Live This Month: August 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: August 2017 (Podcast #412) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's an even stronger concentration of local bands than usual in this month's mix, including promising new artists Pardoner, Mane, Illa, and Mars Today. The mix also features tracks from the latest albums by Bay Area mainstays The Fresh & Onlys and Sleepy Sun, as well as the new supergroup Less Art, comprised of members of Thrice, Kowloon Walled City and Curl Up and Die. On [...]

Shabazz Palaces, Cities Aviv bring inventive hip hop to Slim’s

Review and photos by Daniel Senter Near the end of Shabazz Palaces’ set Thursday night at Slim’s, the multi-instrumentalist half of the duo, Tendai Maraire, proclaimed his partner, Ishmael Butler, “the best MC on the planet.” No one in the packed house could disagree. Though not prone to hype, hyperbole, or even acknowledgement of his own identity in the group, Butler (the former Digable Planets frontman) coyly grinned at the audience, as if to say, let’s let the music do the talking. Drawing on their groundbreaking 2011 release Black Up and earlier EPs, the duo bopped and twirled (with trademark [...]

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