SF MUSIC SCENE: Lizzo Coming to San Francisco at the Independent

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Bold and brassy one minute and devastatingly sincere the next, Lizzo is an artist that defies easy definition. She’s a gifted rapper, a hair-raising gospel singer, a razor-sharp wordsmith, a classically trained flautist, and a passionate advocate for feminism and black empowerment. She’s a hard-touring road warrior who is equally capable of winning over audiences in London, Paris, New York, and her hometown of Minneapolis. She’s hilarious. She’s sweet. But don’t be fooled: She’ll also eat you alive.

The Minneapolis native broke onto the scene with her hit, “Good As Hell.” Featuring lyrics like, “Hair toss, check my nails/baby how you feeling/feeling good as hell” and the occasional “Yas, Lord,” the catchy track has become a self-love and empowerment anthem. After hearing the song, comedian Samantha Bee invited Lizzo on her show the night after Donald Trump was elected, in which she titled the segment “Lizzo Saves Us All.” She was also recently featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Arts section where they call her “one to watch.” I’ve included some additional press highlights below as well.

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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