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Konrad Black: Minimal Maniac

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Veronica Lipgloss & The Evil Eyes

What's love got to do with music? In the case of Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes, the primal urgency of love is articulated via their mystical and sometimes absurd performances. A cut above the plethora of mediocre indie-glam bands, Lipgloss takes the heat of early '80s and '90s goth and projects it into their own unique homage to kindred spirits like Lydia Lunch, Siouxsie And The Banshees and The Slits.

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The DJ Project: Beats and Business

Six-foot-seven Jeff Feinman looks he should be on the basketball court teaching kids to drive the lane and dunk instead of programming beats. But since 2000, geared up in b-boy baggy jeans and tilted Kangol hat, Feinman has been sequestered in the basement of Horizons Unlimited (located at 440 Potrero Street in San Francisco's Mission district), guiding youth to fulfill their music dreams.

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Midaircondo: Folky Threads

In 2002, Swedish musicians and longtime friends Malin Dahlström, Lisen Rylander and Lisa Nordström began formulating the idea for Midaircondo, a potent blend of electronic and acoustic improvisation. The scene could have been straight from a holiday greeting card.

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El Michels Affair: Heaps of Blue-Eye

At the popular NYC nightspot S.O.B.'s, a classic hip-hop moment is underway. Wu-Tang disciple Raekwon is spitting his greatest hits and misses over live, funk-laden interpretations of RZA's soundscapes by funk/soul band El Michels Affair. With the sinewy funk stew cooking on stage, you'd swear they were sho' nuff old school vets. But unless you're hip to the scene, the group's racial composition might jar you. "When Raekwon walked in [rehearsal], he was a little shocked," recalls Truth & Soul Records co-founder/ engineer Jeff Silverman. Read more » 

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