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The multitalented MC/turntablist J-Live pays a rare visit from NYC; S.F. house fixtures Miguel Migs and Julius Papp get you "Salted."

While much of the city stands idly by as trite mash-ups and Burning Manish trance exercise Israeli-like occupation of Bay Area dance floors, nifty Club 222 acts like the good Samaritan it is by bringing us "Jack." Drawing inspiration from late 80s Chicago acid house, Detroit techno, and synthpop, DJs Derek B. (who mans on the decks at "The Club Scene" and "Trannyshack") and Silencefiction spin stripped-down beats that (get this!) sound new. Their innovative microhouse, new electro, and acid jams make eager return trips to this Thursday weekly on the frayed outskirts of the Tenderloin that much easier. And although it's still too early to call it, this could very well be the club night of the year. At least for me, anyway. Cover charge is $3, and there's no guest lists, so all of you self-proclaimed VIPs must cough up some cash; call 440-0222 or visit www.jacktheclub.com. -- Brock Keeling


For a jaded hip hop connoisseur such as myself, live shows rarely provide moments of jaw-dropping theatrics. But watching NYC MC J-Live slip behind the turntables to juggle the beat for his seminal hit, "Bragging Writes," while rapping along is one the most amazing displays of rhythmic coordination that I've ever seen. Thankfully, J-Live is much more than a mere novelty act. And while his output has been sporadic thanks to record label woes, 2001's The Best Part and the 2002 follow-up, All of the Above, still rank as two of the strongest releases from a "True School" movement that sought to bring hip hop back to its mid-'80s roots when MCs such as KRS One and Rakim set a nearly unmatchable precedent. Like those rappers' lines, J-Live's lyrics are thoughtful, provocative, and exude a casual confidence that serves to strengthen their socially conscious themes. This rare West Coast appearance of NYC's finest is not to be missed. Catch J-Live alongside partner One Be Lo on Saturday, March 26, at Club Q; go to www.clubqsf.com for more info. -- Sam Chennault


The newly launched weekly party "Salted Saturdays" brings together two of San Francisco's most popular house DJs/producers, Miguel Migs and Julius Papp. If ever there was a regular house event with Wonder Twin powers, it's surely this one. Their well-traveled Rolodexes include talent from all over, so expect frequent special guests. They're even offering all those interested a chance to be a "VIP": A jacked admission price includes two drink tickets, hang time in the VIP area, and a jump to the head of the line, which, given us dancers' proclivities for cocktails and Mighty's tendency to be crowded, ain't such a bad deal at all. "Salted" shakes it up this (and every) Saturday; call or visit www.mighty119.com for more info.-- Tamara Palmer

 
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