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Joakim: Very tall, very French

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By Vanessa K. Carr

It's hard to tell sometimes with the French: how much of their dry humor and peculiarity is due to their French-ness, and how much is straight up eccentricity? For French electronic music producer and Tigersushi label manager Joakim (Versatile, K7), it's most definitely the later. Read more »

Show your love for 21 Grand

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Recently on display at 21 Grand: works by Kerri Lee Johnson (above) and Chela Fielding.

By Dina Maccabee

To be honest, I don't go to 21 Grand that often. I live in San Francisco, and 21 Grand is in Oakland. Read more »

Rain on Diego's Umbrella

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By Molly Freedenberg

I don't what's going on, but I've been hearing about break-ins happening to bands more and more over the past few months. The latest? SF darlings Diego's Umbrella. Here's the story, and how you can help, in their own words:

"Hello everybody, Unfortunately we had a bit of tragedy strike while we were on tour in the Northwest as our trailer was broken into and a good deal of our equipment was stolen.

The police have no leads as of yet and many times these crimes go unsolved so we are coming to terms with the reality of the situation. Read more »

Amy Grammy double-whammy kills it

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Wow -- on my second week in rehab I was scaling the drywall with toothpicks under my fingernails. But maybe if you put me in a closed studio packed full of record label plants and some stellar backing musicians (with an intro by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) then perhaps I could have delivered one of those super-extra special TV historical moments that Amy Winehouse provided last night at the Grammys, with the below double medley. Read more »

Clubs: I feel so Debaser

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Yes, shake yourself, wake yourself, shiver ye timbers, and don ye olde kinderwhore frock. There's a newish club in town, courtesy of those Neon kids: Debaser, a '90s alternative dance party that has yet to find its firm monthly footing but will nonetheless shake the rafters at the Knockout Saturday, Feb. 9. Read more »

Activism brings hyphy back to Berkeley

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By Jamilah King

Almost a week before the media was glowing with tales of unprecedented numbers of youth voters hitting the poles in this week's primary elections, hundreds of young activists and music heads made their power known in Berkeley. Read more »

Clubs: Asses of Evil!

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Calling all queer Arabs, Middle Easterners, and North Africans (and lusty friends) -- time for another wild, dancefloor-packing Bibi party, habibis!

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Yep, it's gonna be packed -- featuring DJs Emancipacion, Bahman, and Honey Soundsystem's own Josh Cheon. Read more »

Thao-ism 101: Songs ready to put a spring in your step

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By Todd Lavoie

Ah, what a perfect day! The sun is shining, I'm whirling in the afterglow of Obama's Super Tuesday super-dupers - 13 wins - not bad at all! - and I've just been charmed, bedazzled, and blindsided by a new artist. What could be better? Methinks this dopey grin of mine might remain in place for a while yet. Read more »

DJ Cheb i Sabbah speaks his Worldly mind

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This Saturday night (2/9) at the Worldly party at Temple, Cheb i Sabbah -- the Algerian-born, San Francisco-based DJ and producer extraordinaire -- celebrates the release of Devotion, his seventh album on Six Degrees Records.Read more »

Clubs: Trannyshack (fuzzy) memories

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"The truth can finally be told, Marke B.," said Trannyshack mama bear Heklina when I talked to her about her raucous 12-year-old trash-drag weekly at the Stud going dark in August. "I was gonna shut it down on our 10th anniversary -- that's just such a good, round number -- but I was in talks for the past two years with some big time studios about a Trannyshack reality series, so I kept it going. Read more »