp Childish Gambino is the perfect name for comedian Donald Glover’s hip-hop alter ego. With his debut album, Camp, Glover seamlessly melds the innocent whimsy of childhood with a harder, personal edge. As a writer for “30 Rock” and an actor on NBC’s “Community,” Glover has already
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Oakland-based duo conjures beats of activism

Although it’s been a year since their last studio collaboration as Street Sweeper Social Club, Tom Morello and Boots Riley have both been two of the most politically active musicians in the past few years. While SSSC mixed in slick, playful raps with socially conscious lyrics, Morello and Riley have
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Underground culture and politics merge at Hoodstoccupy Oakland

Roberto Miguel had a vision to diversify the racially segregated music scene that he saw in Oakland, and create an integrated art community where genres overlapped and artists from all backgrounds collaborated. A musician and artist himself, he saw his vision manifested last year when he became involved in Hoodstock,
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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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