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SF Critic is not a critic -- it’s a voice.

SF Critic is an online music zine that began in 2008 by David Johnson-Igra as an outlet for Bay Area writers and photographers eager to talk about music. Originally a blog, the zine took shape as a source for interviews, reviews, and editorials. SFCritic covers an array of music from hip hop, to indie rock, to electronic, to whatever genre we feel best represents our interests.

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Outside Lands 2014 Lineup

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:30 AM


Today marks the big day for San Francisco festival goers: Outside Lands' full lineup has been announced. The city's love it or hate it festival (we lean to the former) is set to return this August 8th-10th bringing together...

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Run the Jewels Drops a Gem at The Independent -- San Franciso

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 2:16 PM


During last night's show at The Independent in San Francisco, Run The Jewels dedicated their performance to Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin. Killer Mike told the predominantly white crowd that it was about "us against...
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T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head Interview

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Tomorrow marks the release of T.I.'s new album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. We were fortunate enough to catch up with T.I. for a listening session in San Francisco a few weeks back. In an interview with Meredith from SF Critic, T.I. talked to us about how he finds collaborators and the projects he's working on.

This interview with T.I.originally appeared on SF Critic music blog. Directed by Ryan Holmes, featuring Meredith....

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Why Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Is More Than an Album

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:52 PM

This review of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" was originally published on SF Critic music blog. Written by David Johnson-Igra.

Just before Channel Orange's release, Frank Ocean announced his homosexuality in a note posted...
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Lauryn Hill and Nas Take Fans Back to the Golden Era

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 3:24 PM

This review of Lauryn Hill and Nas's performance was originally published at the SF Critic music blog. Written and photographed by Leticia Molina.

Hip hop legends Nas and Lauryn...

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Earl Sweatshirt - "Chum" (Review)

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:22 AM

This review of Earl Sweatshirt "Chum" was originally published on the music blog SF Critic. Written by Andres Murillo.

When sixteen year-old prodigy rapper Earl Sweatshirt became a music sensation amidst his...

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Bass Heads Wobble at Bassnectar's Civic Center Performance

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:55 PM

This review of Bassnectar at Civic Center in San Francisco was originally published on SF Critic and was written by Carlos Olin Montalvo.

It is always a pleasure to see a live performance...

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Photos: Grizzly Bear at the Fox Theater in Oakland

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 7:18 PM

This review of Grizzly Bear at the Fox Theater was originally posted at SF Critic. Written and photographed by Ryan Holmes.


If the Fox Theater in Oakland had a voice, it would sound like Grizzly Bear. Rich...

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Until the Quiet Comes -- We Can Enjoy

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 11:16 AM

This post originally appeared on SF Critic.

Written by Darryl Kirchner


With his string of critically acclaimed records such as Los Angeles, 1983 and Cosmogramma, Steven Ellison, a.k.a Flying Lotus, seems to be at the forefront of the worldwide beat movement. Flying Lotus has...

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Punk Rock Trio Death Grips Have No Regrets

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:22 PM

This post originally appeared on SF Critic.

Written by Andres Murillo


It was said that when death-hop trio Death Grips signed to Epic Records, the powerhouse label was so determined to sign the crass group that they would...

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Animal Collective Live Review at the Fox Theater

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 11:56 AM

This post originally appeared on SF Critic.

Written by David Johnson-Igra
Photographed by Ryan Holmes

Animal Collective's performance was a bit of a carnival. The wide grinning stage arrangement was framed by huge illuminating teeth and a backdrop of cavernous jowls that drew the crowds'...

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