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Feels 3 Festival in Oakland Saturday

by Zatoon

Wine and Bowties presents a “micro festival” this Saturday at the American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway, in Oakland. This unique  festival takes a multidisciplinary approach that features underground rap crews, DJs, visual artists, zine makers and food carts. Their headliners include The Internet, DJ Earl and Taso, D33J, EZALE, and Tia Nomore. Check out […]

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Featured Backyard Artist: E. Live

by Zatoon

Now available for download, E. Live’s latest mixtape, Kali Tropics, features 2 hours of beats from new underground artists exclusively from Soundcloud, including E. Live’s own fusion of funky soulful electro instrumentals.   E. Live just completed an Eryka Badu remix, which is also available for free downloading.   He continues to build on his already stellar […]

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Street Artist Shepard Fairey Facing Criminal Charges

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Shepard Fairey, who gained worldwide recognition for his unique interpretation of Barack Obama’s face —a graphic, propagandist-looking portrait of the candidate with the word HOPE underneath – is now facing criminal charges in Detroit for his spree of street art while there working on an 18 story mural. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/25/shepard-fairey-arrest His HOPE poster achieved a place in […]

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Life & Times Of DJ Quik Featured On TV One’s ‘Unsung’

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Check out this blog posting on DJ Quik, which features an episode that provided a great synopsis of DJ Quik’s extensive career. http://www.okayplayer.com/news/dj-quik-full-unsung-episode-video.html And here’s one of his lesser known jams,”Pitch in On a Party”, showing off his smooth story telling skills.

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Nina Simone Documentary Now on Netflix

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The story of one our most beloved musical geniuses can now be viewed on Netflix.  Although she passed in 2003, Simone is far from forgotten, and her music continues to inspire us.  Besides the new documentary, there’s a tribute album, another documentary (“The Amazing Nina Simone) and a controversial biopic on Simone starring Zoe Saldana all due […]

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Yak Films – Finger Warriors

by Zatoon

Yak Films based out of Oakland continues to put out dope videos featuring turf dancing along with tight instrumentals, and they always seem to capture that golden Cali light.  Part ballet, part yoga, Turf (Taking up room on the floor) is an improvisational, free-flowing form of dance that basically allows the artist to tell a […]

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HOLDING ONTO SF exhibit at Incline Gallery

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by Galen Maloney on June 16, 2015 Art reflects the times we live in, and this new exhibit at the ever innovative Incline Gallery (766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA) features artists whose work focuses on the displacement crisis currently gripping the city. https://inclinegallerysf.wordpress.com/holdingontosf/ Opening reception goes down on Friday, June 26 from 6 to […]

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Backyard Artist You Should Know: A-1

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by Galen Maloney on June 11, 2015 For those of you on the lookout for all of the talent that stays beyond the clutches of the mainstream, check out A-1 from San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.  With a mission statement that provides a level of depth, creativity and consciousness rarely seen in today’s hip-hop world, A-1 […]

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Roots in a Modern Time by Toussaint the Liberator

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by Galen Maloney on June 10, 2015 Although this not a new release, Roots in a Modern Time epitomizes the Zatoon philosophy.  In the midst of all this technology and social change, we gotta stick to our roots.  From Boston but maintaining a strong Bay Area connection, Toussaint continues his musical progression with tours throughout […]

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Rojai Releases FOLLOW YOUR HEART Video

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by Galen Maloney on June 4, 2015 “Follow Your Heart” is the latest video from Rojai’s Solitude EP.   Shot in San Francisco, the video follows Rojai over the course of a day as his significant other is tempted to believe the gossip of her girlfriends who question her man’s fidelity, while the lyrics caution her […]

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