Labor Day is the San Franciscan holiday. It's the one time of the year when everybody's happy: the burners enjoy themselves at Burning Man, and the rest of us get to stay behind and enjoy a city without burners. It's a win-win situation, and one that I doubt anybody complains about. Appropriately, nightlife during this brief period is usually delightful. Here are a few choices that I think you'll enjoy.
Friday, September 2
Where: Elbo Room
When: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Why: If you're into Supreme, pentagrams, hip-hop, and goth culture. 120 Minutes is this city's ground zero for the new crossover sound that's got a hundred names: witch house, drag, grave wave, rape gaze, and based-goth. Love it or hate it, it's a force in popular culture that cannot be denied. Now, on their first anniversary, 120 Minutes is doing it big by bringing up L.A. artist Chelsea Wolfe, whose music they describe as “…raw, dirging doom-folk with hints of black metal, deep blues, and minimal synthesizer music.” This one's gonna be too freaky to miss.