Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Detroit techno by way of Berlin: Magda 

Wednesday, May 30 2007
Brighton, England's Adam Freeland searches across genres to find big beats, gritty bass lines, and cheeky sentiments for his DJ sets and his own songs. He earned a surprise European pop hit in 2004 with "We Want Your Soul," which is either blasphemous and demonic or infectious fun, depending on who's doing the asking. Freeland will spin off-the-beaten-path techno, drum 'n' bass, and breakbeat, but he has a particular knack for bringing rock to the dancefloor, providing re-edits of groups like Silversun Pickups and Autolux that kick an insistent groove into familiar tracks. Freeland mixes it up on Friday, June 1, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $18 adv.; call 625-8880 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

Magda (née Magda Hojnacka) grew up in Hamtramck, a Polish suburb of Detroit, and now lives in Berlin alongside close friend and labelmate Richie Hawtin — one of the world's pre-eminent techno artists with whom she frequently tours. She likes her techno on the minimal side, favoring incisive beats and eschewing cluttered, gimmicky tracks. Her most recent mix CD She's a Dancing Machine also proved that she's quite the mixing machine, blending a high volume of songs into a short set. Magda and Richie Hawtin will DJ on Friday, June 1, at Mighty at 9 p.m. Admission is $22 adv.; call 762-0151 or visit for more info. — T.P.

About The Author

Tamara Palmer


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"