Kid Sister might have to consider finally quitting her day job at a Chicago children's store after MTV put the rapper's "Pro Nails" video on regular rotation. Though the lyrics, which basically celebrate elaborate nail work, have little to say, this Kid has a remarkable sense of rhythm and the right connections (enough to get Kanye West to sing with her). DJ Flosstradamus, a talented Chicago remixer in his own right, backs her on this tour, and together their audience rapport should be excellent. Kid Sister's debut CD is still in the works, but the little that's leaked so far is enough to keep us on our toes — pun intended — about what the future might bring. Kid Sister performs on Friday, Dec. 28, at 1015 Folsom at 10 p.m. Admission is $20-$28; call 435-1200 or visit www.1015.com for more info. — Ernest Barteldes
Los Angeles is fond of putting starlets, celebutantes, and wannabe Playboy bunnies behind the turntables — talentless acts that besmirch the good reputation of a real female DJ like Colette. She currently resides in the City of Lost Angels, but she came up in Chicago's house music scene, where anyone lacking solid skills get laughed out of the booth. She not only holds her own spinning records, but she also raises the bar on live performances by actually singing over her DJ sets (and producing her own songs, for that matter). Catch Colette in action on Friday, Dec. 28, at Ruby Skye at 9 p.m. Admission is $15; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. — Tamara Palmer
"Faux New Year's: The Anti New Year's Party" is also anti–genre boundaries, for the night features DJs ranging from deep house (SF's Motion Potion) to bhangra (New York's DJ Rekha) and a live performance from Fort Knox Five. The Washington, D.C., breakbeat group specializes in epic tunes like the recent "The Spirit of '75," with vocals that make good on the promise to "take a trip inside your head" over whomping bass and strings reminiscent of the decadent disco era. Sneer at the New Year while dancing to a sweet spectrum of sounds on Friday, Dec. 28, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $12; call 762-0151 or visit www.mighty119.com for more info. — T.P.
Back in the early-'90s rave scene, when people used to call our fair city San FranDisco, "The Gathering" was a big deal. The recurring party drew thousands to various Bay Area locales for a feel-good mix of house, techno, and breakbeat, and its mixtapes were a staple commodity in the dance music underground. Sixteen years since its inception, original DJs Jëno, Spun, and Garth (who all still draw crowds today) will help recall the event's renegade spirit at an anniversary celebration on Saturday, Dec. 29, at DNA Lounge at 10 p.m. Admission is $10-$15; call 626-1409 or visit www.dnalounge.com for more info. — T.P.