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Zion-I get "Paid" again 

Wednesday, Sep 13 2006
Influential industrial act Nitzer Ebb outsnarled one-time tourmates Depeche Mode in terms of intensity and groove, but it never had the same crossover success as its compatriots. Singer/shouter Douglas McCarthy and drummer/knob-twiddler Bon Harris formed the group as teenagers and stopped speaking after a breakup in 1995, but have since made up and released the Body of Work retrospective. Still, the founders proclaim this likely to be the last time they'll tour Nitzer's incendiary proto-techno anthems, so it's best to catch the show on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Slim's at 9 p.m. Admission is $25; call 255-0333 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

Last year's inaugural "Paid in Full" concert was significant in many ways. Headlined by Zion-I, the show ambitiously mixed backpack and turf rap groups, yet somehow the audiences meshed with no unkind incidents — foreshadowing the growing sense of unity that has become evident in Bay Area hip hop with the rise of the hyphy movement. "Paid in Full 2" hopes to recreate that vibe and spread Bay luv even further. Once again, Zion-I headlines the all-ages show, while the undercard encompasses a diverse assortment of some of the very best our indigenous hip-hop scene has to offer: Oakland hyphy dons the Team; Vallejo guttermouth Turf Talk; alt.rap poster child Gift of Gab; hip-hop live band Crown City Rockers (our very own answer to the Roots); and bilingual vocal specialist Deuce Eclipse. Everyone's favorite Yellow Bus rider, Mistah F.A.B., hosts the proceedings, which look to be absolutely worthy of the epithet "shabalaboopty," yadidahmean? It all goes down on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Fillmore at 8 p.m. Admission is $22; call 346-6000 or visit for more info. — Eric K. Arnold

She's already something of an international phenom thanks to MySpace, but Kid Sister is just starting to appear live outside her Chicago area. Backed by her brother J2K (one-half of the mixmaster duo Flosstradamus, along with DJ Autobot), the lady born Melisa Young manages to sound both languid and sassy as she raps with a fair amount of syllables about her ultrafly self over super-powered club beats from the likes of Timbaland and Diplo. These Chi-Town players bust out the boogie on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Milk at 10 p.m. Admission is $5-10; call 387-6455 or visit for more info. — T.P.

Beneath the mainstream cream of P-Funk, James Brown, and Sly Stone lies a dusty, groovy underbelly of vintage dancefloor dynamite known as deep funk. That forgotten realm is the purview of Los Angeles' acclaimed Breakestra, an eight-man soul machine that takes as inspiration the classic funk and jazz 45s that became the sampled foundation of hip hop. Lead by mastermind bassist Miles Tackett, Breakestra spools out whiplash-syncopated jams — full of brassy horns, kiss maself vocals, and, of course, lightening drum breaks — that flash back to the pre-disco days of 1972. You know what they say: the deeper the better, baby. Breakestra plays with Panacea Sunday, September 17, at 9 p.m. at the Independent. Tickets cost $15; call 771-1421or visit — Jonathan Zwickel .


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