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Wednesday, Sep 23 1998
Black Kali Ma
Named after the Hindu goddess of destruction, Black Kali Ma mines and melds elements from every stage of frontman Gary Floyd's career. Chunky queer punker Floyd moved the Austin-based Dicks to San Francisco back at the beginning of the '80s. Here, the politically minded group released two records, one on SST and another on S.F.'s Alternative Tentacles. When most of the band moved back to Texas after a few years, Floyd put together another local mainstay, Sister Double Happiness. Also along the way, the Gary Floyd Band delved deeper into the blues that Sister Double Happiness often hinted at.

Black Kali Ma -- which includes bassist Miles Montalbano and guitarist Danny Roman from Sister Double Happiness, as well as six-stringer Matt Margolin and drummer Bruce Duchenbaux -- takes three-chord specials, blues wails, bar-fight energy, and a trace of arena rock and packs all the elements into one big unruly sound. The resulting noise makes you want to find a pretty young boy to ravage.

More than ever, Floyd's queer sensibility is unabashedly at the center of the songs. In the past, he's blurred pronouns in an effort to be inclusive of his entire audience. Now, the love songs clearly express a gay perspective. But the point of view is never that of the nice clean clones who dominate most gay culture: "Get drunk, get poked," sings Floyd in his gravelly, sandblasted voice. "Get drunk, get fucked/ It's just a natural fact/ Yes, I think I really like you."

For the past few months, Black Kali Ma has been cornering crowds at a few local bars, especially the Eagle Tavern. The venue is perfect for the band: The Eagle was once a fairly traditional leather bar, but recently it's become something of a hangout for the bare-ass Hole in the Wall crew. Likewise -- and appropriately destructive of his pedigree -- Black Kali Ma is bigger, fatter, and raunchier than Floyd's ever been before.

-- Tim Kingston

Black Kali Ma performs on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2:15 p.m. on the 12th Street Stage at the Folsom Street Fair. The fair runs all day on Folsom, between Seventh and 12th streets. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged; call 861-3247.

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