Lee Foss Headlines This Weeks Must-See Acts

Lee Foss on Friday at The Midway, Mr. Bungle on Saturday at The Warfield and Ali Gate on Tuesday at The New Parish (Oakland).

Dance

Lee Foss

9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at The Midway. $25; themidwaysf.com

A longtime favorite within the underground house and techno community, Lee Foss has made deep impressions within the industry through his DJ career and the founding of labels like Hot Creations and most recently, Repopulate Mars. The Chicago born-and-raised DJ and producer grew up attending raves and clubs found in the birthplace of house music, which would directly influence Foss’ eventual path in music. As a DJ, Foss’ diverse yet carefully-curated approach would earn him residencies and appearances at top clubs around the world, in addition to acclaimed solo releases like “U Got Me.” Partnering with Jamie Jones, Foss would help usher in a new era of deep house performing as Hot Natured, expanding their ambitions with the creation of their label, Hot Creations. Inspired by his successful party series of the same name, Foss would create a new label titled Repopulate Mars in 2016, debuting with the release of the Repopulate EP, a futuristic and funked-out dance party with tracks by Sonny Fodera and Eskuche. 

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Experimental metal

Mr. Bungle 

8 p.m., Saturday & Thursday, Feb. 8 & 13, at The Warfield. $45; thewarfieldtheatre.com

When avant-metal heroes Mr. Bungle announced last summer that they were reuniting for a string of shows to play one of their records in its entirety, few would have guessed that the Mike Patton-led group would opt to play their 1986 debut EP, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny. The self-produced death metal demo is about as raw and primitive as one could get, yet the EP’s sonically-anarchic atmosphere flourished with touches of surreal humor and laid the foundation of Mr. Bungle’s fearlessly experimental spirit that would define the band’s legacy. The Eureka band would go on to amass a large and devoted cult fanbase after the release of their zany yet sinister classic 1991 self-titled debut album, and would release 1995’s Disco Volante and 1999’s California in between periods where members were not busy with other bands or projects. Mr. Bungle would soon dissolve after their final show in 2000, with subsequent comments from band members over the years alluding to the idea that a reunion would never happen. Last August, the band announced they would play their first shows in nearly two decades in 2020, with original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance, and Trevor Dunn returning along with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Anthrax’s Scott Ian rounding out the group.

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R&B/Hip-hop

Ali Gatie

8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at The New Parish (Oakland.) $20; thenewparish.com

A songwriter who creates soft yet emotionally-piercing R&B, Ali Gatie is fresh off of a monumental 2019 with the massive critical and commercial success from his debut EP You. The Abu Dhabi-born, Toronto-raised musician grew up listening to Frank Ocean and J. Cole, inspired by the respective complexities and genre-spanning approach to both artists. Gatie’s first breakthrough came in 2017 after winning the online RhymeStars contest, which was judged by Joe Budden, going on to release several singles including“Moonlight,” a heartbreaking ballad where Gatie confesses about feelings of unrequited love. Last June saw the release of Gatie’s international hit, “It’s You,” a hazy, acoustic-R&B track heightened by subtle cloud rap beats and a powerful hook that effortlessly crosses over into pop-territory. The multiplatinum single would soon find its way on to Gatie’s debut EP You, a vibrantly-produced effort that highlights Gatie’s vulnerable and refreshingly-keen lyricism which thematically revolves around the highs and lows of being in love. 

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