An Ax to Find

Rehearsal-room burglary leaves two bands short of at least $12,000 worth of equipment

For whatever reason, Haggis' most identifiable piece of equipment was spared in the burglary. The band has a mike stand with four mannequin heads on it, which they've dubbed Sybil. It's long been a conversation piece at Haggis gigs, but apparently kitsch value doesn't register with rehearsal-room thieves.

The benefit for the musicians who lost equipment in the Argo burglary is scheduled for Friday, December 14, at Nita's Hideaway in Tempe. Featured bands are Haggis, Gloritone, Down With Buildings, Truckers on Speed, Jeff Dahl, One Foot in the Grave, Sugar High, and Hyon.

Peoples Got the Power: In what is a fairly slow concert week (a common byproduct of the holiday season), the standout show is the Bash on Ash's hip-hop extravaganza featuring Guru and Dilated Peoples.

Guru is the old-school rap veteran who made his name in the Brooklyn-based Gang Starr, and established a hip-hop/jazz fusion with his Jazzmatazzcollections and his contribution to the soundtrack of Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues.

Dilated Peoples is an artsy West Coast duo with strong links to the underground hip-hop movement anchored by artists like Jurassic 5 and the Roots. In fact, Roots mouthpiece Black Thought guests on Dilated Peoples' "Hard Hitters," one of the highlights of their powerhouse new album, Expansion Team.Fronted by rapper Rakaa (who also goes by Iriscience) and musically guided by his partner, DJ Babu, Dilated Peoples is also the rare hip-hop group that truly thrives in a live setting.

Guru is scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 13, at Bash on Ash, with Dilated Peoples, Afu-ra, Supernatural, and 10 Commandments.

Howard's End: After five weeks off the Valley's airwaves, Howard Stern resurfaced last week on KZON-FM 101.5. Stern was displaced on October 31, when the EDGE was replaced at 100.3 and 106.3 FM by a Latino music format instituted by the station's new owners, the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (the EDGE's staff and format landed at 103.9). Stern, whose stint at KZON began on Thursday, December 6, can be heard from 6 to 10 every weekday morning.

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