Another week, another crop of parties. As you can imagine, the excellent weather pretty much ensures that this weekend is going to be characterized by heavy partying. We advise you follow suit and enjoy yourself at one of these excellent events. This week we've got four visitors from France, a drag extravaganza, some old-fashioned electro from The Hague, some tropical bass, and even a live cumbia band. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, Jan. 13
Where: 103 Harriet
When: 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: It seems as though every five years or so, French dance music pops back on the popular radar. The latest iteration of the Gallic craze comes to us in the form of DJ production quartet Club Cheval. Composed of Canblaster, Myd, Sam Tiba, and Panteros666, the group has been burning up charts and dancefloors with its hectic and futuristic "avant-groove" music. Now Club Cheval is poised to take over 1015 Folsom for its debut San Francisco performance in the upstairs of 103 Harriet. Get an idea of the Cheval sound by listening to Canblaster's "Chicken Run," Myd's "Rwall," and Sam Tiba's "Barbie Weed." Support for the evening comes from rising stars of the local bass scene 5kinAndBone5 and Joaquin Bartra.
What: SOME THING Anniversary
Where: The Stud
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: A purveyor of avant-garde drag antics, SOME THING has become something of a Friday night mainstay. Held at the historic Stud (which has existed in various incarnations since 1966), the party also plays host to one of the city's wildest and most unbridled dancefloors. Leading the proceedings has been trio of DJ down-E, Glamamore, and VivvyAnne Forevermore, who are now celebrating the anniversary of their four-year run together. Lending weight to the bill is a full roster of drag performances and an extended DJ set by local favorite Stanley Frank. Watch this video of Glamamore performing at SOME THING (caution, turn down your speakers) for a feel of the evening's vibe.
Saturday, Jan. 14
Where: Public Works OddJob Loft
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: No Way Back returns in the new year with one of its best bookings of the past six months. All the way from Holland comes multi-faceted electro maestro Legowelt to perform a live set. Known for his prolific output (spread out over 15 different aliases), Legowelt has had a huge influence on the sound and popularity of The Hague's electro community with his unique music that he describes as "a hybrid form of slam jack The Hague electronix combined with deep chicago trax, obscure & romantic ghetto technofunk, EuroHorror Soundtracks and lots -a- more." It's a style that can be immediately recognized in tracks like "Disco Rout," "Sturmvogel," and his recent remix of L.I.E.S' "Comeback Dust." Listen to this recent mix he put together for Little White Earbuds to hear the kind of tunes he's been into lately. Also on the bill is Donuts' Pickpocket and No Way Back residents Conor and Solar.
Where: Elbo Room
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Last but not least is Tormenta Tropical, which are back this month with another bass-heavy edition. This time around the crew has label-head, producer, and DJ Sinden topping the bill. After getting his start in the U.K. with a show on the famous Kiss FM radio station, Sinden relocated to Los Angeles. There he's used his razor-sharp taste to create and inform Grizzly, his tastemaker record label that's so far put out the likes of Brenmar, SBTRKT, Distal, and Brodinski. Get a feel for Sinden's vibe by checking out Sinden's recent single "High Demand feat. Jesse Boykins III" and his Mad Decent debut "G Like Me." Also on the bill is L.A.'s Very Be Careful, who will be gracing the Elbo Room with a set of raw old-school Colombian dance music (think cumbia and vallenato) performed live. Watch this interview with the band to get a feel for the scope of their long career. Rounding out the bill are Tormenta residents Shawn Reynaldo and ORO11.