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November 1, 2004 // UPDATED 4:31 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Sexy noise

Sex Mob is the absolutely fantastic, "side project" of trumpet player Steven Bernstein -- a side project that has expanded to include five full-length releases and even more worldwide tours.

Since their brilliant debut, the tongue-in-cheek "Din of Inequity," this band has been determined to put the fun back into jazz music.

Their knack for turning a simple instrumental tribute into a wild, squalling and bleatingly beautiful cacophony can be heard in their hilarious renditions of the "Macarena" (yes, that one) and James Bond's "Goldfinger."

Songs by Prince, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and ABBA can all find their way into a single Sex Mob set, as well as amazing, highly original and sexy pieces of their own.

Monday, Nov. 1, 7 and 9 p.m., Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, $15-$20. 332-1010.

Born to raise heck

There are two types of Slayer fans: the ones who think Slayer is the absolute hardcoriest of bands and that they're dead serious about their brutal, apocalyptic lyrics (which, of course, are obviously inspired by Satan) and the folks like me who dig their chaotic guitar solos and full-throttle percussion and take the imagery portrayed in the lyrics with a big, dismissive grain of salt.

Either way, Slayer -- who hit the scene with their debut "Hell Awaits" 20 years ago -- is fun to thrash about to.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m., The Quest, 110 N. 5th St. $27. 338-3383.