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Music, Hear This Katy B: Show Preview

Katy B: Show Preview

British singer Katy B did the unthinkable — she made dubstep sexy. With a voice that's seductive and breezy, she turned the underground dance clubs of her South London home into sanctuaries for the young and brokenhearted. Her debut album,…
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Music, BeatBox

Actress: Show Preview

San Francisco's Big Up magazine has been covering the world of underground, beat-driven culture for two years now, and on Friday it celebrates with a massive dance party at the freshly launched Public Works club. The local rag will bring…
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Music, King Cannibal's bloody Valentine mixtape

King Cannibal's bloody Valentine mixtape

Valentine's Day is the soppiest date of the year. Dewy-eyed lovebugs would have you believe it's exemplified by bunches of red roses and teddy bears and boxes of candy and cards with pink hearts on the front and cloying sentiments…
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Music, BeatBox Mala

Mala

After a three-month hiatus, avant-bass promoters Surya Dub return for a one-off event featuring DJ and producer Mala of the vaunted South London dubstep crew Digital Mystikz. With opaque tracks like "Bury the Bwoy" and "Miracles," Mala has maintained dubstep's…
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Music, BeatBox Bend It Like Benga

Bend It Like Benga

South London dubstep veteran Benga operates on several (next) levels when he plants himself in front of a synthesizer keyboard and a hard drive of edited drum patterns. The producer's collected works, Diary of an Afro Warrior, speaks to how…
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Music, Dawn of Dubstep

Dawn of Dubstep

Local promoters of dubstep, the latest mutation of underground U.K. dance music, seem to engage in similar anxious pre-show rituals. Having taken the plunge with a lineup of a genre alien to even most full-time clubbers, they'll peel the labels…
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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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