• REWIND: Honoring Biz Markie with other irreverent rappers

    REWIND: Honoring Biz Markie with other irreverent rappers

    Biz Markie performs at the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Aug. 1, 1988. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images. Last week the world lost Biz Markie, the Clown Prince of Hip-Hop. I won’t go over everything from his obituary again but despite often being considered a one-hit wonder, Markie…
  • Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 20

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 20

    Clockwise from top left: Anjulie, Killval, SSGKobe, Butch Dawson, BIG30 and Darrin Bradbury. Ever find yourself skipping song after song on your playlist after the thousandth rotation? A fresh perspective often breathes life into music, so here are some new singles to give a spin! BIG30, Darrin Bradbury,…
  • INTERVIEW: The Jungle Giants buckle down in search of 'Love Signs'

    INTERVIEW: The Jungle Giants buckle down in search of ‘Love Signs’

    The Jungle Giants, courtesy. For those in America, the saga of the pandemic is fairly well-defined, but the experience played out quite differently in in Australia, which faced earlier and stricter lockdowns. Three quarters of The Jungle Giants faced challenges. In a recent call, guitarist Cesira Aitken said the heaviest…
  • Insert Foot: Who holds the title of most un-rock rock star on the planet?

    Insert Foot: Who holds the title of most un-rock rock star on the planet?

    You know how sometimes you can’t unsee something, no matter how violently your eyes leap back into your brain, screaming? I just witnessed a clip of something from 1976 featuring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, posing as CHP officers, pulling Brian Wilson from bed and forcing him to…
  • PHOTOS: Robert Glasper and friends join the Dinner Party at Frost Amphitheater

    PHOTOS: Robert Glasper and friends join the Dinner Party at Frost Amphitheater

    Dinner Party performs at the Frost Amphitheater in Palo Alto on July 15, 2021. Matt Pang/STAFF. PALO ALTO — Dinner Party consists of highly notable musicians behind your favorite hip-hop soundtracks (as well as some of your favorite jazz). Saxophonist Terrace Martin, pianist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and…
  • Interview: Jawny tells the other side of 'For Abby' with 'The Story of Hugo'

    Interview: Jawny tells the other side of ‘For Abby’ with ‘The Story of Hugo’

    Jawny, courtesy Alex Free. Before East Bay native Jawny could let his last project go, he had to finish the story. The Story of Hugo Jawny Interscope, July 15 That project—October’s part-album, part-mixtape, part narrative art project For Abby—was the fictionalized story of a man who was in…
  • Another Coogler rises in Richmond: White Dave ready for the 'Space Jam'

    Another Coogler rises in Richmond: White Dave ready for the ‘Space Jam’

    White Dave, courtesy Anshil Popli. While Richmond rapper White Dave has had his songs featured in soundtracks for weighty and dramatic films like “Black Panther,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Creed,” all three of which were led by his all-star director brother Ryan Coogler (though White Dave…
  • PHOTOS: Murs, The Grouch and friends still Living Legends at Cornerstone

    PHOTOS: Murs, The Grouch and friends still Living Legends at Cornerstone

    Murs performs with The Grouch, Eligh and DJ Fresh at the Cornerstone in Berkeley on July 8, 2021. Karen Goldman/STAFF. BERKELEY — West Coast underground hip-hop legends Murs, The Grouch and Eligh played to a packed house at The Cornerstone on Thursday, with a crowd eager to welcome…
  • INTERVIEW: Dead Can Dance collaborator Jules Maxwell is a musical travel agent

    INTERVIEW: Dead Can Dance collaborator Jules Maxwell is a musical travel agent

    Jules Maxwell, courtesy Tony Wadham. Cathedrals serve a special purpose in culture to lift people from the mindless drudgery of their everyday lives and connect them to something bigger. Mosh pits serve the same purpose, but the calm of the cathedral delivers this transcendence without bruised ribs or…
  • Interview: CMAT using Irish country music culture to regrow country roots

    Interview: CMAT using Irish country music culture to regrow country roots

    CMAT, courtesy Sarah Doyle. CMAT, short for Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, is Irish. She was born in Ireland and, for this video call, she was in her mom’s house in Dublin. She also sings country music, a quintessentially American art form. The combination of those two things tends to…
  • Q&A: Cola Boyy on how his prosthetic leg inspired 'Prosthetic Boombox'

    Q&A: Cola Boyy on how his prosthetic leg inspired ‘Prosthetic Boombox’

    Cola Boyy, courtesy Ross Harris. Cola Boyy (Matthew Urango) has been changing the dialogue that mainstream music is willing to confront since his debut. A self-described “disco deviant,” his vibe is eclectic, to say the least. Incorporating styles and influences from hip-hop to French disco, he’s always trying…
  • REVIEW: SF Symphony pays homage to America at Stern Grove Festival

    REVIEW: SF Symphony pays homage to America at Stern Grove Festival

    The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Edwin Outwater (center), performs at Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco on July 4, 2021. Courtesy. SAN FRANCISCO — There are very few things more American than jazz, and the San Francisco Symphony took every opportunity to highlight the influences of the…
Rapper Biz Markie dead at 57