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Here Are Three Must-See Acts This Week




(with Honey Dijon) 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at 1015 Folsom. $20;

While derived from Chicago footwork, Jlin’s music has evolved into a multifaceted sound that emphasizes fragmented beats and manipulating the silence in between them, all while venturing into previously uncharted electronic music territory. Born Jerrilynn Patton, the Gary, Indiana producer released footwork singles while in college, creating some undergorund buzz with her 2011 single “Erotic Heat.” Jlin’s 2015 debut album Dark Energy introduced listeners to the producer’s sinister and warped take on Chicago juke and footwork, earning universal acclaim from critics that led to the album being placed on many year-end “Best Of” lists. The unexpected success of Dark Energy led to Patton quitting her job in her hometown’s steel mill, embarking on a world tour while producing new material. 2017’s Black Origami, Jlin’s sophomore album, expands where Dark Energy left off by overwhelming the listener with chaotic polyrhythms and unexpected splices of yells and buzzsaw-synths, deconstructing footwork into an unrecognizable form. Commissioned by choreographer Wayne McGregor, Jlin’s third album is the score for McGregor’s contemporary-dance production, Autobiography. While sonic elements from Jlin’s previous two albums are heard, Autobiography shows a more gentle side of Jlin’s often dark atmospherics, marrying ballet and footwork in unexpectedly beautiful fashion.

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9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Mezzanine. $20;

Although you may not recognize the song’s name, you have absolutely heard Darude’s “Sandstorm” at some point in your life, as the gargantuan crossover electronic dance hit celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. The squelchy and pumped-up four-minute trance single dominated North American clubs at the turn of the new millennium, living on over the years through numerous internet memes and joining “Enter Sandman” and “Kernkraft 400” as a mainstay for sports stadium playlists. Despite the song’s status as an inside joke on the internet, the inescapability of “Sandstorm” inarguably helped introduce North Americans to electronic dance music on a larger scale, influencing the likes of Deadmau5 and Porter Robinson. Darude himself has embraced the song’s bizarre legacy, but has kept busy with new material, as his 2015 album Moments hears the producer experiment with progressive house and dubstep. Along with singer Sebastian Rejman, Darude was selected to represent Finland in this year’s Eurovision with their song “Look Away,” making it to the semi-final round.

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Rich Brian

8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at The Warfield. $29.50;

Initially popularized by the whirlwind success of his 2016 viral hits “Dat $tick” and “Who That Be” under his problematic former moniker Rich Chigga, young Chinese-Indonesian rapper Rich Brian has since shown considerable artistic and intellectual evolution evidenced by his compelling sophomore album, The Sailor. Born in Jakarta, the rapper-singer learned English by listening to Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator, writing his first rap song when he was 15. Brian’s 2016 debut single “Dat $tick” went viral soon after it was uploaded to label 88rising’s YouTube channel, introducing listeners to the rapper’s then button-pushing and confrontational style. The next year saw Brian collaborate with Keith Ape and the late XXXTentacion on their hit single “Gospel.” Starting 2018 by changing his stage name to Rich Brian, the musician released his debut album Amen that February, a witty and bright-sounding endeavor that proved to listeners Brian could write music with real emotional substance behind it. Released in August, The Sailor presents Brian as both a charming and vulnerable person, as the singer channels Blonde-vibes with the sweeping and string-laced highlight track “Drive Safe.”

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