Pull out your rabbits feet and/or any other good luck charms, because Friday the 13th is almost here. And while it might not be as good of an excuse to party as Halloween, we've got a full roster of events to keep you busy. Besides, isn't 13 lucky in some cultures? Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, July 13
What: White Ring and Deathface
Where: DNA Lounge
When: 10 p.m - 2 a.m.
Why: There's no better way to celebrate the eeriness of Friday the 13th than at 120 Minutes. The goth and hip-hop-tinged Mission staple is branching out into virgin territory this Friday by throwing an 18+ party at DNA Lounge. To help them do it, they've enlisted the help of two appropriately dark artists. First up is White Ring, the New York-based drag/bass/stop-calling-it-witch-house outfit whose live spectacle is near-Wagnerian in its totality. Listen to "Suffocation" and "We Rot" to hear White Ring's unique mixture of leaned-out hip hop and industrial dread. Also on the bill is Deathface, a Trouble & Bass-affiliated artist whose bio includes this epically quotable one-liner: "UNPROTECTED SEX IRRESPONSIBLE DRUG USE DEVIL WORSHIP SENSELESS FUCKING VIOLENCE." Sounds pretty badass.
Where: 103 Harriet
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Further cementing its place as San Francisco's center for experimental dance music, 103 Harriet is back with another heavy lineup. This time around, the club's blending the old and the new to create an evening on the edge of the contemporary. First up is Com Truise, a lo-fi and consistently fun producer whose music plays like a clever reappraisal of some lost genre from 1985. Sharing the bill with the New Yorker is hip-hopper Baauer, old-school experimental producer Kid606, NOLA-based bass maker Jim E-Stack, and rising S.F. talent Giraffage.
Saturday, July 14
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: What would a weekend in San Francisco be without techno? The newly after-hours-enabled Monarch provides this week's journey to the alleys of your mind, with an extended set by native Detroiter Stacey Pullen. Performing under a number of names, Pullen's work bridges the divide between danceable house and cerebral techno, as evidenced by "Soundscape" and his work with Chez Damier. He's been putting out records since the early '90s, and, as you might expect, he's honed some serious technical ability in that time. Check out this essential mix from last year, and if you can find it, Pullen's now classic entry in Studio !K7's DJ-Kicks series.
Where: 222 Hyde
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: For many, Lights Down Low will always be associated with the basement at 222 Hyde, its infamous first home in the mid-'00s. If you weren't there, don't worry, because LDL is back at its old stomping grounds, and it's taking full advantage of the club's extensive renovations. This time, the guest-centric party has put together a focus on up-and-coming UK-label Grizzly. At the top of the bill is Brenmar, the Chicago-bred/New York-based producer whose remixes of Aaliyah and Ashanti have done a lot to re-graft R&B onto the structure of modern UK bass music. Listen to this recent mix Brenmar recorded for Fact. Joining him for the evening is Matrixxman, 1/2 of production outfit 5kinAndBone5. A face around town, he's recently spent time putting out a string of collaborative works. Get a feel for the vibe by listening to "Penis Power" (recorded with Robert Jeffrey), "Red Pill Blue Pill," and "Wicked" (recorded with Vin Sol of upstart local label Soo Wavey). Also, don't forget to check out this week's Signal to Noise for five of 5kinAndBone5's favorite tracks of 2012.