FYeah Fresno Friday… in SF!

I’m going to see a Fresno band headline tonight in San Francisco! They’re called… Fierce Creatures!

Here’s a little intro to them:

I know Joel and Amanda best, but I’m acquainted with all of the members of the band. They’re seriously so fun to watch live!

The show is at 6pm at the Apple Store in SF. I believe the address is: 1 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108!

They have more shows coming up (including more in SF!) so check out their tour dates here.

"Like" them on Facebook, and check out their website.

And if you still don’t believe me that they’re awesome, they played at SXSW, I believe it was a year ago? So… suck it!

Z

Just to let you guys know I’m not making this up…

SO. MUCH. FUN.

I love my friends!  I love Fresno! <3

iwishicouldapparate:

This is across the street from City Lights Bookstore. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, it is one of my top 5 favorite places in the entire world. I could be in that book shop for hours with only a cup of coffee to keep me going. If you go one block back and take a left turn and a right, you’ll hit Chinatown. Once you’re there get a black bean cake.

iwishicouldapparate:

This is across the street from City Lights Bookstore. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, it is one of my top 5 favorite places in the entire world. I could be in that book shop for hours with only a cup of coffee to keep me going. If you go one block back and take a left turn and a right, you’ll hit Chinatown. Once you’re there get a black bean cake.

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Just Another Music Monday: “Married to the Hustle. Engaged in the Struggle.”

    Remember that fly-ass chick Krishtine de Leon who won that MTV reality show “I’m From Rolling Stone" in 2007?  Or maybe you know her as rapper Rocky Rivera.  Reppin’ the Bay (Oakland, to be exact), she’s bringing back the female emcee in a big way, and today she announced the launch of her website RockyRivera.com!
    This is awesome to me because I got the chance to meet her and ask her questions last semester in my hip hop class at UC Berkeley (‘cause my professor is dope like that).  Rocky is a firecracker—always “on,” always herself, good at speaking, and not to mention extremely intelligent.  She started as a music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine, but decided instead of working behind the scenes she had to just get her hands dirty and be the kind of artist that she herself wanted to see in the industry.  
    Rocky remarked in my class that she likes to tell stories she feels need to be told, especially ones of racial oppression (her being Filipina), through her music.  The thing that stood out most to me was her mentioning that one of her favorite quotes is: “Power is the ability to define reality.”  I think her interest in writing for Rolling Stone was for the influence she felt she could achieve through the media and journalism.  But in the end she has defined reality for herself, and is carving out a “space” for female emcees, no matter what their angle, to be taken seriously in the hip hop cipher again.

Here’s a quick lil’ in your face intro to Rocky:

And here’s something I think you’ll all enjoy.

I <3 the City, baby.

I highly recommend checking out more of her videos on her site, like “Trick Habit” (I get a kick outta that one) and “MRSHMLO.”  For one of her songs that tells a story, check out the track “Heart.”

View her website RockyRivera.com by clicking the link or the banner at the top of this post.

Follow her on Tumblr: rockyrivera.tumblr.com

And “Like” her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocky-Rivera/161685647241

Out—

Z

forthehistorybooks:

So I met this cryptic guy yesterday who I spent some time getting to know. He asked me what I do and I reciprocated the question and he said he was an artist and kept it at that. By the end, I felt like he knew more about me and I knew more about his father than I did him. So I was kinda interested in knowing what kind of art he did and to my surprise, he’s a pretty damn legit street artist in San Francisco. That modest fucker. Any who, CHECK IT! 

My friend Kat… Oh my god, this girl.  HOW COOL.  This is the kind of idea I’ve been grappling with in my head for a future project (possibly in Fresno).  Now I want to see if I can get involved.  Incredible.  

Z

Mission and 16th BART station.

Happy Easter.

imnotgoingunderground:

If I Stay Too Long - Thee Oh Sees

Also for your enjoyment, Fanfarlo at Slim’s in SF this last Tuesday.  Got free surprise tickets from Waterstrider (who opened for them), and then Nate got me downstairs to the green room as his guest.  It was Cathy’s birthday (the girl in Fanfarlo) and she gave us each a slice of her chocolate birthday cake; it was yummy.  I loved the band’s witty stage banter, as well as their gorgeous accents.  They had just gotten back from their first weekend playing Coachella, and this was the last show on their 7-week US tour.  You gotta watch til the end of the video, the comment the bass player makes is hilarious.

<3 Z

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