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Lords of Acid

Belgium's techno sex-vangelists Lords of Acid have been creating havoc ever since their first single, "I Sit on Acid," hit the streets in 1988. Sure, they've aged a bit, but the group's latest potty offering, Expand Your Head -- a "best of" collection of tracks remixed by stalwart talents like Richie Hawtin, Frankie Bones, Robbie Hardkiss, and KMFDM -- nevertheless comes as a warning: The Lords of Acid are still around, and they're not shutting up yet. The current American tour (their seventh) won't just shock and delight with standards like "Rough Sex," "Pussy," and "Crablouse," it will also turn the spotlight on Lords member Praga Khan. Khan, aka Maurice Engelen, has been part of the group since its raunchy beginning. While his career history includes the successful side project Digital Orgasm in the early '90s, and the production alias the Immortals (with bandmate Oliver Adams), Khan hasn't neglected his perverse duties with the Lords, especially not on 1997's Our Little Secrets, on which he indulged in tales of masturbation and genitalia (both human and, um, alien).

In recent years, Khan has put more energy into solo work, and his latest release, Twenty First Century Skin, is more in line with his dance music contemporaries. Sexuality is still a major theme ("Virtual masturbation, toxic love; orgasmic stimulation, mental love"), but Khan also gets introspective on tracks like "Isolation," "Lonely," and "What's Wrong With Me?," giving the unrelenting techno a little more substance.

This tour marks Khan's first solo appearance on the same bill with the Lords of Acid, but it's the Lords themselves -- Khan included -- who are behind Sunday night's grind-friendly, unabashed party. Among the moans and groans and the purrs and hollers expect to hear sleazy beats that will make you dance in your leather pants. Praga Khan and U.K. drum 'n' bassers Genaside II open the show at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison (at First Street), S.F. Tickets are $20; call 974-6644.

 
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