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Peanut Butter Wolf, Egon, and Oh No touch down in S.F.; Norman Jay brings the "Good Times" all the way from London

When it comes to DJing, context is everything. And whether they're manning Stones Throw Records (one of the nation's most successful indie labels) or rocking the crowd with one of their DJ appearances, it's clear that Peanut Butter Wolfand cohort Egon have this context thing on lock. Their inclusive, kitchen-sink sets -- which meld old-school hip hop, deep-groove funk, '70s psychedelia, and everything in between -- make for the most unpredictable and ultimately satisfying live experiences in all of hip hop. Saturday's show at Mighty will also serve as a showcase for the latest Stones Throw wunderkind, Oxford producer/MC Oh No. With an excellent pedigree (he's the little brother of über-producer Madlib) and a debut album, The Distrust, that is slowly but surely gaining an underground buzz, Oh No is a perfect addition to the label's already rich and storied legacy. Catch the whole crew doing their thing on Feb. 19; call 626-7001 or visit www.mighty119.com for more info. -- Sam Chennault


If you say "good times" to an American, he tends to think of Norman Lear's classic African-American sitcom from the '70s. But if you say it to a hip Brit, another Norman -- Mr. Norman Jay, DJ extraordinaire -- is likely to come to mind. With the help of brother Joey, Jay is best known for creating the "Good Times" sound system at London's Notting Hill Carnival. His party-minded blends of hip hop, house, and funk are always a soul-saving highlight of the annual street party. Luckily, there is now a collection of "Good Times"branded mix CDs on the domestic market. But if recorded listening isn't enough, groovers can get down when Norman Jay brings the vibe of a large-scale jam to a relaxed and intimate environment on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Rx Gallery; for more info, call 474-7973 or visit www.rxgallery.com. -- Tamara Palmer


To the untrained eye, the only thing that sharply dressed fans of mod music (a catchall term for anything that sounds remotely like the Who and/or the Jam) and pale-faced devotees of industrial goth music have in common is a preference for wearing all black. But promoter Jenny (of "Club Fake" fame) sees things differently. As a DJ known for mixing up genres and extracting the fun parts of all types of sounds, she recognizes that both forms of music attract fans who like to boogie, so she's hosting and DJing at "Mothic," a "mod vs. goth" dance party that also features DJs Sean, Nadine, Nako, and Solar. Live bands Madelia and Mercy Mercy will play as well on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Rickshaw Stop; for more info, call 861-2011 or visit www.rickshawstop.com. -- Tamara Palmer

 
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