Zoo stories

Out of the cages and into the bars with K.Flay, ((Phonic)), Benji B., House Rulez, and more roaring nightlife

Seoul trio House Rulez bring early '90s energy to Kosmic Pop


SUPER EGO Apparently, I've lost Hunky Beau to Angry Birds. So while my future husband obsessively slingshot virtual squawking auks at ovokleptic pigs (via popular iPhone gaming app), I went on a massive party binge. To each one's own, slur I!

Brief rundown: Kalisto, the rapping tranny from the TL, is the new alternadrag queen — I couldn't toss a Susan B. Anthony without hitting her somewhere in the night. Jenö, of the classic Wicked parties, and analogue synth wiz Robot.Hustle both played genius, history-compressing sets that melted my panties into a sugary lump at Honey Soundsystem's Labor Day party at the Stud. Cinematic techno hero Pepe Bradock sailed through a bewitching set at 222 Hyde, but everyone seemed too exhausted from the Playa to really get into it.

I did manage to pry Hunky from the auks long enough for a visit to Braza!, the excellent monthly Brazilian beats party at SOM (first Fridays, 10 p.m.–3 a.m., $10. SOM, 2925 16th St., SF. www.brazasf.com). Ladies, nothing can reorient your man's priorities like the promise of hot Brazilian exchange students and steamy electro-samba. Later, we witnessed operatic idol Jessye Norman send the lovely SF Symphony Opening Gala crowd to the stars with her ethereal interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Heaven." Memo to local hairdressers, though: our society dames need your help. Desperately.

Best of all, I got to hang with hot-hot DJ duo (and total sweethearts), Catz 'n Dogz from Szczecin, Poland (www.myspace.com/3channels). Closely associated with the new wave of soul and R&B re-editors that includes Tensnake, Soul Clap, and Wolf + Lamb, they were here to promote their new album Escape From Zoo on our own Mothership Records. They played a hard-driving, Berlinophilic live set at Mighty, sneaking in some sing-along New Edition and sampled "moos." The night before, however, DJ Pee Play and I had blown their minds by taking them to The Tubesteak Connection (Thursdays, 10 p.m., $4. Aunt Charlie's Lounge, 133 Turk, SF.). There, DJ Bus Station John slipped on Sybil's stunning 1989 Soul II Soul-ish "Don't Make Me Over," and the Poles' jaws dropped. We still have some magical tricks up our pixie sleeve, San Francisco.



Hipster-hop: it gets no better than Stanford grad K.Flay (www.kflay.com), who flows razor-sharp rhymes over her own electronic concoctions while shredding guitar chords looking too hot. At upscale Harlot with indie dance band Le Vice, she might spell trouble. And you'll want to be there for it.

Wed/15, 9 p.m., $5. Harlot, 46 Minna, SF. www.harlotsf.com



I'm a huge fan of Ladyhaus, one of the residents at this weekly throwdown, who can work tropical beats in a Bavarian dirndl like nobody's business when she wants to. This week, soulful legend David Harness and cheeky We Love Worthy join her for a birthday bash for longtime dance-floor warmer and classic cutie DJ.

Thu/16, 10 p.m.–4 a.m., $10. EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.theendup.com



From Croatian dubstep to L.A. future bass, BBC 1 radio presenter (and fly DJ in his own right) Benji B. — no relation, though he's kind of hot, so maybe — has brought news of the underground to the British and Web-savvy masses. Like Mary Ann Hobbs and Gilles Peterson, he's also got a great ear for quality, perfect for sifting through our era's laptop-production overload. He'll be hopping sonic borders at the lively, monthly Ritmos Sin Fronteras party.

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