Fall into Trap City. Plus: Andy Stott, Tiara Sensation Pageant, Catz 'N Dogz, Stereo, more parties
Together with other local DJs — some of them hailing from the burner, glitch, or street bass scenes — like Taso, Stylust Beats, Bogl, and AnTennae, and following in the footsteps of bigtimers like Diplo and Flosstradamus, the Trap City kids are pushing the sound forward. Even if it all ends up being more marketing mirage than actual sonic imprint (ahem, moombahton), it's got a great beat and we can dance to it.
"SF has always loved its hip hop and dirty bass, so the combination of the two seems to fit perfectly with SF's style," Ultraviolet tells me. (Peep her productions and trap mixes at www.soundcloud.com/djultraviolet.) "We're a cool town, this is cool music. I see SF and trap music having a long romantic relationship."
Last time our favorite Latin funk-global jams collective took over Mighty, it was dancing room only — this installment looks to be just as groovy-bonkers, with a three-hour set from awesome Afrolicious brothers Pleasuremaker and Senor Oz (including live percussion), and special guests J-Boogie and Izzy*Wise.
Fri/28, 10pm-late, $8 advance. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
The renowned Manchester technoist blew minds last year with the release of two EPs, Passed Me By and We Saty Together, that embraced an almost terrifying sludgy slowness, mesmerizing with an ur-tribal vibe. He'll be joined by psychotomimetic occultists Demdike Stare, glitch-blissed Balam Acab, SF's ghostly oOoOO, sound artist Holly Herndon, and Dark Entries' darkwaver Josh Cheon for an eclectic night of sounds of now at the Public Access party.
Fri/28, 10pm, $12–$15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
CATZ 'N DOGZ
A Polish house duo so close to my heart I can feel it beating them right now. They live in Berlin now, and combine polished Wolf + Lamb-like R&Bish vibes with that trademark Germanic techno attention to every detail. Most important, they have a sense of humor, great ears for new releases, and are a lot of fun to dance to.
Sat/29, 9pm-4am, $10–$20. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com
SWEATER FUNK FOUR-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The 100 percent vinyl soul party jets out of the toddler stage, with all the origonal crew in tact, including one of my favorite people, DJ Mama Bear. Laidback, deep boogie, slow jams loveliness — and yes, you will sweat.
Sat/29, 9pm, $5 advance, Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com
This sounds cool: A party in a huge space (Space 550, in fact) with 3-D visuals mixed live (first 500 in get glasses), a DJ set by Ladytron, and a 1990s house room with old school and 3-D video games, and a giant projected Pong tournament. Double double win win.
Sat/29, 9pm-late, $25 advance. Space 550, 550 Barneveld, SF. www.tinyurl.com/stereo550
TIARA SENSATION PAGEANT
Who will win this year's drag tiara of insanity and wonder? All the underground gender clown cognoscenti will gather to determine the new princess-unicorn of the scene, brought to you by the Tiara Sensation crew (they do the fantastic Some Thing drag night at the Stud on Fridays). Judges Pink Lightning, Gina LaDivina, and HRH Princess Diandra of NYC will choose from a glittering bevy of hopefuls; current titleholder Lil Miss Hot Mess will step down (and down) in a surely unforgettable number.