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This week, we review Mike P., Jet Black Crayon, Beatbeat Whisper, and Brittany Shane.

Mike P., Bakerz Dozen. I need dough, flow, and the ho's, Mike P. declares at the onset of his Andre Nickatina-produced debut. But it isn't all cliché, as P. endears himself with bumpy raps about SF's Fillmore District, the NBA, and baked goods. Help comes from Equipto, Mike Marshall, Smoov-E, Cognito, and others. (Fillmoe Coleman Records)

Jet Black Crayon, In the Interim. Fans of Tommy Guerrero will note this project bears a certain gravitas — welcome or not — that his easygoing solo compositions lack. The instrumental, 26-minute In the Interim is art with a capital A: Filmmakers visualized and shaped seven of the nine songs here, and their work is packaged on an accompanying DVD. (Function Eight Records)

Beatbeat Whisper, Wonder Continental. DIY charm abounds, from handmade packaging and brother-sister harmonies to the adorable yet substantial indie-folk itself. Beatbeat Whisper's Ayla and Davyd Nereo straddle Americana and indie, practicing contemporary "outsider" folk at its best: modest, smart, and enduringly satisfying. (self-released)

Brittany Shane, Have Heart Live Young. Shane's fourth full-length is a consistent, quality set of mainstream pop. After eight years in San Francisco, she has established herself as a reliable voice on the local scene. Have Heart reveals maturity with well-paced compositions that don't overexert themselves and do what they do well. (Painted Lady Records)


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