Cherie Lily, Al Lover, Ritual Dubstep, Indie Cent -- who will receive your thanks this holiday weekend?
Ed Handley and Andy Turner's work together in the 1990s as the Black Dog was stellar, helping to define IDM and protect techno's standards in an age of crass commercialization. They continued that mission as Plaid, and new album Scintilli is definitely rave-worthy. They'll be backed by delicious Austrian DJ John Tejada.
Fri/25, 9 p.m., $18. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
I've been keeping this too cute alternaqueer-friendly indie pop monthly under my man-hat for far too long now. Since it's going all charitable this month, I think it's time to spring it. As part of the whole Movember thing (us.movember.com), kids with mustaches get in free — and donations and proceeds will go toward prostate and testicular cancer awareness and prevention. With DJs Key&Kite and Haute Toddy. Grow it, baby!
Sat/26, 10 p.m., $5. Underground SF, 424 Haight, SF. Facebook: Indie Cent