Streetwalker from Chicago played a couple of shows in the Bay Area this summer. Didn’t see huge crowds for the SF show which was too bad because they did stuff like this:
Big space with white walls on 16th St. with a weird vibe because it was half live dance music/half performance art with a schedule that switched between one and the other rather than have performance art the first half, dancing the 2nd. So that meant that you would get into ravey dance zones with lasers for an hour only to get pulled back into some bleak reality where you have to suddenly get very quiet because something very serious/weird needs to be watched. I shouldn’t even knock the performance art stuff really, it isn’t my thing, but it wasn’t bad by any means, but the presentation was fucked up.
The Wire has some top-notch tapes available for streaming or downloading that show off the best musical ideas that were being expressed in the late 90s/early aughts. Pretty great selection. I already had some of these, but didn’t know what it was because untagged mp3s. And some of it is new to me. And I’m still making my way through the material. Ten great mixes. My top pick is the Flowdan & Jamakabi Rinse mix.