The Year in SF Music: Stories We'll Remember From 2010

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From SF Weekly's latest print music section: 

Is Lil B God, the Devil, or Paris Hilton?: Rap in 2010 had no voice more prolific or polarizing than Berkeley's Lil B. After some local success with post-hyphy quartet the Pack, B subchristened himself "the Based God" and showed the world what it means to get weird. Armed with a rubber-ducky flow, a spot-on ear for beats, and a deeply confused theologicopersonal ontology, he plastered the web with hundreds of half-baked to totally baked songs and videos about everything under the sun, starting with himself: "I'm God," "I'm the Devil," "I'm Paris Hilton," "Bitch I'm Bill Clinton." (Also, "Birth of Rap" and "I Killed Hip Hop.") And as if it weren't enough to release at least a dozen mixtapes -- including one inspired by pro wrestling -- and a full-length album, he studiously kept things lively outside of the mic booth as well. There's the tweet where he threatens to fuck Kanye West in the ass; there's the video where he gets socked in the jaw. Say what you want about his tendency toward provocation or skewed wheat-to-chaff ratio; this cat is the talk of the town. Not bad for someone who turned 21 in August. -- Daniel Levin Becker

Musical Giants: A near-avalanche of S.F. Giants-related songs followed the advance of our lovable team of freaks into the pennant race. And when the Giants made -- and won -- the World Series? Well, Ashkon Davaran's official theme, a take on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," was only the first of a flurry of odes to the orange and black. Despite a few other successes -- and one or two tremendous failures -- we'll remember it as the best. -- Ian S. Port

Also, we recommend shows from X, Pomplamoose, Nerf Herder, and Modeselektor.

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