Cowboys in the City — A Night with Mapache

Last weekend, San Luis Obispo was visited by two cowboys — Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch. The western duo called themselves “Mapache”; to the delight of the townspeople, the outsiders came with one purpose: to play their music and dance all night. News of their arrival spread about the town with gusto — it was…

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SPOTLIGHT: Coffin Shares Their New Album

It’s been more than a year and a half since beloved local bands have fueled fervent mosh pits within the sweaty, chaotic living rooms around San Luis Obispo. Music enthusiasts have long-awaited the return of live music — at last, musicians are returning to the stages (and house venues) of SLO. Residents of the one…

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Ranked: A Tribe Called Quest

Within the growing, strange community of hip-hop nerds on Instagram and Reddit, there exists an endless debate — one that rarely finds agreeable middleground or any established, solid criteria for fair competition. It typically prompts some obligatory discussion in the comments: what is the greatest rap group of all time? Replies almost always consist of…

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SPOTLIGHT: Dante Marsh – A Mission to Make People Dance

San Luis Obispo is a special place — then again, maybe we’re biased. This small-but-large, rural-but-city-ish college town attracts musicians from all up and down the California coast. Every once in a while, it snags a gem from another state; this is the case with Nashville-raised musician Dante Marsh, an active member of the ever-growing…

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Ranked: MF DOOM

As if 2020 couldn’t possibly get any worse, the year ended with the announcement of the passing of Danielle Dumille, better known as MF DOOM. One of the most influential, poetic, and skilled MCs to ever live, Dumille produced and wrote numerous albums under a plethora of pseudonyms (Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, DOOM) that will…

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Catching up with Pancho & The Wizards: New Album Coming Soon

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from San Luis Obispo’s favorite psychedelic punk band, Pancho & The Wizards. Starting as “Pancho and the Mucho Wizard Jam Band” in 2015, they gained traction through releasing tapes online and opening for local band Ragged Jubilee at SLO Rock & Brew, a landmark venue in San Luis…

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Cataloging The Gizzverse: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s discography, ranked from worst to best

With 16 full-length albums in just eight years, King Gizzard has built an impressive discography in a short amount of time; they’ve crafted their trade in a plethora of genres, ranging from folk to thrash metal.  In any discography with more than ten or twelve albums, there’s often some debate on what the “best album”…

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Collaborative Singles We Wish Were Full Albums

Collaborative projects are something the music community tends to look forward to. Mild High Club and King Gizzard. Jay-Z and Kanye West. Khruangbin and Leon Bridges. Sometimes certain sounds just work together.  Often, however, two groups will release a single together and leave me wanting more. They leave a lot to be desired when they…

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A Timeline of Politically-Charged Albums (and their never-ending relevance)

If you’re in practically any neighborhood of the United States right now, chances are sidewalks and front lawns are masqueraded with political signs. Your neighbor Kevin is imploring you to vote “YES” on Prop 34. Dennis spends most of his day admiring his all-holy Make America Great Again flag. Iris is ensuring her Biden 2020 tapestry…

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How Black Musicians Created House Music

From the very beginning, it was the gay and black people that kept dance music alive. Mel Cheren, West End Records Despite what ABC News might tell you, house music didn’t come from white French people. David Guetta did not, “bring house music to the United States”. The genre was born out of the underground…

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