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With all this machinery making modern music, it's great to see that big bands are back grooving on styles from Ska to Afro-beat to even the premier of a special Eno-orchestra. Live hip-hop is back with a new home in the Mission's new club 12 Galaxies as True Skool brings back live acts to the mix. DNA's stages a fund raiser for the St. James Infirmary for the hard-rockin' and gothedelically inclined. Here's another serving of six summer audio treats:

I can see paradise by the dashboard lights...

1. June 18th Friday
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
With Chris Murray Combo and Aggrolites
location: The Independent
time: doors at 8 pm / show at 9 pm
admission: $25

These cats from Japan know how to get the joint jumping. A rare stateside visit brings the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra into town to unleash their amped up mix of covers and originals that have been getting the crowd moving since 1985. The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has been growing in size and notoriety from the minute they stepped on a stage. This high-energy 10-piece comes dressed in classic ska-gangster attire to deliver their original well-crafted take on traditional Jamaican ska (complete with full horns) as well as the more hardcore garage-surf-punk-ska. The chops are there- the horn section alone is well qualified to tear up the hottest of big bands, so don't miss this amazing underground band on this very rare appearance.

Saturday, here in the park...

2. June 19, Saturday
Balckalicious, Antibalas & Broun Fellinis
With Chris Murray Combo and Aggrolites
location: Yerba Buena Gardens
time: 12 noon
admission: free

Here is the true San Francisco treat: a multi-genre, multicultural Pan-American take on Fela Kuti's trademark sound in the beautiful outdoor Yerba Buena gardens. Blackalicious, Antibalas & Broun Fellinis take to the stage to mine Fela's epic grooves. Musically, Fela cross-pollinated African highlife, James Brown funk, Black Power politics, power-to-the-people sermons, world-wise Afro-unity, big band and combo jazz, and here are three distinctive bands with their takes on his classic sound.

SF's own Broun Fellinis starts the day off with their frenzied excursions ranging from plaintive exotic melodies to hypnotic grooves.

Brooklyn's in the house with their massive groove outfit Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Dubbed the hardest working Afrobeat Soldiers in show business, these guys have been churnin' out the riddem's since 1998.

Nor Cals' Blackalicious (The Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel), have been pounding the beats for fanatic b-boyism and soulful introspection for over 12 years. They turn the beat around to finish off the afternoon with their hip-hop take on Fela's music.

Noise from beyond the next pyramid...

3. June 24, Thursday
Galaxxy Chamber, Apocalipstick & Burlesque Dancers
Hot Pink Feathers and the Cantankerous Lollies
location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
time: 8:30 pm
admission: $25 door. VIP: $50 door, $40 adv.

Check this out for an amazing night and a special benefit fundraiser for the St. James Infirmary with live acts Galaxxy Chamber, Apocalipstick and a special appearance by the legendary Ron Jeremy. The VIP Lounge promises Lube wrestling, pole dancing, lap dances, domination, and Dr. Go Go.

Born 13-years ago in the summer of Goth, Haight-Ashbury's Galaxxy Chamber brings their tripped out psycho-psychedelic/space/noise/doom gothedelica sound to the DNA. "Envision Gregorian chants, coloratura soprano, acid guitar, funeral organ, and a corps of Nigerian drummers playing at a witch's Sabbath in a cathedral." (I couldn't have said it better myself if I copied it from their website...)

Apocalipstick are part performance art, edgy fashion, theater, crunchy punk, cock and shock rock, mixing it up with NYC junkie glam-punk with full-blown, Plasmatics-style rock-n- roll psychosis. This sexy and bold quartet delivers an ingeniously twisted live show, fronted by Jackie O' Nasstie, a latex-laden ultravixen who rages from the stage yelping out speed-glitter punk-n-roll.

The afro-beat goes on…the local tip.

4. June 26, Saturday
location: Elbo Room
time: 10 pm
admission: $10, 21+

Local Spotlight: The heat will be coming off the stage as this 14- piece band from Berkeley kicks the Elbo Room into interstellar overdrive. Comprised of local stars from acts such as Fela Kuti's Africa 70, Spearhead, Sonny Okosun, and Hamsa Lila, these musician's lay down tight propulsive, high-energy grooves that get you moving. Well-crafted jazzy horn arrangements float over their unique world-music/jamband mix. Seattle saxstress Jessica Lurie, and Sikiru Adepoju of Mickey Hart's Bembe Orisha will be joining Albino! for this Elbo-Room blow out.

Local DJ Motion Potion will be rocking the breaks to create his own blend funky eclectic intelligent party music to get the bodies movin'.

Guess who's back...

5. July 2, Friday
Felonious w/ Psychokinetics
location: 12 Galaxies
time: 9 pm - 2 am
admission: $10 door/$7 advance

True Skool's back on the live music tip at a brand new venue: 12 Galaxies (formerly Club Galia) in the Mission District. The Bay Area favorites, Felonious and Psychokinetics kick it live on stage.

Fusing beatboxing with live music, Felonious- composed of one rapper, one rapper/keyboardist, one rapper/beatboxer, one rapper/beatboxer/drummer and one bassist- puts on an exciting live freestyle show.

Since back in 95 Psychokinetics have been moving crowds around the Bay Area with their bangin' Beats and positive vibes. Their classic hip-hop set-up: DJ (Denizen) and two Emcees (Celsius 7 and Spidey) set the beats and rhymes in motion. From flipping rhymes over jungle beats and dropping verse over bass-heavy party beats and scratch attacks, Psychokinetics keep in pushing the musical directions forward.

What's more- between sets DJs Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist and DJ Enki (Future Primitive) will rock the house!

Eno not Emo.

6. July 2, Friday
Brian Eno's 1974 Classic Record
Taking Tiger Mountain performed in its entirety by members of Waycross & Dirty Power.
location: Bottom of the Hill
time: 10 pm, (8:30 Door)
admission: $8, 21+

Who would have thunk that when Doug Hilsinger and Caroleen Beatty (also members of the band Waycross) crafted this rocking tribute to Brian Eno's 1974 experimental masterpiece"Taking Tiger Mountain" that they would have taken this bedroom project masterpiece to the stage. Well here it is in all its glory. Now you can see and hear why Brain Eno himself had endorsed this incredible re-interpretation of his music. Their specially created Eno-orchestra features members of Waycross, Dirty Power, and The Quails.