If funkmaster Isaac Hayes ever decided to join post-rocker Tortoise, they might sound a lot like the psychedelic dub of Sound Tribe Sector 9. Mixing metaphysical interests like Maya mysticism with jazz aesthetics and electronica, the Georgia five-piece is identified with a spacey jam-band rock that's original, danceable, and completely captivating. Cosmic guitars, crackling laptop effects, robotic drums, and jazzy keyboard and bass riffs ebb and flow in a funky nebula of synth psychedelia. Songs like the dub-and-bass "Tokyo" and the sputtering effects of "Trinocular" swim in colorful clouds of hazy moon dust, where you'll encounter the jam-band ghosts of Phish, Disco Biscuits, and LTJ Bukem, smoking a spliff, reading books on Maya codices, and noodling on instruments as diverse as a Japanese 13-string koto and a Moog Voyager synthesizer. Onstage, the siren sounds of STS9 will beckon a crowd as diverse as its influences, all worshiping the next musical evolution of funkified electro-rock.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 performs Thursday, October 5, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18.50 to $20. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 954-727-0950, or visit www.jointherevolution.net.
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