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FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Jazz chanteuse Veronica Klaus is our nightlife spirit of autumn. Plus: Trap City, Amon Tobin, more upcoming fall parties

Veronica Klaus won't be pegged.

"In fact, her motto was 'softly, with feeling.' One time she was performing at a nightclub in Palm Springs, and everyone was talking over her. But instead of getting brassy and trying to grab attention that way, she deliberately started singing even softer. Soon people's curiosity overcame them and they began to quiet down. It was a sort of spell she cast, an enchantment, and something she modeled her performances after for the rest of her life.

"I think that's just a wonderful thing — to acknowledge the seductive power of quiet focus, this certain softness, feeling."


Fri/24 and Sat/25

Rrazz Room

222 Mason, SF.



All the various cyber-psychedelic Tumblr mutations of hip-hop have finally just been filed away as "trap" (enraging a few who worship the original Houston-based crunk variant that came up in the '90s.) Think 808 drum machines, huge bass swoops, swinging hi-hats, ectoplasmic soundscapes. Or better yet, listen at SF's new Trap City party (Sat/25, 9pm-3am, $10. Icon, 1192 Folsom, SF. Look for a lot more fall trap.


The always cheeky, musically fantastic Honey Soundsystem ( just completed its audacious experiment: no Facebook presence for one month. And hey, the weekly Sunday night party at Holy Cow was packed. Could this spell the end of clogged feeds and overloaded notifications? Who has the guts to go FB free 'til 2k13?

Things I've got tickets for: Treasure Island Music Festival (October 13 and 14, features several of our own homegrowns, including Tycho, K.Flay, the Coup, and Dirty Ghosts. Amon Tobin's insane techno-futurist projection extravaganza ISAM returns with a new look (October 5 at Greek Theater, And New York's actually legendary deep Latin house party, Body and Soul, makes a long-awaited return (October 6 at Mighty, Oh! And electro-fetishists: check out the lineup at this year's Folsom Street Fair (


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