Let's just get right down to it and face facts: this coming weekend doesn't offer too many reasons to hit the pavement and start partying--there's no Cinco De Mayo, outdoor street festival, or other miscellaneous excuse. Instead, this time around you're just going to have to rely on the music and go ... More >>
Twenty years after rave culture first entered the American mainstream, the success of a festival like Electric Daisy Carnival begs the question: Can electronic dance music retain its authenticity, warehouse roots and peace, love, unity and respect (PLUR)?
EDC, whose organizers claim they sold out t ... More >>
In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia.
Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music.
On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>
Music criticism is as much an affliction as an occupation -- especially these days, it's far more reliable as a sickness than a paycheck. Things Music Critics Hate is an occasional series that will attempt to diagnose and explain the broadly shared beliefs and biases that shape the landscape of musi ... More >>
Dutch producer Speedy J (Jochem Paap) arrives this weekend in San Francisco to offer a rare three-hour hybrid DJ set and live performance. A colleague and former label-mate of techno luminaries such as Richie Hawtin and Aphex Twin, Speedy J's sonic musings helped lay the foundation for the mo ... More >>
Irie Cartel is one of the DJ groups performing at the free Fillmore Dub Music Festival on Saturday.If you're reading this blog, you've probably already heard of it -- it's heavy, it wobbles, and it's not the Bay Bridge.
A fast-growing electronica genre with roots in reggae and dub music, du ... More >>
LCD is no more (tear) -- but you can still party to its music in S.F. (Photo by Joseph Schell) When LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy announced his band's retirement, it signaled an end to the decade-long run that saw the project turn the worlds of independent and dance music on their ... More >>
Ninja Tune founders Jonathan More and Matt BlackNowadays, long-term success in the record business has become so elusive and so revered that when that rare piece of good news does arrive, you better celebrate the hell out of it. Ninja Tune gets this. The international electronica-leaning indie l ... More >>
The TwelvesThis weekend we get down to a bit of French-house-friendly dance music from south of the equator, and usher in a new club to the realm of the Mission's excellent party hubs. It's a couple days of fresh tunes, fresh starts, and (hopefully) refreshing weather. Nothing terribly life-chang ... More >>
Over Halloween weekend there's no shortage of options for the costumed club-goer. But if you're into supporting a local celeb behind the decks, it's hard to beat a gig where Miguel Migs is the main attraction. The founder of Salted Music has spent most of this decade making a name for house music ... More >>
Viva La Oakey: Paul Oakenfold10. In the late '70s, at the age of 21, Paul Oakenfold snuck into Studio 54 and met Cher and Donald Trump. 9. While living in New York, he was influenced by house music pioneer Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage. 8. In the '80s, he served as A&R for the UK's Champion ... More >>