The Lick

Free time has got to be the eternal enemy of local DJ impresario Hyder. When the turntable trickster isn't spinning at The Blunt Club on Thursdays at Hollywood Alley, he's working the wax at Shimmy Mondays at Trax, hooking up with the scenesters of the Abstract Workshop, or teaching beat juggling and mixing skills during his DJ classes at London West Records. And now, hip-hop hustlers from around P-Town can get down at his monthly event, The Lick, during final Fridays at The Loft, 420 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. Every month, Hyder imports top scratchmasters from across the Valley and around the country for plenty of hip-hop, neo-soul, funk, broken beats, rare breaks and more. This month's edition on Friday, January 26, is all about girl power, featuring Cali cuties DJ Shortee and Tyra From Saigon, as well as local spinstress Diosa and live art from the females of the Alpha Monsters. The records roll at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover. See www.myspace.com/thelicktempe.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.