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"As You Like It: 4-Year Anniversary" 

When: Fri., Aug. 22, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $25 advance
Todd Terje may not yet be a household name, but that surely will not remain the case for long. Terje is a Norwegian golden child whose modern take on disco is impossible not to love. If you've spent any time at all on a dancefloor over the past 2 years, there's a good chance you've lost your head to "Inspector Norse," his euphoric disco anthem that will likely go down in history as one of the best pieces of dance music ever written. (If you haven't already heard it, that's not hyperbole — it's simply perfect, the kind of tune that makes you glad to be alive.)

This Friday marks the debut of his solo live performance in the U.S. (He played live in New York last year with fellow disco producer Lindstrøm.) He recently performed with a full band who won't be coming to the States, but as Terje explains it, that might not be a bad thing: "There's actually no musicians on stage with me for my solo show, but when we played with the band in Oslo last weekend, I had to choose songs that fit a band. Now that I'm playing completely alone in S.F., I'm allowed to choose more 'techy' and danceable songs." Get your dancing shoes ready.

If you've been a Terje fan for awhile, you know that he started off making essential edits and remixes of old disco cuts. When I ask him if we can expect any more in the future, he says "it's doubtful that any edits will come from me in the future. It was exciting many years ago, but the reasons why I did them, to have something unique to play out, are gone."

No matter — after listening to his new record, appropriately titled It's Album Time, you get the sense that Terje's career is just beginning. Catch him live while you can so you can say you were there.

And since this is As You Like It's 4th anniversary, there is loads of other talent on the bill — New Jersey's DJ QU and Baltimore's Maurice Fulton headline alongside a bevy of San Francisco's best local DJs. Advance tickets have sold out for this one, but there will be tickets at the door for those who arrive early.

— Chris Zaldua


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