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The Bay Area has seen their fair share of artists rise to the ranks of international acclaim. Few have seemed so effortless in their approach and style as Giraffage. He’s unmistakably himself. He always has been. And he just continues to get better. The recent run of the Tour Real tour confirms what genius he can put together when his vision is able to flourish.

 

The first time I saw Giraffage was at SXSW in 2013. I had never seen him, nor had I even listened to his music; I was awe-struck. It was the first time I had seen electronic music fused with the vibes of hip-hop and 90s R&B in such a way. One of the many aspects of Giraffage that makes his sets unique is that he always incorporated live aspects using various controllers and drum pads. He used to defend himself for being accused of simply being a DJ, when there’s much more to his talent than that. I could see how they could be confused as DJ sets, because of how smoothly he was able to mix all of his songs and live remixes together. That’s just a perfect example of an artist dialed into his craft.

 

The ‘Too Real’ Tour happened to be the pinnacle of his prior years of playing shows around the world and the release of his third album of the same title. From some controllers and a laptop, to the aforementioned and an LED wall, to the aforementioned and a giant light portal! His visuals are best described for me as kooky; and I mean that in the best way possible. They’re all over the place: Kittens. Puppies. Chains. Fires. Bubbles. Naked unisex people. They’re always entertaining. They’re always unmistakably Giraffage, and that’s why we love him so much.

 

 

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Pete Tong host of the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix Series is bringing a little of Ibiza to Los Angeles on November 9th.

 

The event entitled “Ibiza Classics” will see Tong perform alongside avant-garde composer Jules Buckley and the 65 piece Heritage Orchestra reinterpreting classic dance tunes that have provided the soundtrack to the last two decades with the power of a full Philharmonic orchestra. If you’re looking for something fresh, new and exciting the check out then look no further.

 

Tong will be joined by opener Guy Gerber – who will perform his first live set in over four years – and special guests including Moby, making his Hollywood Bowl debut, Aluna George and vocalist Bipolar Sunshine, and special host for the night Zane Lowe

 

This could be a historic night for electronic music in California. There’s no perfect place to hold this event than in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. The Bowl show follows Pete’s #1 record ‘Classic House’ earlier this year, and precedes the upcoming LP release of Ibiza Classics Dec 1.

 

 

Get your tickets here and we’ll see you out at the Bowl.

 

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Among the plethora of Halloween events in the Bay this year, you would be hard-pressed to find one more storied, coveted, and simply traditional as LoveBoat. You may be wondering, “LoveBoat? 10 year anniversary in the Bay? I was born and raised here and never heard of it!” Well first of all, relax. Second of all, you may remember it as Ghost Ship. Due to the tragic Oakland fire that shook the whole Bay Area community, they decided to shift away from the name. Their words:

 

LoveBoat Halloween will honor the Oakland warehouse fire victims and families by doing what we have always done: building art and spreading love. Hopefully a little love will help.

 

LoveBoat will do just that this year in a warehouse where the most creative stage builders and imaginative artists come together to celebrate the creepy, weird, and exciting vibes of Halloween in San Francisco. Check out the set times and a fun mix from the man himself below.

 

 


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Coming off a fresh, uplifting release on Anjunabeats, Kane Michael is back to his ‘Lights Out’ series. While he says, for now, he’s putting his Psytrance efforts on pause, Michael pursues techno with a deep, dark passion. Here’s what he had to say about the track:

 

“It’s tough trying to put your twist on a track like this, as it’s such a fine line between great and trash, but I’m very proud of this. No nonsense, just a straight late-night techno rework.”

 

Kane’s edit starts off slow as he introduces the eerie, evolving elements and weaves in the timeless sample. As the song seemingly builds into its groove, he changes it into a smooth R&B vibe that no one with any respectable taste in music would be able to turn down. The song wraps up with a full culmination of all the elements and in a way only Kane Michael could do. Looking forward to the journey of his sound.

 

Enjoy the track below as a free download, and follow Kane on his socials below.

 

 

 

 

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Irvine grown duo Starfari‘s newest EP is a step above their first release Clear the Clouds. This time, they’re shooting for space with Total Solar. Whereas their first EP featured more tropical and cinematic sounds, their newest EP is an ode to the Great American Eclipse, and the wonders found in exploring the shadows. To that effect, the EP has a much higher energy influence with dashes of world and hip hop.

 

Hanuman is the heaviest hitting track on the upcoming EP. It features Niko Brahman and Jules telling a story of passion, distraction, the rat race, and being the judge of your own journey. It’s clear to see there’s a level of sophistication and sound experimentation that the homies Ali and Alex have taken on with their Total Solar EP. A few words about “Hanuman” from STARFARI themselves:

 

“The main thing we’ll vividly remember from this song is that we were writing and finishing it as we were shielding ourselves from the election results coming in back in November. This song is coincidentally about not letting ulterior distractions get in the way of your focus and being the hero of your mind; realizing the courage and strength within you like the Lord Hanuman.”

 

 

 

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With a style that’s reminiscent of early Pinback and a dash of Radiohead, Klangstof sends listeners on an ethereal journey through space and time. Every time I listen to them, I imagine I’m driving down PCH, top down, not a cloud in the sky; I’m home. Their name is a combination of the Norwegian word for “reverb” (“Klang”), and the Dutch word for “dust” (“Stof”). Reverb Dust seems fitting, as their guitars, vocals, and synths drift to give you a floating feeling and tease the echoes of an empty room.

 

Klangstof is nestled comfortably, and borderline unusually, among the Mind of a Genius family, whom you may be familiar with (Zhu and Gallant). As of late, they were picked up to tour with Phantogram and Miike Snow. Be sure to go early, not just to get a good spot (thank you General Admission), but to see them when they make their way to the Greek Theater on Saturday July 1!

 

 

 

 

 

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One thing that sets San Francisco apart, as far as cities on the west coast go at least, is its illustrious history. From the gold rush to the tech rush; from earthquakes to fires; from skyscrapers to monuments; the city has been through it all, and for that reason, has a lot to offer. Of the offered, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most sensational. The monument was built in 1915 for the World Fair, and I bet they would never have guessed, 100 years later, it would host the premier hip hop and eclectic soul collective in the world: SOULECTION.

 

Being born and raised in southern California, Soulection’s rise to international acclaim has been nothing less than a wild ride to watch and be a part of. When they come to town, no matter who of their collective will be selecting, we’re there. This time, though, it will be with the historic backdrop of one of San Francisco’s most admired treasures.

 

Best part? This event is only $20. $20 is a steal just for the lineup: The Whooligan, Sasha Marie, Mikos Da Gawd, and Ryury. I’ve included some music below if you need any more coaxing. Saturday night is going to be about the experience. Come one, come all!