"Britches" offers music to drink by (or not) at Daddy's; OM Records celebrates "A Decade of Future Music"

Alas, this year I joined the cult of (relative) sobriety. It kidnapped me, beat me, threw me into a dark closet, and programmed me into living a healthier lifestyle. Boring, I know, but it happens. Yet that doesn't mean I've withdrawn myself from drinking hours entirely. For example: Places such as Daddy's -- a perfect neighborhood bar in the Castro frequented by men of, um, a certain age -- are great for a spell if you're in the area. What with its straight-out-of-SOMA charm and hypermasculinity, the vibe there overrides my need to get totally shitfaced (well, almost). Recently, the venue has seen some changes. The younger (and somewhat detached, as a few have bitterly whined) gay sect has laid ground there, too. Packed club nights such as the monthly "Faggot" (featuring DJ Earworm) and Thursday's "CDXL" currently call Daddy's home. Now, DJ Pinkyring has created a new party, "Britches," which he describes as a night of "[m]usic to drink by ... a mixture of Freedom Rock and eclectro trash [sic]." And although such a description might chase off those of us giving our livers a break, the night is as rollicking for the designated driver as it is for the loud drunk. So come dance, imbibe, or get deprogrammed starting at 9 p.m. this and every Wednesday; call 621-8732 or visit www.daddysbar.com for more info. -- Brock Keeling


S.F.-based OM Records tends to behave like a spry youngster, hosting frequent late-night parties and pumping out booty-shaking, soul-stirring music that effortlessly traverses genres like house, hip hop, jazz, and funk. But this week the label is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with "OM:10, A Decade of Future Music," which in nightclub years is Bea Arthurold. No matter, for age brings wisdom about what rocks a party, and several OM artists and DJs will spend the evening of Friday, Feb. 3, proving just that. Mark Farina, John Howard, Andy Caldwell, Johnny Fiasco, Chuck Love with Fourfeet, and Rithma will DJ, while J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Colossus, and Afro Mystik will perform live. The party goes off at Mezzanine; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. -- Tamara Palmer


Normally the Pound is a venue where one might take in a hardcore show, but it's had an intriguing sprinkling of hip hop concerts on its calendar of late, such as the appearance this week of local rap stars Tech N9NE and Andre Nickatina on Friday, Feb. 3 (call 826-5009 or go to www.poundsf.com for more info). While most will buy a ticket to hear one of Nickatina's classic Bay Area hits, like "Ayo for Yayo," or to hear what's on the mind of one of this region's most incendiary rappers, N9NE, those who show up early will be able to catch a performance from Tequila. She's an unsigned rapper from Vallejo who spits toughness straight from the block but still manages to act like a lady -- probably the result of growing up in her father's church. Her signature song, "T-E-Q-U-I-L-A," features an R&B contribution from Mike Marshall, who sang the hook to another bay classic, Luniz's "I Got 5 on It," and was a member of '80s sensations Timex Social Club. Tequila doesn't appear to have any gimmicks (e.g., an overly sexed-up image or an obsession with violence), which might actually hinder a bid for national attention. For now, though, she's got as good a shot as any.-- Tamara Palmer

 
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