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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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Los Campesinos!: Hello Sadness

Despite a penchant for ironic melancholy, British indie-pop group Los Campesinos! are typically bright and buoyant, their sprightly sound belying dejected lyrics about romantic insecurity. But in their fourth LP, Hello Sadness, the band greet sadness full on, and their music suffers for it. The record retains their dreadful lyrics,
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Childish Gambino: Camp

Childish Gambino has traded in the Jesus piece for short-shorts and Top-Siders, and he’s ruthlessly unapologetic about it. Many know Donald Glover, the writer-actor-comedian and once-upon-a-time front-runner to play Spider-Man. Others know him as Troy from NBC’s “Community,” but some may still be in the dark on his other-other name,
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Kurt Vile: So Outta Reach

It’s easy to stereotype Kurt Vile as just another psych-rock dude who loves reverb, smokes weed and has a propensity for using the word “yeah.” Accented by backing band The Violators, whose members’ long brown locks evoke an Addams Family vibe, Vile certainly looks the part of the shiftless, folk-influenced
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