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.

Los Angeles jazz trio Moonchild to light up the New Parish

Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson make up Moonchild, a Los Angeles trio whose bright, starry, jazz-neo-soul beams with mellow instrumentations and Navran's delicate, airy vocals. Their latest [...]

By |June 20, 2017|Comments Off on Los Angeles jazz trio Moonchild to light up the New Parish
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    London producer Tom Misch drops a set at 1015 Folsom this weekend

London producer Tom Misch drops a set at 1015 Folsom this weekend

First discovered by Los Angeles sound collection Soulection, London's Tom Misch has carved out a nice niche for himself. His intricate, soul-driven productions such as "Watch Me Dance" and [...]

By |June 19, 2017|Comments Off on London producer Tom Misch drops a set at 1015 Folsom this weekend
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    Oakland beat showcase SMART BOMB recognized in 2017 YCBA 100

Oakland beat showcase SMART BOMB recognized in 2017 YCBA 100

Every year, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts publishes its YCBA 100 list that names people, organizations and movements that are using the arts to innovate and [...]

By |June 16, 2017|Comments Off on Oakland beat showcase SMART BOMB recognized in 2017 YCBA 100
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    2017 Phono del Sol festival fare brings in flavor by the truckload

2017 Phono del Sol festival fare brings in flavor by the truckload

Good food, good music, and good company. The 2017 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival has the tunes and grub part covered, you just need to provide the [...]

By |June 14, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 Phono del Sol festival fare brings in flavor by the truckload

Phono Del Sol: Rayana Jay is the new Bay Area sound

In the past eight months, Richmond singer Rayana Jay has seen her career trajectory go from strictly local to national — and even international — recognition. Her latest EP, [...]

By |June 8, 2017|Comments Off on Phono Del Sol: Rayana Jay is the new Bay Area sound
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    San Jose producer B. Lewis releases new track, “Strange Things”

San Jose producer B. Lewis releases new track, “Strange Things”

Bay Area music coverage tends to hone its focus on San Francisco and Oakland, but the South Bay shouldn’t be undermined, especially when it comes to the beat producer [...]

By |June 5, 2017|Comments Off on San Jose producer B. Lewis releases new track, “Strange Things”

Soul Slam XII: Prince + MJ featuring DJ Spinna

Summer in San Francisco guarantees two things: Foggy Fourth of Julys and Soul Slam.

Each year, Mezzanine turns into a dance oasis to celebrate the timeless, beloved sounds of the [...]

By |June 5, 2017|Comments Off on Soul Slam XII: Prince + MJ featuring DJ Spinna

Brownies + Lemonade take over the Bay at 1015 Folsom

San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom is the leading venue that hosts forward-thinking music across all genres. From hip-hop to electronic to grime and house, Bay Areans looking for the newest [...]

By |May 23, 2017|Comments Off on Brownies + Lemonade take over the Bay at 1015 Folsom

Digable Planets come to 1015 Folsom

In 1994, Brooklyn jazz hip-hop trio Digable Planets was up for Best Rap Performance at the Grammys. Their competition was tough: Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a [...]

By |May 22, 2017|Comments Off on Digable Planets come to 1015 Folsom
  • Emily McLean shares "Simple" off upcoming "Shades" EP
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    Emily McLean shares new single “Simple” off upcoming ‘Shades’ EP

Emily McLean shares new single “Simple” off upcoming ‘Shades’ EP

Oakland-based singer-songwriter Emily McLean has slowly been stocking up on new music and finally shares a sliver of it with her newest single, “Simple,” produced by San Francisco’s Mars [...]

By |May 11, 2017|Comments Off on Emily McLean shares new single “Simple” off upcoming ‘Shades’ EP
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    St. Louis rapper Smino performs at Complex Oakland next weekend

St. Louis rapper Smino performs at Complex Oakland next weekend

St. Louis: A long-forgotten city on mainstream rap’s radar since the days of Nelly and St. Lunatics, but 25-year-old Smino aims to revive his city’s presence with his latest [...]

By |May 8, 2017|Comments Off on St. Louis rapper Smino performs at Complex Oakland next weekend
  • Tate Robertson releases debut album "Ride or Don't"
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    San Francisco rapper/producer Tate Robertson releases debut project ‘Ride or Don’t’

San Francisco rapper/producer Tate Robertson releases debut project ‘Ride or Don’t’

Most bodies of music — whether it's an album, LP, EP, compilation or merely just a project — tend to embody a chapter in its creator's lives; A snapshot [...]

By |May 4, 2017|Comments Off on San Francisco rapper/producer Tate Robertson releases debut project ‘Ride or Don’t’
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