Three Must-See Acts This Week

Green Velvet on Saturday at The Midway, Boy Scouts at The Fillmore and Ska/2-Tone on Tuesday at Mezzanine.

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Dance

Green Velvet

8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Midway. $32.50; themidwaysf.com

Arguably one of the most universally beloved figures in all of dance music, Curtis Jones, also known as Green Velvet or Cajmere, has left his creative impact on house music as the Chicago legend remains just as relevant today as he did upon his debut in 1991. After leaving grad school to pursue his true passion, Jones as Cajmere would release a plethora of hit house tracks in the early ’90s, including “Brighter Days” and “Coffee Pot” that would help usher in a new era of Chicago house music. Under his Green Velvet persona, Jones creates surreal, acid-tinged tech house utilizing filtered vocal samples from Jones himself. Donning a neon green mohawk and cyberpunk goggles, Jones as Green Velvet would take the dance world by storm with hit singles like “Flash” and “Preacher Man,” both of which sound ahead of their time. Green Velvet’s quirky but throbbing sensibilities proved to strike a chord with dancers today, as Jones continues to release acclaimed solo work in addition to successful collaborations with Chris Lake with their hit single “Deceiver,” and Claude VonStroke as duo Get Real.

Indie folk

Boy Scouts

(with Jay Som) 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Fillmore. $23; thefillmore.com

Warm, dreamy, and introspective, Oakland’s Boy Scouts create delicate, folk-tinged rock that invites the listener into the reflective mind of singer-songwriter Taylor Vick. After years of experimenting with music production software, Vick would release her debut as Boy Scouts in 2015 with Homeroom Breakfast, an intimate album layered with whispery vocals and dissonant drum patterns underscored with real emotional vulnerability heard in Vick’s lyricism. Boy Scouts would become a fixture in the Bay Area’s music scene following the release of Homeroom Breakfast, evolving their sound with 2017’s Hobby Limit with expanded production and instrumentation with a slight yet welcome country-twang. Last week saw the release of Boy Scouts’ third album, Free Company, which hears a compelling Vick weave through heartbreak and loss within the album’s gentle melancholic atmosphere. However, there is a breeze of optimism that lingers throughout the entirety of Free Company, allowing Vick to simultaneously sympathize and uplift the listener in a manner reserved for the most gifted of songwriters. 

Ska/2-Tone

The Selecter

9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Mezzanine. $35; mezzaninesf.com

A pioneering act in the U.K.’s ska revival and 2-Tone movement, The Selecter have had a dynamic career filled with commercial and critical success as the group celebrates their 40th anniversary. A diverse lineup led by vocalists Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson and “The Queen of Ska” Pauline Black, The Selecter would often confront issues surrounding sexism and racism in their music, bolstered by hit singles like “On My Radio” and “Tide Is High.” The group’s seminal 1979 debut album, Too Much Pressure, remains a genre-defining work for the 2-Tone movement as well as a blueprint for many later ska and punk groups, like No Doubt and The Offspring. The album has a characteristic ska-bounce throughout its duration, but has a distinctive punk rock edge with socially-conscious lyricism, and would become the group’s signature album. The Selecter’s original run only lasted until 1982, but the group would reunite the next decade and would remain mostly intact to the present day. The Selecter’s 2017 album, Daylight, hears the group as energized as ever for an urgent and powerful record proving that the group is still open to creative evolution.

 

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