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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    Lyrics Born, Cutso, dance crews headline UNDSCVRD Night Market

Lyrics Born, Cutso, dance crews headline UNDSCVRD Night Market

Let me lead this story with the fact that there are a lot of "firsts" to be had here: On Friday, August 18, San Francisco’s Old Mint Building on [...]

By |August 17, 2017|Comments Off on Lyrics Born, Cutso, dance crews headline UNDSCVRD Night Market

Tank and the Bangas make San Francisco debut at the Chapel

There are dozens of words to describe the shape-shifting sonics of Tank the Bangas, but if we have to whittle down the descriptors, here are our choices: Charming, charismatic, [...]

By |August 14, 2017|Comments Off on Tank and the Bangas make San Francisco debut at the Chapel

Outside Lands Night Show: Kali Uchis at Rickshaw Stop

Kali Uchis has the Midas touch for summer jams. Even with her earliest hits - 2014's "Know What I Want" and 2015's "Lottery" — the Colombian-born, Virginia-bred singer has [...]

By |August 1, 2017|Comments Off on Outside Lands Night Show: Kali Uchis at Rickshaw Stop
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    New Phone Who Dis? Showcase to feature Kyle Dion, Mars Today, Mikos Da Gawd, Social Work

New Phone Who Dis? Showcase to feature Kyle Dion, Mars Today, Mikos Da Gawd, Social Work

San Francisco's Text Me Records brings back its monthly roster showcase and this month's edition features a nicely mixed crop of up-and-coming and seasoned R&B acts.

At first glance, Kyle [...]

By |July 31, 2017|Comments Off on New Phone Who Dis? Showcase to feature Kyle Dion, Mars Today, Mikos Da Gawd, Social Work
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    Rexx Life Raj and Rayana Jay headline Anchor Steam-hosted showcase

Rexx Life Raj and Rayana Jay headline Anchor Steam-hosted showcase

If you haven't been paying attention to the new wave of hip-hop and R&B emerging from the Bay Area, Berkeley's Rexx Life Raj and Richmond's Rayana Jay wouldn't be [...]

By |July 28, 2017|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj and Rayana Jay headline Anchor Steam-hosted showcase
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    Oakland rapper Just Rese debuts the first single from ‘HIPS’ EP

Oakland rapper Just Rese debuts the first single from ‘HIPS’ EP

Churches, temples, synagogues — houses of worship are revered as places of peace, of finding solace or comfort with a higher being. Dance floors, on the other hand, are [...]

By |July 28, 2017|2 Comments
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    Too $hort and Mistah FAB headline first-ever DMP Music Festival

Too $hort and Mistah FAB headline first-ever DMP Music Festival

Bay Area veterans team up with the up-and-coming rookies for the DMP Music Festival, an all-day affair of live music and dance performances along with DJs at SoMa Street [...]

By |July 25, 2017|Comments Off on Too $hort and Mistah FAB headline first-ever DMP Music Festival
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    London multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei makes SF debut in September

London multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei makes SF debut in September

Jordan Rakei is a jack-of-all-trades, but he's widely recognized as a master of a sun-flecked brand of soul that has been emerging from across the pond: Think Britain's Tom [...]

By |July 14, 2017|Comments Off on London multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei makes SF debut in September
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    Oakland rapper Siri headlines Women’s Audio Mission showcase, Local Sirens

Oakland rapper Siri headlines Women’s Audio Mission showcase, Local Sirens

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By |July 13, 2017|Comments Off on Oakland rapper Siri headlines Women’s Audio Mission showcase, Local Sirens
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    UK producer Mura Masa to perform at Fox Theater in September

UK producer Mura Masa to perform at Fox Theater in September

Though his music isn't necessarily crafted with the live show in mind, Mura Masa's one-man performance is hypnotizing. Save for a few songs with go-to musical-partner-in-crime Bonzai, the UK [...]

By |July 6, 2017|Comments Off on UK producer Mura Masa to perform at Fox Theater in September
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    Nite Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown retro-fit Rickshaw Stop on July 7

Nite Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown retro-fit Rickshaw Stop on July 7

On July 7, Rickshaw Stop turns back the clock a couple decades with a bill featuring the minimal, cool electro-pop of Nite Jewel, synth-driven compositions and visual performances of [...]

By |June 30, 2017|Comments Off on Nite Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown retro-fit Rickshaw Stop on July 7

Oklahoma pop band Sports hit Bottom of the Hill next month

On July 15, San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill will play host to a number of up-and-coming acts that don’t believe in the confines of genres.

Oklahoma band Sports delivers [...]

By |June 21, 2017|Comments Off on Oklahoma pop band Sports hit Bottom of the Hill next month
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