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Thank Clams Casino. SF Weekly In 2011, Michael Volpe was a 23-year-old physical therapy student who lived in the historic township of Nutley, N.J., with his mom and her two dachshunds. In his spare time, Volpe produced beats under the name Clams Casino and used...

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Summer State of Mind

Austen Afridi of Viceroy can heat up a dancefloor with his tropical house tunes. SF Weekly It’s a good thing winter officially ended on Monday, because Austen Afridi, the self-proclaimed “Sultan of Summer,” has had a tough time coping. “We had a very real winter,”...

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When The Going Gets Tough, Growl

Beach Goth 2016 was a fiasco and City Club sounds too polished, but The Growlers don't give a shit. SF Weekly I’m lucky to get Brooks Nielsen of The Growlers on the phone when I call on a recent Thursday afternoon. “I do the whole ‘I’m not talking to anybody anymore’...

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Clap Your Hands Say Who?

A lot has happened in the 12 years between Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's debut and their fifth album. SF Weekly Depending on the artist, concocting a debut album can either be a blessing or a bane. On the one hand, there’s a lot of pressure to contend with — be it...

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Beyond The Stage

The history of San Francisco's most iconic music venues SF Weekly (Cover Story) From techno warehouses to indie-rock taverns, San Francisco has no shortage of music venues. We’re especially lucky to have a few that are over a century old, having weathered fires,...

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Racing Goosebumps

How DJ Jazzy Jeff and 20 others spent a week creating an album. SF Weekly If there’s one thing you should know about DJ Jazzy Jeff, it’s that even though he lives in the woods outside of Philadelphia, there’s almost always a few people at his house. In fact, it’s for...

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Chronicles of The Juice Man

Popping our collars with Juicy J. SF Weekly If you’ve never been to a strip club but still know what “bandz” are, you have Juicy J — the rapper behind the 2012 Billboard charting single “Bandz a Make Her Dance” — to thank. One of the co-founders of the legendary...

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’99 ’til Infinity

The millennium is still alive and bumpin' in San Francisco DJ and producer Miguel Migs' soulful, deep house jams. SF Weekly House DJ and producer Miguel Migs has fond memories of San Francisco in the ’90s, especially of its thriving, underground dance music community....

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Sango, The Game Changer

The Seattle producer and beatmaker wants to elevate his craft to superstar status. SF Weekly “It’s kind of popular now,” Seattle producer Sango tells me over the phone. He’s talking about beatmaking — loosely defined as the art of making hip-hop sans words — and it’s...

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Beats Antique

The groudbreaking Bay Area trio is using music to connect global cultures. SF Weekly (Cover Story) “Welcome home,” says a girl with a back tattoo, snaking her arms in the air. I’m standing in the pit of the Fox Theater in Oakland on a Saturday night in December,...

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Three is the Magic Number

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's frontman Ruban Nielson couldn't stop himself from writing about the love triangle he and his wife had with another woman, and now he's dealing with the consequences. SF Weekly Ruban Nielson, frontman of the indie-rock quartet Unknown Mortal...

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Cell Break

Chances are high that banning phones from shows will become the norm. SF Weekly If you’ve been to a concert in the last few years, surely you’ve seen them: dozens upon dozens of cellphones hovering above the audience — and, most likely, blocking your view. But it’s...

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