PARTY RADAR Who’s the Best DJ? Best Nightlife Venue? Best Dance Party? Best Drag Queen of King? best Late-Night Dancing? Best fucking Burrito? Yes, yes, it’s all a popularity contest—which mean you need to vote now in our 43rd annual BEST OF THE BAY poll. Do eeeeeeeet!
NOW HEAR THIS I missed the cute AF launch party at fantastic Monday joint Run the Length of Your Wildness this part week—also its last as a weekly!—but please do check out its incredible “Run The Length Of Your Wildness Vol 2,” its second digital collection that benefits the family of Cherushii, who we lost in the fire. “Tracks from Cherushii, Experimental Housewife, Roche & Lavender, David Last, Pleasure Corporation feat Roche and Kara Marie, Golden Donna, Lily Ackerman, Nihar, gayphextwin, North County, Water Feature, Ilya G, burnet207, Loren Steele, Paramour, Doc Sleep, Vidiian, DJ Patrick, Its Own Infinite Flower, CB Radio, Area Mann, Elexos Park, Atlas Of Nothing, Caltrop, Tristes Tropiques, Ben R Brown, Michael Claus, Hydroplane and Plaza. All proceeds will be donated to Cherushii’s family❤”
PARTIES OF NOTE
THU/13 RONI SIZE The superstar of classic UK drum ‘n bass hist the Independent, with amazing local emcee Audio Angel and UFO! opening. 8:30pm, $20. The Independent, SF. More info here.
THU/13 PUFF A drag/live rock/420-dancing queer marijuana appreciation happy hour? You got it. AND you can win a plumbus-shaped pipe. (Happy birthday DJ Dank!) 7pm-10pm, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here.
THU/13 ASTERISK The Asterisk parties are bright and happening, rooted in some supreme local techno talent. “Eugenia will grace us with her refined minimal techno grooves again. Max Gardner and Muon will play their second ever live show after their searing set at ZORG during Mutek SF. Experimental Housewife will close out the night with an hour and a half of transcendent dancefloor rhythms.” 9pm-2am, $10. F8, SF. More info here.
THU/13 MAKE ME A MIXTAPE “Playing all your favorite emo & indie nostalgic anthems on vinyl, including saves the day, the promise ring, the get up kids, alkaline trio, sunny day real estate and more.” 9:30pm-2am, free. The Knockout, SF. More info here.
THU/13 HODGE Deliciously deviant techno parties They’re Here and Surface Tension join forces to bring in this Bristol technoist, of the Berceuse Heroique and Livty Sound labels. With CM-4 and tons more. 9pm-2am, $10-$15. Underground, SF. More info here.
FRI/14 LEON VYNEHALL The Portsmouth, UK producer is deep into downtempo house, and latest album “Nothing is Still” balances cerebral beauty with expansive grooves. He’s joined by one of my favorites, Cooper Saver, and Taravel. 9:30pm-3am, $15. Great Northern, SF. More info here.
FRI/14 INDIEGALACTIC Cute. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger presents INDIEGALACTIC, a cosmic indie & electronic dance party crash landing at the venerated Public Works for one epic night of Total Alien Mayhem! Come as your favorite alien, robot, astronaut, or Human life form 👽👨🚀” 9pm-3am, $8 advance. Public Works, SF. More info here.
FRI/14 HOUSE OF BASS It’s the four-year anniversary of this rumbling party, with plenty of folks still spitting up playa dust helming the decks. 9:30pm-3am, $10. Public Works, SF. More info here.
FRI/14 VIVVY’S GRAND OPENING She’s wacky, she’s wild…. she’s always hosting a grand opening! This monthly dragstravaganza from VivvyAnne ForeverMore has a lot of big ideas and a little bit of spit and polish. This month’s theme: Denim. This month’s incredible DJs: Siobhan Alovalot and Rich King. 10pm-4am, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here.
