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Music, Producer Adrian Sherwood Helps Celebrate Dub Mission's 15th Anniversary

Producer Adrian Sherwood Helps Celebrate Dub Mission's 15th Anniversary

British producer Adrian Sherwood's life and music have come full circle. Thirty years ago, London's streets were wracked by inner-city riots. Then as now, police harassment and a grim economy drove citizens to revolt. By 1981, punk was in its…
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Music, BeatBox Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

David "DeeCee" Corran has done his best to shake up the local live music and club scene since he started his original Soul Shakedown party at Club Six in 2003. He has presented reggae bands from Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand,…
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Music, BeatBox The Lift: Show Preview

The Lift: Show Preview

San Francisco underground loft dance parties have been rare lately because of zealous policing, risk of equipment confiscation, and the financial risk involved. That's not the case in New York City, where an elevated event called the Lift has sprouted…
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Music, BeatBox Seun Kuti: Show Preview

Seun Kuti: Show Preview

While the musical about his deceased firebrand father, Fela Kuti, is earning Broadway gold, Oluseun "Seun" Kuti is appealing to a new generation of Afrobeat fans. Fela's youngest son has embraced his dad's creative legacy with politically charged albums like…
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Music, Hear This Group Doueh: Show Preview

Group Doueh: Show Preview

Take musical royalty from a war-torn territory in northwest Africa; add electric guitars, conflict, parties, and the scorching sun; and you get Group Doueh, the western Sahara's most acclaimed transcendental rock band. Its latest Sublime Frequencies album, Zayna Jumma, combines…
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Music, BeatBox Glitch Mob: Show Preview

Glitch Mob: Show Preview

L.A. laptop trio the Glitch Mob has risen fast in its five-year existence, from small clubs to ballrooms, from underground mixtapes to remixing the White Stripes and Daft Punk. Ed Ma, Justin Boreta, and Josh Mayer deserve props for explicitly…
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Music, Hear This Stephen Marley: Show Preview

Stephen Marley: Show Preview

Jamaica's Ziggy, Julian, and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley might get all the attention, but behind the scenes, Bob and Rita's second-oldest son, Stephen Marley, has been working on his own legacy. He coproduced most of Damian's '05 breakthrough album, Welcome…
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Music, BeatBox Braza: Show Preview

Braza: Show Preview

No need to drop a G on a ticket to São Paulo; save your dollars and samba over to Braza. The nearly-2-year-old monthly party on first Fridays at Som Bar plays host to expat Brazilians and those who love the…
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Music, BeatBox Robag Wruhme: Show Preview

Robag Wruhme: Show Preview

Before the Berlin Wall fell, East German producer Gabor Schablitzki could barely get his hands on Western music, much less make it. Maybe that's why his odd minimal techno tracks as Robag Wruhme push aside stylistic barriers and seriously fuck…
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Music, BeatBox Etana: Show Preview

Etana: Show Preview

Jamaican singers Gyptian and Etana are both 28, have several albums each to their credit, and had early hits with conscious-message tunes — but that's where the similarities end. Gyptian, born Windel Beneto Edwards, is best known for last year's…
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Music, BeatBox Poirier: Show Preview

Poirier: Show Preview

Montreal's Poirier is a man from often-cold climes who creates blisteringly hot dance music. The tropical bass ambassador's tracks blend bubbly electronic rhythms with Afro-Caribbean percussion and Jamaican-style toasts. Like Diplo, Poirier hypes the crowd with sets that leapfrog from…
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Music, BeatBox Ramadanman: Show Preview

Ramadanman: Show Preview

U.K. producer Dave Jones' many aliases have marked major evolutions in bass-heavy electronic music. As Zed Bias he added a sophisticated twist to late-'90s garage tracks, while his Maddslinky and Phuturistix productions married rich jazz and vocal riffs with taut,…
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Music, BeatBox DJ Kentaro: Show Preview

DJ Kentaro: Show Preview

Japanese DJ Kentaro Okamoto is no stranger to firsts. He was the first Asian DMC world champion and the only DJ in the history of the competition to receive a perfect score. He was also the first Japanese artist to…
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Music, Drink 2011: Party Like It's 1999 -- Or Earlier

Drink 2011: Party Like It's 1999 -- Or Earlier

San Francisco is known for its futuristic innovations: high-tech highs, gadget fetishes galore, and start-ups everywhere. We're trendsetters on the music front, too — but when it comes to clubbing, we love nostalgia. The city has a bevy of party…
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Dining, Eat Drink 2011: Party Like It's 1999 -- Or Earlier

Drink 2011: Party Like It's 1999 -- Or Earlier

San Francisco is known for its futuristic innovations: high-tech highs, gadget fetishes galore, and start-ups everywhere. We're trendsetters on the music front, too — but when it comes to clubbing, we love nostalgia. The city has a bevy of party…
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Music, BeatBox Soulico: Show Preview

Soulico: Show Preview

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Democracy in the Middle East

Democracy in the Middle East

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Music, BeatBox Joe Nice: Show Preview

Joe Nice: Show Preview

Last year, Britney Spears collaborated with U.K. dubstep producer Rusko, leading many in the music press to wonder whether his bass-saturated dancefloor genre was officially dead. For promoter Sam Supa, however, that just meant it was time to take things…
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Music, BeatBox Jazzy Jeff: Show Preview

Jazzy Jeff: Show Preview

Game geeks may know him from his role in Activision's "DJ Hero," but the Magnificent Jazzy Jeff Townes started spinning Philly house parties way back in the early '80s and went on to win multiple Grammys with Will "The Fresh…
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Music, BeatBox Titan Ups: Show Preview

Titan Ups: Show Preview

Who could have predicted the early reggae and rocksteady music revival that took hold in California over the last two years? Not that we're complaining: Bands regularly take the stage to perform vintage Jamaican sounds from an era when the…
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