What was once a lavish lounge and restaurant, inaccessible to those in a low tax bracket, has now reinvented itself as a slightly less lavish, and thus much more welcoming, lounge and restaurant. Why? Because Levende Lounge (aka the Living Room Lounge) is co-owned by DJ Ben Doren, whose melodic mixing know-how has helped tame it into a choice, cozy spot to catch some of the citys finest DJs. On Friday night Levende gives us Thump Radio Residents Live, whose progressive- and house-heavy roster which includes Mike Giannini, Kepi & Kat, Scott Quick, Masonic, Sunil Kapadia, Torque, Sinukus, Andrew Phelan, Brett Starr, Didje Kelli, and, finally, Dimitris Mykonos shows off some of the collectives stellar talent. Youve listened to them online, now hear them live. The music begins at 10 p.m. on Aug. 20. Admission is $10; call 864-5585 or visit www.thumpradio.com.
Although I am loath to recommend anywhere other than the KFC/Taco Bell hybrid on Duboce and Guerrero to tame your south-of-the-border hunger pangs, might I suggest Taco Tuesdays, the healthier and more socially pleasing alternative? Not just your typical happy hour featuring dry broccoli and cauliflower heads orbiting a bowl of dip to soak up your poison, the club serves up tacos to its very beautiful, very hungry crowd each Tuesday. In addition to the food and $2 beers and cocktails, promoters SF Vibe gather some of their finest local talent to listen to while you eat your meat. DJs Todd Michael, Natty D., Uncle Larry, Chad Mitchell, Cindy, and Tal M. Klein spin some lovely house and downtempo beats at one of SOMAs loveliest settings. The night starts at 6 p.m. at the Luna Lounge. Admission is free; call 626-6043 or visit www.sf-vibe.com.