FRI/14 LOOSE JOINTS Love this loose joint with DJs Tom Thump and Damon Bell: “Boogie, disco, rare groove, Afrobeat, latin, funk and more. All for the your imbibing and dancing pleasure, ALL NIGHT LONG.” 10pm-2am, $5-$10. Make-Out Room, SF. More info here.
FRI/14 LAST NITE More indie dance bliss. “DJs Jamie Jams and Rocky bring you all the hits from a time when punks suddenly remembered how to dance. It’s like we ate Pitchfork, stole your iPod and then rode off on your track bike.” 10pm-2am, $5-$10. Make-Out Room, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 MIDLAND The infectiously jovial UK house DJ comes to the Stud for the fabulous Mixed Forms party, which also features Oscar from Pound Puppy and benefits RAICES. 9pm-4am, $15-$20. The Stud, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 RED AXES Underground Israeli dance music duo with a dark side and lots of cowbell. Love them to death, and the Lights Down Low party they’re playing. 10pm-3am, $10-$15. Monarch, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 MOM DJS 9-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Holy moly, do the macaroni: Our fabulous crew of Motown on Mondays DJs (not just on Mondays anymore, obvs) is celebrating almost a decade of soul satisfaction. 8pm-4am, $5-$25. Public Works, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 PROJECT NUNWAY: 9 TO 5 WORK! What a hoot! This annual over-the-top fashion show (using all recycled materials) features our patron angels of charity, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as they show it all off for charity. It’s quite a thing. 7pm-11pm, $20. SomARTS, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 HEIDI + KIM ANN FOXMAN OMG two of my absolute favs, Heidi the hard technoer from Detroit and Kim Ann the high-style early 90s revivalist from NYC, together at one huge daytime party, called Altitude, with Tyrel Williams, Sepehr, and more. Squeeee! Noon-7pm, $16-$22. The Midway, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 BEESMUNT SOUNDSYSTEM I am not lying here, this Saturday is a clusterfuck of amazing DJs and parties, and I or you may die. Drink water. This duo, which weaves together snippets of obscure tunes from throughout the history of dance music into something wholly new, blew me away at a Honey Soundsystem party last year. Now they’re back in the Public Works loft, plying the afterparty for the Fantastic Voyage dance cruise. 9:30pm-3:30am, $10-$15. Public Works loft, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 PUSH THE FEELING One of the cutest parties going, that delves into the more independent and idiosyncratic sides of dance music. This one’s got Keil from STRFKR (DJ Set), Marcogliese, Kevin Meenan, and Glenn Jackson. 9pm-2am, $5-$10/ Underground SF. More info here.
SAT/15 FRINGE A back-to-school indie dance party (featuring a giant dancing pencil, we hear), playing the hits and the singalongs. “We invite all former school geeks, freaks, punks, etc to join us on the dance floor!” 9pm-2am, $5 after 10pm. Madrone, SF. More info here.
SAT/15 BEATPIG Drag goddess Juanita More went to the market! DJ Stanley had roast beef! Scantily dressed host Walter had none! It’s a piggy dance party, y’all, benefitting the Transgender Law Center. 10pm-2am, $5. The Powerhouse, SF. More info here.
SUN/16 DJ STINGRAY Absolutely banging techno from a Detroit legend on a Sunday. Do it. 9pm-2am, $7. Monarch, SF. More info here.
SUN/16 CASUAL EUPHORIA: AN ASMR PARTY On the complete other end of the spectrum, what about going to a party that privileges ambient sensations over mind-muffling bangers? Live performance with djs and sensory installations with make you tingle all over. 8pm-2am, $5. The Stud, SF. More info here.
SUN/16 DISCO DADDY Legendary DJ Steve Fabus (Trocadero / I-Beam / Go Bang!) is taking over DJ Bus Station John’s tremendously popular and salacious Sunday night disco affair—with a full seven-hour mega-set! 7pm-2am, $5-$7. SF Eagle. More info here.