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Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) brought the funk two nights in a row to The Independent

05/19/2017

There aren’t many shows that leave me reeling for hours and staying up all night because of the energy it instilled in me, but Tuxedo was something else. Playing two sold-out nights in San Francisco at The Independent, soul-funk band Tuxedo, made up of Grammy-nominated soul singer and artist Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One (50 Read More

Live Review: The Suffers & Lake Street Dive @ The Masonic

03/03/2016

As the Noise Pop fest came to a close in SF last weekend, Houston-based gulf coast soul band The Suffers made a theater full of new fans on Saturday night. They’ve played SF 3 times over the past year, with the size of the venue increasingly mirroring the band’s growing popularity. This time, it was Read More

Anderson .Paak PAAKS the House @ 1015 Folsom

01/26/2016

Sorry not sorry about that headline… too goddamn easy. Last Thursday night, breakthrough hip-hop & soul star Anderson .Paak fired up a crowded house at 1015 Folsom with his funky backing band The Free Nationals. The free show was the official release party for his excellent sophomore album Malibu, released just a week earlier. Word is there were over 5000 Read More

Freddy & Francine bring powerhouse Americana/soul to the Lost Church Thursday 11/12

11/11/2015

A few weeks ago at a folk music conference in Oakland, I had my mind blown by two Americana/soul singers who call themselves Freddy & Francine. Their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. I always love when people move from epic names to more commonplace ones. There’s something humble about it. The music, Read More

Lake Street Dive, Ages and Ages Rock The Fillmore Tuesday October 7th

09/30/2014

Tuesday October 7th, two groups with killer vocals and rhythm are taking over the world famous Fillmore for what is sure to be a fantastic show. I only recently discovered Lake Street Dive and opener Ages and Ages, but I am thoroughly impressed with their combination of young talent and old souls. Tickets are still available Read More

Nina Simone “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

08/02/2012

Nina Simone will always be one of our favorite singers. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is a chilling song lush with her emotive vocals. Her deep, almost baritone vocals are commanding like a boisterous drunkard, but calm like a mother’s lullaby. The single has been sampled countless times, but one of my favorites was Kanye’s Read More

TheeSatisfaction at The Independent

06/21/2012

There’s always plenty to do on Friday (especially Pride weekend), but we wanted to give you the heads up about THEESatisfaction at The Independent. The Sub Pop signees, comprised of Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, take equal parts Digable Planets’ spoken word and Erykah Badu’s futuristic groove, stirring in a little of Jill Scott vocal Read More

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