The arguable must-see act on the program is Sex Mob, a blasphemously riveting New York outfit led by fiery trumpeter/composer (and Berkeley High grad) Steven Bernstein. The band has earned considerable renown in the downtown NYC creative-music community for its warped covers of pop tunes by the likes of Prince, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Nirvana. The group also plays some heady originals and gives due props to the "tradition" by putting a wild spin on classic Duke Ellington. On the dynamic new album Solid Sender, Duke's familiar Cotton Club-era romp "The Mooch" gets a self-described "Storyville on mescaline" treatment, which colors the composition's already funky hue to a brazen, get-down-low-on-the-dance-floor psychedelia. Venturing far beyond trippy shtick, Sex Mob is serious about making music that's slightly twisted and sexy-fun.