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"Throwback Thursdays": Throwback Thursdays

Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Jorge Terez 415-864-2877

"Bubble": Bubble

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Underground SF 424 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

"Studio 3AM": Studio 3AM

Fourth Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Underground SF 424 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

"Back & 4th": Back & 4th

Fourth Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ resident DJ Jayvi Velasco 415-278-9474

"Galaxy Radio": Galaxy Radio

Fourth Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
The Knockout 3223 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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It's really hard to beat the corny fun of Italo disco. It's like new wave and synth-pop, only sung in a kind of stunted faux-English that pushes it into the realm of the truly bizarre. (Don't believe us? Just listen closely to Kano's "I'm Ready.") Galaxy Radio is a free party dedicated to the sounds of this era, as well as tangential styles like cosmic disco and '80s funk. 415-550-6994

"The People": The People

Fourth Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
The New Parish 579 18th St., Oakland Downtown Oakland

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w/ DJs Cali, Cecil, & Be Brown 510-444-7474

"Saturgay": Saturgay

Saturdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Stanley Frank 415-864-2877

"Haute"

Saturdays, 10:30 p.m.

"Sunday Sessions"

Sundays, 8 p.m.
The EndUp 401 Sixth St., San Francisco South of Market

"Housepitality": Housepitality

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
F8 1192 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Like hunger, the urge to dance can strike at rather inopportune moments. When you get that midweek itch, Housepitality is something you can turn to for relief. Put on by Miguel Solari and PillowTalk's Michael Tello, it's a weekly affair dedicated to the deeper strains of dance music. Swing by on any Wednesday night, and you'll find the club's main room packed and dancing to sounds provided by big-name guests like Rick Wilhite, Recloose, and Fast Eddie. Yet, while the guests are a part of the draw, it's really the sense of community that makes this party so fun — it features a family-sized crew of resident DJs, and the back room is regularly staffed by fellow travellers from the local scene. Throw in a rotating cast of resident mixologists, and you have almost the perfect antidote to the hump day blues. 415-857-1192

DJ Jim Hopkins

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
440 Castro 440 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

"EQ Wednesdays": EQ Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

Soma Haus

Every fourth Thursday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Soma Haus is a party dedicated to bringing you a fresh line up of favorite DJs in the Bay Area for a night of house music - every fourth Wednesday of the month - hosted by Zara Mez. 415-496-9530

"Spitroast": Spitroast

First Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
S.F. Eagle 398 12th St., San Francisco South of Market

"Rel8": Rel8

First Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
The EndUp 401 Sixth St., San Francisco South of Market

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415-646-0999

"Beards of a Feather"

First Tuesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Laszlo 2532 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Enjoy classy house records, obscuro disco, and laid-back late-'80s jams with DJ Ash Williams and guests (415) 401-0810

Laser Native

First Thursday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Monarch 101 Sixth St., San Francisco South of Market

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Electronic music on the first Thursday of every month. 415-284-9774

"Soul Funky": Soul Funky

First Friday of every month, 7-10 p.m.
Slate Bar 2925 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ resident DJ Kevin Garcia 415-558-8521

"Elevation": Elevation

First Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
The Layover 1517 Franklin, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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w/ DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist 510-834-1517

*Flavasauce

Every third Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Put a little groove into your happy hour every third Friday at *Flavasauce! 415-496-9530

"2 Men Will Move You": 2 Men Will Move You

Second Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
Amnesia 853 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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In a period of time seemingly dominated by guests from out of town, it's comforting to know that there are still local alternatives. 2 Men Will Move You is a party put together by long-time fixtures on the San Francisco nightlife scene Primo Pitino (of Oldies Night fame) and Jordan Heyser. Continuing in the mold of such ventures as Ferrari and I Like Fun, the party is soundtracked by a clever mix of rare mid-'80s Italo, pumping '90s house, early progressive, and other forms of sometimes-cheesy-sometimes-not dance music. Always a visual spectacle, each month features new themes and decorations. Head over to the party's Tumblr for a better idea of what the party is all about. 415-970-0012

"Our House": Our House

Second Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ resident DJs Jes-E & Bobby Orozco 415-278-9474

"Tutu Tuesday": Tutu Tuesday

Second Tuesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Harlot 46 Minna, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ resident DJ Atish 415-777-1077

2nd Tuesday's

Second Tuesday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Deep house music 415-278-9474

"Fine Time": Fine Time

Second Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Amnesia 853 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Synth-pop dance party Fine Time (formerly Indie Slash) is one of those consistently enjoyable events where dress code, cliques, and blinding laser lights don't interfere with one's ability to enjoy interesting music and have a good time. The idea of the party came to founder DJ Danny White 13 years ago, as he was driving cross-country from NYC to San Francisco with a car full of '80s records. It eventually came to fruition in 2005, when he was asked to fill-in at various DJ nights at the Attic. Now expanded to Amnesia, Fine Time showcases the best of three decades of New Wave, electro, house, and nu-disco jams. We chatted with White about indie bands and why he displays record covers as he mixes. Fine Time takes place every second Friday at Amnesia.

