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Calendar, Night&Day Hop to It

Hop to It

Hip-hop dance has always been about the beat. It's 1 and 2 and 3 and 4; you're up on the and, and down on the 1, or down on the and, and up on the 1; you pop to the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chris’ Cross

Chris’ Cross

April saw one of the most bizarre indie-music placements yet. In an ad for the 2012 Honda Civic, a young girl in a superhero costume jumped into a car and raced away from pursuers to the sound of MC Chris'…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle • As if the first Low End Theory SF party wasn't crowded enough, organizers announced that Flying Lotus will perform at the next edition on March 4. You might want to start lining up at 103 Harriet now. •…
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Music, All Shook Down To Help Hip-Hop Father Kool Herc, Eat a Papalote Burrito Today

To Help Hip-Hop Father Kool Herc, Eat a Papalote Burrito Today

​By now you may have heard the bad news about Kool Herc, one of hip-hop's founding fathers: He needs a stent from a recent kidney stone removed, but doesn't have health insurance. Father Herc has to throw down a hefty…
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Dining, SFoodie Papalote's All-Day Benefit for Godfather of Hip-Hop Kool Herc

Papalote's All-Day Benefit for Godfather of Hip-Hop Kool Herc

Kool Herc (born Clive Campbell) threw the first-ever hip-hop party in 1973, and has been critically celebrated as the godfather of the youth culture that later took over the world. So it's especially painful to those in the global hip-hop…
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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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Home Entertainment, Game On Spray-On Soul

Spray-On Soul

Somewhere between the time DJ Kool Herc got the party started in the 1970s and LL Cool J's star turn on MTV Unplugged in 1991, hip-hop went mainstream. First it conquered the 'burbs. Then it went global. Before long, kids…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox

BeatBox

In 1997, as San Francisco drum 'n' bass club night "Eklektic" was getting off the ground, British producer Roni Size was dominating both his homeland and the States with his jazz-inspired grooves. That year, Size's now-defunct group Reprazent won the…
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Music, Styles Upon Styles

Styles Upon Styles

In the beginning, there was Kool DJ Herc, and he rocked the party, and it was good. There was no way, of course, that the Jamaican-born Herc could have seen what was coming the first time he turned an ordinary…
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