It's August, the sun is shining, and San Francisco's party calendar is in full swing. With options including sun-drenched house, retro soul, and deep techno, it's a lot to balance. We know keeping track of everything can get confusing, so take a glance at this shortlist we put together. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Thursday, August 2
Where: Public Works OddJob Loft
When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: It's usually a good sign when Icee Hot decides to throw a midweek party. This week, the cutting-edge party crew has hooked up with John Talabot for a special one-off engagement. A Barcelona native, Talabot's something of a cult favorite, with a mysterious persona and a sonic aesthetic that sounds cobbled together from the discard pile of house and disco. Earlier this year, his debut LP ƒIN earned top marks while getting early-morning dance floors moving with tracks like "Destiny" and "So Will Be Now". Hopefully he'll bring some of that magic when he takes the reins of the OddJob Loft tonight alongside a live set by local staple Bobby Browser. Further support will be provided by the always on-point Icee Hot DJ crew.
Friday, August 3
Where: The Knockout
When: 9:15 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Few things can match the sheer exuberance of a packed house at Oldies Night. The long-standing Mission staple is one of the best places in the city to lose yourself and sweat it out dancing to soul 45s. DJs Primo and Daniel serve up a broad selection of cuts (both common and rare) to a crowd of vintage-attired twentysomethings. This week the party is playing host to Sama, a local soul collector and DJ whose parties at the Verdi Club and Monarch have earned him the title -- according to the party's Facebook page -- of "A FUN PERSON W FUN RECORDS." Check out our review of Oldies Night and get your high-heeled sneakers ready for an evening of hard drinking and harder dancing.
Where: Public Works
When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Without question, As You Like It has thrown some of the best parties of the year, and it doesn't look like it'll be stopping any time soon. This Friday marks a special occasion with the return of Paul Rose (a.k.a Scuba, SCB, and Spectr). Originally working on the fringe of UK dubstep, he later relocated to Berlin, where underwent a dizzying number of stylistic variations. Singles like "Adrenalin," "Loss," and "The Hope" all show Rose exploring a massive and tough big room sound that plays with genre in a way that defies categorization. Rose will be joined for the evening by fellow Berliner Oliver Deutschmann, a multifaceted DJ and producer whose work mostly pulls from the deep side of techno while still keeping it bouncing with loopy house anthems (like his recent "Darkroom Tales"). Check out Deutschmann's recent set at Tresor in Berlin for a more accurate picture of where he stands today.
Saturday, August 4
Where: Deco Lounge
When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: Though it's been through a lot since it first opened, Haceteria remains one of the best places in San Francisco to catch live all-hardware sets from the city's up-and-coming leftfield electronic dance music scene. Producers, DJs, and dedicated partiers converge and dance to tunes both contemporary and nostalgic amidst the club's immersive visual spectacle. This week the club's hosting a live PA set by Damon Palermo (a.k.a. Magic Touch and one-half of Mi Ami), his first in S.F. after an epic East Asia tour. Get a feel for his sound by listening to "Clubhouse" and "I Can Feel the Heat." To complement Palermo for the evening, the club's excellent resident DJs will be spinning a soundtrack of Detroit-oriented house and techno. Get a feel for the atmosphere by reading our Haçeteria review from back in February.
Where: The EndUp
When: 10 p.m. - late
Why: A weekend in San Francisco wouldn't be complete without an all-night techno party at The EndUp. If our review last month piqued your interest, this Saturday's party offers an excellent opportunity to check it out. Culprit is a label out of Los Angeles that's been putting out innovative tech-house sounds since 2009. Helmed by the DJ trio known as Droog, it's been behind releases by artists like Inxec, Hot Natured (a duo comprised of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss), Shonky, and others. Now the label is headed to San Francisco for an evening dedicated to the slicked-back sound of its roster. For a better idea of what to expect, check out this week's Signal to Noise for five summery tracks selected by Droog's Justin Sloe.
What: Non Seq
Where: The Showdown
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Close followers of this column will hopefully have noticed the recent hiatus. The reason? Avalon Emerson and I were on vacation in Spain and Germany. Somewhere between digging through a stash of Balearic classics and waiting in a two-and-a-half-hour line at Berghain, we decided to pool our resources and throw a new weekend party. Non Seq is the result, and like you might imagine from the name, its a freeform night with an eclectic soundtrack that touches on both old and new forms of dance music -- the kind of stuff that regularly pops up in Signal to Noise and Lost in the Night. Take Avalon Emerson's "Horoscope", and combine it with the vibe of our weekly party at the Tunnel Top for an idea of what to expect as far as a general direction.