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The Beat: Eclectic events spin heads, shake butts

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Having too many options can prove paralyzing, but sometimes it can be the reason you end up shaking that ass for days on end. This week, much like the wind, I found myself swirling in four different directions -- musically that is. Not able to focus on just one artist or event (and in a city like San Francisco, why should you have to?) I decided to map out all of my fancies this week. Here are four appealing acts traveling to and performing in The City this weekend -- suck on a Red Bull and see you at the show. Read more »

The Beat: The two sides of Birds & Batteries

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What do a parrot and a vibrator have to do with a well-known San Francisco band you ask? Well let me tell you.

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The Beat: dirtybird's Justin Martin gets rough, tough, and tender

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Like many four-year-olds, Justin Martin abhorred piano lessons. Unlike most adults however, he's now grateful for those tedious moments in practice and memorization. "Now that I look back, I'm so thankful that my parents forced me to do it," he says, "because the lessons of music I learned at a young age I've taken with me my whole life."

The world-traveling DJ and electronic music producer has recently accomplished a self-imposed goal: a full-length album. An ambition that has previously eluded Martin, debut LP Ghettos and Gardens (dirtybird) is almost 10 years in the making -- his very first record "The Sad Piano" was released on Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly label in 2003.

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