DJ Platurn brings his trademark old-school hip-hop and soul chops to The City on Saturday at Mezzanine in what will be a hot opening for headliners The Foreign Exchange.
“It’s definitely going to be a classic soul, classic hip-hop approach,” says Platurn, an Iceland-born, 18-year veteran of the Bay Area hip-hop scene who lives with his wife in El Sobrante. Read More
San Francisco electronic music artist Tycho brings his sleek, summery, nature vibes to the fifth annual Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday, and it’s a homecoming of sorts for Mission district resident Scott Hansen, who has been on tour promoting his 2011 Ghostly records release “Dive” for most of the year.
Inspired by life in the Bay Area — with its easy access to the Pacific, as well as ancient redwood forests and verdant valleys — “Dive” is a sunny, ambient record of steady beats and mellow, guitar-based melodies. It’s also the perfect soundtrack accompanying breezy, jaw-dropping sunset views of The City from Treasure Island.
Marin-based electronic music producer Amon Tobin hits another career high Friday when he brings the maximally awesome “ISAM: Live” show to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, with openers Kronos Quartet.
The Greek is huge. Kronos’ reputation is impeccable. And Amon’s hit road show is so massive, venues have trouble getting it in the building.
With “ISAM,” Tobin tells an epic in sound — a pounding, fractal, processed, boundary-exploding odyssey that challenges and intrigues. Read More
Epileptics, beware. The Stereo 3D Festival at Space 550 pulses kinetically Saturday with a headline DJ set from Reuben Wu, keyboardist for electropop smash Ladytron.
Over five studio albums, the 7-year-old Ladytron has helped define modern new wave and synthpop. With the band on a well-earned hiatus, Wu plays DJ gigs to fund international travel and photo projects.
His advice to San Francisco electro lovers this weekend: “Get your dancing shoes.” Read More
“Fifty Shades of Grey”? More like one night in San Francisco.
Berliners on holiday, DJs from across the world and the fetish-minded will be bumping and grinding at mashup dance night “Bootie SF” on Saturday at DNA Lounge in The City. It’s part of a weekendlong series tied to the world’s largest fetish-themed party, the Folsom Street Fair, on Sunday.
A 9-year-old global phenomenon, “Bootie SF” fully embraces the Folsom Street Fair theme every year, says co-founder and resident DJ Adrian. Read More
Funky, sweaty and not very sober, the Make-Out Room’s funk-centric DJ showcase “Loose Joints” cuts loose again this weekend with resident DJ Tom Thump, DJ Centipede, Damon Bell and a special guest from Detroit, the eclectic DJ BMG.
Situated in the funky core of the Mission district in the raucous Friday evening time slot, the three-years-running weekly party inspires some crazy good times, says Mission resident Tom Thump: “The place is so weird. It’s got decor like nowhere else. It’s funky in just the right way.” Read More
Sometimes, slow is quick. Rising Los Angeles DJ and producer Shlohmo headlines a post-Burning Man show called “The Afterburn” at 10 p.m. Friday at 1015 Folsom in The City’s South of Market district.
In this string of one-off dates, the in-demand 22-year-old ambient bass producer Henry Laufer will perform an up-tempo club set with laptop and controller Friday, speeding up the languorous beats of his impressive 2011 debut LP, “Bad Vibes.” Read More
Listen to super-producer Diplo’s new EP, or the skronk of dubstep bannerman Skrillex, or iconic rapper Snoop Dogg’s recent reggae reincarnation Snoop Lion, and it would seem like the sweet island riddims of reggae and its trippier offshoot “dub” are more popular than ever.But Bay Area resident DJ Sep — founder of the 16-year-old weekly dub night Dub Mission Sundays at Elbo Room — says the genre never went away. Read More
Copy that, we have positive
Futuristic cyberpunk hero and battler of corporate overlords Deltron Zero will make a once-in-a-lifetime appearance at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Sunday at the annual Rock the Bells music festival.
Deltron Zero is, of course, the construct of alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, composed of Richmond rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, San Francisco producer Dan the Automator and Montreal turntable deity Kid Koala. Read More
There can be only one PvD.
Berlin’s globe-trotting producer-DJ megastar Paul van Dyk drops into the Bay Area this week to preside atop the Identity Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday.
The Grammy Award-nominated, progressive trance icon tours his first LP in five years, “Evolution,” delivering his populist mix of banging beats, atmospherics and guest vocalists such as Owl City’s Adam Young. Read More
Oakland-based electronic-music artist The Polish Ambassador brings his “no genre left behind” mix of glitchy, wobbly, electro-funk breakbeats to the lounge at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on Saturday. The $15, all-ages show — a cool new turn for jazz-focused Yoshi’s — also coincides with this week’s release of 31-year-old David Sugalski’s new EP “Superpowers.” Presented by Euphonic Conceptions and Yoshi’s San Francisco, Sugalski will be backed by visual artist Liminus, as well as openers Boris Gladkikh (aka Gladkill) and lazer-crunk DJ Freddy Todd. Read More
DJ Ted of BAGeL Radio brings his award-winning curatorial skills to the Bottom of the Hill Thursday in a show supporting a trio of rising indie pop and punk acts.
The winner of two CMJ Awards and several others, DJ Ted’s 9-year-old Internet radio station BAGeL Radio has become a key booster for San Francisco’s indie rock scene.
His show “480 Minutes,” broadcast live from his San Francisco apartment on Fridays, is inundated with promotional CDs from hundreds of labels like Sub Pop, Absolutely Kosher and Asthmatic Kitty — all vying for a spot in his eclectic weekly lineups. Read More
Sure, the hype machine screams for new rock star DJ gods Deadmou5 and Skrillex, but the fact of the matter is: Electronic dance music, as a genre, is no spring chicken.At the genre’s birth in the late 1970s and early ’80s, the first DJs were perhaps 20, making them roughly 52 about now. While a new generation of raver kids may be discovering four-four beats, seasoned scenesters now take their toddlers to “baby disco” parties on weekend afternoons. Read More
The Kid is going to be all right.Former San Francisco resident and glitchy experimental electronic music producer Kid606 returns from Berlin this week to play his first Bay Area show in 3½ years. Opening for Com Truise at 103 Harriet on Friday, the show marks the beginning of Kid606’s homecoming after a harrowing experience living in the electronic music capital of Berlin.Miguel Trost De Pedro lived in the Bay Area for eight years, releasing more than 10 solo albums as Kid606, and more than 200 albums as the head of boutique label Tigerbeat6. Read More
Fewer than a thousand beatheads are clutching coveted tickets to a once-in-a-lifetime DJ night Friday at 103 Harriet in San Francisco.
Iconic producer and artist DJ Shadow is scheduled to emerge from his North Bay enclave for a rare, intimate sold-out DJ set. The Marin-based producer and DJ can draw tens of thousands at major festivals. This weekend, he'll headline “Low End Theory SF,” becoming the biggest artist to spin at the monthly beat music gathering. Read More