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It's a long way from Oakland to Bosnia, but the core duo of Official TouristJeremiah Nadya and Jasko Begovic — has bridged the physical distance of their origins with their crew's world-wise audiovisual hodge-podge. Songs like "Toofless Theme" combine rap beats and electronic bleeps with country guitar twangs as if they were the most natural bedfellows in the world — and in these hands, they are. And though the group has been known to mix prepared visuals with live footage taken from surveillance cameras during its shows, the public profile of Official Tourist remains far too under the radar. Official Tourist performs on Friday, Dec. 7, at Club Six's Dark Room at 9 p.m. Admission is $5; call 863-1221 or visit www.clubsix1.com for more info. Tamara Palmer

At the beginning of this century, Eyedea & Abilities showed that intelligent hip-hop was brewing in Minnesota's Twin Cities. With a rhythmic flow similar to a less aggressive Eminem, Eyedea also scored an important victory in increasing credibility for serious white rappers. The MC and DJ duo has won national battle-rap and mixing championships and released two albums, but for the past three years they have worked separately. Though their reunion isn't quite as legendary as that of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, it still should still be pretty sweet. Fellow Minnesota hip-hop artists Sector 7G and Abzorbr open for Eyedea & Abilities on Friday, Dec. 7, at Slim's at 9 p.m. Admission is $16; call 255-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com for more info. — T.P.

Stevie Wonder's recent Bay Area concerts were magical, but admission to the shows was more difficult to come by than one of Willy Wonka's golden tickets. It's far easier to gain entry to the fourth annual "Wonder-Full" tribute, the brainchild of New York DJs Spinna and Bobbito. The popular event, wherein folks party all night to Wonder's hits, remixes, and forgotten gems, originates in the Big Apple, but has found a wildly supportive second home out here. DJs Hakobo and Chuy Gomez will provide the local support to Spinna and Bobbito as this enduring icon is saluted at this always-packed party on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $15-25; call 762-0151 or visit www.mighty119.com for more info. — T.P.

There is a world in which Mondays mean putting your best foot forward — waking up with a brisk jog around Twin Peaks, correctly buttoning your crispy-collared Brooks Brothers shirts down to the last hole. However, precious few of us inhabit this planet of stable weekday starts. For those of us who don't, there's "Sucker Punch" — a place where regular exercise gives way to bumming cigarettes off the young and the fierce, and pressed trousers will only get soaked by $1 cans of PBR. "Sucker Punch" takes place with DJ Rapid Fire on Monday, Dec. 10 (and every Monday, for that matter), at The Transfer. Admission is $1; call 861-7499 for more info. Evan James

 
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