Music

On the Rise: Meklit Hadero

"Jazz, soul, folk, art rock...I walk the road of hyphens"

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How to describe a Meklit Hadero performance? Warm, bluesy upright bass; bright trumpet and saxophone. Elements of classic '60s folk by way of acoustic guitar, a lean toward R&B and soul, lyrics that blend personal and political, the intimate and the universal. The unmistakable influence of the music of Ethiopia — the singer's country of birth — shapes her music as it darts between genres. Read more »

On the Rise

Spaced-out electro-pop, Ethiopian-influenced jazz, feminist hip-hop, and a string quartet partial to Radiohead: 11 Bay Area artists who will keep you on your toes this year

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Year of the Workhorse

Different Fur Studio owner Patrick Brown saddles up for 2014

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Photos by Erin Conger

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Patrick Brown, sound engineer and owner of the Mission's Different Fur Studios, is a busy guy — both literally a man about town, as well as on the internets. I've started calling him the Santa Claus of social medias — always watchin' his friends' web behaviors, good, bad, whatever. He's consistently first to like posts and favorite tweets, while simultaneously pulling off epic shifts in the studio.Read more »

Find some poetry

Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek grapples with life and death on his rawest, most intimate album yet

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All together now

With Burn Your Fire For No Witness, indie-folk It Girl Angel Olsen embraces a full-band sound

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As she stares down the remainder of what's sure to be the busiest year of her career, Angel Olsen's new digs are helping calm any potentially frayed nerves.

"It's so mellow here, and people just don't give a shit," says the indie-folk singer about her new home of Asheville, N.C. "They build campfires and go to softball games or DJ nights. It's nice after so much traveling to go somewhere that's not a huge city."Read more »

Goldies 2014 Music: The Seshen

Call it what you will — the fresh, soulful sound of The Seshen demands to be heard

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GOLDIES "What was the latest? Afro-futurism? Afro-futurism," says Lalin St. Juste, songwriter and lead singer in the East Bay band The Seshen, of how the somewhat un-categorizable band has been categorized by critics most recently. "Which we're kind of OK with. It makes me think of, like, a silver afro."Read more »

Goldies 2014 Music: DJ NEBAKANEZA

Blasting past dubstep, setting controls for the heart of the bass

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GOLDIES "I don't care how much equipment you have, how many laptops you've got hooked together — if you're just making a bunch of trendy electronic sounds, if you don't know melody or dynamics or how to really play an instrument... you aren't making any music."Read more »

Goldies 2014 Performance/Music: Brontez Purnell

"I romanticize the outsider. There's always going to be this running theme of me versus the world."

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GOLDIES After being informed that Bay Guardian editors and a theater critic vetted his Goldie nomination, Brontez Purnell reacts. "I think it's fuckin' rad. I'm pretty into it. A theater critic? Was I criticized?"Read more »

Q up

Era-defining local legend DJ Qbert scratches out his first album in 16 years, Extraterrestria

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MUSIC "I always wanted to know how music sounded in outer space. And with certain types of crystals you can supposedly tune into different frequencies, receive other transmissions. Often I meditate with crystals, go to sleep, and dream about music from outer space. Then I wake up, make stuff like that on the turntables, and take it from there."Read more »

Radio Romance

MUSIC: BFF.fm is the new cool kid in town

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Being a radio DJ in 2014 feels oddly radical."What do you mean 'radio'?" people ask, totally perplexed, when I tell them what I do. It's an independent station on the Internets, I tell them. "Can I call in?" is, without fail, their next question. Not exactly, I say, but we can tweet. It's not your grandfather's radio, but the perks are all there.Read more »