Yung Lean brings Sad Rap to The Independent

Grab your bucket hats and AriZona Iced Teas, Yung Lean is bringing his Sad Boys crew to San Francisco tomorrow. The young Swedish rapper-turned Internet sensation will perform a sold out show at The Independent this Saturday night as part of his U.S. debut, a limited string of dates dubbed the Black Marble Tour. With many of this month's earlier shows in New York and Canada quickly selling out, West Coast fans and skeptics will finally have the opportunity to settle the score on whether the act's appeal relies on true talent, or pure hype. Yung Lean's latest singles "Kyoto" [...]

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Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Steel Cranes, Sam Flax, Pond, Pelican, Yung Lean)

Steel Cranes (Photo: Miakoda Collins) Jason: After hearing "Boat Song", the lead single off Steel Cranes' upcoming debut LP Ouroboros, I was hooked by their heavy as all get-out sound. Now, the Oakland duo (consisting of singer and guitarist Tracy Shapiro and drummer Amanda Schukle) is back with a second offering off that upcoming album, due out September 24 – the equally heavy "Moving On", which has an almost poppy chorus without sacrificing the band's snarling edge across Shapiro's story of a relationship gone bad. The track is accompanied by a gritty video filmed along the shores of [...]

Friendzone produces tracks for Mykki Blanco and Yung Lean

I've been all up in my Friendzone lately, with the Bay Area "internet rap" production duo serving up a pair of heavy slaps for left-field hip-hop performers Mykki Blanco and Yung Lean to rap over. Although Friendzone (James Laurence and Dylan Reznick) has been up on the local beatmaker scene since 2011, the duo has definitely turned it up for 2013 by producing beats for the likes of A$AP Rocky ("Fashion Killa"), Main Attrakionz, Antwon, and Nature Boys. Fun fact: Laurence and Reznickhas played together in a band called Destroy Tokyo, which eventually evolved into Religious Girls. "Who Wanna Rumble" [...]

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