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Music, All Shook Down DJ Shadow On the Historic Renegades of Rhythm Tour

DJ Shadow On the Historic Renegades of Rhythm Tour

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Music, All Shook Down See This Tomorrow: "Sound and Chaos," Documentary on '80s NYC Downtown Music Scene, With Afterparty Featuring Film's Stars

See This Tomorrow: "Sound and Chaos," Documentary on '80s NYC Downtown Music Scene, With Afterparty Featuring Film's Stars

Calling all art-rock geeks, original B-boys and MCs, fans of experimental and industrial music, and generally anyone who cares to learn more about the rich history of American music: For one night only (Tuesday night, Oct. 21), a new documentary…
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Music, All Shook Down I'm Stupidly Obsessed With the Music of 1982, Thanks to Afrika Bambaataa Spinoff "Play at Your Own Risk"

I'm Stupidly Obsessed With the Music of 1982, Thanks to Afrika Bambaataa Spinoff "Play at Your Own Risk"

[Editor's note: The Upsetter is a new weekly column exploring music news and pop history from a perspective that is both bewitched and bothered. Here, Andrew Stout will explode the old clichés of rock journalism to make room for some…
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Music, All Shook Down Afrika Bambaataa on the Origins of Hip-hop, the Perfect Beat, and His Most Treasured Record

Afrika Bambaataa on the Origins of Hip-hop, the Perfect Beat, and His Most Treasured Record

Afrika Bambaataa​For those who haven't heard of Afrika Bambaataa, the Godfather of hip-hop, his resume looks something like this: 1969-1971: Warlord, Black Spades, Bronx River Houses, Bronx NY. Responsibilities included: Tagging turf; crossing enemy lines to forge relationships with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hip-Hop’s High Priest

Hip-Hop’s High Priest

Planet Rock New Year’s Eve 2010: A Bass Odyssey may be named in honor of its headliner, but it will also be a hot gathering of local hip-hop, electro, and reggae talent — three sonic flavors beloved by San Francisco…
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Music, BeatBox Stanton Warriors

Stanton Warriors

U.K. production and DJ duo Stanton Warriors recently featured a promo mix of the "freshest booty bassline bangers" on their Web site. The 30-minute session perfectly summed up their "nü-skool breaks" sound: digitally sequenced, kinetic drum loops and swollen, detuning…
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Music, BeatBox Father Afrika commands large-scale musical hypnosis

Father Afrika commands large-scale musical hypnosis

If you want to understand just how vital Afrika Bambaataa was to hip-hop's early development, it's still best to listen to "Planet Rock." Besides its all-encompassing vision of a world united by music — elevating the feel-good vibe of South…
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Music, LoveFest Promises 65,000 Ravers Listening to DJ Dan and Donald Glaude at City Hall

LoveFest Promises 65,000 Ravers Listening to DJ Dan and Donald Glaude at City Hall

San Francisco LoveFest is our annual parade of DJ-laden floats bumping beats and attitude down Market Street, conga-lining their way to a giant tailgater at Civic Center Plaza. While LoveFest is younger and smaller than Folsom Street Fair and the…
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Music, The Holy Spirit of Breaks

The Holy Spirit of Breaks

Though his early career is defined by hits like "These Are the Breaks" (1980) and "If I Ruled the World" (1985), the charismatic Kurtis Blow now defers to a higher authority, preaching the Christian gospel. He co-founded the Hip-Hop Church,…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

In 1982, Afrika Bambaataa uncannily summarized the next two decades of DJ/producer struggle with his track "Looking for the Perfect Beat." Whenever it seems we've finally arrived at that ultimate groove, the cultural paradigm shifts. Drum 'n' bass is a…
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Music, BeatBox Hip hop heroes school the new kids

Hip hop heroes school the new kids

It's been a strange musical journey for Dutch-born/American-transplant producer Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg). In a decade he has gone from an underground techno terrorist to a No. 1 artist in several countries — hitting success with an Elvis…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

NYC MC and Anti-Pop Consortium member Beans stands as the finest example of what used to be called glitch-hop -- a late-'90s/early-'00s subgenre that attempted to temper the rough literalism of independent hip hop with the splintered abstraction of intelligent…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

If an argument were to break out among the artists who "invented" hip hop, it would be a cartoon clash of charismatic giants, with gold chains, tomahawks, and turntables flying. But while Cool Herc scraps with Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Cross-Genre DJ Night

During an interview last year, "Frisco Disco" founder Jefrodisiac (aka Jeff Fare) complained about the strange boundaries that music scenes erect. "Certain people say, 'I'd never go here' or 'I'd never go there.' It's like, your record collection is the…
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Calendar, Performance They're Krafty

They're Krafty

WED-THURS 4/28-29 Weltschmerz. Schadenfreude. Gesamtkunstwerk. Seems like those Germans have a good word (a long word) for everything. Just as that country's language has trickled into the U.S. consciousness, so has German music had its influence. In fact, one component…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Already a seminal New York DJ by the early1970s, Afrika Bambaataa earned his title as the "Godfather of Hip Hop" organizing massive block parties and legendary DJ battles in the southeast Bronx, where he served as "warlord" of the Bronx…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Pianist Jason Moran holds a rare distinction in contemporary jazz: He's not only one of the genre's foremost twentysomething virtuosos -- capable of slinking from old-school boogie to futuristic abstraction in a single bound -- but is also an award-winning…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In the first hours after Run-D.M.C.'s DJ Jam Master Jay passed away last month, mourners huddled in front of the studio where he was shot, trying to put the tragic event into perspective. Public Enemy's Chuck D, whose greatest skill…
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Music, Reviewed DJ Z-Trip & DJ P

DJ Z-Trip & DJ P

Blending a wide array of rock, pop, and rap from the '70s through the '90s, Phoenix's DJ Z-Trip and Tulsa's DJ P whip together a giddy platter of anachronisms on Uneasy Listening, Volume 1. Self-released in a 1,000-copy run, for…
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