Method Man gets a bit too methodical

San Francisco would be far less funky without True Skool's hip-hop parties. From the value-priced recurring club "The Big Payback" to special one-off events with such legends as Afrika Bambaataa and Jazzy Jeff, True Skool promoter/resident DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist specializes in curating the feel-good aspects of the genre. True Skool will turn a day for the superstitious into a celebration, marking seven years with a core group of Bay Area DJs, including Ren, KPFA's Davey D, J Boogie, and Jah Yzer alongside live performances from Crown City Rockers, Radio Active, and Felonious on Friday, Oct. 13, at Club Six at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 (before 10:30 p.m.); call 863-1221 or visit www.clubsix1.com for more info. Tamara Palmer


From Killing Joke roadie to international ambient superstar via his brainchild The Orb, Alex Paterson has taken a strange trip. Without him, modern electronic music may have never slowed down to catch its breath. Live Orb performances have come to be known as a San Francisco treat over the last decade-plus, but it's a rare occurrence to catch Paterson on DJ duty on this side of the pond. He'll be behind the decks, though, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Rx Gallery at 10 p.m. Admission is $12-15; call 474-7973 or visit www.blasthaus.com for more info. — T.P.


Sharam Tayebi's new double-CD Dubai was constructed for Global Underground's mix series. The fast-paced set from the D.C. resident (one-half of the Deep Dish duo) includes reliable club staples like Pete Heller and Planet Funk, and even a techno reworking of a crunk hit, but — alas — not a peep from Dubai's most famous recent denizen, Michael Jackson. That doesn't mean that Sharam won't throw a little King of Pop into his famously unpredictable DJ set on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Ruby Skye at 8 p.m. Admission is $20; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. — T.P.


From the opening bars of Wu-Tang Clan's 1993 anthem, " Method Man," it was clear that the titular member was the probable breakout star of the group. Unfortunately, Method Man has never really been able to hold his own on his own. His most recent effort, the weed-referencing 4:21 ... The Day After, definitely picks up the pace with its RZA production and assorted Clan guest appearances, especially after the limp commercial flirtation of his last album. Still, Meth needs the whole swarm of killa beez surrounding him, or at least Redman, to really bring out his natural charisma and microphone skills. Let's hope for some guest appearances when the Ticalian Stallion performs Saturday, Oct. 14, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $25; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. Jonah Flicker

 
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