It's almost the weekend, and you know what that means. Yes, it's time for another roundup of recommended nightlife events. This week we've spread our net wide to show off a broad picture of what San Francisco has to offer. From old-school '00s electro bangers to Ibiza veterans, we've got you covered. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, April 6
When:10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: If you've lived in San Francisco for a while, chances are good that you've at least heard of The Tenderlions before. The local electro supergroup rose to fame in the late-'00s with an intense performance spectacle that emphasizes live drums and wild party antics. Now, the duo is set to take the West Coast electro scene by storm with a new EP and an over-the-top light show courtesy of SF visuals guru Future Weapons. Check out "Too Much Rising" and "Feed Forward" before you make your way to Temple.
Where: 1015 Folsom
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: If you've got a craving for the sound of leftfield beats, then you could hardly do better than Low End Theory SF. The local chapter of the L.A. institution, it's a party that strives to keep the floor moving while exploring the distant frontiers of dance music's future. This time around, the party returns with a headlining set by Ann Arbor-based producer Dabrye. A firm favorite, listen to "D-Town Tabernacle Choir," "Air feat. MF Doom," and this relatively recent mix, to get a feeling for where he's coming from. Also on the bill is House Shoes, Kidkaneval, Elos, The Quarry, Noah D (who will be celebrating the launch of Perspectives, his new LP), Roommate, and Pawn, as well as the full roster of residents from L.A.
What: High Voltage
When: 10 p.m. - 2a.m.
Why: Full disclosure: this is a party that I'm DJing. High Voltage is a one-off event at Monarch that will feature the sound selections of Vin Sol, DJ M3 (a.k.a. Manny Alfarez, one of the people behind Monarch), and myself. If you like the kind of music that I regularly write about, then here's your chance to hear it played on one of the city's best publicly accessible soundsystems. Also on the bill are DJ Tiny Cims and CHAN CHAN (a.k.a. Julia Chan, writer of the Examiner's dance music-centric "The Beat" column), who will be handling the loungey musical selections for the upstairs bar.
Saturday, April 7
Where: The EndUp
When: 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Why: Earlier this week, a Facebook post rocked the San Francisco techno scene. KONTROL, the local institution, has decided that it will be ending its long run at the EndUp in June. This will undoubtedly be a huge loss, as the party has always pushed the envelope to make space for tasteful underground dance music in the Bay Area. Now running its final laps, the party returns this month with one of its best bookings to date. The Revenge and 6th Borough Project are two separate projects from the UK that have had something of an intertwined history. First coming out in the mid-'00s during the disco re-edit craze, they have since perfected the art of the re-edit, moved on to original productions, and are now two of the most in-demand DJs working the disco side of the dance scene. Listen to the Revenge's "Just Be Good To Me" and 6th Borough Project's "The Planets."
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Though a lot of new venues get credit for their soundsystem, it's sometimes good to take a step back and enjoy the acoustic qualities of old favorites. Vessel, located downtown on Maiden Lane, has always paid close attention to sound with its Funktion One system. A little more dressy than its immediate competitors, the club has become a good place on the weekend to catch an intimate evening with a big name DJ. This time around, the club is playing host to the antics of Pete Tong. Famous in his native England as a personality on BBC Radio 1, he's also a globe-trotting DJ and a regular on the Ibiza party circuit. Now canonized by the cockney rhyming slang phrase "It's all gone Pete Tong" and a 2004 movie of the same name, he's making his way to San Francisco for his first appearance in four years.