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"The Teenage Dance Craze"

The Knockout : 10:00 p.m. last Fri. of every month

We're just dreaming, but here is our dream: to see dive-bar dancers whose attention to detail matches the obsession of Bay Area vintage-music DJs. For example, at Lonely Teardrops' doo-wop night about a year ago, we lost our composure and requested a Claudine Clark song. "I have one," the DJ... More >>

Mission/ Bernal Heights Rock, Oldies, Garage, DJ

Modern Kicks, Black Mambas, The Ladykillers

Hemlock Tavern : 8:30 p.m. April 24

You know the opening credits of That '70s Show, where the cast of characters shout along to the Todd Griffin cover of Cheap Trick's "In the Street" while crammed in a car? It's an instant flashback to the heyday of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, and a sound and attitude embodied by San... More >>

Nob Hill/ Russian Hill/ Fisherman's Wharf Rock

Skerik's Bandalabra

Duende : 9:00 p.m. April 24

A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements of Afrobeat — complex polyrhythms, call and... More >>

Downtown Oakland International, Funk

"Lights Down Low"

Mezzanine : 9:00 p.m. April 25

In dance music, few genre titles elicit as much confusion as "garage." The phrase first came about in the late '70s and early '80s as a way to refer to the unique style of disco played by DJ Larry Levan at Manhattan discothèque Paradise Garage. In the years since, "garage" has gone on to... More >>

South of Market House, DJ, Dance

Scraper, Vial, Mane, Flesh World

Hemlock Tavern : 9:00 p.m. April 25

In a music scene full of transplants from other cities, Jess Scott carries the distinction of hailing from San Francisco. Still, in a now-too-familiar story, she moved away last year, first to New York, then L.A. For a twist, though, Scott is back, lured again to the Bay Area in order to... More >>

Nob Hill/ Russian Hill/ Fisherman's Wharf Rock, Punk, Indie Rock, Garage

Cashmere Cat, Doc Daneeka, Bleep Bloop, DJ Dials, DJ Balance, The Pirate

1015 Folsom : 10:00 p.m. April 25

Heavily influenced by his fascination with outer space and the cosmos, it's no wonder that DJ and producer Bleep Bloop defines his music as "a transmission for extraterrestrial life to hear." Often incorporating a range of styles — from juke to grime to 808 bass — within an... More >>

South of Market R&B, Electronica, EDM, Dance

Skerik's Bandalabra

Boom Boom Room : 9:30 p.m. April 26

A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements of Afrobeat — complex polyrhythms, call and... More >>

Japantown/Pacific Heights International, Funk

"Jus Dance"

Mighty : 10:00 p.m. April 26

Mighty is easily the best place in town to hear good, old-school New York garage house. This week you can get a dose of it courtesy of two of the Big Apple's biggest selectors: Kenny Dope and Mr. V (not to be confused with Louie Vega). The party honors the release of the funky and piano-driven... More >>

South of Market House, DJ, Dance

"Black Magic Disko"

Monarch : 9:00 p.m. April 27

Berlin might be the world capital of techno, but it also has a thriving house scene. Case in point is Powel, a rising talent from the German capital whose sounds offer a surprisingly sunny and light interpretation of club music, with chiming Rhodes chords, gentle rhythms, and carefully... More >>

South of Market House, DJ, Dance

Yoshiki

Davies Symphony Hall : 7:30 p.m. April 28

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential rock group in Japanese history, X Japan... More >>

Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin International, Classical, All Ages

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, White Magic

Great American Music Hall : 8:00 p.m. April 28

Ever wanted to see a group that calls itself punk and ideologically syncs with punk but doesn't really make punk rock? If so, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is your ticket. The long-running, shape-shifting Montreal outfit led by Efrim Menuck (more famously of Godspeed You! Black... More >>

Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin Punk, Indie Rock, Art Rock, All Ages, Rock

Charlie Megira, Dancer

Vacation : 10:00 p.m. April 28

Charlie Megira is a rock dynamo. Backed by the Modern Dance Club, the Israeli songwriter's 2011 double LP, Love Police, is rhapsodic. Thirty-one tracks take listeners through a dizzying melee of uninhibited psych with lapses into punk fury and jarring studio experiments. 1960s pop flees by way... More >>

Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin Rock, Free, All Ages

Charlie Megira, Dancer, Andy Human

The Night Light : 9:00 p.m. April 29

Charlie Megira is a rock dynamo. Backed by the Modern Dance Club, the Israeli songwriter's 2011 double LP, Love Police, is rhapsodic. Thirty-one tracks take listeners through a dizzying melee of uninhibited psych with lapses into punk fury and jarring studio experiments. 1960s pop flees by way... More >>

