The jet-setting, passport-and-visa-toting DJ duo Deep Dish -- whose members Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi are Iranian immigrants -- knows the hassles of post-9/11 travel all too well. "It's difficult, but we get by," says Shirazinia. "Sharam wasn't always an American citizen, but he is now." Now Deep Dish has yet another travel hurdle to overcome: jet lag. The Washington, D.C.-based duo, just off a gig in Spain, stops by Houston this week. Then they'll be whisked away to Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands for the rest of the summer. Deep Dish's set at HUSH's "Silver Studio" party, which pays homage to the ultraglam events at the '80s New York City hot spot Studio 54, is "stripped down," says Shirazinia. It'll contrast the vibrant set by NYC electro icons Fischerspooner, but it won't leave showgoers standing still. "We always say, you gotta have one foot on the dance floor and one foot in the DJ booth," he says. "You've gotta understand your audience and feel them out."
Since 1992, Deep Dish has released dozens of mixes (including a couple for the Global Underground series), scores of remixes (including Dido's "Thank You," which won them a Grammy in 2002) and one studio album, Junk Science, with a follow-up hitting the streets this summer. And -- surprise -- there's also another tour in the works.
So does constantly moving around made Deep Dish homesick? "Yeah, every time," Shirazinia says. We're guessing Houston dance fans will make them feel better at 9 p.m. Friday, May 6. 15625 Katy Freeway. For tickets, call 713-330-4874 or visit www.hushonline.com. $15 to $20. -- Travis Ritter
We're not completely sure how the Houston Splash folks putting on "Rebirth of Pride" are able to party for five days straight. Maybe it's just something they were born to do. This year commemorates the tenth annual weekend, filled with gay goodies like Thursday's ladies-who-love-ladies night at Club 69, a.k.a. Bartini (10 p.m. to 3 a.m., 1318 Westheimer, 713-526-2271); Friday's kick-off "Independance" DJ party and "Ball or Fall" beauty queen pageant, both at the Meridian (10 p.m. to 4 a.m., 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717); and Sunday's "Island Invasion Beach Party" -- where the color is purple -- at East Beach (1923 Boddeker Drive in Galveston, 409-762-3278). For information and a full schedule, visit www.houstonsplash.com. All-access weekend passes start at $100. -- Travis Ritter
Make the Trade
Once upon a time, jazz wasn't museum or suppertime Muzak, but rather party noise played by and for young people. It was drug music; it was dance music; it was down-and-dirty club music with brains and balls. Continuing that almost-lost tradition is Houston's own the Trade, a full-of-piss-and-vinegar gang of serious and thrill-seeking young jazz musicians led by bass player and one-man groove machine Keith Vivens, easily worth his weight in sampling technology. The crowd for their weekly gigs at Helios is youthful and contemporary, eclectically fashionable and seriously on the prowl. 10:30 p.m. Mondays. 411 Westheimer. For information, call 713-526-4648 or visit www.heliosrising.org. $5. -- Scott Faingold
The formula for hot amateur girl action on TV is pretty darn simple. Get enough liquor in 'em, and pretty soon just about every girl in tha club will lift her halter top or baby tee for the camera. If they're effed up enough, maybe they'll even make out with their equally effed-up girlfriends. It's made mad cash for Girls Gone Wild, and it's doing the same for the Wild Party Girls show, whose crew will be hitting the Surf Shack this week and next, looking for girls willing to shred their duds and dignity. Drop your tops for the cameras at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. 3403 FM 1960 West. For information, call 832-484-1960 or visit www.thehurricanehut.com. Free. -- Steven Devadanam