For seven years, Brooklyn's Metro Area (Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani) has created house music for the grown and sexy. It channels the most passionate and soul-stirring elements of post-disco groove while filtering out cliches and predictable elements for a sophisticated sound that has few peers in America. A funky reminder of the group before Metro Area (hopefully) drops a new album in '07, Jesrani plays a DJ set on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Rx Gallery at 9 p.m. Admission is $10-12; call 474-7973 or visit www.blasthaus.com for more info. Tamara Palmer
The recurring party "Rock the Bells" is turbo-charged on this go-round, with appearances by Redman , who is the still-underrated Cheech (to Method Man's Chong) of hip hop, and Wu-Tang Clan stars Ghostface Killah and Raekwon . This show has a full lineup that's all worth seeing, especially Pharoahe Monch (who's lately been known as Diddy's ghostwriter) and Los Angeles' Supernatural , who possesses a twisted tongue worthy of a name with such unearthly force. KMEL personality Big Von spins the tunes on Saturday, Dec. 16, Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $30; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. T.P.