Friday, August 12, 2011

Getting to Outside Lands

by Rachel Swan
Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

As always, organizers at Outside Lands encourage everyone to go green, either by taking advantage of San Francisco Bike Coalition's free bike valet parking (essentially a coatcheck for your bike, and an extremely useful service), or familiarizing yourself with the city's public transportation system. Another option is the event shuttle, which is reasonably priced at at $29.50 for a 3-day pass ($4.90 per trip). The organizers laid out several options, including BART, Muni, Caltrain, ferry, and carpooling, in meticulous detail here.

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Weekender: The Top Five Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Or, if you will, the top five things to do this weekend that aren't Outside Lands.

Ed Luce
Though the title character of Wuvable Oaf is a big ol' bear of the Castro variety, his pop culture-strewn adventures in search of love in San Francisco (and love for all things sweet and pink) make for a comic series that's gay as all get-out but hardly narrow in its appeal. Creator Ed Luce celebrates the release of WO #3 on Friday, Aug. 12, at Escapist (3090 Claremont Ave., Berkeley), with fellow artists Nicky Nargesian (Misty), Crystal Gonzales (In the Dark), and Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Hard to Swallow). 7 p.m., free. 510-65-COMIC or — Stefanie Kalem


The Golden Bowl
Just in case you needed any more proof that the Bay Area Derby Girls are fucking fierce: Less than three weeks after two of the local roller derby league's players were robbed at gunpoint — losing thousands of dollars of team money, and presumably, a little bit of the fearlessness that makes these athletes so much fun to watch — the Girls will be back on the track and ready to compete this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 12-14, at the OaklandConvention Center (500 10th St., Oakland). The Golden Bowl features top-ranked visiting leagues from Austin, Chicago, and Detroit squaring off against the B.A.D. Girls All-Star team, the Golden Girls, in a three-day round-robin; winner takes the eponymous trophy. Currently ranked sixth in the nation, the Girls may not need much luck, but it's always fun cheering them on anyway. Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m.; single-day admission $15-$22; three-days passes $35-$56. — Ellen Cushing

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rest Assured, Big Boi is Still Playing Outside Lands

by Ellen Cushing
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

As though the former Antwan Patton would let something like getting arrested for possession stop him from rocking our collective worlds this weekend at Outside Lands. Indeed, we are informed by Outside Lands PR that despite being nabbed in Miami on Saturday for ecstasy, MDMA, and unprescribed viagra (!), the Boi is still scheduled to play the Sutro Stage tomorrow at 6:20.

Update, 8/14: uhhhh, j/k.

New, Startling Piece from Oakland-Born Hip-Hop Artist Kev Choice

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:07 PM

A rap career seems like an odd move for a classically-trained pianist, but Kev Choice has figured out how to make it work—often in startling ways. His latest release is a spin on "Arietta" (Opus 12-1), a classical piece by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Choice delivers a rap serenade to a fictional love interest, while playing Grieg's piece—the original, not a chopped-up sample— on acoustic piano. Equal parts classical and hip-hop, it's completely unorthodox with respect to both genres. And yet it's a bold move on Choice's part. He's obviously got chops.

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Public Service Announcement: Follow Us for Nonstop Outside Lands Coverage

by Ellen Cushing
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

So. You may have heard that there's a big music festival in San Francisco this weekend? And as usual, the Express is sending our crack team of critics and photogs to cover all the musical fun in the sunfog. Check back with Ear Bud through the weekend and on Monday for show reviews, pictures, tips, musings and more, and scoot on over to our brand new, Outside Lands-specific Twitter account, @EBXOSL, for all kinds of adventures in microbloggery.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Released

by Ellen Cushing
Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 9:39 AM

and it's basically enough to make you kiss Warren Hellman on the mouth. Every year, Hardly Strictly — the music festival put on totally free by the local venture capitalist — seems to continue to improve and diversify its lineup, and this year's looking particularly strong. Without further ado, we've got: M. Ward, Woods, Bright Eyes, Thurston Moore, Emmylou Harris, Gomez, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Broken Social Scene, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, plus eighty — yes, EIGHTY — other acts (see the full lineup and schedule here).

The festival will, as usual, go down in Golden Gate Park, and this year's dates are September 30-October 2. Get excited.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tinie Tempah Descends on the Bay Area, by way of AT&T

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM

In an effort to gain more street cred, AT&T is producing a spate a free concerts this summer — free for its customers, that is. The Bay Area edition, which stars South London rapper Tinie Tempah, happens at The Regency Ballroom tomorrow, and a limited amount of tickets will be available to fans who RSVP on the company's "Music for You" Facebook page. Fans who cannot attend will still be able to connect with artists via live Facebook chats.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Oakland Mobile Food Group Looking for Local Acoustic Acts

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

The local mobile food vendor organization OMFG (Oakland Mobile Food Group) is looking for "small, acoustic, local acts to play regular, monthly outdoor shows in North Oakland beginning in September," via Facebook. Those interested should contact guerrillagrub -at-gmail-dot-com for more info.

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Weekender: The Top Five Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay

Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Accoridng to Wikipedia, today is a) Funkmaster Flex's 43rd birthday, b) the 54th anniversary of the debut of American Bandstand and c) International Beer Day. In other words, this weekend is destined for greatness. Herewith, the top five events going down over the next three days in the East Bay.

The latest project from local artist, animator, toy designer, game-maker, and all-around wild-minded Rennaissance man Attaboy is the kind of children's book kids might have to explain to their parents. You Might Be a Monster is dark and colorful at the same time, narrated by a talking worm and jam-packed with poetry, stories, zombie clowns, hugging cacti, hamster-faced children, and more. The 'boy himself will read and project images at a launch party on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Escapist Comics (3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley). 6 p.m., free. 510-652-6642 or — Stefanie Kalem

Oaksterdam Tattoo Grand Re-Opening Party and Art Opening
If you have yet to join the tattooed majority and find the bright lights and buzzing guns of the area's many tattoo shops simultaneously alluring and intimidating, consider Oaksterdam Tattoo's grand reopening party on Friday, Aug. 5, a chance to check out a part of the local tattoo scene. The downtown Oakland shop, staffed by artists Enrique Gutierrez and Chris Klein, is moving to a larger space (811 Washington St., Oakland) only two doors from its original location. Held in conjunction with the First Friday Oakland Art Murmur, the shop's opening celebration includes libations, live music by the Funk Revival Orchestra, and new work on display by five artists. 6 p.m.- midnight, free. 510-465-4004.— Cassie Harwood

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lil B's "R.I.P. the Rap Game": Hubris?

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

"Yeah, I just killed the rap game, it's done," Berkeley rapper Lil B announces in the opening of his new video, which is billed as a memorial to his own medium. Sure, the Twitter celebrity-turned-cult icon is no stranger to hubris, and he's not the first person to proclaim the death of hip-hop. But many fans contend that such boasts may finally be warranted, considering how much Lil B has stepped up his own game. An example: I'm so hungry that the bones showin' through my face. It's just one of many visceral images tossed around in this impressive rap, delivered over an oft-used Creative Source sample. Check it out:

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