Kaskade returns to San Francisco for the massive Identity Festival. Plus: Bad Shoes, Zuzuka Poderosa, Optimo, Adrian Sherwood, and more parties to crash this week
Is coming back to San Francisco a kind of triumphant homecoming? "I don't think of it that way. I really don't think I ever left San Francisco, or that anyone can ever really leave San Francisco. Obviously the Bay Area means a lot to me in terms of my development, but I think a lot about moving back there. The people are genuinely into the music — and they're used to a high level of quality."
Identity Festival Sat/3, 1 p.m., $60. Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View. www.idfestival.com.
BAD SHOES ANNIVERSARY
The local electro label pumps out a good share of thoughtful bangers, this free party at recently expanded swankity club Sloane Squared is a perfect chance to plug in to the crews' mindbending doings. With Baan, Ear Jerker, MPHD, Dane O, and Teleport.
Wed/31, 10 p.m., free. Sloane Squared, 1525 Mission, SF. www.badshoesrecords.com
Cleverly fiendish, heavily electric house and techno, expertly mixed by this famous German, celebrated for his close association with Ibiza club Circoloco.
Fri/2, 10 p.m., $5 advance. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
Brazil-via-Brooklyn baile funk warrior queen gets provocative and splashes some neon rap over bass-heavy electronic tracks at one of my favorite monthly parties for downright friendliness and forward-thinking global jams, Braza!
Fri/2, 10 p.m., $10. SOM, 2529 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com
D. DIGGLER AND KOLLEKTIV TURMSTRASSE
Repping Frankfurt and Hamburg respectively, these two acts are heroes of headspace-commandeering minimal techno — with duo Kollektiv considered by many to be among the best live acts in the world. Their sometimes haunting tracks will give the monthly Kontrol party an intense vibe.
Sat/3, 10 p.m.-6 a.m., $20. EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.kontrolsf.com
Glaswegian geniuses of the extended 12-inch, this duo can make any retro track sound delightfully contemporary: classic rock, ska, dub, '80s pop, it's all fair game. Local "punch-drunk disco nihilists" Mi Ami, a band that's garnered its own international fame, leads the charge.
Sat/3, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10 advance. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
One of the almighty princes of dub ruled the '80s with treatments of Depeche Mode, Coldcut, the Woodentops, and Sinead O'Connor, released the first Black Uhuru records, cofounded the storied On-U Sound System, and is now helping celebrate excellent weekly Dub Mission's 15th (!) anniversary. This is one of those "wows."
Sun/4, 9 p.m., $15 advance. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.dubmission.com
British Jedi master of smart tech-house in the 1990s has gone through a number of stylistic changes and clever monikers, but has never been afraid to let his classical and jazz training shine through his tracks. He's headlining the grand Stompy + Sunset Labour of Love party.
Sun/4, 2 p.m., $20. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana, SF. www.pacficsound.net