It's still a tough call, but this week sure feels like the end of a significant chapter in San Francisco nightlife history. The catalyst is, of course, the decommissioning of Mighty's epic RLA soundsystem. But while it might be a sad note for some, remember that these kinds of ends usually signal ne ... More >>
With a record-collecting father and a Studio 54-era disco queen mother, DJ Chucky Brown had a musically rich childhood. Originally an NYC native, he frequented fixtures of the early '90s dance scene such as the Paladium and Danceteria, and began his DJ career by leveraging the vast collection of vin ... More >>
Nightlife in San Francisco is a big deal -- we live in the kind of town that takes its partying seriously. Naturally, then, there's a near-obsessive level of detail when it comes to club sound. Look back, and the history of the city is littered with acoustic temples and stories of wild club owners o ... More >>
With 25 years of experience in the worlds of dub and reggae music, Ryan Moore, aka Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, has taken his musical abilities worldwide, to places like hazy Triad-ridden buildings in Canada and makeshift studios in Jamaica. Working with notable reggae artists such as Sly Dunba ... More >>
A-Trak is one of the world's most effective musical tastemakers. These days, the Montreal-born DJ and producer is part of the braintrust behind the Fool's Gold label, which has a proven record of picking up artists like Danny Brown, The Cool Kids, and Kid Sister long before larger labels show intere ... More >>
SpuddMungo's Hi-Fi Tartan and bagpipes. Celtic and Rangers. Reggae and dubstep? Yes, add another thing Scotland can claim for its own, thanks to Glasgow's Mungo's Hi-Fi crew, a three-man sound system and production team that's swiftly put its stamp on bass-driven music. Whether it's playing v ... More >>
Joshi RadinA longtime resident of DFA Records, Juan MacLean has dabbled in everything from dance-punk to electro-pop. Although mostly known for his work with bands Six Finger Satellite and The Juan MacLean, he has been touring regularly as a solo DJ all over the world since his release on the DJ- ... More >>
Kid KoalaThere's not much more endearing than a DJ who loves music and muppets. Hailing from Montreal, Kid Koala is known for his whimsical personality and ability to take listeners on a journey with music fit for psychedelic hip hop dreams, sans the acid. Currently on the Ninja Tune label and pr ... More >>
DJ Conor seems to be a straightforward guy in both musical tastes and DJ style. His moniker behind the turntables is as simple as it can be (it's just his first name), and the classic disco records he schleps from venue to venue are the purest funky grooves of their kind. This Friday, Conor takes ... More >>
There are DJs who log a lotta miles, and then there's Nisus. While other vinyl slingers rack up passenger time on airlines, this guy has spent the summer getting between gigs in Germany, France, Spain, and Switzerland by bike. Overall he traveled, (two wheel-style), across 1,300 miles, and ... More >>
Three of a Kind: Triple Threat DJs When it comes to local legendary hip-hop DJs, few have the pedigree of the boys from Triple Threat. Apollo aka P-Lo is an original Invisible Skratch Pickl who was also Souls of Mischief's DJ on the '93 til Infinity tour. Shortkut is both a Beat Junkie and a Sk ... More >>
Nigerian born producer / promoter /label owner DJ Said came into this world from the same corner of the globe as Fela Kuti, and he's just as addicted to spreading Afro Beat to the masses--although he blends those sounds into myriad dancefloor styles. After a stint in England, Said settled in the Bay ... More >>
There's nothing quite like crispy, shrink-wrapped vinyl LPs, is there? In anticipation of Green Day's upcoming new release, 21st Century Breakdown, Reprise Records has announced it will be reissuing the Berkeley pop-punx entire catalog on audiophile 12-inch vinyl throughout 2009. The G-Day LP ... More >>
Weekend recap by Janine KahnWe're shaking ourselves out of holiday lethargy here on All Shook Down, and we'll be alive-alert-awake-enthusiastic (OK, maybe "sober" is a more accurate term) through Wednesday afternoon. We've a lot planned for New Year's Eve, but before we get ahead of ourselves, here' ... More >>
DJ Q-Bert The Independent December 26, 2008 Review and Photos by Eric K. Arnold Better than: Leftovers, sweaters from Grandma, reindeer roadkill 'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house, no one was unstirred, not even a mouse. The Independent's line up of Q-Bert, Mochipet, and J ... More >>
Name: Paul Costuros aka Paul Paul a.k.a. Special Lord B. Club nights: Saturday Night Soul Party, Club Internationale', Girl Groups Night, Lost & Found, Ska War. Style of music you spin: 60's Soul, R&B, Oldies, International Soul/Funk/Disco/Pop/Go-go/Jazz/garage/Rock-n-Roll/, Girl Groups, Jamaican/ ... More >>
The best place to hear traditional folk, blues and jazz ditties is getting an upgrade. Berkeley's Freight and Salvage Coffehouse is in the process of moving into better, stronger, faster facilities by the beginning of next year. Their new home at 2020 Addison Street will boast a cornucopia of improv ... More >>
Don't you just hate those brain hemorrhage-inducing loud-ass car stereos when you pull up at a stop light? Listen buddy, I know 50 Cent gets money and all, but you don't have to freakin' announce it at every intersection. Well now those jerkoffs have the chance to decide who's the ultimate sound-pol ... More >>
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The Funky Precedent Vol 2 (Matador/No Mayo)
"Mass" First Sunday of the month at Ten 15 Folsom
The history of hip hop, at Yerba Buena Center
Live house band Dubtribe Sound System gets older, wiser, and imperial
Live Human proves that turntablism can learn a thing or two from jazz -- or is it the other way around?
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It took a move from New York for Vinroc to become a world champion DJ