Watch: Oakland's Los Rakas Offer a Chilling Look at the Immigrant Experience in "Sueño Americano"

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That the immigrant experience in the U.S. is not always, or often, what it's cracked up to be -- a fairy tale of moving, hope, hard work, and eventual success of the kind you hear at political party conventions -- is the subject of "Sueño Americano," the new single and video from Oakland's Los Rakas. These two should know. Born in Panama, Raka Rich and Raka Dun take their name from a Panamanian slur used to describe someone from the ghetto. Their latest single, off of today's major-label debut, El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo, tells how the hopes of the migrant can so easily be squelched by a system that offers little opportunity and even less concern. "Here, if you want something, you have to find it, and if you don't have work, you have to sin," they sing in Spanish. "'Cause the rent is high, the law is bad -- without papers, you're nothing." The video, directed by the Perez Bros., offers a frightening look at how bad the struggle can get. Watch it below, and read a translation of the lyrics as well. "Sueño Americano" is also the Latin single of the week on iTunes, so you can download it there.


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S.F.'s Symbols of the West Paddle Back to Nature in "Clarion"

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Row, row, row your boat...
Symbols of the West came to San Francisco from Montana, so the pull of the rural and natural versus the urban and synthetic inspires much of their work. In this new clip for "Clarion," which premiered today on American Songwriter, Nat Kendall and Lauren Stark ditch the concrete jungle of S.F., row across the Bay to Angel Island (?), and have themselves a wild hilltop nature party with booming drums, waving flags, and sweeping views. It's a pretty spectacular video. The group's dreamy, synth-driven pop isn't quite as striking, but it makes a fittingly whimsical soundtrack to the childhood fantasy vibe of this very well-made visual. Check it out:


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Watch: S.F. Folk-Rockers Owl Paws on Making Their First Album

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San Francisco folk-rock trio Owl Paws contrasts acoustic tones with a punk rock presence. When the band opens the three-act show tonight at the Chapel, you'll hear a sound that hints at early-'00s indie-emo acts like Brand New, but rounds off with the modern folk elements of artists such as the Milk Carton Kids. A song like "The Fields" showcases Owl Paws' melodic dynamics and skilled musicianship. Singer-guitarist Derek Schultz croons aching melodies, while bassist Tim Vickers articulates complex, finger-picked phrases on a upright bass. And as for drummer Lucas Siobal, his unpredictable rim shots and bell strikes add an unforgettable color to the rhythm section. The end product resonates pure heart.


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Watch: Parae's Bloody, Campy Clip for "Candy Coated Massacre"

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Shit's about to get real.
When your band has a song called "Candy Coated Massacre," it basically has no choice but to make a crazy-violent music video. Local camp-punk trio Parae have gone above and beyond in this clip, though. Even by cheap horror standards, this sub-two-minute clip packs in a ludicrous amount of blood, violence, and chase scenes. There are junkies, bar fights, a graphic disemboweling, and, like, professional-quality graphics. The song is short, loud, and fast -- an ideal soundtrack for excessive mayhem. Warning: Do not watch if you are sensitive to blood or women kicking ass.


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Watch: Local Trio Bronze Gets Lewd and Sinister in "Mirror the Shades"

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Local experimental trio Bronze mixes seething synthesizers with quivering vocals and hypnotic grooves in songs that swell and disperse like menacing clouds of intoxicants. Since the psychedelic imperative demands expanded consciousness, Bronze's music takes listeners to the mind's most sinister regions. However, the music video for "Mirror the Shades," a track from Bronze's recently released sophomore album, World Arena, suggests a bit of sexual deviance and humor at the band's core, too.


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Watch: Dave Chappelle Crowd-Surfed to Skrillex at the Independent Last Night

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Via Noisey, here's your awesome music video clip of the day. Skrillex kicked off his week-long S.F. takeover at the Independent last night, and the show was attended by none other than world-famous comedian (and longtime fan of S.F.) Dave Chappelle. As the night peaked, Chappelle went crowd-surfing -- and made it all the way to the bar at the back of the room. Truly one "for the books," as Skrillex shouts in the above video. It's nearly five minutes long, but you can fast-forward to Dave's ride at about 3:20 -- or watch the whole thing for a taste of the gut-rattling set you probably missed. Skrillex has five more shows in the Bay Area this week, and they're all super sold-out. No word on whether Dave C. will be crowd-surfing at all of them.


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Listen: Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn Have an Eerie New Single, "The Killers and Me"

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Well this is creepy.
Ben Chasny, of local outfits-of-note Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire, has a new project with Donovan Quinn of twisted folk-rock outfit the Skygreen Leopards. Together they are New Bums, and have a debut full-length, Voices in a Rented Room, coming out this Feb. 18. The first single from the album is a haunting ballad called "The Killers and Me,' which combines hushed, nearly-whispered vocals, a lonely piano, and beautiful acoustic guitar work under a disorienting storyline. The accompanying black and white visuals are rather nightmarish: there's a messy apartment filled with odd art, guns, and people doing strange things. The whole thing has the air of a crime scene -- which, well, is appropriate:


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Watch: French Horn Rebellion's "Caaalifornia" Is a Visual Love Letter to S.F.

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Two small Brooklyn dudes, one big beautiful city
Stop whining about the sniping poors or the selfish rich for a few minutes and remember what you love about San Francisco: It's fucking gorgeous. Leave it to out-of-towners French Horn Rebellion to make a goofy video -- casting themselves as two 12-inch dudes haplessly chasing the hottest hottie they've ever laid eyes on -- that shows our lovely burg in all its resplendent glory. While the song "Caalifornia" itself might be dance-pop pap, they did choose a nice setting for this video:


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Here Is the Google Bus Song You Always Knew Was Coming

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Watch out, Oakland
Google bus doing donuts? BART dis? Bitcoin reference? Twerking nerd lyrics? Yes, everything you hoped and dreamed of -- well, except for an S.F. setting -- is here in "The Google Bus Song" by three non-Googlers called CACHEBOX. Watch and laugh, or maybe wince:


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Watch: Roach Gigz Begrudgingly Rejoins the Rap Game in "Too Easy"

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It's been a while since we heard from ol' Roachy Balboa. But S.F. rapper Roach Gigz is coming back on March 7 with a new EP, The Gig Effect, and let off its new single today. "Too Easy" is a helluva re-entrance, with spooky nighttime visuals of The City and Mr. Gigz spouting off about how he's tired of the game and bored of rapping but can sill spit circles around you -- and everyone else. Because, hey, maybe it is too easy. But It helps that he has a pretty sick beat for this one. Check it out:


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