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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Week: Pre-Halloween Edition

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Addison Groove plays at Public Works this Friday.
  • Addison Groove plays at Public Works this Friday.

The week around Halloween is a special time in San Francisco. It's the beginning of the rainy season, and people are out to party in the streets one last time before winter takes over the city. Sure, it's not the big day yet, but it's a tradition to make it last all week. We put together this list of the best options for pre-gaming before Wednesday rolls around. Get your costume together and get ready for some intensity. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

5. Warm Leatherette @ Sub/Mission

Friday, Oct. 26, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.

We've spilled no small amount of words over one-time underground party Warm Leatherette. Based at Sub/Mission, it's now a monthly thing dedicated to the darker side of the 1980s, with selectors pulling from a wide selection of gothy obscurities. It also offers a different take on Friday night, emphasizing music and community over expensive headliners and blow-out performances. This month it's all about A Compilations. Volume 2: Bay Area, a new compilation of freaky material put out by Sweating Tapes, a label specializing in the kinds of freaky tunes the Warm Leatherette vibe is all about. Local outfits Ssleeping DesiresS and Black Jeans round out the bill with some live entertainment.

4. Freaker's Ball Halloween Costume Party @ Public Works

Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 9 p.m. - 6 a.m.

As noted in this week's Signal to Noise, noted tech-house/pop crossover duo Benoit & Sergio are coming to town (check out "Principles" and "New Ships"). But they aren't alone -- instead they're set to headline this massive, two-day rager at Public Works. The bill is impressive, to say the least, with sets by new-school juke producer Addision Groove (check out "Footcrab"), left-field funker Slugabed, and L.A.-style beatmaker Eprom. The festivities go all night and pick up again the next day with another round of headliners like Dirtybird DJs Claude von Stroke and Justin Martin, Wicked Soundsystem's Jeno, Monkeytown-signed producer Otto Von Schirach, and too many more to list. This one's pure in its celebration of Halloween, so consider a costume mandatory.

3. Lights Down Low with L-Vis 1990, SFV Acid, Urulu @ Monarch

Friday, Oct. 26, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Glance in this week's print edition and you'll see a short piece about the retro-house revival sound of L.A.-based producer Urulu (check out "1991"). What's not mentioned there are the evening's other headliners. Perhaps less straightforward in their nostalgia, both L-Vis 1990 and SFV Acid offer similarly unique vantage points on the music of the past. L-Vis 1990 in particular draws this out with his marriage of clean UK bass aesthetics with diva house (listen to "Tonight feat. Samantha Lim"). SFV Acid, on the other hand, is of similar mind to fellow-L.A. producers associated with the 100% Silk label; connecting avant-garde beats with a tonal palette vaguely evocative of the "acid" in his name (such as on "New West Coast"). With all three of them together -- not to mention Lights Down Low's resident cast of DJs -- it should make for a strong party on one of the city's best soundsystems.

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