Dance music producer Hans-Peter Lindstrom may be exploring new aural territory, but he is still in his comfort zone.
The Norwegian artist — appearing at Mezzanine in San Francisco on Friday to promote “Six Cups of Rebel,” his latest LP — is famous for making contemporary disco. But his second solo album reflects the more-progressive influences of his teenage years spent in Oslo.
“I’ve released pop-oriented music,” Lindstrom says. “What I’m doing on this album ... is just like trying out a lot of weird things and doing things in a different direction.” He cites prog rock as a major inspiration for the project.
“Six Cups of Rebel” has a more minimalist approach than previous releases. Lindstrom says he focused on “far-out, spaced-out elements” — a change in his creative process.
“Before, I was thinking, ‘Oh, this is too weird, this doesn’t fit here,’” he says. “This time I’m thinking, ‘Oh, this is weird — that’s exactly what I want here!’”
Lindstrom played piano in a gospel choir and Hammond organ in a Deep Purple tribute band, so it makes perfect sense that the album’s opening track, “No Release,” is a five-minute opus on a seraphic-sounding church organ.
Another point of departure on “Six Cups” is the use of vocals, a first for the musician.
He had mixed feelings about the endeavor; he was intent on including his own voice, but adamant that it sound just right. Lyrically, he favors repeating mantras showcased in tracks such as “Magik” and “Quiet Place to Live.”
Presented by No Way Back
Where: Mezzanine,444 Jessie St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $18 to $25
10 p.m. Friday. $5. Sereina Winters of Brave Exhibitions Berlin joins DJs Justin, Riegler, Nihar and Jason P for a night of post-punk, wave and minimal electronics. [SUB/Mission, 2183 Mission St., S.F., (415) 255-7227, www.sf-submission.com]
Blow Up vs. Adult Dance Party
10 p.m. Friday. $11.50-$20. Jeffrey Paradise — founder and resident DJ of “Blow Up” — takes center stage with DJ Basura. [DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F., (415) 626-1409, www.dnalounge.com]
The Queen is Dead
9 p.m. Saturday. $5. A variety of Britpop, new wave, post-punk, ska and soul is played at this monthly Morrissey tribute party. [Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F., (415) 387-6455, www.milksf.com]
Deep Blue Presents: Lee Burridge
10 p.m. Saturday. $17-$25. DJ, producer and record label owner Lee Burridge has released highly regarded underground mix CDs for Global Underground, Everybody and Balance. [Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F., (415) 932-0955, www.publicsf.com]
1-O.A.K. release party
9 p.m. Monday. $5. The Honor Roll presents 1-O.A.K.’s debut release, “Special Request,” which contains 13 songs and is entirely self-produced. [Vitus, 201 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 452-1620, www.vitusoakland.com]