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7 Forgettable Food and Music Pairings for Outside Lands Music Festival

08/06/2014

As we were indulging in our Bay Area smug, it dawned on us “How have we not made an Outside Lands’ menu for people?” Without further adieu, below you’ll find our pairings of Outside Land’s foods with their appropriate performers. Bon appetite! Kanye West + AQ’s “Highbrow Spaghetti” Yeezus wouldn’t eat plain ol’ marinara and pasta. This is GOD we’re talking about. Read More

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Local Musicians Get Some Free Studio Time via Different Fur Studio and Converse

08/06/2014

Hey broke (and not, so broke) Bay Area artists–Converse is back to help you get some free studio time. The “Converse Rubber Tracks” will be welcoming select artists to record at Different Fur studio from Monday, August 18 to Friday, August 22. Musicians of all genres are encouraged to apply for free recording time and help from experienced engineers. At the Read More

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5 Ways To Make Outside Lands Music Festival Better

08/04/2014

Kanye West, Tom Petty, Disclosure, hockey-puck sized peanut butter cups, and every type of local micro-beer combined can still culminate in a shitty Outside Lands experience if you’re unprepared.  So don’t be. Water, sweaters, and money are just a few things you’ll need to have for the best festival experience. Here are five tips:

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Win Tickets to See Real Estate at The Fillmore

07/23/2014

Catch New Jersey chillwavers, Real Estate, perform their latest LP, Atlas, at The Fillmore next Friday and Saturday. Following up their SFCritic favorite album , Days (2011), the group kicks off their US tour here for two nights. You can win a pair of tickets to see them Friday night (Aug. 1st) by entering below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Read More

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Why I Said Yes to Proposition Chicken at Outside Land’s Summer Pairings

07/20/2014

We’re weeks away from Outside Lands Music Festival (August 8th-10th), but we’ve already gotten a taste. This past Wednesday Proposition Chicken (1750 Market) hosted the second of the festival’s Summer Pairings, a Bay Area pop-up food and music series. Guests were treated to a four-course dinner and a chef-curated musical playlist of the festival’s lineup, along with beer pairings Read More

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Win Tickets to See Lee Fields & The Expression @ The Fillmore

06/18/2014

Next Friday night, veteran singer Lee Fields will bring the soul back to The Fillmore along with his backing band The Expressions. The group’s new album, Emma Jean, was released two weeks ago on Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul Records, which is home to similar soul revivalist artists including Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. At a time Read More

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Chipotle Cultivate Festival Wins a Critic Over

06/08/2014

We’re over saturated with brands trying to get our attention. At bus stops, commercials before movie previews, advertisements in bathroom stalls, billboard after billboard, between tweets or Facebook posts, flashing banners on webpages–we’re inundated with brands saying “Look at me!” And so, when Chipotle decides to organize a music festival the skeptic in me can only think Read More

Melvoy’s Ode to San Francisco Keeps the Wheels Moving

06/02/2014

“San Francisco” the first single off Melvoy’s debut LP Irrelevant Elephants is quite the doozy. The track pays homage to the city lead singer, Emmanuel Castro, now calls home by way of San Diego–taking note of the absurd amounts of deification and hipsters’ fascination with jeans, while singing with a ferocity that never looks back.

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Win Concert Tickets To See tUnE-yArDs and Sylvan Esso

05/27/2014

Bay Area based band, tUnE-yArDs, led by Merrill Garbus, will take the stage at The Fillmore next Friday (June 6th). Known for their “forward movement—whether because of her explosive performance style or the always-surprising way in which her songs unfold,” the band will be joined by Sylvan Esso. The burgeoning stars juxtapose Amelia Meath’s bluesy, folk vocals with infectious Read More

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A Second Look at Matisyahu – An Interview with the Reggae Rapper

05/26/2014

Matisyahu reflected on his answers and changed his mind. After sending follow up questions to his original response via email, the American reggae singer provided rewritten answers. Likely concerned with the reception of his initial responses, he replied saying “Being judged and feeling misunderstood has been a recurrent theme in my life.” His image has been a focal point of his career. An Orthodox Read More

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