By Emma Silvers
By Gary Moskowitz
By Alee Karim
By Ian S. Port
By Ian S. Port
By Derek Opperman
By Emma Silvers
By Alee Karim
Or, the Whale, a sprawling septet of slide guitars, accordions, washboards, and beyond, began drawing attention when the band released its first album, Light Poles and Pines, in May. Filled with danceable, country-charged rock, reflective ballads, and indie-pop gems, the debut was received warmly by local media, and was even mentioned on VH1's Best Week Ever and a blog for USA Today. Listeners fell hard for Or, the Whale's thrilling four-part vocal harmonies at boisterous live shows, and the band, still in its public infancy, has developed a well-deserved local following.
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Every last Friday of the month, "Remedy" takes over San Francisco's DNA Lounge to provide a place where, as promoters Chadwick, Xavier, Christopher Vera, and Essential Nightlife are fond of saying, "Music is the cure." This exciting, high-energy evening of deep house music (which began as a weekly event) serves as a leader of the international house scene, often featuring top guest DJs and live performers from all over. "Remedy" recently celebrated its eighth birthday, a milestone vote of confidence in this city's fickle nightlife landscape.
After exploring the cultural outlands of club music with residencies at Dubmission and Dhamaal, DJ Maneesh the Twister came up with the unified dub theory; namely, that dub — originally a drum-and-bass-oriented remixed instrumental offshoot of reggae, later a production style emphasizing echo, reverb, and dropouts — was the unifying principle connecting roots reggae, dancehall, bhangra, two-step, dubstep, hip-hop, and, of course, dub itself. Assembling a rotating crew of experimental-minded selectors (like Kid Kameleon, Kush Aurora, and Ross Hogg), he began presenting Surya Dub at Club Six in February. The night offers two rooms of mind-blowing musical madness linking dub's cultural roots and its offshoots in one venue.
Even after several years of consistent success, Tubesteak Connection has managed to keep its determinedly dirty edge, thrusting Aunt Charlie's into a late-'70s and early-'80s time warp every Thursday night. Led by DJ Bus Station John, whose collection of extremely rare jams ranges from gay bathhouse obscurities to New York electro and Eurodisco, the Tenderloin dive transforms into a cruisey dance party that pulls in queers of all kinds. The drinks are dirt cheap and almost illegally strong, and the scene calls to mind a revolutionary and storied era of gay San Francisco.
Saturday Night Soul Party
On the first and third Saturdays of each month, the Elbo Room transforms itself into a '70s English discotheque. On these nights, DJs Pink Panzer, Paul Paul, and Phengren Oswald unleash the kind of '60s soul 45s that spawned all-night dance parties in northern British cities like Manchester and Blackpool. Decked out in swank suits, the Saturday Night selectors deliver obscure, high-energy stompers like Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts' "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box" and Shirley Ellis' "Soul Time." The crowds — a surprisingly diverse mix of modded-out hipsters, herb-an soul fans, and Gap-sporting fitness experts — respond in kind, frugging with the kind of fervor that would make the Wigan Casino proud.