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Al Lover: From Rap DJ to Psychedelia Pioneer

How he earned the company of psych rock's elite with skills honed as a rap producer and DJ.

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I Spent Twenty-Four Hours at The Lab's Crazy Fundraising Soiree

Thrills, fantasy, and delirium blurred at the embattled San Francisco arts space.


Must-Have Local Hip-Hop Releases

Lil B, Tia Nomore, The Jacka, and Rayven Justice reviewed.


Opening Night at the Oakland East Bay Symphony

Plus, a review of a local rock gig with Beekeepers, Vial, and Useless Eaters.


Replica's Rituals

Entrenched in punk, the local hardcore outfit acquires a critical perspective.


Riot Grrrl Gets the Gallery Treatment in "Alien She"

The YBCA exhibit presents art from the ongoing social project and punk feminist movement known as riot grrrl.


Mass Culture Pranksters Negativland "Jam God"

The band's latest release, It's All in Your Head, takes on organized religion.


Queens D.Light Bucks the Hip-Hop Status Quo

The rising Oakland rapper brings perspective from the Yoruba faith to empower herself, her peers, and women everywhere.


The Other BART

Josh Cheon's archival compilation series, Bay Area Retrograde, navigates the Bay Area's bustling post-punk underground.


A New Stage for Classical Music

Groupmuse is a startup that brings live chamber music to people’s homes.


Matt Berry of Happy Diving debuts "Big World"

The twenty-year-old San Ramon resident on the suburbs, skateboarding, and "pumping and breathing."

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