Remembering SF psychedelic house pioneer Scott Hardkiss. Plus: Charlie Horse, Tensnake, V.I.V.E.K., Francois K., and more nightlife
In the late 2000s, just as Polk Street was inhaling its last breath of cool queer air — soon to be released in a high-pitched squeal of East Bay bachelorettes and party bus brakes — kooky queen Anna Conda and her beloved band of misfit drags mounted one final live assault on good taste. The weekly Charlie Horse drag night focused on punk rock music and even punker and rockier performances by longtime Polk Street denizens and fantastically questionable newbies. It was like the Muppet Show imploded. After three years, Charlie Horse returns as a first Saturday monthly at the new Eagle. Anna and effervescent ob-scene queen Mutha Chucka host, with a cast of flagrant favorites including Miss Nix, Marcy Playground, Anna Warhola, Juanita Fajita, Monistat, Dean Disaster, Dam Dyke, Frieda Laye, Miss Prick, Cookie Dough, and DJ Dirty Knees.
Sat/6, 10pm, $5. SF Eagle, 398 12th St., SF. www.tinyurl.com/charliehorsereturns
CLUB LEISURE: UNDER THE APRIL SKIES
We're gifted with a darkly springy Jesus and Mary Chain tribute at this rollicking Britpop monthly that covers roughly four decades of great haircuts and greater tunes, mod to Madchester, '90s indie to Northern Soul. Who else to listen to but JAMC throughout the dark months of April and May? (Well, besides Cocteau Twins, of course.) DJs Omar Aaron Axelsen, and Jeremy are your expert curators, Union Jackoff hosts the Britpop karaoke, Vis-a-Vis projects the psychedelic visuals.
Sat/6, 10pm-late, $8. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, SF. www.facebook.com/clubleisure
Back in November of 2010, heavenly German house- and disco-rejigger king Tensnake was at the height of his powers. With several hit records, including the inescapable "Coma Cat," and an era-defining mix for Resident Advisor under his belt, he was set to embark on a world tour (including a much-hyped stop in SF) when his hopes were felled by both family tragedy and visa problems. He all but disappeared from the scene for a while, but has recently come raging back with several ace mixes and remixes. In 2013, we're used to dance music history being shuffled uncannily into new and funkier decks, but Tensnake's charm and humor have been missed. Who else would successfully mix a tearjerkingly deep Aril Brikha track into a goofy Mr. Oizo rap? Or kick off his 2013 BBC Essential mix with local spiritual jazz goddess Alice Coltrane?
Sat/6, 10pm-late, $16–$25. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com
The EndUp lost the plot for me a few years ago — I can't even enjoy a little 5am messy on its classic dancefloor or in its one mens room stall anymore, because the music and crowd have gotten way too wraparound shades EDM. And I grew up there, k? Maybe that's about to turn around with the appearance of this true dance music innovator, one of my top 5 faves of all time, with almost four decades of legendary production work under his belt. We'll see! Especially with Dubtribe Soundsystem and Adnan Sharif backing up. If this is a cry for rep-restoring help, it's gonna sound sweet.
Sat/6, 10pm-6am, $20. The End Up, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.theendup.com