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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Local figures make art for mass resistance

“The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible,” screams the words of Oakland-based street artist and printmaker Paul Barron from his Art Attack Mural, painted on an otherwise nondescript wall in Rome, Italy. Barron, and others like him, are not only artists, but activists, people whose work are
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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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