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>>ROCK 'N' ROLL

Wowie Zowie

Thurs., Feb. 17, 9pm. Free. Monthly. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888. www.thekhyber.com

For the past six years DJ Julia Factorial has honed her skills at West Philly house parties, stints in Shampoo's bathroom and her regular gig at the 700 Club. But the third Thursday of each month at the Khyber is her time to play around. The result is a night devoted to whatever theme strikes her fancy. Depending on her mood, it might just be 100 percent Modern Lovers, as she did back in December. This time she shares the decks with fellow WPRB DJ Art Andrews. The marriage of Andrews' music with Factorial's mischievous sense of juxtaposition promises sonic bliss. ("I have no bones about dropping Crass next to Melanie," she says. "Two extremes when given the right treatment work well together.") "It's kind of going to go everywhere. It's going to be us dorking out." Whether you're a Factorial fan or someone who sweats Captain Beefheart, Blue Cheer and H�sker D�, your dance pants are going to get quite a workout. (Emily Brochin)


>>HIP-HOP/R&B

Hot Spot Sundays

Sun., Feb. 20, 10pm. $6. Five Spot, 5 S. Bank St. 215.574.0070. www.thefivespot.com

Promoter Chris Hunter has been enriching the gay community for eight years with his weekly dance party every Sunday. Originally called the Mix and housed at Paradise Alley, it quickly became an alternative to typical Gayborhood nightlife. "It started because in the African-American and Latino gay community there was nothing for them," Hunter says. Hot Spot's new location at the Five Spot has rejuvenated a crowd that's drawn by the eclectic mix of hip-hop, R&B, reggae and house spun by veteran DJs VJ and Bryant. Hunter credits the popularity of Hot Spot Sundays to the team of people who've worked the party for years. Between Sean at the door, Steve working the bar and Hunter hosting, the atmosphere is open and comfortable. If you're sick of the big-city pressures that seem to go hand in hand with stepping out, Hot Spot Sundays is the perfect oasis. (E.B.)


>>HIP-HOP

Vestax DJ Competition

Thurs., Feb. 17, 8pm. $6. Grape Street Philadelphia, 4100 Main St., Manayunk. 215.483.7084. www.grapestreet.com

"Bring something to the table that no one has done before. Make a new sound for yourself." That's Grape Street owner Joe Cahill's advice for the 16 contestants who'll battle in the local leg of the international competition sponsored by Vestax, a Japanese manufacturer of DJ equipment. Cahill's talking specifically about record selection and diversity, which together comprise one of four elements subject to judging. The other three are technical ability, showmanship and crowd response. Unlike the more renowned DMC championships, Vestax is largely about just rocking the party. Guest judges include production duo Dre and Vidal, and Angel from Wired 96.5. The night's host will be Funk Wizard Snow, who runs www.PhillyHipHop.com. Vestax-sponsored DJ Stephanie from Denmark will do a showcase set, while Skratch Makaniks DJs Excel and Sat-One will be the house DJs. The winner receives two 2005 turntables and a mixer, $500 cash, a $350 Medley Music gift certificate, an on-air set on Wired and a feature on PhillyHipHop.com. What do we get? Well, isn't watching these scrappy DJs fight to their last for our precious attention and fickle affections enough? (Doug Wallen)

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