The siren song of the Caribbean calls to San Francisco dub producer Roommate, who road-tests a set of original, reggae-inflected electronic tracks at the Elbo Room on Sunday.
It’s not clear how much longer Justin McCauley, the Richmond district resident of seven years, has left in the Bay, he says.
“S.F. has been good to me over the years, but I’m getting the itch to move back out of the country and get some more culture shock in my life,” he says. “I’ve never lived on an island and I’ve always wanted to try being isolated, seeing what it would do to me as an artist.” Read More
Unabashedly intellectual San Francisco producer Kastle hears a huge “Boom!” from somewhere close to his Dolores Park apartment.“That was big,” he says. “I thought this was a nice neighborhood.” Read More
San Francisco-based house-DJ duo on the rise Bells & Whistles returns to South of Market nightclub Harlot today, part of the busiest year ever for young Zack Yakovlev and Yanick Rieffel. Bells & Whistles plays the “Sound” night at the swanky club alongside Lisbona, supporting PBR Streetgang. Expect good times, fierce-looking ladies and some deep house, Yakovlev says. Read More
Electronic music is having the Year of the Monkey.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based downtempo producer Bonobo brings his spectacular 15-piece live band and light show — as well as iconic singer Erykah Badu — to the sold-out Warfield on Friday.
The band and Badu perform a reconstructed version of Bonobo’s (aka Simon Green’s) hit new record, “The North Borders,” as well as cuts from his killer back catalog.
It’s a psychic homecoming of sorts for the U.K.-raised maker of relaxed, organic tracks. Read More
San Francisco musician, DJ and producer Dub Gabriel celebrates the release of his fourth solo album, “Raggabass Resistance,” with a party at the Elbo Room on Sunday.
Fusing electronic experimentalism and groovy reggae, “Raggabass Resistance” is the sound of a three-year global odyssey, with diverse guests such as Major Lazer and Snoop Dogg producer Blakkamoore and David J from Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. Read More
U.K. jungle music legend Roni Size returns to San Francisco on Saturday for a stripped-down, hyperkinetic drum and bass set with MC Dynamite.
The 44-year-old Bristol resident’s first visit to The City in two years will precede his Sunday set at the gargantuan Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
Don’t worry about him saving something in the gas tank for his sweltering desert date. Read More
Modern house aficionados will pack Public Works on Friday for another “Icee Hot” dance party, this time featuring the West Coast debut of Rotterdam, Netherlands, artist Gerd. “Icee Hot” co-founder Ghosts on Tape (aka Ryan Merry) said the Gerd night has been long in coming.
“We’ve just been big fans for a long time and he’s awesome,” Merry said. “It was just perfect for us. His music represents a lot of what we’re about.” Read More
Sunny, funky experimental electronic artist Devonwho will help leading music software company Ableton show off new wares in a unique premiere at Public Works on Thursday.
The San Francisco-based producer will perform an Ableton-enabled set as part of a night of cutting-edge beat-making with Kid606, Christopher Willits and Mophono. Read More
King of Los Angeles’ electronic underground, Daedelus brings a new and improved fourth “Magical Properties” tour to The City on Sunday, promising a superbly curated night of thoughtful, bass-driven electronica and a hypnotic new light show called “Chaya.”
The 35-year-old Venice resident — aka Alfred Darlington or Alfred Weisberg-Roberts — has hand-picked Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth and Samo Sound to open the show at the Independent for him. It’s part of a run of North American winter tour dates before he works on releasing a new 2013 LP. Read More
Ghostly International recording artist Shigeto joins labelmates such as Com Truise and Dauwd for a rare, thrilling night of tastemaker electronic music Friday at 1015 Folsom.
The Detroit-based Zach Saginaw, who grew up with influences including Motown, jazz, hip-hop and techno, mixes them with inviting, melodic, vividly textured electronic music production, accompanied by live drums. Read More
San Francisco may have the lowest proportion of children of any major city in America, but they are arguably the coolest kids, per capita.
For example, city kids and their stir-crazy parents have a tot-friendly dance outlet at Temple nightclub at noon Sunday, when the venue hosts Baby Loves Disco, which is likely to sell out.
The $15 to $55 afternoon family dance party is part of a series of monthly residencies this winter in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read More
The world’s freshest soulful, funky, thumping deep-house music moves from the hard drive of tastemaker San Francisco DJ Miguel Migs to the packed dance floor of Mighty on Saturday.
Going strong for eight years, Migs’ monthly dance night “Salted” is one of The City’s most consistent and longest-running house music nights. This week, it features residents Migs and Julius Papp doing a pre-Winter Music Conference session of tasty beats. Read More
Mismatches make for great memories: Sting singing karaoke with fans in a little bar, the Rolling Stones playing a pub or turntablist superstar DJ Z-Trip at the tiny New Parish in Oakland on Friday.
“It doesn’t always have to be the Coliseum,” says Z-Trip, who closed the Grammys with LL Cool J in February and released a mixtape with rapper Talib Kweli in 2012. Read More
“Sometimes it’s bass-heavy, really party music. Other times, it’s really deep. But whatever it is, it always has to be sexy,” says Clint Stewart, one-half of the 2-year-old San Francisco house duo Safeword.
The up-and-coming techno DJs are headlining a libidinal dance set at Milk Bar’s “Spilt Milk” two-year anniversary party Saturday in the Haight, free with RSVP. Read More
Didn’t make it to Brazil for Carnival this month? Cut loose Sunday at the Mission’s Elbo Room with leading dread-bass DJ Kush Arora spinning alongside electro-reggae spitter MC Zulu.
Just back from India and supporting his new Little Owl Recordings EP, “The Carioca Bass,” Arora is planning a night of global electronic dance music including Jamaican dancehall, tropical-influenced sounds and his own heavy-hitting brand of dread-bass.
Arora will run the rhythms and dub live, while Chicago-based Panamanian MC Zulu does his thing. Read More