(DJ set) 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at 1015 Folsom. $15; 1015.com
Once just Ernest Greene’s bedroom recording project, Washed Out has evolved into a full-fledged band. Although expanded in both sound and ambition, Greene’s music remains as personal as ever. No stranger to musical endeavors prior to recording as Washed Out, Greene experimented with noise-heavy, lo-fi bands around his home state of Georgia before recording hazy dance-pop in his makeshift bedroom studio under the name Lee Weather. Citing similarly minded artists like Neon Indian and Memory Tapes as influences, the material resulted in Washed Out’s 2009 debut EPs, High Times and Life of Leisure, the latter of which has become a definitive feel-good summer album of the decade, a precursor to the nostalgia-tinged synthpop that would eventually work its way into the mainstream (including the opening credits of Portlandia). After signing to Sub Pop, Washed Out released its debut album Within and Without in 2011, a poppy, reverb-soaked daydream that expanded upon the soundscapes explored on Life of Leisure. After experimenting with organic sounds with a full band with 2013’s psychedelic Paracosm, Greene put Washed Out on a creative hiatus to figure out the direction he should take the project. Washed Out returned with last year’s Mister Mellow, a quirky but sincere effort that sounds like Greene’s most fully realized album yet.
In Good Company
(with Roy Havens, n808, Nima G, Icecreams, T-Rom, Juanton, Bless) 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Public Works. $10; publicsf.com
A night in celebration of the city’s dynamic underground dance music scene, particularly focusing on techno, acid, and tech house, In Good Company at Public Works shines the spotlight on some of San Francisco’s grooviest producers and DJs. The stacked locals-only lineup consists of house-titan Roy Havens, Admit One Records co-founder n808, and the eclectic city favorite Nima G amongst other hand-picked artists that reflect the best of what San Francisco’s dance movement has to offer. Nate Figueroa, or n808, has had a watershed year with his dance-floor-shredding single “Robot Butts,” which Dirtybird Campers may recognize from this year’s campout.