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Take It or Leave It

Panic at the Disco Broaden Their Horizons Las Vegas rock band Panic at the Disco isn’t afraid of change. Even though the band’s 2005 debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, has topped charts, sold millions of copies worldwide, earned them an MTV video music award for Best Video and…

OPIO

Getting to Know a Familiar Face If you like hip-hop, you probably know this underground rapper/producer and probably don’t even realize it. As a result of 15 years of “forward-thinking” and hip-hoptimism with Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Oakland native Opio’s ’90s-esque collaborations have been emulated by the likes of…

Share and Share Alike

Mirah Doesn’t Shy Away from Bugs or Slime Insects get a raw deal. One, they’re kind of ugly, and two, their small size makes them easily squishable; but in the grand scheme of things are they really that much different than us? OK, maybe they are, but that doesn’t mean…

Sami Yaffa and Mad Juana

’80s Glam Rocker Gone Schizo Mr. Sami Yaffa. Guitarist. He was a co-founder of the Finnish Glam rock group Hanoi Rocks in the ’80s. He started touring when he was 15 years old and has been in more bands than you can count on one hand. He’s been glamorously shaggy…

Bigger Than Mother Earth, Atmosphere

Bigger Than Mother Earth Days before heading out on his Paint the Nation tour that will put him on the road through November, Slug is faced with a daunting four hours of interviews. If anything were to deter me from the rap life, that just might be it, but just…

Silver Darling’s Simple Mission

Never Settle Ask Kevin Lee, lead singer of Silver Darling, about the band’s fast acclaim and he will tell you quite simply that it was unexpected. With their first full-length, Your Ghost Fits My Skin, released on Crossbill Records this month, Silver Darling has quickly become a popular band in…

Come Together

Pressure Point Celebrates Sweet 15 This year, Sacramento’s own street punk/Oi! prodigies Pressure Point will celebrate their 15th anniversary. An impressive feat in its own right—especially considering the tumultuous nature of the punk rock scene—what makes Pressure Point’s quinceañera even more notable is that they’ve managed to survive on their…

This Ain’t No Foolin’ Around

!!! Wants You to Slam When the collective runoff of ballyhooed Sacramento bands Black Licorice and Popesmashers joined forces after a mid-’90s tour, they probably didn’t realize their labor would yield the seeds for the forbidden fruit of dance-punk. They probably didn’t even realize that what they were doing was…

The Lion’s Share

Immortal Technique’s Take on The Third World Immortal Technique is not just a political rapper. As much as people like to cling to labels, he’s not having it. He may rap about the president and the everyday struggle of third world countries, but 29-year-old Felipe Coronel believes he’s much more…

Back to the Future II B-boy/B-girl Jam

Saturday, July 19, 2008 Words by Nicole Martinez Photos courtesy of Vince Horiuchi In case you were out of town, busy working or just plain not in the know, then you may have missed one of the freshest jams this summer. Starting mid-afternoon on the beautiful, sunny Saturday of July…