New life

Remembering SF psychedelic house pioneer Scott Hardkiss. Plus: Charlie Horse, Tensnake, V.I.V.E.K., Francois K., and more nightlife

Scott Hardkiss: "This isn't a song... it's a living being."

SUPER EGO This one's for Scott Hardkiss — the actually legendary local-bred DJ and producer who in the early 1990s, along with his Hardkiss brothers in music Gavin and Robbie, helped put the psychedelic-ecstatic sounds of San Francisco house on the underground map. He passed away last week at 43 from what is presently believed to be an aneurysm, leaving behind his wife Stephanie, his two-year-old daughter — and legions of fans who revel in his sonic legacy. (For anyone looking to connect with Scott's mixing genius, it does not get much better than his '90s Essential Mixes and his final masterpiece, a gorgeously melodic, three-hour-long, balearic-to-hardcore-funk 2011 mix at Brooklyn's Room Zero,

Rave giants like Crystal Method, Derrick Carter, Frankie Bones, Tommie Sunshine, Sasha, and Rabbit in the Moon — and locals like Q-Burns Abstract Message and Jonah Sharp — have been posting tributes to Scott's total embrace of the creative life. Jenö of fellow psych-rave pioneers the Wicked crew dedicated Midi Rain's classic 1991 track "Eyes (Mr. C remix)" on his cool Tuesday night Noise from the Void radio show, 9pm-3am at

But the greatest musical tribute came from Hardkiss brothers Gavin and Robbie themselves. They've started DJing and making music together again, and absolutely ruled playing the Public Works loft a couple months ago. They posted their excellent recent, paradoxically uplifting track "Broken Hearts" ( whose hook sounds like, "I hope that your broken heart can mend — and we can play music," and wrote:

"1991 ... San Francisco ... Drunk on Love ... Optimism ... Anything is Possible ... All in Together ... Start a Family ... Make Music ... Forever ... We lost our brother yesterday but he lives in this song. This song does not exist without Scott in our lives. Our hearts are broken that we'll never make music together here again. We love you Scott."

And as Q-Burns recalled, "I still remember this sort of hippie-ish thing Scott said to me: 'This isn't a song ... it's a living being.'" I think we can all relate. Scott is still raising the dancefloor with life.



Another wild Guardian party, y'all. This one's a can't-miss festival of fab peacenik freaks, with an indubitably edifying cause. In honor of the deYoung's timely new show "Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson," we'll be presenting a veritable carnival of underground queer personalities and game military veterans. Right up top: "Make Drag Not War — the Dragsicle!," a project that pairs veterans with drag artists to help fight depression and produce healing and hilarious flamboyance. Also: Lil Miss Hot Mess, DJs Steve Fabus and Sergio Fedasz of GO BANG!, Phatima, League of Burnt Children, Miss Rahni, Raya Light, Rheal 'Tea, Tara Wrist, Feyboy Collective, Combat Paper, Iraq Veterans against the War, and more. How do you actualize a more peaceful world? Start with a party, of course.

Fri/5, 6-8:45pm, free. deYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden, SF.


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