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Morcheeba
Fri/7, Warfield

'IS IT TRIP -hop, tri-top, trip-flop, flip-flop?" singer Skye Edwards asks, challenging fans to define Morcheeba's blend of exotic music. When the U.K. trio (made up of Edwards and brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey) first hit airwaves in 1995 with their single "Trigger Hippie," they were known for their sophisticated sadness – mixing decadence with desperation – and for their mostly hip-hop and blues influences. But with their last two releases, especially their most recent disc, 2002's Charango (Warner Bros.), they've incorporated sounds from other genres, including Brazilian psychedelia and '70s rock. Their style has radically evolved, from melancholy to summery feel-good pop. Some fans lament Morcheeba's violent mood swing, but onstage their melding of old and new is not a contradiction – it forms a seamless unity. Newcomer Rosey opens. 8 p.m., 982 Market, S.F. $25. (415) 775-7722. (David Moisl)