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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 10/26/2006

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

By Fritz Hahn

On the surface, it seems that the Baltimore-spawned and Philadelphia-based duo Spank Rock has provided hipsters a way to mold hip-hop into their own image. As part of a movement pushed by DJs like Diplo, Spank Rock has helped bring the repetitive, catchy and occasionally profane sounds of Baltimore club music to a wider audience. When removed from its original context, the music's culture is irresistably ironic -- PBR at a hip-hop show? Sure! For everyone who has never read the Fader magazine and can't be concerned with the social ramifications of odd cross-cultural pollination, Spank Rock does some pretty interesting stuff. Sometimes it's cartoonishly gutter, like a new take on 2 Live Crew. Sometimes it's retro-futuristic b-boy stripper music. It crafts recognizable influences into something original, and isn't that what hip-hop is all about? Joining Spank Rock on the Black Cat stage Friday night is Monster Maker, the newest project from producer DJ Sharkey that features New York's C-Rayz Walz and Washington's Kokayi pulling lyrical and vocal duty. Head across town afterwards to catch Sharkey spinning at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

This is just one of the events in this week's Nightlife Agenda column, which also features our picks for the best of the DAM! Festival and the weekend's Halloween parties.

By Fritz Hahn  | October 26, 2006; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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I have another fun idea for the weekend if you live in VA. Saturday night, the band Rockwell Jones is playing at a costume party, at TT Reynolds near George Mason. You can check them out on www.myspace.com/rockwelljones. If you like the music, it'll be a fun party!

Posted by: Idea | October 27, 2006 6:26 AM | Report abuse

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