Who's ready for some raving? It's mid-October and San Francisco is still going strong with weekends so thoroughly stacked that it's beginning to feel like the city's having some kind of strange party renaissance. As such, this weekend brings excellent options for house music on Friday and an eclectic Saturday that features a can't-miss party for bass heads as well as an entire night dedicated to Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker, and Pulp. Read on.
Friday, October 21
Where: 103 Harriet
When: 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: SOMA venue 103 Harriet is doing an awfully good job lately with its bookings. This week sees the place play host to two wildly distinct talents. Headlining the event is the almost unclassifiable Four Tet (a.k.a. Kieran Hebden), who, though he's known for his heady excursions, has been focusing more on the dance side of things lately. We presume his set this Friday will bare some resemblance to FabricLive.56, his recently released installment in London superclub Fabric's DJ mix series, which you can conveniently stream here. Joining Hebden for the evening is DJ Thomas from NYC's Rub N Tug. A DJ's DJ, Thomas specializes in a particularly off-the-wall and ravey style that touches on US garage, West Coast house (he was, after all, a member of pioneering San Francisco rave crew Wicked), and left-field disco. Of course, that's all subject to change: the last time he came through solo, he played swing records and rave cuts while dressed like Hunter S. Thompson. Check out Rub N Tug's recent appearance on WNYU's Beats in Space program.
Where: Public Works
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Few labels in dance music are as consistently innovative as London's Crosstown Rebels. The long-standing label has recently emerged as one of the defining forces behind the moody new vocal tech-house sound that's currently energizing the global four-on-the-floor dance music scene. Friday's party sees the label teaming up with Scion A/V and Public Works to bring San Francisco a night of techy deepness. Taking the spotlight for the evening is Toronto-based duo Art Department, which has carved quite a space for itself with dance cuts like the recent "We Call Love feat. Soul Clap and Osunlade" and the drugged-out deep house anthem "Without You." Sharing the bill with Art Department is Crosstown Rebels founder Damian Lazarus, who is a producer and prolific DJ in his own right (check out his latest single "Different Now"). Rounding things out are occasional Crosstown affiliates Droog (check out "Westbound," a recent collaboration with Inxec) and Dead Seal (search for that one on YouTube, I dare you).
Saturday, October 22
Where: Milk Bar
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: If you're a Morrissey fan that just can't get enough Morrissey-related music, here's the party you've been looking for. The Queen Is Dead is a monthly event dedicated to the work, lasting influence, and cult of Steven Patrick Morrissey (lead singer of The Smiths). While the party usually keeps close to format, this month, organizers have decided to broaden the scope and include works by Jarvis Cocker (who is pretty damn Morrissey-like) and his seminal Britpop group Pulp. Expect an evening of jangly guitars and biting social commentary nicely wrapped in a blanket of nostalgia for the '80s and '90s. RSVP on Eventbrite for free entry.
When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Bass heads take note: Local label/promotion entity Frite Nite has put together a killer release party for Surreal Estate, its freshly dropped 17-track label compilation (streamable on Mixcloud). Much like its last party at Mezzanine, this one's got a fully stacked lineup that includes such highlights as the San Francisco debut of Chicago juke producer Chrissy Murderbot, a live analog synth performance by B.Bravo and the Starship Connection, visuals by Brainfeeder's Strangeloop (check out this trippy movie he made and his work at the Brainfeeder sessions), and a DJ set by "West Coast deep bass don" DJG. Like the last Frite Nite, this one's also a classy affair -- formal attire is suggested.