The New York based X-Ecutioners were one of the first turntablists signed to a record label, paving the way for DJs around the world. Since 1989, the crew of Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, Total Eclipse and Roc Raida has cut and spliced entirely new tracks from bits and pieces of other records manipulated by hand (rather than with a sampler and sequencer), combining state-of-the-art scratching with the hip-hop DJ's bedrock of cutting, mixing and beat juggling.
Their newest release, "Revolutions," includes recent collaborations with Ghostface Killahs, Rob Zombie and Cypress Hill.
Sunday, June 13, 6 p.m.
The Quest, 110 N. 5th St.
$11.50. (651) 989-5151.
As the official house band of the White Panthers, the MC5 carried the party's politics to the stage, calling for America's youth to revolt at every show. After the '67 Detroit riots, however, the band decided to move to the quieter town of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Alongside their Detroit-area brethren, the Stooges, MC5 essentially laid the foundations for the emergence of punk rock. With their incendiary live sets that offered a defiantly bacchanalian counterpoint to the peace-and-love reveries of their hippie contemporaries, MC5 rollicked in excess -- excess that eventually led to the deaths of vocalist Rob Tyner and guitarist Fred Smith.
However, you still get he chance to see the remaining three members of this legendary act, with Evan Dando and Marshall Crenshaw filling in the two empty spots on stage.
Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m.
First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.
$10 advance, $15 at the door. 338-8388.