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“Fight the Power”: Two Rappers’ Insight into Politics

Radical politics and musical expression are hopelessly intertwined throughout history and revolutions. The political unrest of many generations is echoed in the music of their respective times: Bob Dylan’s folk is woven within the cultural revolution of the ‘60s; Tupac’s lyrics capture the complex experience of a black man in
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Oakland Music Festival unites cultures in a diverse city

The Oakland Music Festival came into fruition for the first time Saturday. When a city acquires a music event of its own, the region becomes a birthplace of music. This has a great deal of significance for areas with growing art and music scenes, as the festivals become representative of
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Treasure Island 2012: Favorite sets

This past weekend, San Francisco’s annual Treasure Island Music Festival took place right in the middle of bay waters. Along with a gathering of food trucks and an array of artistic booths and exhibits, festival-goers enjoyed performances by the hippest names in music today, from The xx to the Divine
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Ty Segall on the Tunnel Stage (Gracie Malley/Senior Staff)

Treasure Island 2012 Part 1

We look back on our favorite sets from the annual SF musical festival that happened last weekend.  Ty Segall Overly distorted guitars, thrashing vocals and mops of hair flying all over the place. This was Ty Segall’s performance at the Tunnel Stage, with the view of his hometown San Francisco
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Local Limelight: The Coup

You know what you need? More politically-charged hip-hop, that’s what. But seriously, if  you are a fan of hip-hop that surges with “power to the people” thoughts and protest anthems, look no further than Oakland’s the Coup. The group is fronted by Boots Riley, the smooth talking emcee who is
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