Keyboardist/percussionist for San Frandisco's [sic] Soulstice, Caldwell lends a virtuoso musician's sensibility to what is essentially a feel-good live house unit with chill-out tendencies. But while he probably knows more than you do about time signatures and analog-synth settings, Caldwell produces music that oozes soul and funk like Sly Stone and George Clinton sweating out their essences in a sauna. Every bubbly bass line, satin-sheet-smooth melody, sensuous rhythm, and heady chord progression is imbued with sunshiny uplift, resulting in tracks that make you feel like a nouveau riche jet setter. The tracks he records under his own name and with Soulstice can be heard on the dozens of comps Om Records issues every year, as well as on Soulstice's Illusion and Mixed Illusions. Good work if you can get it. With Wesley Holmes and Ken Wallace. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 625-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7 before 11 pm, $10 after, free for drag queens.
With the highly combustible ROBO.trash going on hiatus, DJ Recess decided not to mourn its loss but rather to fill the considerable void it leaves with his new semimonthly event, Shameless. Recess promises a night of "electroclash, disco punk, indietronica, dance rock, and retro house/techno, while shamelessly throwing in some tongue-in-cheek pop music along the way." The Perfect Cyn are coming up from Portland fresh off of gigs with T.Raumschmiere and My Robot Friend. Alibi Room, 85 Pike St, 623-3180, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, free.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 16
In the wake of the Nortec Collective and Murcof, Mexico ain't no joke in beat-centric circles. High-energy quintet Kinky represent our south-of-the-border friends with a party-sparking big beat attack that embraces sooty rock guitars as much as it does hiphop, house, and, of course, Latin rhythms. Imagine Jesus Jones if they were actually good, or Underworld with a Hispanic accent, and you're getting close to Kinky's accessible, mongrelized punch. With the Fire Theft and Longwave. EMP Sky Church, 325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2702, 9 pm, all ages, $12 for EMP members, $15 for public.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17
Many people--your correspondent included--believe industrial music peaked nearly 15 years ago, but there'll always be a hard core of true believers who'll insist the corpse still has life in it yet. Said zealots will congregate here tonight to witness BiaXial Creep's "live melodic glitchcore beats" and DeusSex's "live industrial/EBM." I've not heard either, but balls to 'em for carrying on in the face of massive apathy. With DJ Hanna Solo, the Cabiri circus troupe, and Nate the Juggler. The Hall, 153 14th Ave, firstname.lastname@example.org, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7.