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Music, Daylight: Reflections on Covering Dance Music in S.F.

Daylight: Reflections on Covering Dance Music in S.F.

So here we are at the end of the party. The people have all gone home, the DJ has played his last record, the balloons are all deflated, and everyone left over is enjoying one of those sweet, illicit, post-4…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

This week's party preview has something of a bittersweet edge to it. On the positive side, it's almost the weekend, which means its time to start thinking about where to go and what to do. On the negative side, however,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Congratulations, you've made it to Thursday. As you've probably gathered, this is an important milestone on the road towards the release and pleasure of the weekend: Yes, that's right, it's time to start thinking about where you want to party.…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

There's nothing like a long weekend right? It's the Fourth of July, and that means it's time for BBQing, celebrating America, and, well, partying. We assume you already have the first two covered so let us help you out…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: The Crystal Method DJ Set

Preview: The Crystal Method DJ Set

Long before the current EDM boom, there was another similar moment in U.S. dance music history in the 1990s. The Crystal Method was a big part of this. Its songs, like "Get Busy Child," were intense and bombastic mainstream expressions…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Pride Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Pride Weekend

It's Pride in San Francisco and the city is about to come alive with a bewildering array of nightlife. There's so much, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to seasoned veterans and the uninitiated alike. But as with everything,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Check your watch. It's just about that time again. What time? Party time! To help you better figure out your calendar, we've assembled this handy list of the best parties in San Francisco. This time, it features a heavy…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Fans of the print edition of Lost in the Night might be in for a bit of a ride this week -- the comics edition didn't post any party recommendations! But don't worry, as we've got a full menu of…
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Music, Comics Issue 2014: Getting Lost in the Night Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Comics Issue 2014: Getting Lost in the Night Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Dance writer Derek Opperman and illustrator Bex Freund testify to the urgency of clubland catharsis — even if it means becoming a monster. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Don't you just hate the term "hump day"? Yeah? Us too. So thank god it's Thursday, right? No strange nicknames can now get in the way of the fact that the weekend -- with its promises of good times and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Look out! Here comes another promising weekend of partying in San Francisco. As usual, we've got you covered with a full rundown of all the fun. This week's edition drifts across genre lines more than usual, with retro hip-hop,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: We Are Monsters

Preview: We Are Monsters

Though originally rooted in disco, We Are Monsters has since branched out into darker territory. Case in point is its latest party at Underground SF, featuring Inhalt, a raw local outfit that's not quite house or techno, but explores the…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

These days, San Francisco is just one long party. Sometimes it can be difficult to wrap your head around all the fun, which is where we step in. It's not all about SF this weekend, though -- there's also…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

You might not know it, but today marks a very important day for fans of electronic dance music. It's Thursday, a day filled with anticipation for the unexplored potential of the weekend. Seize the day by planning your upcoming nightlife…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Get ready, Sunday is Mother's Day. What does that have to do with a party column? Not much, actually. But just in case it does, we've assembled this handy guide to the weekend's best dance events, which includes a…
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Music, All Shook Down Stern Grove Fest 2014 Lineup: Rufus Wainwright, Sergio Mendes, SF Symphony, and More

Stern Grove Fest 2014 Lineup: Rufus Wainwright, Sergio Mendes, SF Symphony, and More

The temperature is rising in San Francisco, which means it's almost time for the awesome, free, and pleasantly alfresco Stern Grove Music Festival. Every Sunday afternoon, from June 12 to August 24, Stern Grove will feature performances from a…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco this Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco this Weekend

Hot weather in San Francisco is about as rare as snowballs in hell -- cherish this unseasonably warm climate while it lasts. To assist you in your cherishing, we suggest you head out to the following parties sans-jacket (foreign…
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Music, All Shook Down DJs! Test Your Skills at High Fantasy's Second Annual DJ Battle Tonight

DJs! Test Your Skills at High Fantasy's Second Annual DJ Battle Tonight

Most people do not realize this, but DJing is a competitive art form. Or at least, it was at one time. Competitions, like the legendary DMC World DJ Championships, used to hold a real weight in the record slinging world,…
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Music, All Shook Down Video Games, Bikinis, Breakdancing, and Other 18+ Pastimes at Temple's Sunset Arcade

Video Games, Bikinis, Breakdancing, and Other 18+ Pastimes at Temple's Sunset Arcade

Sunset Arcade Temple Sunday, April 27, 2014 There are not a whole lot of clubs open to the 18+ crowd right now. This was on my mind last week as I sipped an espresso at Farmer Brown's Little Skillet in…
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Music, All Shook Down Celebrate 10 Years of Disco in the Tenderloin at Tubesteak Connection Tonight

Celebrate 10 Years of Disco in the Tenderloin at Tubesteak Connection Tonight

The city might be culturally down, but it's not entirely out; San Francisco still has a few institutions from the old days that are worth going to. One of them is Tubesteak Connection, Bus Station John's long-running Thursday night…
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