Remember that time you stepped out of your Bombay hostel and heard a bizarre sitar tune with a raved-up jungle beat playing on a street vendor's radio? You just shrugged and moved on, but Brazilian Maga Bo is the type of DJ and producer who hunts down a haunting track's creators and records a session with them on his laptop studio. For him, the backpacker trail is a pomo Silk Road for importing breakbeats into Third World rhythms. Having combed through India, Morocco, Senegal, and Jamaica in the past, he's just back from his latest scavenger trip, this one to Zanzibar. This evening, Maga Bo will be forging hip hop and drum 'n' bass out of sounds culled from at least five continents, creating a travelogue considerably rougher than any Rough Guide. He performs with Lemonade on Friday, Jan. 12, at Rickshaw Stop at 10 p.m. Admission is $10; call 861-2011 or visit www.rickshawstop.com for more info. Darren Keast
Expect a raucus 'ole time at Rickshaw Stop's "Gucci Time" when Oakland's rap jokesters Kirb & Chris take the stage. Riding last year's buzz surrounding their brilliant Niggaz and White Girlz CD, these fellas mix together a bunch of forgotten '80s classics (from the likes of the Motels, B-52's, Gary Numan, and the Cure) with the duo's original twisted and sordid lyrics. Or as the guys describe their sound, Kirb & Chris are like "the Psychedelic Furs meets the ghost of Biggie Smalls." If you're lucky, Kirby might even drop a couple tracks off his new solo release, Starr: the Contemplations of a Dominator, on the party. Kirb & Chris perform with C.L.A.W.S. (featuring Jillian Iva) and DJs Matthew Africa and Ryan Poulsen on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Rickshaw Stop at 9 p.m. Admission is $8; call 861-2011 or visit www.rickshawstop.com for more info. Toph One
Los Angeles' Steve Aoki isn't fronting when he calls himself "Kid Millionaire." He's the heir to the Benihana empire and runs Dim Mak Records. His next S.F. appearance finds him judging Rockstar Energy Drink's "Next on the Decks 2" DJ contest, the chief prize of which is a supporting slot at Aoki club gigs in both L.A. and Miami (the latter at the Winter Music Conference in March). Aoki flirts with rock, electronic, and hip-hop party jams, so he'll likely gravitate toward the same among the contestants on Monday, Jan. 15, at Milk at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 before 11/$10 after; call 387-6455 or visit www.milksf.com for more info. T.P.