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Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Function, Heiko Laux, Tony Humphries and More

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Function headlines a devastating techno lineup at Public Works on Friday, Nov. 13.
  • Function headlines a devastating techno lineup at Public Works on Friday, Nov. 13.
As You Like It presents Function, Kangding Ray, and Mike Servito at Public Works, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13. $20-$25; publicsf.com

The most important, influential, and groundbreaking techno act of the past 20 years was Sandwell District, a production collective-slash-record label comprised primarily of British industrial techno luminary Regis, San Francisco expat Silent Servant, and New York techno stalwart Function. Launched in 2005 and wrapped up by 2011, Sandwell District remains peerless, borrowing the blueprint of inescapable minimal techno and infusing it with spectral moods, outer space atmosphere, and a crisp, futuristic sound design that hasn't been matched since. And although Sandwell District's catalog was produced by three people, it feels like a singular work; as Function himself put it in a recent interview: "[Sandwell District's debut album] was a mysterious record to us. It somehow made itself. There were three of us involved in making it, but some tracks ... sort of just appeared. ... It was effortless."

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Call Super, Carlos Souffront, Barnt, and More

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Call Super headlines F8 on Saturday, Nov. 7. - ADLAN MANSRI
  • Adlan Mansri
  • Call Super headlines F8 on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Parameter and Outpost present Call Super, Cherushii, Conor and more at F8, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. $10-$15; feightsf.com

You may have missed this, but Call Super's Suzi Ecto was the best album of 2014. Released just over a year ago on the tightly curated record label Houndstooth (owned by London mega-club fabric and managed by Internet radio mastermind Rob Booth), Suzi Ecto is a masterpiece, the rare record that really pushes the limits of what electronic music can be. It updates the dreamy, moody sounds of mid-'90s Warp Records-style IDM for the modern era, pairing them with trippy, psychedelic vibes that make the whole thing sound a little bit like what might have happened if The Beach Boys had owned a bunch of synthesizers. And unlike many techno records, this one feels like a proper journey — it's an album in every sense of the word. But that's not why you should go see Call Super this Friday. You should go see Call Super because he's a fantastic DJ.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: SF Electronic Music Festival, Rodriguez Jr., Ron Morelli and More

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

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The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at Kanbar Forum and Brava Theater Center, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Thurs.-Sun. Sept. 10-13. $16-$25; sfemf.org

Let's just get this out of the way — this is a party column and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival is not a party. But it is a celebration of electronic music's myriad forms, textures, and rich history, featuring groundbreaking performers who push the limits of what "music" can be, so it deserves top billing this week.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Jack J, Appleblim, David August, and More

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Vancouver's mysterious Jack J headlines The Basement on Saturday, Aug. 29. - DUBLAB
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  • Vancouver's mysterious Jack J headlines The Basement on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Play It Cool featuring Jack J (Pender Street Steppers) at The Basement, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. $10-$15; thebasementsf.com

It takes guts to play Steely Dan in a DJ set and make it work. Scene: The interior of a tiny Vietnamese karaoke bar located off the edge of Kensington Market in Toronto. Vancouver's Pender Street Steppers (a hotly tipped duo comprised of Jack Jutson and Liam Butler) are DJing the party, and it's my first night in town. It's 2 a.m., and I've just left another bar see if this party's cracking. I arrive at the bar and notice that the two glass storefront windows are entirely fogged, so much so that I can't see inside. I take that as a sign and claw my way in. The place is packed wall-to-wall with young hipsters sweating so much that the ceiling is dripping and dancing like fiends to the Steppers' selections of vintage house, funk, and R&B. Then, at about 2:45 a.m., there it is: some kind of Steely Dan remix, with the guitar and the vocal and everything. I can't stop dancing. All of my clothes are dripping with sweat. The party ends soon after, and I walk outside, drifting on cloud nine.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: DJ Fett Burger, Laurel Halo, Konrad Black, and More

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Norway's elusive DJ Fett Burger headlines Oakland's B4bel4b Gallery on Friday, Aug. 14.
  • Norway's elusive DJ Fett Burger headlines Oakland's B4bel4b Gallery on Friday, Aug. 14.
Sex Tags UFO Summer Jam featuring DJ Fett Burger at B4bel4b Gallery (Oakland), 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14. $10-$15; b4bel4b.com

Electronic music, in general, is lacking in characters. Producers and DJs tend to fall into two broad categories: the dour, moody, surly types (read: "underground DJs"), and the white-sunglasses-and-purple-V-neck party animal types (read: "festival DJs"). Real, honest-to-goodness weirdos are few and far between in electronic music. Maybe it's because for all of its self-ascribed iconoclasm, electronic music actually lives and dies by the trend; artists who operate outside of certain prescribed narratives tend to find success wanting.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: DJ Pierre and Roy Davis Jr., Wolf + Lamb, White Visitation and More

