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Mission Creek: Osees Live at The Englert

It was chilly outside on the evening of Day 3 of the Mission Creek Festival, so I was wearing my coat. I walked into the front doors of The Englert and immediately set it down at the door. I had a feeling I would not be needing it. I’m very glad I made this decision. The first thing that hit me was the stench. Weed, sweat, and this indescribable funk, wounded its way into every crevice. It was wicked. I made my way to the front, with the crowd behind me growing exponentially. Just a few minutes later, I turned … Continued

The Best Releases of January: Music Staff Picks

Earl Sweatshirt – SICK! On the newest album from Earl Sweatshirt, the rapper continues his streak of thoughtful and melancholic bars–this time with a slightly more approachable selection of beats, supplied by the likes of The Alchemist and Black Noi$e. Avant jazz is still a key piece of the production, though some of the pianos here have a midi sheen to them, and some of the trap-influenced drum tracks will be familiar to fans of contemporary hip hop. One such track featuring this style of production is “2010”, with a bright, yet off-kilter synth loop. Here, as with many spots … Continued

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