Fantastic Negrito makes old-school music for a new era

Bay Bands

You never know when you’ll get a new beginning. Oakland’s 46-year-old Xavier Dphrepaulezz is just now achieving his lifelong dream of a successful music career. It wasn’t an easy road getting there. First, he signed a million-dollar record deal with Interscope Records in the ’90s that ultimately failed and led
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Makeunder: Oakland seven-piece band gains national exposure

Bay Bands

Contrary to the Oakland band’s misleading name, what Makeunder does to its songs is anything but a make-under. Instead, the seven-piece builds straightforward songs into layered masterpieces bursting with four-part harmonies, unexpected time shifts and orchestral swells, all pulled together by frontman Hamilton Ulmer’s smooth R&B vocals. The effect is
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