David Johnson-Igra

SF Station Writer

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Being Human
By David Johnson-Igra (Jun 24, 2015)
The first thing people notice about Brother Ali is that he’s a white albino rapper. To ask him about this fact completely ignores his life, his struggles, and the experiences he’s witnessed. With his last album [b]The Undisputed Truth[/b], Ali delved into experiences like his failing marriage and being homeless, providing one of the rawest personal narratives in recent hip hop albums. With his new album [b]Us[/b], Ali now looks outside himself, trying to understand American society discussing slavery, rape, and race. His messages are not preachy but insightful, encouraging and entirely what hip hop needs. More »
A Bright Spot in the Foggy City
By David Johnson-Igra (Mar 26, 2013)
Since leaving San Francisco, Eric Rachmany went on to receive a degree at UC Santa Barbara, and now returns as the lead singer of Rebelution. With their debut album [b]Courage to Grow[/b], Rebelution had jumped into the forefront as one of the most promising reggae groups, after being awarded by iTunes with the "Best Reggae Album of 2007". On August 5th they will be stopping on their Bright Side Tour at the Great American Music Hall promoting the upcoming release of their second album [b]Bright Side of Life[/b]. SF Station spoke with Eric as he kicked back in Santa Barbara before starting their national tour. More »
Up to No Good
By David Johnson-Igra (Dec 29, 2011)
The new EP from San Francisco’s Birds & Batteries, [b]Up To No Good[/b], is misleading — it’s up to something good, really good, in fact. More »
Their Evil Ways
By David Johnson-Igra (Dec 24, 2011)
Deerhoof’s style of music might best be compared to a library of a genius professor whose shelves are completely disorganized, but contain vast breadth of knowledge is revealed. More »
Naked and Free
By David Johnson-Igra (Dec 12, 2011)
Getting naked on stage, surfing across the crowd, or climbing the stage structure are all ways of acting freely, but when Monotonix’s lead singer, Ami Shalev says he wants to be “free” it means more. More »
A Fresh Start
By David Johnson-Igra (Nov 30, 2010)
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go to more concerts, you are in luck. January has a wide range of great performances from hip hop, to indie rock, to funk, to experimental art. More »
Ain't Illegal Yet
By David Johnson-Igra (Nov 13, 2010)
Del's intricate rhyme patterns and unusual vocal projection always make him standout. Catch him at Yoshi's with his band December 15th and 16th. More »
Ring in the Holidays
By David Johnson-Igra (Oct 30, 2010)
There are plenty of great shows all over the Bay Area before the brief holiday lull at the end of December. More »
Shining Bright
By David Johnson-Igra (Oct 19, 2010)
Pretty Lights is not a DJ. A DJ spins records, a producer creates music through electronic manipulation, and if you get this confused, you’re surely going to piss him off. More »
Heating Up
By David Johnson-Igra (Oct 10, 2010)
Ann Yu, lead singer of San Francisco-based LoveLikeFire, has struggled for years to support her dream of being a professional musician. More »
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