It's times like these when you wonder why San Francisco doesn't have a major electronic dance music festival of its own. Yes, you guessed it, Decibel Festival has officially started to take over Seattle. Artists from all over the world are currently in planes headed for the West Coast. Of course, the residual benefit of this is an intense week of bookings, with an unusually large number of major headliners passing through. In simple language, it's good news. San Francisco's going to party hard, and sleep will probably take a backseat to the more pressing matter of enjoying the surge while it lasts. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Saturday, Sept 29, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
These days, to describe something as "electro" almost requires a disclaimer. Certain groups in the late-'00s co-opted the term to use it as a catch-all name for the harsh sound of Ed Banger-derived dance music. In actuality, the term has much deeper roots, which go back to the early years of electronic dance music in places like New York, Detroit, and (most importantly) Miami. It's a tough and funky sound that relies on 808 sub-bass and almost liquid hi-hats. Not a style that's played out too often anymore, Haçeteria & O.K. Hole have gotten together to change that. The Electro Basement is a new collaborative affair that strives to show off the depth of this misunderstood genre. To kick thngs off, it's scheduled live performances by Miami's Gosub (check out "Sordon Escape" and "Miami to Brooklyn") and the Bay Area's own Mega_Lo (check out "Disco Extacy," "Going Mobile," and his top five local electro records in this week's Signal to Noise).
Sunday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
House music is a spiritual thing, and a new party is out to make sure everyone knows it. Revival 001 is a new early evening event at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist put together by the same people behind such popular parties as Body//Current and Jock Jams. For its initial outing, organizers put together a bill that features a rare appearance by original Chicago house pioneer Tyree Cooper. Getting his start in the mid-'80s, Cooper is behind an entire discography of classics that include monsters like "Acid Crash," "Turn Up the Bass," and "Hardcore Hip-House." As that last one indicates, his biggest role in the early years was as one of the city's biggest hip-house artists. Now living in Berlin, he's still a prolific producer -- check out "Nuthin Wrong" for an idea of where he's at today. Local support comes from Vin Sol & 5kinAndBone5, Dj Dedan, and Castlehands. As if that wasn't enough, Donovan's Lights Out Light Show will illuminate the interior with its outstanding barrage of psychedelia.
Friday, Sept 28, 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Seminal New York techno party The Bunker makes its third appearance in San Francisco with yet another quality evening of entertainment. This time organizers are bringing out Belgian techno heavyweight Peter Van Hoesen. Long a leading figure in the Brussels electronic dance scene, he's since relocated to Berlin, where he's become associated with the city's vanguard. Releasing tracks on labels like Ostgut Ton (check out "Axis Mundi") Foton, and Time to Express (his own label), he's garnered a reputation as a killer programmer of hard and dubbed-out sounds, like on this muscular four-hour recording of a late-morning set he played at Berghain. He'll be joined on Monarch's unique Void soundsystem by Bunker resident Derek Plaslaiko (check out his Resident Advisor podcast).