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Drum 'n' bass hero Goldie returns to Ruby Skye; the bay's brightest beat-makers come together to help Dax Pierson

Used to be that a self-respecting drum 'n' bass head could find a proper party almost any night of the week in San Francisco. But as the pounding sound has largely fallen out of favor across the globe in the last few years, the number of those parties has dwindled significantly. U.K. DJ/producer Goldie was at the top of the international drum 'n' bass heap for a long time. His outrageous, mile-a-minute persona made him the perfect choice as the genre's celebrity spokesman (dating people like Björk in the mid-'90s didn't hurt), and his Metalheadz record label set the standard for tough grooves. It was no surprise that, as the sound's popularity waned, Goldie caught the acting bug, appearing in James Bond and Guy Ritchie flicks. Most recently, he has been terrorizing the U.K. soap opera EastEnders as a character called Angel, which he most certainly is not. It's been seven years since his last album, so it's not likely he'll have new original music in his record crate, but you can still count on Goldie to bring the noise when he takes to the turntables on Thursday, Aug. 4, at Ruby Skye; call 692-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. -- Tamara Palmer


A party name like "Tokyo Sexy Dreamers" brings with it lush imagery of fetching anime girls and hypermodern building structures. Which is great, because one needs a sparkling imagination to make the most of a night out in a Sixth Street nightclub (where the dreams end at the sidewalk). This week marks the third installment of the recurring party that has featured guest DJs from Japan, including, intriguingly, "Samurai women DJs" back in June. Friday's fete is a more localized affair, with live performances from J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science and Soul (an Oakland singer/songwriter/rapper, backed by DJ Zeph) and house, R&B, hip hop, and funk from a variety of DJs, including veterans Rasoul and Dedan. Take the party's Web site's charming Engrish advice and let "all the sexy musics take you to the unforgettable journey" on Aug. 5 at Club Six; call 863-1221 or visit www.clubsix1.com for more info. -- Tamara Palmer


Everybody loves keyboardist, Amoeba record wizard, and all-around sweetheart Dax Pierson. Go to his Web site, www.daxpierson.com, and you'll see a hospital wall's worth of photos from friends who are sending their love as he recovers from the tour van accident that left him partially paralyzed. Dax has been recuperating in Houston, but soon he'll be moving back to the Bay Area -- and this week the East Bay's Anticon collective, a motley assortment of skewed hip-hoppers and experimentalists, is throwing a couple of benefits to help him with the costs of buying a wheelchair and fitting out his new domicile. Both nights feature an all-star cast of Anticon DJs and rhymers, playing to a crowd of people who are ready to do anything to help this guy. Catch it at the Bottom of the Hill on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6. Each show features WHY?, dosh, and a "special guest" performing live and odd nosdam, the bomarr monk, and sodapop spinning DJ sets; jel and passage stop by on Friday, alias and the bat rays (passage and the bomarr monk) on Saturday; call 621-4455 or go to www.bottomofthehill.com for more info.-- Chris Dahlen

 
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