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Lil B

Lil B

There was an uproar when Berkeley's Lil B was seemingly robbed of a chance to perform at the Grammys in the Gig of a Lifetime contest, which ultimately went to a virtually unknown pop punk band. This week, B revealed that he is in fact human, and didn't check his email in time to accept the honor. [via Pitchfork]

Sacramento's long-time recording haven for local artists, The Hangar, is set to close its doors in March 2013. John Baccigaluppi, the man behind the operation, highlighted why it's shutting down in a detailed blog post, along with a list of some of the great albums recorded there. Bummertown. [via thehangarstudios.net]

A rapper from the East Bay known as Kenny Clutch met a violent end in his adopted new home Las Vegas yesterday. He was cruising down the Strip in his Maserati when unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on Clutch. The shooting was followed by a fiery crash and explosion, that also killed a cab driver. Our hearts go out to Clutch's family. [via SFGate.com]

Head to Bottom of the Hill this Sunday for a weekend nightcap for a good cause. The Scott Jones Medical Benefit Rock Show sports an awesome lineup and promises a good time to help Jones, who the drummer of local band Hank IV, until he was injured in a fall and now requires 24-hour-a-day care. Learn more about it here and attend the show!

Distortion wizards Burnt Ones dropped a new single from their upcoming album You'll Never Walk Alone entitled "Fountain of Youth." It's a definite toe-tapper, complete with dreamy harmonies and party vibes. [via The Bay Bridged]

SF's Kronos Quartet have been redefining chamber and classical music for almost four decades. They're wrapping up a three-year residency at YBCA this month, and to honor them, SF Weekly talks to them about their musical adventurousness and more. [via SF Weekly]

We highlight Swiftumz, a very special SF-based singer-songwriter-rock n' roller, who talks about his upcoming work and his party DJ skills. [via 7x7]

While most know Dan Casey for his work as Yalls, the man has just started releasing a few tracks under the moniker Steezy Ray Vibes. Vibes' latest release, "Endless Calm" just dropped this week, a dreamy, acoustic track that is the perfect beachside chill session soundtrack. [via The Bay Bridged]