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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

sizzle Surface Tension, a new party by the folks behind the popular Warm Leatherette nights, brought out the goth kids for a night of abrasive, hypnotic, techno-meets-early-industrial music courtesy of Sandra Electronics, a joint project from techno luminaries Regis and…
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Music, All Shook Down One Fantastic Ride of a Life: Dub Mission's DJ Sep Remembers Cheb i Sabbah

One Fantastic Ride of a Life: Dub Mission's DJ Sep Remembers Cheb i Sabbah

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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. DJ Cheb i Sabbah, San Francisco's Godfather of World Music

R.I.P. DJ Cheb i Sabbah, San Francisco's Godfather of World Music

Cheb i Sabbah, the Bay Area DJ, composer, and producer who brought traditional African, Asian, and Arabic music to a mainstream American audience, passed away Wednesday at his home in San Francisco, according to a post from his family on…
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Music, All Shook Down World Music Lovers Rally to Support Cheb i Sabbah in Two Health-Care Benefits

World Music Lovers Rally to Support Cheb i Sabbah in Two Health-Care Benefits

World music DJ Cheb i Sabbah, known for his multicultural, multispiritual trance-dance blends and belly dancer-accompanied shows, is in need of help. Sabbah was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer and, like too many American musicians, he does not…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cheb i Sabbah -- There's Bad News, and There's Good News

Cheb i Sabbah -- There's Bad News, and There's Good News

If you ever wonder why some people get to be awesome famous world-music DJs beloved of bellydancers everywhere, and you're stuck being your own whatever self, perhaps consider what such glitterati give up. Cheb i Sabbah, the massively respected player…
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Music, Kush Arora’s sonic conflicts

Kush Arora’s sonic conflicts

Although it's hard to tell from Kush Arora's cheerful demeanor, the electronic music producer thrives on tension. Over the past decade, the 27-year-old has forged a distinctively bass-centered idiom rooted in dubstep, evoking the push and pull among sounds, genres,…
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Music, All Shook Down SF to Uganda Benefit Features Live Music, Food

SF to Uganda Benefit Features Live Music, Food

On the heels of such global groove projects promoting humanitarian causes as NextAid and Project Ahimsa comes San Francisco to Uganda. SFtU is a silent auction fundraiser whose proceeds support three organizations involved with on-the-ground eco-sustainable, health, and…
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Music, Reviewed Cheb i Sabbah

Cheb i Sabbah

While Algeria-born, San Francisco–based DJ and producer Cheb i Sabbah is known far and wide for his ecstatic "1002 Nights" events featuring live musicians, vocalists, and dancing, his latest release takes a decidedly more mystical turn. Devotion offers versions of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bang One Out

Bang One Out

To kick off its "What's the Big Idea Day" open house, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts couldn't have enlisted a better combo of adventurous musicians than the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Founded in 1987 by composers Julia…
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We Are the World

The rooftop terrace of the upscale Mission District eatery Medjool, with its urbanized Middle Eastern atmosphere and sweeping views, makes an appropriate setting for a chat with Arabic mix-master DJ Nader. An S.F. native of Palestinian ancestry, Nader has emerged…
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Music, BeatBox Dhamaal celebrates lucky number seven

Dhamaal celebrates lucky number seven

Since moving to San Francisco in 2002, one-man-band the Genie (AKA Luis Monterrosa) has collaborated with like-minded, difficult-to-pin-down singers, DJs, MCs, and producers who blur the boundaries of rock, electronica, and hip hop. As a solo live performer, the Genie…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

Next Tuesday, May 17, marks the end of an era. After a 15-year residency, Cheb i Sabbah bids a fond farewell to Nickie's BBQ, the nondescript Haight Street bar that he transformed into ground zero for world music in the…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

A Future Primitive Soundsession isn't so much a club night as it is a modern urban carnival. Video projections slice between waves of hybrid, genreless music while turntable theatrics compliments of dueling DJs inspire live paintings by graffiti legends. There's…
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Music, Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale

The explosion of the '90s Asian underground inside British clubs revolutionized dance music far more than its innovators could have imagined. What was originally a way to recognize the South Asian Londoners' dual cultures and respond to racism in British…
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Music, All the World's a Stage

All the World's a Stage

"People don't keep checking you forever," says DJ Cheb i Sabbah, longtime internationalist DJ and sound architect. He's discussing his "Africa/India/Arabia" residence, a weekly gig at Nickie's that he's held for a dozen years. "Imagine one person who is…
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The House of Tudor

Long before Talvin Singh was applauded for integrating his musical heritage into club culture DJ Cheb i Sabbah had been uniting songs by tempo rather than by genre or nationality. As far back as 1964, when Sabbah was spinning in…
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House of Tudor

It's easy see how Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire has benefited from the Squirrel Nut Zippers' style and fame: Zippers guitarist James Mathus and leading femme Katherine Whalen both play a substantial role on Bird's Rykodisc debut, Thrills, and this…
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Night Crawler

A leather-clad motorcyclist roars onto the sidewalk outside Crucible Steel Gallery Saturday night. He pulls off his steel-gray helmet to expose a shorn head and a hard-set chin. He is English -- Northern if the drawn-out vowels are any indication.…
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Night Crawler

A group of women dressed in filmy scarves form a loose circle around a whirling, genielike beauty clad in a flowing garment of forest-green silk and glinting gold jewelry. They click their tongues and trill in appreciation as the dervish…
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