Doc Martin: back to his old stomping ground

DJ Omar's diverse and dotted sets, although always linear, stem from his background in multiple music genres. Influenced by punk, goth, new wave, blatant pop, hip hop, and a general adoration of Britpop (he is, after all, a cofounder of "Popscene"), Omar's music — as well as the venues he graces — makes it difficult to pigeonhole his taste. (Although it's safe to say that he steers clear of wedding-reception beats and, sadly, show tunes). What's more, his assorted sundry of sounds results in a rather large following that's a mixed bag of nuts as well. Come hear Omar spin in an intimate setting at his bimonthly gig at Anú this Thursday, Dec. 21, at 10 p.m. Admission is free; call 543-3505 or visit www.anu-bar.com for more info. Brock Keeling


He's internationally known as one of America's top dance music DJs and as one of the breakout stars of the Los Angeles rave scene, but Doc Martin got his start right here some 20 years ago spinning in the city's post-disco hotspots. His increasingly rare S.F. appearances are a buzzed-about treat, offering unpredictable sets of familiar funk and obscure house alike. His finesse as a DJ is as durable as his namesake shoes, and will have revelers doing stylized versions of the steel-toe stomp on Friday, Dec. 22, at Ruby Skye at 9 p.m. Admission is $15; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. Tamara Palmer


S.F.'s Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) is a popular DJ/producer on the international house music map at a time when few locals are rating such attention. After dropping his first two albums on local independent label Om, Kaskade released Love Mysterious this fall on Ultra, a mainstream dance label from New York. With the move (and globetrotting the festival circuit) comes a larger sound, more elaborate instrumentation, and bolder female vocals. He spins for weekly party "Remedy" on Friday, Dec. 22, at DNA Lounge at 10 p.m. Admission is $10-20; call 626-1409 or visit www.dnalounge.com for more info. — T.P.

 
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