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This Week in Local Music News

Andre Nickatina

Andre Nickatina

The Bold Italic picks essential tracks from the Bay Area's illustrious hip hop legacy (mostly from the 1990s, but still!). Crank it. [via The Bold Italic]

The Soft Moon premieres a new, hellishly surreal video for the song "Insides." If you want your dreams to be haunted, watch it right now. The song's so good, though, so it's worth it. [via email PR land]

John Vanderslice is readying for an avalanche of new music. His well-funded Kickstarter project is reaping money for Dagger Beach, a new LP or originals, as well as a full revamp of David Bowie's 70s classic, Diamond Dogs. This week gave us a taste of his Bowie homage with the track "Big Brother". [via Stereogum]

Thankfully, Adobe Books refuses to die, and local musicians are continuing the cause. The adored Mission bookshop is now only $25,000 away from meeting its newly raised rent, so bands like The Dodos, The Tambo Rays and Adam Stephens of Two Gallants are throwing their weight behind a benefit show at Public Works on Monday, March 10. Head on down, it's a no brainer. [via SF Weekly]

In addition to kicking off their US tour, Wax Idols premiere a new track from their upcoming disc Discipline & Desire, called "When It Happens" and definitely sports a more fleshed out sound than their earlier work. [via Soundcloud]

San Jose's Antwon's new record In Dark Denim gets reviewed by Pitchfork. We'll let you read it to see what they said. [via Pitchfork]

The raw and ridiculous Shannon & The Clams sign to Hardly Art, which will drop the band's new record Dreams in The Rat House on May 21. Check out their just-released mp3, "Rip Van Winkle" while you're at it. [via SF Weekly]