Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Voices_2016_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #395) This podcast originally appeared on KQED.org. San Francisco's Minna Choi has been known to indie musicians and music fans as the leader of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, contributing orchestral accompaniments to live performances and albums by countless acclaimed artists over the years. More recently, though, Choi announced a solo project under the Magik*Magik moniker, and unveiled a stunning duet with How To Dress Well. "Laugh a Lot" reveals Choi as not just a gifted composer, arranger, and conductor, but also as an impressive vocalist. More broadly, the [...]

Fantastic Negrito debuts docu-narrative “In The Pines”

One of Oakland's fastest-rising stars in the last few years has been Xavier Dphrepaulezz, more recognizable as the soul-blended and bluesy musician Fantastic Negrito, and who could better be described as a comet. His early career in the '90s was more bust than boom, and a near-fatal car accident in 2000 put Dphrepaulezz in a coma for three weeks, causing him to not pick up a guitar for nearly five years. His fingers were still crooked from the accident, but he had just enough mobility to play a G chord for his son in an attempt to stop him from crying, [...]

By |September 30, 2016|Tags: |

Fantastic Negrito releases debut album ‘The Last Days of Oakland’

Xavier Dphrepaulezz was dead, at least creatively — and for a time seemingly in actuality, after a car accident left him in a month-long coma. The collision occurred shortly after the musician dropped out of a highly lucrative Interscope deal that had led to his disenchantment with the music industry, and by extension, songwriting itself. After recovering from the incident and gradually regaining the use of his atrophied body, Dphrepaulezz remained quiet in his home of Oakland, seemingly making peace with simply still existing. It wasn’t until the birth of his son that the man who had escaped death would [...]

Fantastic Negrito performs chilling rendition of American standard “In the Pines”

Following his controversial arrest last year at Outside Lands, Oakland's Fantastic Negrito has been making slow and steady strides to sublime musical greatness. Ahead of the release of his highly anticipate debut record The Last Days of Oakland, he took to Nic Harcourt's Transmissions with a chilling rendition of the almost 150-year-old American folk standard "In the Pines." All piano and voice, Xavier Dphrepaulezz lets pure soul seep through the song's sparse sounds. He strips it to its bare bones; instead of the standard guitar, he opts for piano, oscillating through the simple chord cycle as he croons on top. [...]

Photos: Fantastic Negrito at The Independent

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Jon Bauer) Following some odd circumstances where he was removed from the lineup of this year's Outside Lands festival, Bay Area's own Fantastic Negrito gave a victory lap performance at The Independent last Friday, September 11, 2015, to a packed house with support from Electric Strawberry.  Jon Bauer captured these passionate shots from the night's acts.

By |September 14, 2015|Tags: |

Fantastic Negrito, wristbands and the Outside Lands resale market

The organizers of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival wanted to cut down on counterfeit tickets at last weekend's festival. That's one of the big reasons they switched out the easy-to-fake paper tickets in favor of wristbands. The multicolored wristbands signified various levels of access at Golden Gate Park: general admission, VIP, backstage and a handful of others. That, in turn, fueled the market for those selling wristbands for exorbitant prices on Craigslist, and got the attention of San Francisco police. Caught in a sting was rising Bay Area musician Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Dphrepaulezz), who was detained for three [...]

Mixtape: Spotlight on San Francisco Singer-Songwriters

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/SF_Songwriters_2015_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Spotlight on San Francisco Singer-Songwriters (Podcast #361) It's not entirely clear why a remarkable new wave of singer-songwriters has begun to emerge in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, but we certainly aren't complaining. Other genres may fall more in and out of vogue, but a wide array of local songwriting talents influenced by folk, rock, blues, pop, and psych are performing regularly in places like Viracocha, Doc's Lab, and The Chapel, and banding together for showcases like the Fog City Songwriters series of quarterly events. While veteran performers like Lia Rose and The Sam Chase regularly [...]

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito wins NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest!

This just in: NPR announced the winner of their Tiny Desk Contest this morning. Their choice? Oakland's Fantastic Negrito. While we missed Fantastic Negrito (real name Xavier Dphrepaulezz) in our initial round-up, eagle-eyed commenters quickly set us straight and alerted us to his entry. Shot in a freight elevator in Oakland, the video was selected out of nearly 7,000 entries by a panel of musical experts—among them Reggie Watts, Valerie June and local favorite Thao Nguyen. Watch his submission here: Fantastic Negrito is an almost-lifelong Oaklander and long-time musician with a helluva life story. Dephrepaulezz makes, by his own admission, [...]

By |February 12, 2015|Tags: |
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