Well, it's officially cold outside, but that doesn't mean you need to stay in! Far from seeing a slowdown, this weekend's offerings are some of the strongest the city has seen lately. Highlights include another massive blowout at Public Works, and a rare chance to catch an intimate set from the Crystal Method. Also, tempering the out of town acts, we've thrown the spotlight on a few local parties you wont want to miss.
Friday, November 18
Where: Public Works
When: 9:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Why: The Face crew is teaming up with Public Works this month for a party of epic proportions. Continuing the trend of double headliners, they're bringing out two of underground dance music's finest: DJ Harvey and Mike Simonetti. One of the most prolific DJs on the international circuit, DJ Harvey commands legions of cultishly obsessed followers that flock in droves to see him at Harvey Sarcastic Disco (his legendary quarterly underground party in LA). His style is eclectic, with an astonishing breadth that includes Balearic gems, cosmic oddities, NY garage staples, and loopy disco re-edits. For an idea of his sound, listen to this classic BBC essential mix from 1999. In addition, the man's recently been busy releasing amazing dancefloor cuts under his Locussolus alias (check out "Next to You" and "I Want It"). Mike Simonetti, like Harvey, specializes in an ecclectic style of DJing (the last time we saw him he dropped a Grateful Dead track!). Yet, while he is a talented DJ, he's better known as the label-head of the influential Italians Do It Better imprint (responsible for Glass Candy, Chromatics, and Nite Jewel). To get an idea of his sound, listen to his relatively recent set on WNYU's Beats in Space radio program.
When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Named after The Normal's '70s post-punk classic, Warm Leatherette is San Francisco's premier party for all things gothy, obscure, and danceable. Going on for over a year now at a variety of spaces (both above and below ground), this month they're taking the party to Mission punk bar Sub/Mission (seemingly a perfect fit). Though known more of as a live venue, the Warm Leatherette crew will turn the space into a dark discotheque complete with their own additional soundsystem equipment. In their own words, "you'll hear the dancier side of POST PUNK, MINIMAL SYNTH, COLD WAVE, ITALO, and whatever else we may feel like playing." Sounds good, right? $3 dollars gets you through the door.
Saturday, November 19
Where: Q Bar
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: This one's for those of you looking for something to do in the Castro that doesn't involve Top 40 music. DJ Stanley Frank (of Viennetta, Chilidog, and SOME THING) recently took over Q Bar Saturdays to lend the venue an evening of left-of-center entertainment. Saturdays for Stanley are all about house and nu disco, along with guilty pleasures and some more well known (but still tasteful) classics. If you're unfamiliar with Stanley (who's been a DJ in San Francisco for years), give this mix he did for Honey Soundsystem's "Honey Potcast" a shot. As with any Stanley Frank endeavor, expect the unexpected -- afterall he's also the guy behind I Love Cochina Tonga's!, the Lookout's Thursday night salsa party.
What: The Crystal Method
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Here's a rare opportunity to catch one of dance music's biggest acts in a relatively intimate venue. Out of L.A., the Crystal Method were a large part of the electronica boom of the mid-'90s with Vegas, their platinum selling album, and chart topping hits like "Now Is the Time," "Busy Child," and "Trip Like I Do." Today the duo mostly keeps itself busy doing high-profile soundtrack work for movies -- some recent jobs include Tropic Thunder, London, and X Games 3D: The Movie. Sounds good, right? Well, the intimate environment provided by Vessel ought to heighten the experience -- its soundsystem is one of the best in the city. Understandably, tickets are semi-expensive, so if you plan on going, save a few bucks and buy yours presale.