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Music, All Shook Down Event Host and Emcee Fran Boogie on His Origins as a Hype Man and The Best '90s Jams to Sing Along To

Event Host and Emcee Fran Boogie on His Origins as a Hype Man and The Best '90s Jams to Sing Along To

If you’ve been to a Bay Area hip-hop or ‘90s event in the last decade, you’ve probably seen the phrase “hosted by Fran Boogie” on a flier. This week, the column takes a look at the dynamics between a…
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Music, All Shook Down Producer and DJ SNBRN on Championing the "Sunset House" Sound and The Influence of Late '90s Hip-Hop Jams

Producer and DJ SNBRN on Championing the "Sunset House" Sound and The Influence of Late '90s Hip-Hop Jams

Whether it’s remixing the rhymes of late ‘90s rap artists with upbeat house rhythms or making creatively catchy tracks for a sound he calls “Sunset House,” it’s clear that producer and DJ SNBRN has managed to turn the influences of…
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Music, All Shook Down Gabriel & Dresden on Their "Classics Only" Tour and Bay Area Dance Music

Gabriel & Dresden on Their "Classics Only" Tour and Bay Area Dance Music

Having built a catalog of timeless tracks that have trickled down from one dance music generation to the next, veteran producers and DJs Gabriel & Dresden are reviving their greatest hits as they embark on a summer tour they…
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Music, All Shook Down Local DJ Aaron the Era Talks Working in Radio and Douchebag DJs

Local DJ Aaron the Era Talks Working in Radio and Douchebag DJs

For many of us growing up during the golden age of ‘90s Bay Area radio, DJs and radio personalities often represented more than just voices on the airwaves. Instead, they were local figures to look up to that held…
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Music, All Shook Down Andy P on the Pressures of an Opening DJ and His Most Taboo Request

Andy P on the Pressures of an Opening DJ and His Most Taboo Request

Bay Area DJ Andy Ponce, aka Andy P, can recall the exact the moment he knew he wanted to pursue a musical career. “I remember being 12 years old and walking into the living room … a commercial was…
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Music, Hear This Juicy J: Show Preview

Juicy J: Show Preview

Juicy J is having a moment. The Memphis rapper rose to hip-hop fame in the 1990s as part of Southern-style outlaws Three 6 Mafia, later winning an Academy Award with them, but the last few years have really cranked up…
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Best of San Francisco, Bars & Clubs

Best Club Approximation of a Three-Ring Circus

Derided by some, but loved by many — Ruby Skye is without question the most circus-like club in San Francisco. Every weekend, the baroquely appointed venue in Union Square treats revelers to a sensory barrage complete with scantily clad go-go…
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Music, All Shook Down TJR on Loving Golf, Having Psy Almost Rip-Off His Music, and the Ideal Day Off

TJR on Loving Golf, Having Psy Almost Rip-Off His Music, and the Ideal Day Off

The party hasn't stopped for Southern California house producer and DJ TJR since his hit "Funky Vodka" propelled him to the top of the charts and piqued the interest of Mr. Worldwide, aka Pitbull, last year. Now a certified…
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Music, Hear This Thomas Gold: Show Preview

Thomas Gold: Show Preview

Berlin producer/DJ Thomas Gold makes and plays the type of tunes that make club light techs feel like they earned their paychecks. Gold's selections — an assortment of original productions, bootleg edits, and mashups — are a style of build/climax/breakdown/climax…
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Music, All Shook Down Pete Tong on His U.S. Radio Show and Why Dance Music Shouldn't Have Any Rules

Pete Tong on His U.S. Radio Show and Why Dance Music Shouldn't Have Any Rules

For nearly 20 years, BBC Radio 1's "Essential Mix" has maintained its status as the world's preeminent radio show dedicated to dance music and DJ culture. The weekly Saturday night broadcast, which has featured nearly every notable electronic DJ…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Best Club Sound Systems in San Francisco

The Top 10 Best Club Sound Systems in San Francisco

Nightlife in San Francisco is a big deal -- we live in the kind of town that takes its partying seriously. Naturally, then, there's a near-obsessive level of detail when it comes to club sound. Look back, and the…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Thomas Gold on Collaborating with Dirty South and His Upcoming Single "Sing2Me"

DJ Thomas Gold on Collaborating with Dirty South and His Upcoming Single "Sing2Me"

Known for his percussion-heavy progressive house beats, Berlin-based producer Thomas Gold was named the best upcoming DJ/producer of 2011 in DJ Mag by dance music powerhouses Swedish House Mafia, Axwell, Cosmic Gate, and more. Although he has been producing…
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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 • New York dance-punk pioneers ESG rolled through Mezzanine on their final tour of a 34-year career, and packed the house with an unusually diverse crowd. The energy was tremendous, the visual projections dizzying, and the vibe elated. After…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 3/1/12: The Red Bull Thre3style DJ Contest Comes to Ruby Skye

Live Review, 3/1/12: The Red Bull Thre3style DJ Contest Comes to Ruby Skye

​The Red Bull Thre3style Contest, featuring Miles Medina, John Beaver, DJ Zita, DJ Playtime, DJ Theory, King Most, DJ Just, Four Color Zack Thursday, March 1, 2012 Ruby Skye Better than: Being in an orgy of DJs. One of…
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Music, All Shook Down Dada Life on Following the Money, Staying Energetic, and Why They Can't Eat Barbecue Before a Gig

Dada Life on Following the Money, Staying Energetic, and Why They Can't Eat Barbecue Before a Gig

If Andrew W.K. has an equivalent in electronic music, it might just be the boys of Dada Life. Swedish producers Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom are known best for their love of bananas, champagne, and, more importantly, distinctive electro…
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Music, All Shook Down Adrian Lux on Music vs. Modeling, and Getting Nominated for a Grammy

Adrian Lux on Music vs. Modeling, and Getting Nominated for a Grammy

Raised by a punk rocker father and fashion photographer mother, and entering the modeling world at a young age, Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Adrian Lux is no stranger to the limelight. At 26, this Swedish artist has already achieved…
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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 • There were fascinating conversations to be found at the biannual S.F. MusicTech Conference. One that captured our ears included, among others, locals Jack Conte of Pomplamoose and cellist Zoe Keating. She said a shout-out on NPR did more…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Chocolate Puma Helps Ruby Skye Win Over the Locals

Saturday: Chocolate Puma Helps Ruby Skye Win Over the Locals

World Town Presents Chocolate Puma
 Saturday, September 17

 Ruby Skye Better than: What you think Ruby Skye is like. Big, expensive, and a little gaudy -- there are few clubs in San Francisco that provoke such an immediate visceral…
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Music, BeatBox Diplo: Show Preview

Diplo: Show Preview

Following his June performance at Som Bar — which became so overcrowded that it led to a police raid and midnight relocation to another venue — DJ, producer, and Mad Decent label owner Diplo returns to the Bay this week.…
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Music, All Shook Down Wolfgang Gartner Plays Beethoven for the Spring Breakers at Ruby Skye

Wolfgang Gartner Plays Beethoven for the Spring Breakers at Ruby Skye

Wolfgang Gartner April 7, 2011 @ Ruby Skye ​ Better than: Sitting through an interpretive dance ceremony.How many elbows to the head would you take to catch your favorite artist? If your answer is fewer than ten, then you might not have made…
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