Kelela’s ‘Take Me Apart’ tour will set the mood at the Independent

Kelela is everything and nothing all at once. The DC-born, LA-based R&B singer has acted as a sublime ghost of sorts in the alt-R&B movement. Her projects Cut 4 Me (2013) and Hallucinogen (2015) set the tone with a plethora of the digitized, slinky, midnight-essence '90s-era R&B vocals she's made her trademark. Her debut studio album Take Me Apart zeroes in on perfecting that notion, dropping singles such as "LMK," "Frontline," and the title track as a prelude to a holistic record that coos about love, lust, and hurt as much as it warps between sensual neo-soul and moody R&B. [...]

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The Bay Abridged: Nov 4 – Nov 10

Photo by Harland Spinks In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Jeffertitti's Nile, Down and Outlaws, Everyone Is Dirty for The Gothic Luau II at Rickshaw Stop (SF) Nov. 4 A little different vibe than you typically expect on a Wednesday night in the city — the hosts were handing out lei's [...]

Review & Photos: Solange, Kelela at The Independent, 2/5/2013

Despite a brisk Tuesday night breeze, a line had already formed outside The Independent more than a half-hour before doors were scheduled to open for Solange's sold-out performance. Scalpers lurked on the corners of Divisadero, cell phones held close to their ear. The crowd was diverse in a way rarely seen in San Francisco, as if Solange's silky alternative R&B had realigned the city as a straight line from 3rd St to Valencia to Castro and onto Divis. Sure enough, the audience was excited to see this rising star in person — her exposure has skyrocketed lately, led by a [...]

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