Jedi Mind Tricks and its horror-core hip hop; "Die Maschinen" and its non-pretentious industrial beats

With the relentlessly violent, vaguely political, and occasionally homophobic rhymes of lyricist Vinnie Paz and the minor-chord, string-saturated beats of producer Stoupe (formerly known as "Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind"), Philadelphia's Jedi Mind Tricksis at the forefront of horrorcore rap -- which is more or less Norwegian black metal for the hip hop set. The group's latest album, Legacy of Blood (!!), features such inspirational numbers as "The Darkest Throne," "Farewell to the Flesh," and "The Age of Sacred Terror." It's a credit to the musicians' talent -- however misguided it is -- that this sort of material is actually listenable. When Stoupe's not aping influences like Premier or RZA, his production is among the most compelling in underground hip hop, and though Paz's themes may seem silly to those of us able to control and focus our rage, his flows are intricate and passionately delivered. Expect a sonically sharp, if thematically dark, show when Jedi Mind Tricks takes to the Independent on Thursday, Oct. 7; call 771-1421 or go to
-- Sam Chennault

With so many corners of the city sprouting your official Halloween Headquarters, it makes sense that most of your goth/industrial clubs also blossom around this time of year. Rawhide's monthly contender, "Die Maschinen,"surprisingly less pretentious than you might think, is ideal for an October outing. DJs Thermal Detonator (L.A.), Shatter (of "Bondage A Go-Go" fame), Makita, Andu Payn, and JYNX are on hand, spinning modern and industrial beats fit for these somber autumnal months (but in case you do need a break, electro-pop smothers the upstairs dance floor). Be sure to check out the futuristic, robotic artwork in between fits of dancing, and, as per the club's instructions, don ultramodern and industrial, though stylish, attire -- in other words, "Die Maschinen" is the perfect place to show off your new $250 Prada robot charm. (Hell, anywhere is the perfect place to sport those brilliant bits of trendy ridiculousness.) The music starts at 9:30 p.m. this Friday (and every second Friday of the month), Oct. 8; call 621-1197 or visit
-- Brock Keeling

The tranquil worlds of hip hop and rap music have, sadly, come to fisticuffs, and now 26 Mix will try to find out once and for all which music category reigns supreme with "Hip-Hop vs. Rap." Versatile hip hop DJs Apollo and Sake-One are pitted against rap enthusiasts DJs Ren and Myk-One; the four will spin classic beats in order to crown the victor top drawer, yo. And, at the risk of stereotyping, who knows, maybe someone will get shot for disrespecting, or just being in the Outer Mission. Exciting. And, at the risk of aiding you into self-medication, $2 beer specials are featured all night long. Yum. The duel starts at 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 9; call 826-7378 or visit
-- Brock Keeling

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