Three Must-See Acts This Week

Brasstracks on Friday at 1015 Folsom, Kali Uchis on Monday and Tuesday at the Warfield, and a Shiba San boat party on Saturday afternoon.

Shiba San. Photo by Alex Markow

Tech house

Shiba San Boat Party

Boarding begins 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pier 3. $67; crossroadsnightlife.com

The elusive hip-hop-and-dance producer Shiba San has come a long way since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with his now-standard club banger “Okay.” Catching the ear of Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke, Shiba found a kindred spirit in the tech house label, releasing a steady stream of singles and earning spots at major festivals and clubs around the globe. Recently, Shiba has kept himself busy operating his own label Basement Leak, along with collaborations with other labels like Relief and Repopulate Mars. Once again, Shiba took control of the summer with his August single “Don’t Talk,” a quirky, kinetic track that playfully teases dancers in trademark Dirtybird fashion. This Saturday, the dance phenom sets sail on the San Francisco Bay, leading a sunset cruise dance party complete with an excellent undercard including rising tech house duo 219 Boys. The boat party looks to be the only one of its kind planned for the year, but Shiba’s always relentless DJ sets ensure that this cruise’s voyage is to become filled with happy dancers and positive energy on the high seas.

Kali Uchis. Photo by Felipe Q. Noguiera

Neo-soul

Kali Uchis

7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18, at The Warfield. $39.50; thewarfieldtheatre.com

Years before singer-songwriter Kali Uchis ever electrified fans around the world with her distinct, soul-filled vocals and genre-defying production, she was living out of her car, a teenager with little more than a laptop and a MIDI keyboard. Yet these were the key ingredients, along with her endless ambition and immense talent, that propelled her to stardom shortly after her high school graduation. Born in Virginia, the now-24-year-old spent her childhood moving back and forth from the U.S. to Colombia, where her family is from. After self-releasing her 2012 mixtape Drunken Babble, Uchis eventually found herself receiving a fair amount of attention, notably from Snoop Dogg, one of the first major artists to publicly cosign her. With heavyweight producers like Kaytranada and Diplo, Uchis released her 2015 debut EP Por Vida to ecstatic praise, with many reviewers commending Uchis’ musical versatility, blending elements of neo-soul, ’50s pop, and trip-hop to create a sound that feels simultaneously retro and fresh. Hot off the success of Por Vida, Uchis became the talk of the industry, receiving nominations in 2017 for the Latin Grammy for Best Record and Grammy for Best R&B Performance for her collaborations with Juanes and Daniel Caesar, respectively. With an already impressive career, Uchis released her stunning debut studio album Isolation in April, with many hailing the album as one of the year’s best. Isolation continues where Por Vida left off, adding in flourishes of funk and bossa nova within a dreamy atmosphere worth isolating yourself in.

Brasstracks. Photo by Justine Vanderpool

Electronic

Brasstracks

10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at 1015 Folsom. $20; 1015.com

If you’re a hip-hop fan, there’s a good shot that you have already been immersed in the feel-good electronic-jazz hybrid world of Brasstracks. The Brooklyn production duo, composed of trumpeter Ivan Jackson and drummer Conor Rayne, met at the Manhattan School of Music, and quickly discovered their musical chemistry after spending some time in a DIY studio. The duo’s moniker was inspired by the drumbeats and chorus of brass horns heard prominently on their debut track, “Say U Will,” which would become the duo’s core sound even as they incorporated a broader range of genres in their coming work. They went on to collaborate with Anderson.Paak and GoldLink, as their unique blend of brass and bass-infused dance with funked-out R&B won the hearts of electronic and hip-hop listeners everywhere. For Brasstracks, 2016 proved to be a watershed year, not only releasing their excellent debut album Good Love, but also producing Chance the Rapper’s Grammy Award-winning hit single “No Problem,” which catapulted the duo to new career heights. Brasstracks’ live performances are about as bombastic as you would expect, complete with organic drums and blaring horns that are sure to fill each venue with euphoria.

 

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