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Calendar, Night&Day Back to the Streets

Back to the Streets

Winter is over -- for the rest of the country anyway -- and festival season is here. In the coming months, we'll swing dance on Polk Street, sport leather chaps (if anything) on Folsom, and do art in Sausalito. The…
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Music, Space Craft

Space Craft

"We're not famous-famous," says Stephen Kay, aka Spesh, of Bay Area dance music production team Jondi and Spesh. DJs and possibly another 100 non-DJ techno specialists are familiar with them, the duo alleges, and so both remain modest, even amidst…
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Calendar, Night&Day Do the 'Do

Do the 'Do

Tarted up in rubber dresses, vamp-red lipstick, and all manner of exciting styles and attire, "Salon Sessions" attendees are generally ready for anything. Since May of last year, Julie Ross and Julia Martin, founders of Blood and Butter Productions, have…
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Calendar, Night&Day Electro-Porn


Belgium's techno sex-vangelists Lords of Acid have been creating havoc ever since their first single, "I Sit on Acid," hit the streets in 1988. Sure, they've aged a bit, but the group's latest potty offering, Expand Your Head -- a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rousing Thunder

Rousing Thunder

Stuck between two mountain ranges on a small land mass in the Japan Sea, the inhabitants of the only plain on Sado Island deal with their share of hard living. Siberian storms sweep in during the extended winters, relieved only…
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Music, Rave On?

Rave On?

The ravers are wall to wall on the dark dance floor of the Maritime Hall. Plastic candy-colored jewelry graces their necks, and many hold pacifiers, whistles, or lollipops in their mouths. Their bodies are illuminated by glow sticks, bike reflector…
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Music, Record


Clinton Disco and the Halfway to Discontent (Astralwerks/Luaka Bop) For side project Clinton, Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres have posted an "out to lunch" sign in the window of their Cornershop. Like previous Cornershop albums, particularly 1998's groundbreaking When I…
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Calendar, Night&Day Revelry to the Rescue

Revelry to the Rescue

The ground isn't all that's shaky in San Francisco. Thanks to murky city politics and a misguided police force, our status as the West Coast's 24-hour city is a tenuous one. The Endup and Ten 15 Folsom have been under…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

SisterIn 1993, a group of women banded together to form Your Sister's House, a traveling collective of female DJs whose message -- women can work a crowd just as well as men -- was revolutionary in the male-driven dance scene.…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

John DigweedJohn Digweed is a pillar in a scene awash in fly-by-night superstars. Part of an old school of U.K. DJs including Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, and Pete Tong, Digweed struck it big in the British rave heyday of the…
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Music, Different Drummers

Different Drummers

Egg cartons paper the walls of a practice room in an industrial neighborhood in South San Francisco. It's a modest space, save for the cowhide-topped barrel drums of all shapes and sizes scattered about, including a majestic drum in the…
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