Night & Day

March 4 - 10, 1999

March 10
"I've seen children come off that dance floor with crushed ribs and bloody faces, like soldiers fighting some kind of insane war," says a female voice in an audio excerpt from an episode of Quincy. The sample, which opens ChickenEye, the debut album by DeeJay Punk-Roc, continues with the intrepid medical examiner, played by Jack Klugman, asking, "What could persuade a kid to act like that?" "Maybe the greatest persuader there is -- music," the woman answers, and then the evidence kicks in: an elongated, distorted guitar chord that leads to booty-shakin' beats and scratching in the song "I Hate Everybody." Guitar chords aside, DeeJay Punk-Roc is more DJ than punk rocker. Quick-tongued raps, spacy voice and sound samples, and jazzy trumpet and flute fill the rest of the album, which is anchored by thumping beats and deep-groove bass lines. The DJ got his big break when his track "My Beatbox" was included on the 1997 UK compilation Still Searchin'. Soon he was opening for electronica heavyweights Prodigy and the Beastie Boys, and now he's on a club tour with Barry Ashworth of the Dub Pistols. Both will blast the dance floor tonight at Respectable Street Cafe (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $10 for the 9 p.m. show. Call 561-832-9999.

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