Three Must-See Acts This Week

Pizza + Techno's St. Patty's Day Party and OPEL's 17 year anniversary at Public Works on Saturday, Methyl Ethel on Wednesday at Cafe du Nord, Mija on March 21 at Rickshaw Stop.

Indie rock

Methyl Ethel

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at Cafe Du Nord. $15;

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Already a massive success in their native Australia, psych-rockers Methyl Ethel have their sights set on the U.S. The brainchild of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel began in 2013 as a creative outlet for Webb’s four-track recording experiments, releasing inaugural EPs Teeth and Guts in 2014, and hears Webb playing around with shoegaze-textures. Webb soon expanded Methyl Ethel into a five-member group before releasing their debut studio album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle, in 2016 on legendary indie label 4AD. The album hears the group blend indie-pop with dreamy psychedelic flourishes in a similar vein of Tame Impala or Halcyon Digest-era Deerhunter. The band’s domestic breakthrough came the following year in the form of their sophomore effort, Everything Is Forgotten, and hears the band with a renewed sense of confidence, ditching the hazy atmosphere from previous material for more concise psych-pop tracks, bringing in new elements of funk and goth rock to great success. The album’s lead single, “Ubu,” elevated Methyl Ethel to new commercial heights, earning the group their first ARIA-accredited Gold record. Methyl Ethel’s latest record, Triage, has Webb take over production duties and hears the group incorporate new wave influences into their always-evolving sound. Triage’s greatest strengths come from Webb’s ability to craft effective choruses, best heard on standout tracks “Scream Whole” and “Trip the Mains.”



8 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Rickshaw Stop. $15;

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No other artist working within electronic music today is as committed to destroying the boundaries between genres as Mija, the versatile DJ, producer, singer, and promoter who has amassed an impressive creative resume, taking bold steps to move the paradigm of music forward to a genre-free environment. Born Amber Giles, the Phoenix native got her start working as an independent rave promoter, before taking the stage herself as a DJ, quickly becoming a local favorite due to her eclectic and multifaceted approach to the craft. 2014 proved to be a watershed year for Mija: After a surprise guest appearance from Skrillex during her Bonnaroo set introduced Mija’s name to the masses, she relocated to Los Angeles with a full slate of festival and club appearances around the world lined up before the end of the year. In addition to her releases, Mija began a live music series titled FK A GENRE in 2016, with the goal of bringing an array of artists from different sub-genres together under one roof, furthering her mission to blur the lines between genres. Last February saw the release of Mija’s debut EP, How to Measure the Distance Between Lovers, and hears the artist surprise listeners with a medley of sharply produced, heartfelt downtempo tracks, anchored by the unexpected prowess of Mija’s own vocals.


Pizza + Techno Day Party & Opel’s 17th Year Anniversary Celebration

(Pizza + Techno) 1-7 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at Public Works. $15; (Opel) 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at Public Works. $30;

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all day and night at Public Works with a double-header, as the club stages two events from the city’s resident dance party experts. Starting at 1 p.m., local record label and pie-connoisseurs Pizza and Techno host a day party with some of the city’s best up-and-coming talent within house and techno, including Dirtybird’s Late Eighties and Mike Kerrigan, the latter of which who just released a delirious acid house collar with fellow producer n808 titled “Loosie.” In addition to the dancing, Pizza and Techno promise plenty of green beer — and, of course, pizza, courtesy of zpizza. Nighttime brings a celebration of seminal promoters Opel Productions’ 17th anniversary, with headline performances from U.K. garage legends Stanton Warriors and underground dance veteran The Scumfrog. Opel have established themselves as one of the Bay Area’s prime event promoters, becoming synonymous with excellent artist curation, high production value, and an endless amount of happy dancers.

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