About Pranav Trewn

Pranav splits his time between recording homemade Run the Jewels covers with his best friend and striving to become a regular at his local sandwich shop. He will defend his position that The Haunted Mansion is the peak of late-era Eddie Murphy (barring Shrek) until he passes out from getting too worked up.
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    The captivating Lydia Loveless will play The Independent this month

The captivating Lydia Loveless will play The Independent this month

My first introduction to Columbus, OH singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless was "Clumps," the hypnotic, unadorned penultimate track off Real, her most recent and finest studio album to date. Struck by [...]

By |January 18, 2017|0 Comments
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    Imerald Brown set to further Berkeley’s ascent as a hip-hop capital on new album

Imerald Brown set to further Berkeley’s ascent as a hip-hop capital on new album

The East Bay has proven itself in recent years as the modern mecca of Bay Area hip-hop, stealing the crown from Vallejo through the come-ups of Kamaiyah, Rexx Life [...]

By |January 17, 2017|0 Comments

Best of 2016: Pranav Trewn’s Bay Area Rap Hall of Fame

You’ll probably hear that 2016 hip-hop belonged to Atlanta.

This is the year the region’s most prominent ambassadors cemented their status as national icons. Young Thug released three increasingly excellent [...]

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Sorority Noise raised heavy hearts at Swedish American Hall

“Maybe I'm not the person that I never wanted to be,” Cameron Boucher affirms as the music quells momentarily beneath him, before roaring back scuzzy, peppy, and potent. The [...]

By |December 12, 2016|Comments Off on Sorority Noise raised heavy hearts at Swedish American Hall
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    Blink-182 close out Night 1 of Live 105’s Not So Silent Night

Blink-182 close out Night 1 of Live 105’s Not So Silent Night

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The Blink-182 Greatest Hits CD was the first album I ever purchased on my own. I downloaded the LP from the iTunes Store after my sister took [...]

By |December 12, 2016|2 Comments

A safe space to get lit: Rae Sremmurd at The Warfield

That Rae Sremmurd put on a wildly animated performance this past Thursday at The Warfield should come as no surprise. For the past two years, the young sibling duo [...]

By |November 15, 2016|Comments Off on A safe space to get lit: Rae Sremmurd at The Warfield
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    Rae Sremmurd bringing their idiosyncratic party to The Warfield

Rae Sremmurd bringing their idiosyncratic party to The Warfield

The very first sound you hear on SremmLife 2, the second studio LP by Mississippi rap siblings Rae Sremmurd, is an abrasive industrial drone, one reminiscent of a bone-sawing [...]

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Rexx Life Raj owes it all to Berkeley

...and hard work, and strong collaborators...but also the burrito bowls at Berkeley Bowl.

Rexx Life Raj is committed to repping Berkeley. It’s one of the first things you come to [...]

By |October 18, 2016|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj owes it all to Berkeley
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    East Oakland rapper Stunna June releases debut project ‘OTR 930’

East Oakland rapper Stunna June releases debut project ‘OTR 930’

Stunna June, the melodiously rugged Tongan vocalist from the East Bay, released his debut full-length OTR 930 this past Friday. The record offers a tropical take on ‘90s-inspired hip-hop, [...]

By |October 6, 2016|Comments Off on East Oakland rapper Stunna June releases debut project ‘OTR 930’
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    Cymbals Eat Guitars deliver a perfect set at Swedish American Hall

Cymbals Eat Guitars deliver a perfect set at Swedish American Hall

Cymbals Eat Guitars is the Platonic ideal for a rock band. The New Jersey quartet’s performance at Swedish American Hall this past Saturday was everything that rock and roll [...]

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    Holding on for dear life: Cymbals Eat Guitars performing next weekend at Swedish American Hall

Holding on for dear life: Cymbals Eat Guitars performing next weekend at Swedish American Hall

Sometimes you can’t help but lose. It’s not the result of bad fortune, nor does it come from a lack of effort. You aren’t directly at fault, or maybe [...]

By |September 22, 2016|Comments Off on Holding on for dear life: Cymbals Eat Guitars performing next weekend at Swedish American Hall
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    Wilco needed a shot in the arm Tuesday night at their Fillmore residency opener

Wilco needed a shot in the arm Tuesday night at their Fillmore residency opener

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“You still love rock and roll?”

That’s the central question at the heart of “Misunderstood,” Wilco’s emphatically dismissive opener to 1996’s roots-rock classic Being There. If that query [...]

By |September 8, 2016|6 Comments
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