You've seen the headlines: Noise Pop is finally here. As you can imagine, that means your options for entertainment for this weekend are dramatically expanded. We've got big parties on the horizon with performances by heavy hitting artists like Matthew Dear, Glass Candy, and Frankie Knuckles. That said, if larger fare isn't your speed, don't worry: there are plenty of options for an evening's entertainment that wont break the bank. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
February, Feb. 24
Where: Public Works
When: 8 p.m. - 3 am.
Why: Though Detroit gets most of the attention as far as Michigan's music scene goes, its neighbor Ann Arbor shouldn't go overlooked. One of the bigger figures in that scene is multitalented producer and bandleader Matthew Dear. Getting his start in the late '90s, Dear has split his time between making sophisticated pop music and pseudonymously attributed minimal techno bangers. 2010's critically acclaimed Black City saw him blending together his two sides to create effortlessly danceable tracks that owe as much to David Byrne and Bowie as they do the Detroit-Berlin axis. Headcage, his newest EP (check out the title track), sees him moving in a similar direction that we imagine he'll present when he plays with a live band this Friday at Public Works.
When: 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Why: There must be something in the water up in the Pacific Northwest. What else could account for the implausibly high amount of trippy Italo-inspired disco that's come out of the region in the past decade? Three groups that summarize that scene are Glass Candy, Chromatics, and Soft Metals, who all neatly balance ethereal female vocals with tough, old-school hardware aesthetics. Tracks like Glass Candy's cover of Belle Epoque's "Miss Broadway," Chromatics' "In the City," and Soft Metals' "Voices" have all contributed to making the sound a longtime favorite on San Francisco dancefloors. Now they're all headed to the Mezzanine to perform under the same roof for one night only. To get an idea of just how crazy these kinds of shows can get, check out our review of Glass Candy's performance at Blow Up Forever back in 2011.
Where: 222 Hyde
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Full disclosure: This is my party. I'm the promoter and I'm DJing it. Now, the pitch: After going out for the past couple years and observing the changing geography of the city's nightlife, I've noticed a trend away from simple parties serving the local community. Don't get me wrong, it's fantastic that San Francisco is playing host to so many good out-of-town acts, but the present reliance on guests has had the consequence of making nightlife rather expensive. In an attempt to provide an occasional alternative, I've teamed up with Eug (the promoter behind FACE) and Ash Williams (of Beards of a Feather) to put together a new party whose concept is pretty simple: no cover, three local DJs, and an excellent soundsystem. Swing by this Friday and for the low price of free you can socialize amidst the disco lights while getting a dose of all the music I've been obsessing over in print. As it says on our Facebook event page, "Smile, and the world styles with you."
Saturday, Feb. 25
What: Frankie Knuckles
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: If the music is to be believed, then house was invented by a surname-less Chicagoan named Jack who lives, and works, in a box. So it was written, but the truth may be a little different. Amateur historians and Internet obsessives usually refer to Frankie Knuckles when the term "godfather of house music" is brought up in conversation. The reason for this is Knuckles' role as the man who brought the sounds of underground New York clubs like The Loft and Paradise Garage to the then unhip city of Chicago. Quickly building a following at The Warehouse, his unusual selections and DJ style influenced the birth of the sound now referred to as Chicago house. Active since those days, Knuckles' long discography of remixes and originals has played a pivotal role in making house a worldwide phenomenon. Get a feel for Knuckles' style with this exhaustive list of mixes from the man. Knuckles is joined this Saturday by the Bay Area's own deep house guru David Harness for an evening that will go so deep you'll scream (or at least loudly think), "Let there be house!"
What: Dre Day 2012
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Andre Romelle Young was born on Feb. 18, 1965. Known to hip-hoppers and everyone else as Dr. Dre, he's the Grammy-winning producer responsible for the G-funk sound that defined West Coast hip-hop for the majority of the '90s. Producing for now-canonical acts like N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, and Eminem, Dre's had one of the longest and most influential careers in hip-hop. Now, just seven days out from his real birthday comes Dre Day 2012, the annual party that celebrates the man's work with an evening of exclusively Dre-related productions. Think of it like a Morrissey night, albeit with more weed references, funky worm interpolations, and gunshot samples. Get in the mood by listening to the song that gave the party its name. Also, jump on the Facebook page and give a creative reason why Detox has become the Chinese Democracy of hip-hop for a chance to get in free with a friend.