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The Inbox: My First Earthquake and The Mumlers

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel.  Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Turn-tables and Cellos: A Hip-Hop Symphony

Hip-hop and symphony are words you wouldn't normally use in the same sentence. Try telling that to the standing-room only crowd at the Palace of Fine Arts who turned out for the acclaimed debut of "Brass, Bows & Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony" back in April. Composed by Adam Theis (founding member of Jazz Mafia), the symphony is rooted in jazz but with a classic call and response hip-hop vibe (where else can you hear turntables and cellos battle?). If you missed it, don't fret. The unique event returns to the stage on August 20-22 at Yoshi's San Francisco and features players such as The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Lyrics Born, Joe Bagale and more.

The Inbox: Port O'Brien, The Matches, and Jack Kerouac?

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel. Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Port O'Brien:

Personal tragedy struck this indie Americana/freak-folk band from Oakland midway through recording their third album Threadbare (drops 10/6). On "My Will is Good" a rolling drumbeat, eerie echos and whispers, and stirring strings set the stage for a haunting and introspective sound.

In-N-Out is the Best Fast Food in America?

In-N-Out takes the title as "Best Fast Food in America." This according to Esquire's superstar chef survey. You'll notice a few familiar names on the judges' panel: Mill Valley's Tyler Florence, former A16 duderino Nate Appleman, and Charlie Palmer are a few (watch our knife skills video with Palmer below). Appleman calls In-N-Out a "rite of passage for all visitors to California," and Florence says "I dare anyone to tell me their burgers aren't as good as any you'll fine anywhere, from fast food to fine dining." Checkout some of the surprise noms here: Fast Food.

 

 

The Inbox: The Splinters + Wallpaper + Lovemakers

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel.  Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Anthony Bourdain Can't Help But Like SF

Despite wanting to "leave a Cleveland steamer" on our beloved Ferry Building Farmers Market, author/chef/TV host/general bad-ass Anthony Bourdain was surprised to find quality, cheap eats and nice people while filming an episode of No Reservations that airs tonight—Monday@ 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The often bitter chef blogged about his experience in the city and declared his love for San Francisco. Of course, he laments on our faults but eases the gut shot with this: "I guess it's like any love that's true—sooner or later you learn to accept the good, bad and silly all together. It's all part of the package when you know, without any question, that you want the package.

Tenacious D Replace Beastie Boys to Close Outside Lands

Promising to wreak havoc on California and possibly unleash an "earthquake of rock," the Tenacious D were announced as the replacement act to the Beastie Boys for the closing night of Outside Lands. Keep your eyes open Mission District, turns out Jack Black is a big fan. "I'm a burrito guy. I go straight down to the Mission District. To La Cumbre. Good ingredients," he said, during a live conference call today.  "We're expecting 100,000 people to squeeze into there [Golden Gate Park] like a sausage," said Mr. Black and Kyle Gass (a Walnut Creek native). I'm sure we can oblige.

2009 Treasure Island Lineup Announced

No need to speculate anymore. Another Planet just announced the official lineup for the 3rd Annual Treasure Island Music Festival on October 17-18th. Once again, it's got a little something-something for everyone. Day one serves up dance/electro highlighted by MGMT + Passion Pit and day two caters to the indie/rock crowd with our faves The Walkmen + Grizzly Bear.

Locals Take Aim at A.B.C with New Site

Stop the War on Fun! which started as a Facebook group and now has nearly 3000 members has emerged as a full-fledged website. The guerilla-style movement, spearheaded by local musicians, artists, club owners, club goers, and entertainment industry workers, is a direct rebuttal to the ABC's (California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) mysterious harassment on local all-ages venues, namely Cafe Du Nord, Slim's, Bottom of the Hill (watch our video). The question at hand: What constitutes a restaurant?

Will You Pay For Pandora?

The phrase "to good to be true" has always been put to the test by Pandora. Since inception the internet radio station changed the way people listened to music by providing an easy to use listening forum that seemed to have a limitless catalogue of music. Just type in an artist, create a station and play... for FREE. Well, all good things come to an end. In the case of Pandora, that happens after 40 hours.

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