4/19 - 4/23
The sun is shining, life is good and the parties are better.
Part producer, part singer, part performance artist, Róisín Murphy makes experimental and synth inflected pop. Multiple successful albums (“Overpowered” and “Ruby Blue”), her associations with trip hop group Moloko, and her distinctive slinky vocals meant serious critical acclaim for Murphy. Aside from this, she’s contributed vocals to not insignificant number of dance music producers (Boris Dlugosch, Hot Natured, David Morales, Jesse Rose, Nathan Barato, Prosumer, Claptone, Fatboy Slim, and Derrick Carter to name a few.) Well paired San Francisco favorites Honey Soundsystem will open for her.
Everyone’s favorite Wednesday night party is paired with As You Like It’s Unabridged series this week at Housepitality. It’s easy to describe Housepitality as a dance music lover’s paradise on any given Wednesday, but the depth of talent this week is particularly exceptional. Bunker resident Mike Servito has gained worldwide recognition for good reason - the depth of his music library, along with his epic back-to-backs and support of his peers (Magda, the Black Madonna, Job Jobse, Matthew Dear, Derek Plaslaiko to name just a few) make this a must do. Servito won’t be alone, AYLI resident and all-vinyl heavyweight Mike Gushansky will open along with Tyrel Williams. The talent is deep, the cover is reasonable, and the champagne is free from 9-10pm, as always.
When all of your favorite San Francisco-based techno heroes join up, and it’s paired with our favorite intimate venue at Monarch, we’ve got to call it required reading. Not only does Mioli throw excellent parties, they also have a distinct aesthetic of quality techno and tech house and find talent that meets those expectations, like Sean Raya and Intec’s Alex Sibley.
Disco is where it all originated, and Free Your Fabulous takes us all back to dance music’s roots at this monthly at Madrone Art Bar. A casual, laid-back, and funky vibe makes this an excellent choice for your Thursday night. It features primarily disco and disco house, and this week SanFranDisko, aka Paul Goodyear is the guest DJ. He’s a legendary remixer with a treasure trove of disco cuts of everyone from the Pet Shop Boys to Danny Tenaglia to Chaka Kahn.
Techno fans will rejoice to know that Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann is making a rare west coast appearance. Hot off a DJ-Kicks album and a new EP with Ben Klock (“Phantom Studies,” Ostgut Ton), he promises dark, dubby, and club-oriented minimal techno presented with his usual technical prowess. Unsurprisingly, the fact that Emma Burgess-Olson, aka UMFANG is opening, is a serious attention-getter as well. The Discwoman co-founder has a number of impressive hardware-focused solo productions, well-regarded mixes and podcasts, and has recently announced the debut of her EP, Symbolic Use of Light, on Technicolour to be released in June. As You Like It has full use of the Public Works space with east coast house music titans Jus Ed and DJ Qu for a back-to-back set in the Loft. It’s always a pleasure to be able to easily seek out different atmospheres and sounds within the same evening and it doesn’t happen nearly enough in San Francisco.
To add to an impressive full week of shows, As You Like It is hosting a daytime party in Elk Glen Meadow in Golden Gate Park. The weather has not been kind to San Francisco and its love of outdoor day parties, but the forecast indicates that’s about to change just in time for this event. The event features Sunset Sound System DJs Solar and Mozghan, residents Mike Gushansky & Sassmouth (God Particle, Smartbar), Polyglamorous’ Mark O’Brien, and Vinyl Dreams’ Mike Bee. For those of you disappointed by the rain outs for the Sunset Opener, this will be a solid replacement for a day of sun and house music.
Legendary on the Playa for hosting incredible music talent, the Mayan Warrior art car brings Rebolledo (Comeme, Kompakt) and Barnt (Comeme, Mule Musiq, Magazine) to the Great Northern. Recommended for fans of the lighter side of Ellum and the the more minimal side of house music.
L.I.E.S. Records’ Tzusing is known for textured productions punctuated by industrial percussion. Upcomer Via App is also on the bill, whose futuristic and otherworldly sound is likely to impress fans of more left field techno and IBM. She’s opened for Aurora Halal, Massimiliano Pagliara, and for Discwoman.
With the beautiful weather, here's a few other day-into-evening parties to consider for closing out your weekend:
For a more comprehensive guide to upcoming dance music events, we recommend this calendar. Have we missed an event? Have something coming up we should know about? Corrections? Email us for consideration at firstname.lastname@example.org.