Ticket Giveaway: Kool A.D., French Cassettes at The Max Savage Show, Ep. 2

  Still kicking yourself into rainbow hues over missing the first installment of The Max Savage Show, aka "A Song of Fire, Ice and Tomfoolery", huh? Or at least I am. Last time featured a varied cast of entertainment including one of our biggest indie local acts, Toro y Moi. Like I said, rainbow hues. Keeping with the Game of Thrones reference, this episode is aptly titled "A Clash of Kings, Queens & Dunces". Again, there will be exciting local musical guests such as Kool A.D., French Cassettes, and Antique Naked Soul. You'll also be wow'ed by a cooking demonstration from Homestead [...]

Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2014_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights (Podcast #353) In 2014, Bay Area artists released a wealth of great records, with highlights coming in an array of genres: garage pop, indie rock, electronic pop, and hip hop. The year brought new acclaim to ascendant locals like tUnE-yArDs and Tycho, the latter of whom just released a deluxe version of his stellar 2014 album, Awake. Also on the rise are The Family Crest, who grabbed well-deserved NPR attention for the band's sophomore LP, Beneath the Brine. It was a year of impressive debuts: Cathedrals built a strong following [...]

Featured Album: Kool A.D. – ‘WORD O.K.’

Kool A.D. (real name Victor Vasquez) is one the most inventive and prolific rappers in the Bay Area, and the entire country, really. After gaining notoriety with the now-defunct New York-based Das Racist, Kool A.D. has released album after album of quality material that is sometimes weird, sometimes melodic. At times, it's incredibly basic lyrically - other times you need a thesaurus and a Wikipedia page to decipher the lyrics. No matter the style, Kool A.D.'s work is always a treat (and almost always includes a reference to Alameda, where he went to high school.) His latest, WORD O.K., is [...]

By |November 3, 2014|Tags: |

Kool A.D. releases 'Not OK' mixtape

Reflecting on the state of local music in 2013, SF Weekly's Ian Port recently wrote, "Acts, whether they play rock, dance, or increasingly hip-hop, are now defined by the particular slice of the past they evoke." While I agree legions of local garage rockers constantly try to evoke the past, there's a growing supply of Bay Area hip hop that is constantly looking to the future. Bay Area native Kool A.D.'s Not OK is a great showcase of a Bay Area hip-hop scene that is continuing to move forward. Kool (aka Victor Vazquez) enlisted several local producers to provide beats, [...]

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Ticket Giveaway: Killer Mike and El-P at the Indy tonight

Atlanta native Killer Mike has made a career out of saying things most mainstream musicians, across all genres, have cautiously approached but have been afraid to put in such plain terms for the last several decades. Last year, he teamed up with El-P to produce R.A.P. Music, one of 2012's most critically acclaimed records, noted not only for Killer Mike's potent-slash-poignant lyricism but his pure skill in delivery, to say nothing of El's production. Having just released (for free, we might add) their second joint record Run the Jewels, they're bringing their whole acerbic, tongue-not-entirely-in-cheek show to San Francisco. By [...]

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