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Jungle Brothers Since their 1987 debut Straight Out the Jungle, New York's Jungle Brothers have been a driving force behind the positive hip-hop movement. Then, MCs Mike G and Afrika Baby Bam avoided the typical macho swagger of the time,…
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Fast and Frightening

If it weren't for G.B.H., hair metal might still be around. Grievous Bodily Harm, better known as Charged G.B.H., was one of punk's first crossover bands. Its 1981 debut album, Leather, Bristles, Studs, and Acne, won the group an international…
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Guiding Light

As a member of the Native Tongue rappers, MC Mos Def made a name for himself with guest spots on De La Soul's Stakes Is High and a Bush Babies single. But it's with current partner Talib Kweli that Mos…
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DJ Craze DJ Craze is a musical trickster, but it's not his ability to manipulate beats with a magician's touch that makes him one. As 1998's DMC champion, his command of hip hop is well established, but Craze is not…
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Comeback of the Year We don't mean comeback in the "returning a career to its past glories" sense. After all, the person in question here is John Wesley Harding, the British expatriate folk singer (and now San Francisco resident) who…
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Bad Brains The only thing more amazing than Bad Brains' fusion of Jah-inspired dub and D.C. hardcore is the band's volatility, as disagreements over musical direction, drug problems, and failed mainstream success have led to a series of breakups worthy…
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Cypress Hill Cypress Hill are hip hop's Johnny Potseed, breaking out joints onstage and filling albums with ganja praises. The problem is that on their new release, IV, the danky smoke references are as stale as month-old bong water. The…
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Ill Repute, Agent Orange, SNFU Eighties punk is not dead. Like random lineages through the Great Plague, a few bands survived through the dark early 1990s, maintaining a link to the famed hardcore heyday of 1983. Back then, bills featuring…
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Jets to Brazil There's a big difference between selling out and growing up. Unfortunately for the pop-punk band Jawbreaker, fans didn't see it that way. Their final album, Dear You, shed the gravel-laden vocals and hard-edged power chords for richer…
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The Dropkick Murphys For Boston street punks the Dropkick Murphys Irish pride is the only thing more important than a good, cold lager. Like their British oi forebears, the DMs believe that drinking with the boys, laboring on the docks,…
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Peter & the Test Tube Babies Peter & the Test Tube Babies spent the last 20 years at the bottom. They've never sounded better. Starting in Brighton, England, the young oi band set out to play songs about daily life…
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Mix Master Mike In the past year local DJ Mix Master Mike secured a record contract with Asphodel in New York, put out his first solo album, and most recently became the Beastie Boys' new DJ. With all of these…
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(Sub)human Remains

When it was announced, the Subhumans reunion raised both limp spikes and a healthy dose of suspicion. With the rash of 1997 and '98 filthy lucre reunion tours it was easy to be a little jaded when the Subhumans --…
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The Coup The Coup, the East Bay political rap group, are back and keeping things closer to home. Known for scathing lyrical attacks and a laid-back West Coast sound, the band took the last four years off to do what…
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Workin' Stiffs The once sleepy S.F. punk scene is wide awake. Throughout most of the '90s the East Bay scene -- fueled by the Gilman Street pop punks and their kin -- held the keys to local punkdom, leaving San…
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Bauhaus Whether you consider Bauhaus the potentates of all things gothic, the epitome of dark and corny art rock, or simply just a bunch of Bowie wannabes running around in black pajamas, you can't deny that the group altered the…
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"2 the Hardway" Black Diamond -- San Francisco's underground beat horticulturists -- is synonymous with the unusual. Since 1993, the DJ collective of Felix the Dog, Darkhorse, and Laron, along with production genius Cool Lady C, has pushed the definition…
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The Creatures Siouxsie & the Banshees died a horrible death. Some might argue that the famous goth band is not really dead, but merely existing in a state of suspended animation resulting from the growing pains that produced the dismal…
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Citizen Fish Citizen Fish are not a teen-age ska-punk band made up of glitzy hipsters; nor are they so removed from the music's roots that they think the Skatalites enabled better television reception. Instead, they're an English quartet who helped…
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Lemonade Map of Wyoming can take a sad song and make it better. Last month, Jeff Stark reviewed the band's debut CD (see below). Two weeks later, the group placed an advertisement for an upcoming show in this paper (also,…
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