First the horrifying news: Tiesto is launching a clothing line today called CLVB LIFE. (I pray to Satan/Skrillex that there will be Tiesto Euro-trance Spanx. Tranx?) And now the wonderful news: There are a bunch more excellent parties happening this weekend than we could fit in the paper's Weekly Picks section. Let's get to 'em.
Gaaaah I love the Berlin minimal house goddess so -- even enough to brave the slightly Gucci-esque crowd and expensive drinks at Vessel. (Every Thursday, the Union Square club brings in delicious talent for the Base parties, and you can usually find a friendly dancefloor spot with some fellow travelers.) Lst time she was here, Miss Cassy schooled the fanboys at EndUp's Kontrol party. I can't wait to hear what direction her stripped-down, funky tech sound is taking now. She will be playing all vinyl! Jeno opens up! Bliss.
Thu/8, 10pm, $10. Vessel, 85 Campton Pl., SF. More info here.
The infamous and lovely outdoor Sunset Party season has ended -- but the After the Sunset series keeps the sunshine alive with quality regular gigs. During the age of minimal techno, Germany's Lopazz neatly injected some bright grooves into the often astringent sound. Now he's full of mental-twist funky, and his performance on the decks at Sunset a couple years back was really, really fun. Check him out at the new Monarch venue, which is shaping up to be a real winner music-wise.
Fri/9, 9pm, $5 before 11. Monarch, 101 6th St., SF. More info here
>> PATRICE SCOTT
Patrice is from Detroit, and has been part of the techno scene there for more than 25 years. His hypnotic sounds maintains the original deep-deep vibes of the early movement, at once expansive yet deliciously focused, cosmic yet body-oriented -- the sound of Detroit's soul-cybotronic underground. This appearance will be a chance to hear the legend backed up by one of our own soul-tech greats: Aybee Deepblak. Jason Kendig and Conor will round off an evening I'm totally geeking out about.
Fri/9, 10pm-4am, $10-$15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Philly future bass producer Starkey blows my mind with his tracks, often ecstatic wobbles through sticky starlight. I've been a fan since he was vaguely associated with the right fit Scottish collective LuckyMe, which brought a smart, introspective, slightly melancholic sheen to the burgeoning future bass sound in the late-mid-naughts . Starkey'll be part of a bonkers lineup that will please future bass, dub step, d 'n b, and straight up dance fans alike: Ana Sia, Tokimonsta, Ghosts on Tape, DJ Dials, and more.
Fri/9, 8pm-4am, $15-$20. 103 Harriet, SF. www.1015.com
>> DJ RUPTURE
Famously wide-eared global bass and nu-cumbia party Tormenta Tropical is celebrating its fourth anniversary with one of the biggest ambassadors of intelligent worldly electronic dance music, DJ Rupture. NYC-Dominican bad girl Maluca opens up -- get ready to dance all over.
Sat/10, 10 p.m., $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com
Regular readers know Im a freak for NYC's Wolf + Lamb duo, of which the dark and handsome Gadi Mizrahi is one half (I prefer he be Lamb). He returns with his sexy pitched-down house sound (ladies and me might throw panties) for the Public Works holiday party, also featuring our own genius Afrolicious brothers, the fantastically danceable Pumpkin, and Vancouver's Smalltown DJs, who pump an electro sound all their own. Oh, and Briski of the As You Like It Crew, whose deep techno sets have turned my ear all year.
Sat/10, 10pm-3am, $10-$20. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
>> ODYSSEY WITH DAVID HARNESS
This little monthly-ish party from promoter-DJ Robin Simmons at Deco Lounge is tight sand delightful. David, our king-queen of soulful house, plays super-deep, danceable, expertly mixed sets in a relaxed atmosphere where people actually get down on the dance floor.
Sat/10, 9 p.m., $5. Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF. www.decosf.com
>>WONDER FULL 8
This regular tribute to Stevie Wonder transcends mere "Greatest Hits" nostalgia and blasts off into a groovy cosmos of love and funk with a slew of rare tracks, remixes, edits, and just plain living for the cit-ay. DJ Spinna handles the keys of life.