About Nina Tabios

If I'm rapping along, you've caught me on a good night. San Francisco-based writer covering hip-hop/R&B for The Bay Bridged, San Francisco Chronicle and Rehab Online Magazine.
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    Noise Pop 2019 ancillary events include Nosaj Thing at Nightlife, Cannabis Happy Hour + more

Noise Pop 2019 ancillary events include Nosaj Thing at Nightlife, Cannabis Happy Hour + more

Noise Pop Festival kicks into high gear starting February 25 and as a warm-up to the festivities, the San Francisco music and arts festival revealed its ancillary events and [...]

By |February 14, 2019|0 Comments
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    Peach Tree Rascals’ “Plus” is a taste of sweet San Jose soul

Peach Tree Rascals’ “Plus” is a taste of sweet San Jose soul

San Jose's Peach Tree Rascals have become the Bay Area's latest emerging DIY darlings and their newest song and video, "Plus" is another sliver of the group's golden-hour soul. [...]

By |February 8, 2019|0 Comments
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    Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone could be cut from a cloth of the “last real MCs,” except his swatch would be some thrifted, metallic, purple-and-gold synthetic hemp (despite being born and raised [...]

By |February 6, 2019|0 Comments

Elujay takes on a whole new R&B direction on “Adojio”

Elujay's 2016 rap love letter to Oakland Jentrify set him on a path as another local force to watch out for. After two years of collecting nods from Billboard, [...]

By |February 1, 2019|0 Comments

Safia Mafia is making self-love R&B on her own terms

Safia Mafia is a vibe. Her latest project, Love Kills is a kaleidoscope dream of R&B hinged upon the early influences of Motown soul, '80s synth pop, electronica, and [...]

By |February 1, 2019|0 Comments
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    Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”

Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”

As a producer, Julia Lewis is known for his uber intricate, vibey productions oft employed by the local rap conglomerate searching for a more sophisticated sound. But add long-time [...]

By |November 16, 2018|Comments Off on Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”
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    Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

With the shuttering of Los Angeles' legendary Low End Theory in August, it's comforting to know a like-minded spirit lives on and is recognized in the Bay Area through [...]

By |November 16, 2018|Comments Off on Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

Premiere: Jay Stone and his mind are ‘Calibrating…’

When "Flying Monkeys" first came across our desks, we were hooked on to Jay Stone's ruminations and the classically hip-hop sound anchored by producer Micah Aza's soul-sampling. The single [...]

By |October 31, 2018|Comments Off on Premiere: Jay Stone and his mind are ‘Calibrating…’

Bay Area Record Fest finds a new home in Oakland

If you're seeking a quick dose of the Bay Area's burgeoning music scene, look no further than the fourth edition of the Bay Area Record Fest, affectionately known as [...]

By |October 23, 2018|Comments Off on Bay Area Record Fest finds a new home in Oakland
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    Tia Nomore, MVCK, Bruh From Last Night release new drip, “Waterfalls” ahead of collab project

Tia Nomore, MVCK, Bruh From Last Night release new drip, “Waterfalls” ahead of collab project

Tia Nomore, MVCK, and Bruh From Last Night have been spending long days and nights in the lab cooking up bangers and we're finally hearing the fruits of their [...]

By |October 22, 2018|Comments Off on Tia Nomore, MVCK, Bruh From Last Night release new drip, “Waterfalls” ahead of collab project
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    Family Affair gallery puts Bay Area hip-hop history on display with ‘Freaks of the Industry’

Family Affair gallery puts Bay Area hip-hop history on display with ‘Freaks of the Industry’

Since its opening this past summer, San Francisco gallery Family Affair has decorated its walls with eclectic, and often rare, collections featuring the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, and [...]

By |October 18, 2018|Comments Off on Family Affair gallery puts Bay Area hip-hop history on display with ‘Freaks of the Industry’
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    In a new location, Treasure Island picks up where it left off

In a new location, Treasure Island picks up where it left off

Tame Impala (photo: Priscilla Rodriguez)

After spending a year on the festival circuit sidelines, Treasure Island Music Festival returned this weekend with a revitalized spirit thanks to a brand-new location.

Migrating [...]

By |October 15, 2018|Comments Off on In a new location, Treasure Island picks up where it left off
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