Jack London Square Rock

Leonard Cohen Love Fest

Mechanics' Institute Library : 7:00 p.m. April 30

Sylvie Simmons' marvelous biography I'm Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen is written like a love letter, not with the servile fawning of a young devotee but the worldly temper of one who knows what is at stake. The British-born San Franciscan teases Cohen out of seclusion with her subtle,... More >>

Embarcadero Tribute, All Ages, A Cappella

Philip Bailey

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco : 7:00 p.m. April 30

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of those rare bands that can please just about any crowd. It is known for getting down and dirty with the deepest of funky jams, but can also keep it light and classy with mainstream hits. It was the house band for Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 revolutionary film epic... More >>

Richmond (Inner) Soul, R&B, Funk, All Ages

Shlohmo

Great American Music Hall : 9:00 p.m. daily until April 24

"Everyone's so mad at me," says Henry Laufer, better known as Shlohmo, from his couch in L.A. "Everyone tweets at me all the time: 'Did you forget about the record?' And it's like, 'Nope, I'm listening to the masters everyday." Laufer has a problem many would envy: His fans are grumbling about... More >>

Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin Electronica, Dance, All Ages

Baghdad in Its Golden Age (762-1300)

Marines' Memorial Theatre : 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. April 25; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. April 26

Most San Franciscans would recognize the phrase "Baghdad by the Bay" as one of the city's many nicknames. What they might not know, especially in today's war-torn political climate, is why Herb Caen made the phrase popular in the first place. It was meant as a compliment. The real Baghdad was... More >>

Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin International

"Galaxy Radio"

The Knockout : 9:00 p.m. fourth Sat. of every month

It's really hard to beat the corny fun of Italo disco. It's like new wave and synth-pop, only sung in a kind of stunted faux-English that pushes it into the realm of the truly bizarre. (Don't believe us? Just listen closely to Kano's "I'm Ready.") Galaxy Radio is a free party dedicated to the... More >>

Mission/ Bernal Heights New Wave, Free, Electronica, DJ, Disco, Dance
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Smack Dab

Magnet : 7:30 p.m. third Wed. of every month

Buried deep down in the very core of our hearts is the passion to perform. We secretly want to dress in 1960s get-up, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers. No? Maybe that's just us. However, we can all agree on the burning desire to perform and create art. The hard part (besides mustering... More >>

Castro/ Noe Valley Open Mic

"Hard French"

El Rio : 2:00 p.m. first Sat. of every month

At this point in time, Hard French might as well be a local institution. Now into its third season, the Motown-heavy queer day party presents itself as a viable alternative to the usual Saturday hangover damage control. Head down to the El Rio and you'll be able to catch six hours of "hard... More >>

Mission/ Bernal Heights Soul, Oldies, LGBT, DJ, Dance

"Death Guild"

DNA Lounge : 9:30 p.m. every Mon.

Dying to dance, brood, or peel the yellow wallpaper off the wall? Well, so are these fun freaks. Join them at Death Guild, won't you? Every Monday night at DNA Lounge, gaggles of 18-and-over moody bastards come to show off their blackest attire and eyeliner while pouting to goth, industrial,... More >>

South of Market Industrial, Gothic, Electronica, EDM, DJ, Dance

Classical Revolution

Revolution Cafe : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.

Armed with stringed instruments and intense training from the likes of Juilliard and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Classical Revolution is on a mission to change the way classical music is perceived and performed in this city. Conceived in late 2006, the collective's intent has been... More >>

Mission/ Bernal Heights Free, Classical

"Lost & Found"

Make-Out Room : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.

While most '60s soul parties are dedicated to uptempo bangers, Lost & Found takes a different tack. Thrown Tuesday nights at the Make-Out Room, it's an evening dedicated to the slower side of soul with a playlist that sounds tailor-made for some hip '60s prom. Veteran DJs Lucky and Primo... More >>

Mission/ Bernal Heights Soul, R&B, DJ

"Oldies Night"

The Knockout : 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month

Few things can match the sheer exuberance of a packed house at Oldies Night. The long-standing Mission staple is one of the best places in the city to lose yourself and sweat it out dancing to soul 45s. DJs Primo and Daniel serve up a broad selection of cuts (both common and rare) to a crowd of... More >>

Mission/ Bernal Heights Oldies, Soul, DJ

Audium 9

Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space : 8:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat.

The Audium was started in 1965 by composer Stan Shaff and equipment designer Doug McEachern. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays, and you have to be there on time — they lock the door. The room fits 50 people or so. There are chairs arranged in a semicircle. There are something like 180... More >>

Nob Hill/ Russian Hill/ Fisherman's Wharf New Age, Ambient, Experimental
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