Kamaiyah's Major-Label Blues

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Kamaiyah's Major-Label Blues

The East Oakland rapper's breakout single asked how it'd feel to be rich. Next, she discovered the trappings of fame and the mainstream music industry.

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The Bay Area Record Fair Is a Snapshot of the Local Music Industry

Some of the newest labels participating in this year's Record Fair released some of the finest local titles this year.

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Why Aren't There More Latinx Nights in Oakland?

Venue owners and DJs say lack of consistency and promoters is partially to blame.

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Celebrating the Last of Disco Innovator Patrick Cowley's Lost Porn Soundtracks

Honey Soundsystem and Dark Entries honor the late San Francisco disco producer with a range of fittingly lascivious sights and sounds.

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The West Coast Women's Darkwave Festival Stakes a Claim on the Night

A growing community of femme, trans, and non-binary-identified musicians playing dark music leads to the creation of a new music festival in Oakland — and a new booking collective.

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Pay No Attention to the Man at the Piano

Oakland musician Joel Robinow plays packed shows with his Once and Future Band, but his solo piano gigs are another matter.

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Experimental Rock Group Wolf Eyes Throws "Psycho Jazz Weekend"

The influential Detroit, Mich. trio returns to the Bay Area for five shows, including an elaborate Halloween party, at the urging of local promoter James Decker.

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Drummer Boy Aaron Plays the Beat of Oakland

The talented young drummer uses Lake Merritt as his rehearsal space and has become a funky fixture of the Town.

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Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

The first major record manufacturer in Oakland since the mid-'30s plans to offer other various music-industry resources under the name Bump Town, including a venue.

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Boofrmda4 Talks About How Music Helped Her Deal with Tragedy

The Oakland singer makes club bangers out of personal struggle.

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Temescal Art Center, a Scrappy Interdisciplinary Haven, Turns 20

The unassuming and slightly secretive arts space nurtures left-field work, including that of its longtime director, Leyya Tawil.

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The Rapid Ascent of OMB Peezy

The upstart Sacramento-via Mobile, Ala. rapper navigates new-money anxieties and his region-straddling identity on debut release Humble Beginnings.

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Evolutionary Blues Chronicles the Life and Afterlife of Blues in West Oakland

The new documentary traces the Great Migration's impact on the music of West Oakland, and how structural racism snubbed the city's center of Black cultural life.

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Bang Data Joins the Resistance

The Oakland-based duo's third album, Loco, pairs a socially conscious message with the group's trademark fusion of sounds.

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