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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    Phono del Sol: ‘Weird’ is precisely what Salami Rose Joe Louis is aiming for

Phono del Sol: ‘Weird’ is precisely what Salami Rose Joe Louis is aiming for

You can call Salami Rose Joe Louis a master chef. She uses rather simple ingredients — piano, guitar, bass, drums, keys — but the concoctions are complex and plentiful. [...]

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    UnderCover Presents calls on Bay Area artists to reimagine A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy

UnderCover Presents calls on Bay Area artists to reimagine A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy

(photo courtesy of Starita Music)

Michael Starita remembers when Phife Dawg came to Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios back in 2016 to work on some new, mysterious record.

“I hear the beat [...]

By |May 1, 2019|Comments Off on UnderCover Presents calls on Bay Area artists to reimagine A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy

Oke Junior laces up the mitts for “Rocky” video

Oke Junior gained a ton of momentum in 2018: His album Outside Looking In was cosigned by major hip-hop outlets and ton top of that, Oke proved his mettle [...]

By |April 23, 2019|Comments Off on Oke Junior laces up the mitts for “Rocky” video
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    Producer Jarrad Cleofé gives a house treatment to “Messin’ Around’

Producer Jarrad Cleofé gives a house treatment to “Messin’ Around’

Judging by his Instagram, San Francisco producer and DJ Jarrad Cleofé has been making waaaaaaves this past year and honestly, we're a little bummed we're just hearing about him [...]

By |April 23, 2019|Comments Off on Producer Jarrad Cleofé gives a house treatment to “Messin’ Around’
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    Rexx Life Raj hosts “Good & Proper”, a benefit event for Youth Radio Media

Rexx Life Raj hosts “Good & Proper”, a benefit event for Youth Radio Media

Good & Proper, a new event series hosted by Rexx Life Raj, launches its first evening this Saturday, April 13 in San Francisco, with the promise of "good music, [...]

By |April 12, 2019|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj hosts “Good & Proper”, a benefit event for Youth Radio Media

Premiere: Bells Atlas, “Final Ceiling”

"Death is not the final ceiling that we close," sings Sandra Lawson-Ndu, lead singer and songwriter of Bells Atlas, on their newest single, "Final Ceiling" out today. Opening with [...]

By |April 11, 2019|Comments Off on Premiere: Bells Atlas, “Final Ceiling”
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    Pop-Up Magazine returns to the Bay Area with Spring 2019 Issue tour

Pop-Up Magazine returns to the Bay Area with Spring 2019 Issue tour

(All photos: Jon Snyder)

Pop-Up Magazine is all your content needs rolled into one: A podcast, film, stand-up comedy, concert, and an original score performed onstage by musical collaborators, Magik*Magik [...]

By |April 11, 2019|Comments Off on Pop-Up Magazine returns to the Bay Area with Spring 2019 Issue tour

Oakland trio Hello Yello release “Love Wins” EP

Oakland trio Hello Yello caught our eyes and ears with the video to "Feel That Again," a melancholy anthem about chasing that next everyday high. The group — made [...]

By |March 15, 2019|Comments Off on Oakland trio Hello Yello release “Love Wins” EP
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    Mikos Da Gawd’s “Hell Yeah, Brother!” album is finally here

Mikos Da Gawd’s “Hell Yeah, Brother!” album is finally here

Mikos Da Gawd has finally dropped an album and he's got damn near the entire Bay Area featured on it. Released on March 4 through Text Me Records, Hell [...]

By |March 6, 2019|Comments Off on Mikos Da Gawd’s “Hell Yeah, Brother!” album is finally here
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    Noise Pop 2019: The Marias, Katzù Oso, Ginger Root and Derek Ted at the Chapel

Noise Pop 2019: The Marias, Katzù Oso, Ginger Root and Derek Ted at the Chapel

Closing out the final night of Noise Pop Festival 2019 was a melting pot of the Marías, Katzù Oso, Ginger Root, and Derek Ted on Sunday, March 3. The [...]

By |March 5, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: The Marias, Katzù Oso, Ginger Root and Derek Ted at the Chapel
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    Before J Dilla, there was John Doe: SF gallery Family Affair hosts rare photo series of the late Detroit legend

Before J Dilla, there was John Doe: SF gallery Family Affair hosts rare photo series of the late Detroit legend

James Dewitt Yancey, also known as Jay Dee but better known as J Dilla, left this earth over a decade ago yet his influence still rings loud in the [...]

By |March 4, 2019|Comments Off on Before J Dilla, there was John Doe: SF gallery Family Affair hosts rare photo series of the late Detroit legend

Noise Pop 2019: Mndsgn at Rickshaw Stop

Bathed in the washed out-neon stage lights, LA-based producer Mndsgn brought the digital funk to Rickshaw Stop on February 28. Backed by fellow producer-homies Swarvy on bass and Kiefer [...]

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