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM

DJ Pierre (left) and Roy Davis Jr. go back-to-back at Mighty on Friday, August 7.
  • DJ Pierre (left) and Roy Davis Jr. go back-to-back at Mighty on Friday, August 7.
Mighty presents DJ Pierre and Roy Davis Jr. back-to-back at Mighty, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7. $15-$20; mighty119.com

The history of electronic music is littered with singular decisions that have had long-lasting repercussions. For example, what if Roland, the Japanese electronics company responsible for producing drum machines, synthesizers, and corollary gear, had spent more time developing the TB-303, its "bass synthesizer" marketed to guitarists (for bass accompaniment)? Maybe then the TB-303 would have been more useful for its intended purpose, and maybe then it wouldn't have flooded the second-hand market shortly after its release, and maybe then DJ Pierre wouldn't have gotten a hold of one. And maybe then he, alongside partners Herb Jackson and Earl Smith (as Phuture), wouldn't have recorded the 1987 12-inch Acid Tracks, which featured the squelching sound of the TB-303 and inspired generations of imitators, who named a subgenre after it: acid house (and acid techno).

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: KZA, Michael Serafini, Benji B, and More

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

KZA headlines Monarch Friday, July 31.
  • KZA headlines Monarch Friday, July 31.
KZA, Eug, Mozghan, and Magic Touch at Monarch, 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, July 31. $10-$20; monarchsf.com

There's only one country in the world that does America better than America, and that's Japan. Whether it's rockabilly, baseball, pizza (Japan invented the hot dog crust), or jeans (go check out Self Edge on Valencia Street for very expensive physical proof), the Japanese seem to have a real knack for borrowing bits of American culture — sometimes obscure subcultures — and iterating on them until Plato would be satisfied. And now, thanks to the work of veteran Japanese selectors like KZA, it's time to add disco to that list.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Om Unit, Rabit, Fort Romeau, and More

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Om Unit headlines Stamina's Sunday night drum & bass weekly on July 26. - JONANGELO MOLINARI
  • Jonangelo Molinari
  • Om Unit headlines Stamina's Sunday night drum & bass weekly on July 26.
Stamina Sundays presents Om Unit at F8, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Free; feightsf.com

Drum & bass was, for a moment, a trademark San Francisco sound. Beginning in the mid-'90s, the rapid, hyper-kinetic sound rippled through the Bay Area rave scene (in its heyday at that time), finding its way into the city's club nights and record shops. (For an in-depth examination of drum & bass' history in the Bay Area, especially the influence of the all-female crew Eklektic, read Shawn Reynaldo's excellent "Nightclubbing" feature published recently by Red Bull Music Academy.) By the early-mid aughts, as the first tech boom wound down and began permanently altering the character of the city, drum & bass all but disappeared from San Francisco dancefloors.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Danny Daze, Carlos Souffront, Pinch, and More

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 3:11 PM

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Public Works presents Danny Daze & Detroit Swindle at Public Works, 9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Friday, July 10. $16-$20; publicsf.com

When it comes to electronic music, Miami never gets the credit it deserves. Detroit, Chicago, and New York get all the credit — well-deserved credit, mind you — but Miami gets short shrift. That's a shame, because Miami bass, the city's namesake sound, has always bubbled just underneath the surface, enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight in the '90s when 2 Live Crew was a thing and Ghost Town DJs' "My Boo" was everywhere. Danny Daze, a Miami native, is doing what he can to change that with his genre-spanning DJ sets and productions.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Horse Meat Disco, Derrick Carter, Honey Soundsystem, and More

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Derrick Carter heads a stacked lineup for Pink Mammoth's block party at Mighty, Saturday June 27. - STEVE STILLS
  • Steve Stills
  • Derrick Carter heads a stacked lineup for Pink Mammoth's block party at Mighty, Saturday June 27.
There are three times a year San Francisco's party schedule goes topsy-turvy: Halloween weekend (meaning the weekend folks celebrate Halloween, regardless of what day of the week Oct. 31 is), New Year's Eve and Day, and the last weekend in June, better known as Pride weekend. Accordingly, this column takes a slightly different tack during these three weekends, as the city's Party Rules go mostly out the window, and it can be tough to tell the wheat from the chaff. Each party is weighted equally, and you can rest assured any or all of the shindigs featured herein will be a cut above the rest.

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