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Three Must-See Acts This Week



Kenny Glasgow

2 p.m., Sunday, July 7, at The Midway. $15; themidwaysf.com

Whether he’s incinerating dancefloors solo or as one half of Art Department, Kenny Glasgow has been a favorite within the dance realm since his warehouse-rave beginnings in the early 1990s. The Toronto native began his career as an acid house DJ, earning resident spots in the city’s top clubs, which gave Glasgow the experience he needed to perfect his craft both in the DJ booth and in the studio. Glasgow’s 2009 debut album A Taste of the Low Life is a hypnotic techno journey that highlights his sharp production skills, serving as a catalyst for the musician to headline festivals and clubs around the world. Teaming up with fellow producer Jonny White, the duo would dominate the dance world as Art Department, releasing their 2011 album The Drawing Board to ecstatic acclaim. Glasgow departed the project in 2015 to return to his solo roots, which the tech house phenom has done in remarkable fashion with his dark and surreal 2016 album Circus Tales.

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8 p.m, Wednesday, July 10, at Rickshaw Stop. $20; rickshawstop.com

Perhaps best known for her club-friendly dance-pop hits like “Hideaway” or the Jack Ü collaboration “Take Ü There,” Kiesza’s vibrant and powerful vocal talent always shines on whatever project she takes part in. However, the Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist is ditching the dancefloor on her current tour to perform a string of intimate acoustic sets, full of reimagined versions of fan-favorites and new material alike. Kiesza briefly served in the Royal Canadian Navy in her teens before accepting a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, which cemented the young musician’s path toward a fruitful career in music. Relocating to Brooklyn after graduation, Kiesza wrote low-key indie folk before diving deeper into dance music, inspired by listening to Michael Jackson and Martha Wash in her youth. Collaborating with producer Rami Samir Afuni for a sound that echoes ’90s dance-pop, Kiesza’s 2014 major label debut Sound of a Woman blends sultry R&B with flourishes of retro deep house and Miami bass for an inviting experience that is elevated by Kiesza’s vocal range. Kiesza’s first single in two years, “Sweet Love,” was released late last month and hears the singer return with a new sense of vulnerability, which is lifted with moments of pure triumph armed with an ensemble of strings and keys.

Photo by Gaelle Beri


Kelly Lee Owens

9 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at 1015 Folsom. Free with RSVP; 1015.com

Somewhere in the realm between left-field dream-pop and minimalist techno, Kelly Lee Owens mesmerizes listeners with her genre-defiant creative approach. The Welsh producer and singer-songwriter collaborated with the equally mystifying Daniel Avery for part of his 2013 album Drone Logic, earning a co-writing credit on the haunting track “Keep Walking.” Owens generated buzz in the underground with her gritty 2016 debut EP Oleic, which showed listeners her talent for darkly atmospheric compositions that translate well into live settings. The following year saw the release of Owens’ self-titled debut album, a blend of Berghain-worthy techno and ethereal, ’90s-influenced dream-pop that works on the strength of Owens’ production prowess. Her latest single, “Let It Go,” is a sonic departure from her previous album, as it is a relentless and throbbing industrial-tinged techno banger where Owens’ normally soothing vocals are scattered and menacing.

Tim Casagrande

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