Slap that ass at Donkey Punch

Thanks to a much-needed revamping and re-branding of its space, the slightly loungy Shine (formerly the Red Eye Lounge) now plays host to some of the city's more popular club nights. Surely to be added to that list is Juan Garcia's new monthly, "Donkey Punch." Showcasing two big names in nightlife hedonism — DJ Earworm (of "A.D.D." and "Faggot," and an early architect of the mash-up sound), together with video mixes by VJ Jim Hopkins — the night will feature dance floor-friendly pop and groove tunes, as well as astounding visuals. But don't forget to buy a round or two of the titular drink after which the club night gets its name. (You'll want to leave your car keys at home for this concoction.) Donkey Punch goes down Thursday, June 29, at Shine. Admission is free; call 255-1337 or visit www.shinesf.com for more info. Brock Keeling


Field Mob hails from Albany, a small town about 150 miles from Atlanta. Its rural residence hasn't hurt the Dirty South rap duo one bit, though; Shawn Jay and Smoke have long been favorites of big-city rappers and folks in the know in the ATL. Among the Mob's longtime fans is Ludacris, who recently inked the group to his Disturbing Tha Peace imprint and helped authorize its underground classic "Georgia," which samples Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind." The new Field Mob album Light Poles and Pine Trees keeps the group's familiar street themes intact while also including more pop-friendly fare — like the current radio hit "So What," produced by hit-maker Jazze Pha and featuring Ciara on guest vocals. Rihanna, a Barbados native given her big break by Jay-Z, headlines the evening as Field Mob makes a rare S.F. appearance on Friday, June 30, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $26.50; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. — Tamara Palmer


South African-born, San Francisco-cultivated Gavin Hardkiss (aka Hawke) was one of a select few global ambassadors for the S.F. rave sound in the '90s, but he consciously veered away from the superstar DJ path to hone his art. He covers a lot of different tempos and moods with his songs, all reflective of the lifelong influence psychedelic music has had on him. Sometimes he'll create an introspective song that demands to be played on guitar, like "The Hardest Kiss" (from the third Hawke album, Love Won Another), and at others it's a saucy sound-clash of booty bass and disco, as in "Tequila Barhopping" (from The Golden Singles, the new compilation he curated for iTunes release and his Sunburn label). Hardkiss will play selections from his deep record collection and new remixes from Love Won Another on Saturday, July 1, at BOCA at 9 p.m. Admission is $10; call 777-4278 or go to www.sfboca.com for more info.— T.P.

 
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