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Music, Listen Up Making a Buzz

Making a Buzz

I swear sometimes it feels like my head will fall off, what with all these cockamamie subgenres of music. Thankfully, we have DJ MikeBee to help us sort it all out. As a regular on Andrew Jervis and Tomas Palermo's…
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Music, Funk, Revisited

Funk, Revisited

"This is the shit. This is what it's all about," says a scruffy-faced "Cool" Chris Veltri. The fabled crate-digger and proprietor of SF's legendary vinyl emporium Groove Merchant is referring to one of his recent finds, procured on a trip…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox


April Fools' parties are apparently passé, so promoters Red Wine and Fabric8 (an online boutique) have come up with a clever twist on this year's sort-of holiday by hosting a party called "4.1.5." Two nearby venues, 111 Minna Gallery and…
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Music, Raw Deal

Raw Deal

While "the sound of San Francisco" means many different things to many different people, it was synonymous during the mid-'90s with acid jazz, a commingling of jazz instrumentation and snappy, groove-heavy beats. Today, most people involved in the scene go…
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Pop Philosophy

Groove Merchants To much of the music-buying world, the name Ubiquity Recordings is synonymous with acid jazz. Never mind that the company now houses three distinct labels -- Luv n' Haight, CuBop, and Ubiquity -- and releases everything from Latin…
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Sworn to the Drum

Percussionist Francisco Aguabella is emphatic when asked whether anyone else can perform the types of rhythms he has been playing since he came to the United States from Cuba in 1957. "No," he says in his heavy Cuban accent,…
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