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Kush Arora and the INgrooves staff's top 10 releases of 2011

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Kush Arora and the INgrooves staff's top 10 releases of 2011     Read more »

Telegenic Band Check: Magic! Magic Roses

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Magic! Magic Roses gave SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver a private living room performance and their conversation took her to concerts at Big Sur and dreams of sparkling hair accessories. The piece they performed will be on their new, upcoming album, but first they need a little KickstartRead more »

Jhameel's top 10 songs for 2011

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Clouded: Oakland’s Main Attrakionz rise up from the fog

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Maybe it’s the dreamy, celestial quality of their ethereal beats, or the cloud of weed smoke that seems to float from the speakers whenever Squadda B or MondreMAN spit one of their sky-high verses. While the origin of the term “cloud rap” may be up for debate, it’s undeniable that Main Attrakionz is carving out its own place in hip-hop by pioneering a new sub-genre. Read more »

Josh Cheon's top 10 new releases of 2011

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Dark Entries Records' Josh Cheon submits his list of the top 10 new releases of 2011: Read more »

George Chen's list of things that didn't suck in 2011

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Musician and writer George Chen says, "2011: man, most of it was shitty, but here were the good things:" Read more »

Cheryl Eddy's top 10 metal shows of 2011

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Cheryl Eddy's list of the top 10 metal shows of 2011 (in chronological order): Read more »

Localized Appreesh: Mental 99

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Localized Appreesh is our weekly thank-you column to the musicians that make the Bay. Each week a band/music-maker with a show, album release, or general good news is highlighted and spotlit. To be considered, contact emilysavage@sfbg.com.

Between them, local guitarist Joe Gore and drummer Dawn Richardson have played alongside some heavy-hitters: Tom Waits, PJ Harvey,  Tracy Chapman, Eels, DJ Shadow, Courtney Love, Four Non-Blondes, and a whole lot more. Together, the duo plays lush instrumental rock'n'roll in their new band, Mental 99. How lush? With just two (albeit two considerably talented) musicians, the band showcases a densely layered sound – the strength  you might expect from say, a quartet – thanks in part to its live looping skills. Read more »

Live Shots: José James at New Parish

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A couple of phrases used (and possibly made up) to describe José James’s show Friday night: swoontastic and baby-making-music. The rising neo-crooner gigged in San Jose and SF the preceding two evenings, but it's hard to beat the intimacy of Oakland's the New Parish, which has a certain bohemian vibe. Read more »

The Performant: Cheap thrills

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Bargain Basement Mondays and Amoebapalooza

The upside to living in a city as notoriously pricey as San Francisco is that despite the myriad opportunities to blow too much cash on a mediocre time out, there are plenty of options for cheaper entertainments, keeping the broke-ass among us from being eternally housebound. This weekend in particular, a couple of low-budge music showcases offered those too skint to make it to Iggy Pop a way to afford more beer by charging less cover, and one even threw in the pizza! Sure, rocking out with the godfather of punk would have been quite a bang for its buck, but at least Bottom of the Hill and Café du Nord offered economical alternatives to hanging out in a drafty San Francisco flat Google-stalking Mike Watt. Not that I’d know anything about that. Read more »