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Putting the Matzah on the Turntable

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Take Klezmer. Add some hip-hop beats. Pour in some Eastern European flavor. Now what do you have? A sometimes quirky and Jewish sounding Manu Chao, a traditional wedding dance on speed, or maybe even something a little harder with Matisyahu. This is Josh Dolgin, a.k.a. Socalled.

Socalled is a Montreal-based writer, photographer, musician, animator and magician. Saturday, here in Los Angeles at the Dragonfly, you can witness the musician/DJ/producer side at Jewzika – a night of new Jewish musicians.

While we’ve enjoyed the Klezmatics for a long time now, the recent rise in popularity of Jewish artists applying Klemzer sounds to popular conventions has us hooked. One of our favorite stories on This American Life is about the Hasidic Jew named Chaim who took on the pseudonym Curly Oxide in his underground rock band with Vic Thrill (episode: My Experimental Phase, 6/25/04).

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Other bands playing tomorrow night are Dov Kogen and The Hidden and the Moshav Band.