Three Must-See Acts This Week

Kruder & Dorfmeister on Saturday at the Midway, Kero Kero Bonito on Monday at the Fillmore, and Lane 8 (plus Rufus du Sol!) at Bill Graham on Tuesday.


Kruder & Dorfmeister

9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Midway. $45;

Having gone against the grain from the start of their career, Vienna’s Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister’s wide array of relaxed trip-hop, jazz fusion, and woozy drum-and-bass have made them longtime favorites in the underground club scene. The duo began their career in the early 1990s, at a time when techno and hard dance boomed across Europe, and Kruder & Dorfmeister set out on a mission to explore music that would have the ability to cross barriers, taking notes from acid jazz, tribal music, and everything in between. The duo made a name for themselves on an international scale in 1994 with their debut EP, G-Stoned, an experimental, four-track opus layered with mellow jazz touches and dense breakbeats. Kruder & Dorfmeister have since played their elegant brand of smooth and jazzy beats around the world, greatly influencing later downtempo artists.

Lane 8 | Photo by Jason Siegel


Lane 8

(with Rufus Du Sol) 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Bill Graham Civic Center. $45;

Performing at the most recent rendition of Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival in the designated “party tent,” Lane 8 took the stage with ease, proceeding to command the increasingly packed space through a breathtaking journey of dreamy progressive house and breezy soundscapes. “My job is to present my music in the best possible way,” Lane 8 told SF Weekly shortly before taking the stage. “If I need to change direction during a show, I have a decent discography of different energies and tempos to choose from.” The producer and DJ, born Daniel Goldstein, has been on the ascent within the dance world ever since the release of his 2015 debut album Rise, which displayed his talent at crafting densely layered melodic house with subtle pop tendencies. During the following tour, Goldstein noticed his audience living the experience through their phones, something that inspired his next endeavor, “This Never Happened,” a club tour that banned cell phones and cameras upon entry. “Once we had the idea for that event concept, it quickly followed with the idea to transform it into a label,” he said. That label launched in 2016, releasing Lane 8’s acclaimed sophomore album Little By Little earlier this year. Reflecting on the state of dance music, Goldstein said, “I like the fact that DJs in general are being celebrated for having a really strong identity and not just being jukeboxes,” adding that, “I think that makes the whole scene more exciting, especially for fans who now have a nice, wide menu to choose from.” 

Kero Kero Bonito |  Photo by Tracey Ng

Indie Pop

Kero Kero Bonito 

7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at The Fillmore. $25;

There is an irresistible brand of innocence to London’s Kero Kero Bonito, yet this doesn’t translate into naivety for the trio, as they’ve displayed a keen sense of self-awareness through their unlikely journey as a band. The bubbly J-pop meets gritty indie-rock group consists of longtime friends and musicians Jamie Bulled and Gus Lobban, who met future vocalist Sarah Midori through an online message board for Japanese expats called MixB. Initially experimenting with electropop, Kero Kero Bonito first made waves with their bloopy, playful, and Japanese-rapped single “Flamingo.” They expanded on this with their 2016 debut album, Bonito Generation, which sounds almost like the soundtrack to a Nintendo 64 game you wish you’d owned as a kid — and for a generation largely raised on anime and Japanese video games, those auditory flourishes come off as authentic, striking a particular nostalgic chord for some listeners. On their latest album, Time ’n’ Place, the band opts for more indie-rock influences in the vein of Stereolab, while subtle remnants of their J-pop core are heard, and Midori’s earnest lyricism is elevated by the group’s ever-evolving sound and strength in composing emotionally resonant pop.

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