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Monday, April 29, 2013

Prosumer and Vereker Explore Vastly Different Moods at Public Works

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Prosumer at Public Works on Friday.
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Prosumer, Murat Tepeli, Vereker, Huerco S.

Public Works

Friday April 27, 2013

Imagine a feeling of gut-wrenching existential dread -- the negative sensation that only arises when things are about to go incredibly wrong. If you can picture that then you're fairly close to experiencing the emotions I felt when local producer Vereker took a turn behind the decks at Public Works' OddJob Loft on Friday. While many artists in dance music work to provoke positive feelings, his set traveled through the dark side, helping make this one of the more thought-provoking nights at Public Works in recent memory.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Debaser's New Last Nite Party Takes Nostalgia Back to the 2000s

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

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Debaser presents Last Nite

Elbo Room

Friday, April 12, 2013

Growing up in the veritable golden age of cultural nostalgia that was the '00s, it never really occured to me that my own decade might eventually be revisited. Even now, it's surprising that anyone would care to go back and try to relive much of those days. If you'll recall, it was a pretty dark time under George H.W. Bush's presidency. The bleakness of the American situation created a kind of nihilism that seemed to seep into the club culture and music. In San Francisco, this found its expression via the emerging scenester clubs that first began popping up in weird places like the basement at LiPo Lounge and the loft at Edinburgh Castle, then later at bigger parties like Frisco Disco, Club i-D, and Popscene.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Tensnake and François K. Tear Up Saturday Night at Monarch and the End Up

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

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Lights Down Low presents Tensnake // Play presents François K.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Monarch // The End Up

"It'll never get passed." My friend strained over the music, referring to State Sen. Mark Leno's bill to extend drinking hours until 4 a.m. at select clubs in California. "I'll tell you how it's going to go down. Some lady from Mothers Against Drunk Driving is going to go to the hearing or whatever and spill her guts out about her dead son, just like last time." I pushed around the straw in my glass of whiskey and soda and realized he might have a point, even though the argument that later hours equals more deaths on the road never seemed sensible to me. (By the way, you can sign a petition about this here). My friend split into the crowd to try his luck with a pretty girl covered in tattoos dancing in place to some remix of Sweet D's "Thank Ya."

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Mighty Unveils Its New, High-Powered Soundsystem

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

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Second City Sessions with Colette & DJ Heather

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mighty

My vision became a blur of Nike and Adidas, with legs and arms shooting out to occasionally grab onto the rhythm. I was standing at the far corner of Mighty's dancefloor, on the periphery of a house dancer's circle that was twice its usual size. Those with a bit of bravado, not to mention experience, would occasionally lift off from the edge and glide with precision toward the center to execute impossibly coordinated maneuvers. In many ways it was business as usual at the Potrero Hill nightclub, except it wasn't, as last Saturday marked the introduction of its brand new Avalon by EAW Club.Two soundsystem, an occasion christened by Chicago house DJ pair Colette and Heather.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Lost in the Night: Matrixxman Does Disco at Milk Bar

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

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Spilt Milk presents Matrixxman

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Milk Bar

Head to the Haight and walk down towards Stanyan. There, sandwiched between a Whole Foods and one of the city's diciest McDonalds, is Upper Haight's one and only real nightclub. Which is weird, if you think about it. After all, this is the neighborhood that once housed the I-Beam, one of the city's most storied old-school discotheques. Milk Bar may not be as regal, but it gets the job done. Always a standby for the USF and SF State student populations that live in the general vicinity, in the past couple years Milk been commandeered by an enterprising group of promoters who throw a party called Spilt Milk. They cater to an emerging crosssection of young and fashionable techno, bass, and house enthusiasts with an out-of-the-way venue that offers a novel contrast to the more frequently utilized spaces in the SoMa and the Mission. This Saturday saw the turn of local producer Matrixxman behind the decks.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Exploring the Hype of Seth Troxler at Public Works

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 3:44 AM

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Dax presents Seth Troxler

Public Works

March 18, 2013

The burden of hype seems like a really awful thing to have to deal with. While on the surface it seems like it could be a good thing, the kind of expectations it brings can be very difficult to live up to. Seth Troxler is an artist currently floating in the throes of this kind of heavy hype. Recently awarded the No. 1 position on Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs of 2012 List, he commands a loyal following that spreads from the local scene here in San Francisco to as far as Ibiza in Spain. Like many people with a lot of hype behind him, he can be kind of polarizing as well. I was thinking about this as I exchanged words with a friend while hailing a cab in the Lower Haight. On telling him my night's plans, he looked at me disgustedly and said, "Yeah? Really? You like that kind of stuff?" To be fair, I'm not the biggest fan, but I've always figured there must be something that makes Troxler such a popular figure.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Lost in the Night: Police Say It's Last Call at 222 Hyde

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

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222 Hyde Farewell Party

Saturday, March 10, 2013

222 Hyde

222 Hyde was the first venue where I threw a party. It was Cinco De Mayo, 2005, and I was a young soul DJ trying to my best to start something of my own that could compete with the established institutions of 1964 and Oldies Nite. The little club on the corner of Turk and Hyde was a very different animal in those days. There was no amazing soundsystem, the bar could only serve beer, and it was known more for the crust of its pizzas than the quality of its parties. Its first owners did their best given the circumstances, but the club was plagued by a neighbor who'd call the police if the music ever reached louder than a whisper. It was a frustrating time, and on our last night there, I remember being so upset that I hoisted myself up onto the bar and, much to the horror of the watching bartender, reached over to the hidden amplifier to give our last hours just a little bit more juice. Needless to say, that night ended badly. I like to think I've matured since then, but its comforting to know that Saturday night, on its own last stand, the club did much the same thing.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Beautiful Swimmers Get Aquatic at The Chase

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

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The Chase presents Beautiful Swimmers

Public Works OddJob Loft

Friday, March 1, 2013

The room shimmered to life, its walls painted with projections of rainbow-edged video feedback. Balloons drifted lazily across the floor, and a small crowd milled about, floating adrift inside this temporary media womb. Then Jean-Claude Van Damme appeared. These pleasures and more await at The Chase, a relatively new party that happens every once in a blue moon at Public Works' OddJob Loft.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Magic Touch and Mutant Beat Dance Work Through Sound Issues at Monarch

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM

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No Way Back presents Mutant Beat Dance and Magic Touch

Friday, Feb. 22, 2012

Monarch

There was some head-nodding, but not a whole lot of dancing at Monarch last Friday. This is an unusual occurrence for No Way Back, a party whose exuberant crowd generally creates one of the most active dancefloors in the city. Sound issues and the sometimes-atmospheric nature of Mutant Beat Dance, the headlining act, meant that things took on a more critical and cerebral vibe. Yet, even though the party had a few bumps, it turned out alright in the end.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bootie Takes Pop Culture and Rearranges It Completely

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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Bootie SF

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

DNA Lounge

The bouncer stamped my left wrist, my friend and I walked through the door, and then it all went blurry: We had just stepped into a club full of shitfaced people screaming the chorus to Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" over the spiralling pianos of Coldplay's "Clocks." Trying to make our way toward the ATM (and ultimately failing), we pushed through the crowd like icebreakers violently navigating an arctic trade route. Cocktails flew everywhere, flesh ground against flesh, shutter shades were dropped and stepped on. I looked up and studied a pirate flag draped from the balcony of DNA Lounge and asked myself if it would have been a better idea to have finally gone to a salsa night instead.

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