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Sam Lefebvre's weekly music column.

Papier-Mâché Bestiality and Striking Telemarketers In Oakland Mean Boots Riley is Making a Movie

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Papier-Mâché Bestiality and Striking Telemarketers In Oakland Mean Boots Riley is Making a Movie

Plus: After Ghost Ship, longtime party collective SPAZ reorganizes and raises funds.

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This 183-Track Compilation Benefits Ghost Ship Fire Relief, Black Lives Matter, and St. James Infirmary

Ratskin Records’ herculean Rogue Pulse / Gravity Collapse strongly represents murky sectors of the local underground.

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Oakland’s New Budget — What’s in it for the Arts?

The city's new budget allocates more for cultural grants and the city’s much-missed arts commission, but activists feel shortchanged — again.

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Pantheon of Me, By Berkeley's Spellling, is the Most Striking Local Debut This Year

Plus: After outcry, Mills College reverses plan to fire Roscoe Mitchell.

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On Garage Rock's Masked Conservatism and Regressive Politics

Also: Locals rally around Oakland artist Jasmine Infiniti after attack.

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Mills College’s Plan to Ax Jazz Legend Roscoe Mitchell Draws International Outrage

'People are just incredulous that someone of his stature could be summarily dismissed.'

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