Nip of the pug

Dancing off the shakes with Ritual, Science of Sound, Nickodemus, Lights Down Low, and Clift Sessions

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Star Eyes brings her dark-breaks charm to Lights Down Low

I guess I'm still recovering from New Year's Eve? Wow. Everybody still on a roll put your hands up, aye. This week promises to push us ever deeper into the breach, with several offerings from regular parties to freak all out about — and most important, help shake off the ghosts of your hangover. Forget that whole "raw egg in Tabasco sauce with a spoonful of honey" or whatever. The real remedy for weeks-after hung-up woes is dancing, dancing, dancing. And maybe a little hair of the dog. Or, in my case, a little pug named Jose Cuervo, who somehow snuck in to the club in my sequined baguette. Down, Jose, down! Down, I say!

 

RITUAL

Did someone say dubstep was dead? Although brainier types have drifted in more esoteric, experimental low-end directions — or just full-on embraced the U.K. grime revival — the super-fun kids at Thursday weekly Ritual have kept the wobble-bonkers spirit alive, neon balaclavas and V for Vendetta masks and all. Plus face-melting blasts of bass, of course, courtesy of residents Nebakaneza, Ro Nu, Johnny 5, and Taj. This week, Ritual celebrates moving to its spacious new home at Temple with an aquatic-themed blowout, "Ocean Adventure," featuring special guests Megalodon, Fish Finger, Octopod, Squid Eye, and Captain Smizzle. I did not make those names up, and pool toys and bathing suits are suggested.

Thu/13, 9 p.m.–3 a.m., free. Temple, 540 Howard, SF. www.templesf.com

 

THE SCIENCE OF SOUND

Even though it takes place in the evening, Nightlife, the California Academy of Science's weekly Thursday dance 'n' learn event, is one of the best things going for adventurous partiers. Nomenclature be damned! This week's offering focuses on the science behind the speakers: Christopher Hedge, who designed the music for the Cal Academy's "Life" planetarium show teams up with Stan Shaff of legendary sound-sculpture theater the Audium for a nifty, wonky presentation. Plus music by my favorite electro-nutter collective, Future Universal, live sets from the Frail and Dominant Legs, and contributions from Pyramind, Sound healing Center, and Planet Check. Yes, drinks are served and they are strong.

Thu/13, 6 p.m.–10 p.m., $12. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, www.calacademy.org/nightlife

 

LIGHTS DOWN LOW

The awesomely bangin' monthly returns, this time at new home SOM. For its grand reopening, global-electro DJs Sleazemore and Eli Glad are bringing in three rad guests who rep some of the best in uptempo. Incredible headliner Gant-Man, the godfather of juke and footwork (shouts out to Chi-Town), will twist dancers into sparkly pretzels. Star Eyes of NYC electro-breaks collective Trouble & Bass will whip out her femme fatale dark sound-lashes, and L.A.'s SAMO Soundboy brings the rugged crunk soul with a sound-collage aesthetic. Definitely freaky-styley.

Fri/14, 10 p.m.–late, $10. SOM, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com

 

NICKODEMUS

Jazzy dub meets global funk in the excellent work of NYC's Nickodemus, the man behind the outrageously hot Turntables on the Hudson parties, which call up that old school Giant Step sound with a Sun People vibe. He'll be joined by our own deep masters — Afrolicious DJs Senor Oz and Pleasuremaker and Surya Dub's Maneesh the Twister and Kush Arora. Think Brooklyn via the topics, with some Asian-tinged dread bass rumble to set the floor alight.

Fri/14, 9 p.m.–3 a.m., $10. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com

 

 

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