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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    Producer Ian McKee emerges from behind the boards with “Amina” EP

Producer Ian McKee emerges from behind the boards with “Amina” EP

Since 2016, Ian McKee has been the mind behind some of our favorite local artists, namely Rexx Life Raj, Caleborate and our very own Beejus. But the Pacifica producer [...]

By |December 6, 2019|0 Comments

Amen arrives with debut project, ‘Real’

Amen is finally ready to speak her truth. A voice formerly heard on Text Me Records' Group Chat Vol. 2 and Mikos Da Gawd's "Hell Yeah Brother!" makes her [...]

By |November 22, 2019|0 Comments
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    Premiere: Theaux Elliot, “CANTKEEPUP” feat. Jayem + Mayila

Premiere: Theaux Elliot, “CANTKEEPUP” feat. Jayem + Mayila

Elliot Slamet refuses to be boxed in. We’ve covered Slamet’s work on this blog before as EyyELL, one-half of Lord Morgan, but now the San Jose producer is starting [...]

By |November 15, 2019|0 Comments
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    Rexx Life Raj’s ‘Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There’ is finally here

Rexx Life Raj’s ‘Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There’ is finally here

One of the most highly-anticipated albums of the fall, Rexx Life Raj's Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There is out now on all streaming platforms and he already has [...]

By |November 8, 2019|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj’s ‘Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There’ is finally here

The Bay Bridged Q&A: A Not-So-Awkward Convo with Beejus

There was a point in time where Beejus, host of the DIY podcast Awkward Convos with Beejus, didn't think he could carry a conversation. A bit of a surprising [...]

By |October 30, 2019|Comments Off on The Bay Bridged Q&A: A Not-So-Awkward Convo with Beejus

Tia Nomore brings “Nu Chain” to OTR Sessions

Tia Nomore is about to reach a higher altitude when her upcoming album Level arrives later this fall. And if the rest of her new, upgraded sound is anything [...]

By |October 29, 2019|Comments Off on Tia Nomore brings “Nu Chain” to OTR Sessions
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    Listen in to ‘Text Me Records Group Chat Vol. 2’ out today

Listen in to ‘Text Me Records Group Chat Vol. 2’ out today

We won't go down the list of our favorites off of Text Me Records' newest tape, Group Chat Vol. 2, because we've done plenty of that already. But gang's [...]

By |October 18, 2019|Comments Off on Listen in to ‘Text Me Records Group Chat Vol. 2’ out today
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    San Jose Jazz + Hammer Theatre Center Announce Black Cab Series

San Jose Jazz + Hammer Theatre Center Announce Black Cab Series

There's a time and place for blockbuster stadium arena shows but some acts and sounds, like jazz, are best when you experience the magic up close. Taking this idea [...]

By |October 18, 2019|Comments Off on San Jose Jazz + Hammer Theatre Center Announce Black Cab Series
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    Michael Sneed Jr. looks back on growing up in ‘Days We Lost’

Michael Sneed Jr. looks back on growing up in ‘Days We Lost’

On "Lil Nihilist or I get Angry at God," the oft-joyful Oakland rapper Michael Sneed Jr. is shaking his fist at the sky: "I talk to God sometimes, but [...]

By |October 11, 2019|Comments Off on Michael Sneed Jr. looks back on growing up in ‘Days We Lost’

Headbangers assemble: Babymetal to play Warfield on Oct. 4

The name Babymetal is a wildly appropriate moniker for hardcore headbanger darlings Suzuka Nakamoto and Moa Kikuchi. And no lie, there's a huge dousing of novelty in this act: [...]

By |September 20, 2019|Comments Off on Headbangers assemble: Babymetal to play Warfield on Oct. 4
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    “Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’

“Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’

And we have another one from the folks from Text Me camp: An LA excursion with the one-two punch combo of Ricky Lake and Sam Johnson.

"Hotel Figueroa" arrives as [...]

By |September 18, 2019|Comments Off on “Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’
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    OMCA celebrates 50th anniversary with a hella big birthday bash this Friday

OMCA celebrates 50th anniversary with a hella big birthday bash this Friday

Since the headline pretty much spells it out, we'll just give you the important stuff on OMCA's hella big birthday bash:

It's Friday at OMCA. Free admission. Music. Food [...]

By |September 18, 2019|Comments Off on OMCA celebrates 50th anniversary with a hella big birthday bash this Friday
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