Up north

North Beach drinking shenanigans, plus Nina Kraviz, Mike Simonetti, Ssion, Quantic, and more hot-cool nightlife

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Siberian native Nina Kraviz melts turntables, minds

marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO I went drinking in North Beach and didn't get attacked by stripper bodyguards! (Damn.) The Beach has garnered a righteous rep for hotsy cocktailology — and yes, the sazeracs at Comstock Saloon (www.comstocksaloon.com) are superb, the Old-Fashioneds at 15 Romolo (www.15romolo.com) kick ass, Vesuvio's (www.vesuviosf.com) Bloody Marys bleed "Yes, please!," hello bacon-wrapped tater tots at the Boardroom (www.boardroomsf.com), and hola gin-and-real-gingers at Tope (1326 Grant) But my NB heart still skipped most for Specs' Twelve Adler Museum (12 William Saroyan Pl.) and its ragtag cast of characters, fascinating San Francisciana, and oops-cheap whiskeys. Then I took a nap.

 

MIKE SIMONETTI

Italians Do It Better — so says the nu-disco and modern Italo revivalist's label, and the man himself ain't so bad neither. He's pleased crowd's thoroughly every time he's appeared here and, paired tonight with Portland's buzzy (and worthy) robo-steamy live electronic duo Soft Metals, should be an unstoppable stallion of delight.

Fri/23, 9pm, $10 with Facebook RSVP, see www.monarchsf.com for details. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF.

 

SSION

Avant-pop doesn't get more avanter than NYC's Ssion, who heads a shadowy network of degraded interplanetary glamform beings just within reach among us.

Fri/23, 9pm, 18+, $15–$20. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.blowupsf.com

 

NINA KRAVIZ

Brainy, unpredictable, sensual, wild: the arresting Muscovite comes with a lot of DJ-of-the-moment expectations — and baggage. Her new album caused an Internet shitstorm when it turned out she'd jumped on the current, out-of-hand "singing DJ" bandwagon that also just claimed Norwegian cosmic disco god Lindstrom (I'm on the "meh" side of the whole thing. The pop-techno crossover trend hasn't excited me too much so far.) And yet her beats and selection are usually pretty wowza; it'll be a treat to see what she brings out at the Lights Down Low monthly, alongside essential Detroit techno hero Rolando and vogue beats innovator MikeQ.

Sat/24, 9:30pm-4am, $15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com

 

DAN GHENACIA

Dan is one of those supercool French deep-tech house dudes who I can't imagine laying down a trademark impeccably sexy set without a cigarette dangling from his smoocher. The true drama of this night might just lie in that. You, however, will probably get laid.

Sat/24, 9pm, $10-15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com

 

QUANTIC

Here's a bit of sunshine: renowned UK jazz-hop and tropical beatsmeister Quantic has mined his new home in Colombia for inspiration to release a really beautiful roots funk album, Look Around the Corner, with vocalist Alice Russell. Should be a live smash.

Sat/24, show at 9pm, $15-20. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com

 

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