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Sal Principato

Sat., July 9, 9pm. Free. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888. www.thekhyber.com

The guy responsible for the backing beats to Grandmaster Flash's seminal early-'80s hit "White Lines," Sal Principato is the granddaddy (or at least the crazy uncle) of "punk funk." Aside from the "White Lines" sample (which Flash used without Principato's permission, leading to a lawsuit), Principato's best known for his work with New York no-wavers Liquid Liquid. Along with better-known bands such as Talking Heads and Sonic Youth, Liquid Liquid personified the early-'80s New York no-wave sound-all punky swagger and stripped down beats-and released three stellar EPs before crapping out in '83. Twenty years later LL became the inspiration for neo-no-wavers and electro producers like DFA bigwig James Murphy. And nowadays you can't walk 3 feet without tripping over some post-punk, funk-heavy band who don't owe a little bit (and possibly a royalty check or two) to Principato. Along with New York disco producer Brennan Green, Principato joins Reagan Disko Headache regulars Ron Morelli and Justin Jarboe Saturday for a groove-punked party-heavy on the dancing and, says Jarboe dryly, "the fun." (Julie Gerstein)


Family Affair

Fri., July 8, 10pm. $5. Weekly. Commerce Square, 2001 Market St. 215.825.6941. www.paper-street.com

For a year the crew at Paper Street gave Philly a steady diet of hip-hop at its weekly Family Affair party at Tragos. After a six-month hiatus, the party triumphantly reemerged in a new locale. Since last month it's been held every Friday outdoors at Commerce Square-and it'll stay that way "until it's cold, at least till after Labor Day," promises Paper Street's Tommy Up. Family Affair's resident DJ is none other than Hollertronix's Low Budget, who spins the kind of mashups that inspired the rabid following for that party. "It's a really eclectic style of DJing," explains promoter Jason Hunter, who describes the mashups as "hip-hop fused with '80s rock and Baltimore club music. It's an interesting mix." As if the music and the good summer vibes weren't enough, there's always the free Yuengling lager between 10 and 11 to get you on the courtyard dance floor. (Maggie Serota)

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