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Music, All Shook Down Dub Mission Residents Talk 1000 Parties and the Upcoming Closure of Elbo Room

Dub Mission Residents Talk 1000 Parties and the Upcoming Closure of Elbo Room

For the past 19 years, fans and connoisseurs of dub, reggae and dancehall music have congregated on the intimate dancefloors of the historic Elbo Room each Sunday night for a party called Dub Mission. Founded by DJ Sep, the…
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Music, Hear This Dub Mission: Show Preview

Dub Mission: Show Preview

Club nights don't last for more than a decade and a half without doing a lot of things right. In the case of Dub Mission — which celebrates its 17th anniversary this Sunday — that's been presenting a wide variety…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

It's a given that on the average week more impossibly rare funk and soul wax passes through the hands of "Cool" Chris Veltri — the proprietor of record emporium Groove Merchant mentioned in the recent feature "Funk, Revisited," (April 12)…
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Music, BeatBox


I'd love to use the word "exotic" to describe the kick-ass global tunes at "Divination"-- which showcases local DJs Soulsaalam, Vinnie Esparza, and Hokobo spinning a spicy blend of Arab, Afro, Brazilian, and Latin beats -- but that would be…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

When the Beastie Boys proclaimed, "This one goes out to my man the Groove Merchant/ Comin' through with the beats that I've been searchin'," on 1992's Check Your Head, they solidified the Lower Haight record store's rightful place in hip…
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Best Place to Go Dancing for $5 on a Friday Night

Bay Area veteran DJs O-Dub and Vinnie Esparza spin dance-ready hip hop, vintage reggae, dancehall, Latin, and funk every second Friday of the month at 26 Mix. The DJs' seamless mix of both obscure records and old-school hits on the…
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News, Feature SF Music Awards 2001

SF Music Awards 2001

It was a strange experience putting this show together in the midst of so much turmoil. The timing was all wrong. I found myself sending out congratulations to nominated musicians at a time when offering congratulations could not be more…
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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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