Music Video: Schwayze & The Cataracs: “Love Letter”

July 8th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

The Cataracs are fresh off tour with Usher, and no doubt loading their muskets before unleashing another barrage of fire at the airwaves. Prior to hitting the road though, they recorded and filmed a video with Schwayze entitled “Love Letter.” […]

Music Video: Josie Stingray: “Whatever Style” x “Got to Get It”

July 8th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

When I saw that Josie was featured on Mike Baker the Bike Maker’s “Coast is Clear,” I thought three things:1. Finally, new Josie. (The last song we posted was “Josie” ft. 1-O.A.K.)2. How fitting. (She’s definitely in her […]

Event: The Gods Must Be Crazy

July 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Art, Events, Music

It’s the first Friday of the month. That means folks flowing in and out of Oakland art galleries, the side of Luka’s Taproom being turned into a movie screen, random jam sessions and old school cars making Giant Burger look like a legit 50s drive-up […]

Thursday Throwback: Christión: “Full Of Smoke”

June 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in History, Music, Thursday Throwbacks

15 years ago, a duo from Oakland, CA was the first act (not named Jay-Z) signed to Roc-a-Fella Records. If you’re racking your brain trying to remember which Beanie Sigel-ish rappers were bubbling in The Town in ’96, you’re on the wrong track. […]

New Music: Mike Baker the Bike Maker: “The Coast is Clear”

June 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

There’s something very distinct about The Honor Roll Crew. They’ve managed to create their own lane without looking like the group of “cool kids” who try to be “different” in the same way as everyone else. They brand but put their art before the marketing. […]

Music Video: Erk Tha Jerk: “Hands Up”

June 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Before Nerd’s Eye View dropped, Erk had a listening session. I walked through a sketchy alley to get there. Damn near everybody was late. There was smoke in the air and Henny in cups. Up until this point, Coolhand was advocate for all things Erk. I liked […]

Video: Yours presents Little Dragon in SF

June 21st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Yours is a collective after our own heart. Based in San Francisco, it is a video blog site that creates unique content with a variety of indy musical acts. Their style mixes the stripped down sound of an MTV Unplugged session with an intimate visual aesthetic more […]

Video: Earn Your Stripes Cipher Series

June 20th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Events, Music

Earn Your Stripes is a new cipher series hosted by Oakland emcee Do DAT and Oakland DJ Aebl Dee at the Berkeley Adidas store. In the first episode Vallejo’s Moe Green, Sac’s Chuuwee and the Sco’s Jinx, DB and Troy took the mic in front of a full […]

Mixtape: Vell4Short: Project Sore Thumb

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Fears that Vell4Short’s Project Sore Thumb was turning into Detox were calmed last week when he sent around the advanced release. Bloggers, DJs, PR folk, and selected friends got a sneak peak of the collection that been reworked time and time again. […]

38th Notables

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN’s E:60

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN's E:60

I've loved Oakland since I was old enough to begin to understand it. And when you're from an underdo[...]

Introducing “East of the Lake” Restaurant Chronicles

Introducing "East of the Lake" Restaurant Chronicles

Over the past five years Oakland's culinary reputation has skyrocketed, but The Town has always had [...]

Kill A Hipster, Save Your Hood

Kill A Hipster, Save Your Hood

It's been several years since Oakland's DJ Treat-U-Nice first dropped his infamous "Kill a hipster, [...]