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.

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|0 Comments
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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 to experience the magic up close. Taking this idea to [...]

By |October 18, 2019|0 Comments
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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|0 Comments

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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    Emily McLean collaborates with Rashaan Carter on somber new EP ‘Canons’

Emily McLean collaborates with Rashaan Carter on somber new EP ‘Canons’

It's been two years since Emily McLean's venture into pop-minded, minimal R&B on her last EP Shades, made under the watchful eye of producer Mars Today. On Canons, her [...]

By |September 16, 2019|Comments Off on Emily McLean collaborates with Rashaan Carter on somber new EP ‘Canons’

Text Me Records drops weekend starter, “First to Party”

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With few summer Fridays left, the Text Me crew drops off a new track to keep the warm nights going. On "First to Party", Lord Morgan, [...]

By |September 6, 2019|Comments Off on Text Me Records drops weekend starter, “First to Party”
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    Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

Rexx Life Raj is a rapping space cadet in his new video, "Moonwalk" sent on an expedition to save Kenny Beats. The producer has been missing since the 1980s [...]

By |September 6, 2019|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

Mr. Hong returns home with new project, ‘Vacation’

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Mr. Hong, a 24-year-old San Francisco beat producer, has a real talent for taking all sensory input and turning it into music. Take, for example, his [...]

By |August 30, 2019|Comments Off on Mr. Hong returns home with new project, ‘Vacation’
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    Legendary Filipino Latin jazz rock group Dakila to perform at Undiscovered SF

Legendary Filipino Latin jazz rock group Dakila to perform at Undiscovered SF

“Dakila was pretty much ahead of its time back in 1971,” David Bustamante says. He might have a bias, but he isn’t totally wrong either — Over 40 years [...]

By |August 15, 2019|Comments Off on Legendary Filipino Latin jazz rock group Dakila to perform at Undiscovered SF
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    Local, regional and global acts to grace San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2019

Local, regional and global acts to grace San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2019

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In or out of San Francisco, there's a slew of fantastic performances to witness this weekend. Just a few miles south, the San Jose Jazz Summer [...]

By |August 9, 2019|Comments Off on Local, regional and global acts to grace San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2019
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