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Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt, photo via last.fm

SF's own enchanting folk songstress Jessica Pratt announced a slew of new tour dates in support of her gorgeous self-titled album. She'll open for white-hot act Father John Misty, Grouper, and White Fence. We can't wait to see her do her thing live. [via email PR land]

If you aren't familiar with the BasedWorld of Berkeley rapper Lil B, you won't get better proof that it's a very real thing to thousands of people than Pitchfork's fascinating look at the immense, cult-like devotion (mainly based on the internet) B's fans have towards the prolific rapper and his work. [via Pitchfork]

Christopher Owens dropped acoustic versions of eight songs from his solo debut Lysandre. While it's not new stuff, it's still captivating–and definitely easier to pick up on Owens' knack for lyricism. [The Bay Bridged]

Outside Lands announced its initial lineup for 2013, followed by outcries from the darkest corners of the internet. It's not all bad, though; there are a few noteworthy acts, including back-from-the-grave acts like Nine Inch Nails and D'Angelo, as well as a few other standouts. [via sfoutsidelands.com]

The Bay Bridged published a heartfelt plea to San Francisco at large to stop hating on San Jose–specifically, for discounting its thriving, yet under-the-radar arts and music scene. Read on for some pretty compelling arguments in favor of the third most populous city in Cali. [via The Bay Bridged]

The musicians of the SF Symphony voted to ratify a new, 26-month payment contract to avoid a potentially longer strike than the one they went on in March. [via SFGate]