Who was the first indie band you were ever into?
Dinosaur Jr. was the first, but that's back when they were called "alternative" bands. The mid-to-late '90s were pretty boring to me, so I delved into the '80s and didn't get back into what is now called "indie" until Interpol came along in 2002. They had that fresh (or arguably a refresh) sound I had been waiting for. Obsessing over their early demos and first two albums, I was fortunate to be able to interview them twice, for Thrasher and SLAP magazines. They stoked the fire for the early days of [the party], when I played a lot more rock-oriented tracks. Now, it's all about the synths.

What do you think has been the main factor in keeping this party going for so long?
Aside from the music, I'd like to think the main factor is hospitality. Someone recently told me that it's the only party they've been to in S.F. where they actually feel welcome, which is a huge compliment, because I try my best to create that atmosphere: greeting new people that my friends bring, talking to random strangers, and getting off the stage to be with the crowd whenever I can. I'm very passionate about all the songs I play, so it's a dance party for me, too.

Did you always have the practice of displaying the record cover of the track you were currently playing?
No, not until I had a stage and a spotlight for them. And now it drives me crazy when the record labels won't spring for a picture sleeve (Cutters, I'm looking at you)! Fool's Gold recently put out a great picture disc for Oliver, but unfortunately I'm the only one who can see it when it's playing. I need to just start making my own covers for them.

What's one of your favorite record covers?
The "Fine Time" 12-inch by New Order. I found the purple version last time I was at Amoeba, and just bought my third copy of the yellow one to give to someone as a gift.

What's the most obscure record you ever had to track down?
Honestly, I don't have a lot of obscure records. I keep it pretty accessible, without being too poppy or obvious. So I'll go for an interesting remix, B-side, or random album track that you may not expect to hear. Like, the Razormaid remix of Depeche Mode's "No Disco." I first heard DJ Low-Life play it on CD at New Wave City, so I ran home to see if it was ever pressed on wax, and it was! On blue vinyl, no less. Thanks, Discogs.

Do you ever think you'll switch over to a laptop, or just continue with records?
There are a lot of tracks that only exist digitally, so sometimes I'll take advantage of a CDJ option, but as far as a laptop goes, I'm just not interested. DJs that play new music on vinyl are so rare these days; it's nice to stand out in that way. I think people really have an appreciation for it. And now that I'm commuting to this gig from NYC, I think there's something special about lugging around a bag of records that were carefully considered, as opposed to choosing the more convenient option.

Amnesia is a pretty small venue. Why do you choose to keep the party there and not somewhere bigger?
I love the intimate setting of a bar versus a club. Amnesia has a great vibe, a good mix of people — it's not a scene, and the bartenders and Shawn (the owner) are a pleasure to work with. We get a decent turnout between the email list and the foot traffic on Valencia, so it's nice not to have to promote it too hard.

If you could choose one band to play records at Fine Time, who would it be?
Well, "celebrity" DJ sets are the worst, so it would have to be a musician who actually knows how to properly mix. Top of the list: Trentemøller. He's an amazing producer, remixes his own tracks for the club, and has put together an impressive live band. His XLR8R podcast is one of my all-time favorite DJ mixes, and the bootleg remixes he's done of Bruce Springsteen and Chris Isaak are really clever and fun. I often close the night with his "Shades of Marble" remix. 415-970-0012

King Size Friday's

Second Friday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ King Size Slap (Frankie Jr + Carlos Tino) 415-278-9474

Disco Kisses with Deckard and Justin Johnson

Third Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Lounge 3411 3411 MacArthur, Oakland Glenview

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Deckard (Space Cowboys) https://soundcloud.com/deckard-dj http://www.deckard-dj.com/ Justin Johnson (Faultline, Techtonic Funk Brigade) https://soundcloud.com/djjustinjohnson http://www.djjustinjohnson.com 9PM-2AM 21+ No Cover N/A

Third Tuesday's

Third Tuesday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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415-278-9474

"Loose Joints": Loose Joints

Third Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Since 2007, the DJ trio of Tom Thump, Damon Bell, and DJ Centipede has offered up Loose Joints, the most ass-shakingest weekly survey of African-rooted pop in the city. Step into the Make-Out Room, order a couple of drinks, admire the sparkly ceiling decor, and listen before you dance. Along with a boatload of quality American and British funk and soul, these guys throw down Ethiopian jazz-funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Puerto Rican boogaloo, and much more.
415-647-2888

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