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Great Night Out

Spring has sprung its way back into our lives, so why not keep on hopping? Bay Area Hip-Hop has always been a force to be reckoned with, and we are lucky enough to be able to see the old school, new school and there-ain't-no-school-yet school shows coming through. Hip-Hoppers bear witness- knowledge is nutritious.

On another note, the Indie/Alterna scene showcases some great local talent on their way up. GAHM and Bottom of the Hill continue to introduce great bands, like Elecrelane, from across the pond. So bite on these tasty nugs to get your fix!

First there was old school...

1. April 2nd, Friday: Jam Master Jay Tribute
@ Mezzanine
Time: 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

While his death still remains unsolved- did JMJ know the killer- no one can deny the untimely loss of this hip-hop legend and pioneer. Keeping his vibe and spirit alive, Project Pangea, NextAid, and Hip Hop Film Fest come together to celebrate this King of Rock, and all proceeds will help buy music instruments for underprivileged children through The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music. This is the night to check out a live performance by the Inventor of Scratch GrandWizzard Theodore!!! Also featuring Beat-Boxer Extraordinaire MC Radio Active (Michael Franti & Spearhead), Indian/Hip Hop fusion by blacKMahal Soundset, Felonious, DJ's Pam the Funkstress (The Coup), Toph One, Polywog, Marz, Relm, Jay Slim and Pone.

Then there was new school...

2. April 3rd, Saturday: Stones Throw's Mad Villain Release Party
With Madlib, MF DOOM, Peanut Butter Wolf
@ The Independent
Time: doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
Admission: $20

You just never know what to expect from people who actually claim to be aliens. Bay Area Hip-Hop Icon Peanut Butter Wolf brings his latest Hip-Hop cosmic clash and genre-bending beats together for the MadLib & MF Doom "Madvillainy" record release party. This producer/emcee's collaboration of abducted beats blends together smoother than peanut butter and jelly with bass-heavy jazzy beats ranging from the mellow to the bizarre, rapping in character about characters- this is not your typical hip-hop performance.

Then there was the too new for new school...

3. April 3rd, Saturday: Kanye West
With Dilated Peoples and Young Gunz
@ The Grand at The Regency Center
Time: doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM
Admission: $35.00

The Grand at the Regency Center is a rising star in the realm of concerts spaces in SF. As a producer/ beat creator for hip-hoppers ranging from Ludacris to Jay-Z and Talib Kweli, Kanye West shows he can rock the mic. With KMEL giving more airplay to his debut album "The College Dropout" than the entire Peanut Butters Wolf catalog, forces are aligning to make Kanye the next big thing. His wacked-out samples provide a great foundation for the conscious flow of hip-hop's most important emerging new voice; this well-rounded artist has a musical vision all his own.

Locals come forward!!

4. April 8th, Thursday: Kelley Stoltz/Open Mind Music's 10 Year Anniversary Party

with Bart Davenport and Rogue Wave
@ Great American Music Hall
Time: doors at 7:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM
Admission: $11

Local artist on the rise, Kelly Stolz, is currently out in support of his latest release "Antique Glow"; the album has captured that late nite dream-pop with an edge vibe. Drawing comparisons to Jim Morrison and Nick Drake, he delivers a subdued yet compelling live show. What's not to love about an artist that also put out a record called Crockodials- his jangly/ acoustic take on Echo & The Bunnymen's "Crocodiles". This event is sponsored by lower Haight's Open Mind Music (on Divis @ Oak) with their not one but three DJ-Friendly listening stations . Support your local independent music stores and check out his show.

Art grrlz



5. April 8th, Thursday: Elecrelane
@ Bottom of the Hill
Time: doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9:30 pm
Admission: $8, 18+

This female quartet from Brighton, England is currently blazing their way through the US on their first stateside tour. Driven by a pounding rhythm section, of Emma Gaze on drums, Rachel Dalley on bass and singer Verity Susman's keyboard providing the toplines, the sound of Electrelane is one of sustained sonic drama. Showcasing a great sense of space and moody musical textures, this band straddles the line between artsy Brit-pop and lo-fi Indie rock. Already earning rave reviews from their performances at South by Southwest, Electrelane's driving instrumentals have already earned a reputation as the band to see.

Jah Live!

6. April 10th Saturday: Groundation
with DJ Sep
@ Elbo Room
Time: 10 pm
Admission: $8 in advance

With a full horn and backing vocal section, this original Roots Reggae Band is the real deal. How are they all going to fit on the Elbo Room's stage is another question all together. With guidance, the support of lots of ganga and the mentors who helped Bob Marley form his sound (including Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Joseph "Culture" Hill, and Joe Higgs), this collective brings forth a crucial spiritual reggae connection to their rootsy vibe. Check out their one-drop riddims and bass heavy beat as they nice up the dance at the Elbo Room.