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Editorial Review

For lovers of classic reggae, rocksteady, ska, dancehall and dub -- the music that flowed like water from Jamaica in the 1960s and '70s -- there is no better event in Washington than the monthly Soundclash DJ night at the Marx Cafe. Do you want to hear the Ethiopians? Gregory Isaacs? Tommy McCook? Lee "Scratch" Perry? Delroy Wilson? They've got you covered. It's hard to believe, but Mark Williams (who DJs as "The Kaiser"), Sam Votsis ("Sammy Gong"), Toby Gohn ("Rice 'n' Peas") and Bobby Mezewski ("Bobby Babylon") have been pumping obscure and well-known tunes through the speakers in the tiny Mount Pleasant bar since June 2002, rattling the walls and getting many heads to nod.

-- Fritz Hahn