A Tribe Called Red's electric powwow comes to SF. Plus: Silent Servant, Simian Mobile Disco, Tubesteak Connection, Joe Claussell, and more on the week's finest dancefloors
A Tribe Called Red often draws hundreds to its touring powwow parties in the Great White North and the East Coast, sometimes featuring live drum circles and hoop dancers. Last year's electrifying self-titled free-download album snagged them a pretigious Polaris prize nomination. The trio works with several organizations to promote aboriginal causes. New album Nation II Nation drops May 7, a cheeky collab with Das Racist, "Indian From All Directions," just debuted on Pitchfork. And they've been buzzing for years. (I first became aware of them after a trip to Navajo Nation, when the morning radio pumped the spacey electro-tribal sounds of what my traveling companion instantly dubbed "tech-navajo.") But this will be their first full-on West Coast tour.
No qualms about reception in unfamiliar territory, though: "There are aboriginal people everywhere, just like there are party people everywhere," DJ Shub says. "Word gets out, and people will come for a good time."
TUBESTEAK CONNECTION NINTH ANNIVERSARY
There's some kind of size queen joke about this seminal bathhouse disco party finally reaching the big nine, but damned if I know what it is. Let bearded clan king DJ Bus Station John lay it all out for you, as his intimate weekly Tenderloin bacchanal keeps alive the down and dirty spirit of gay San Francisco. Free mustache rides!
Thu/18, 10pm, $5. Aunt Charlie's Lounge, 133 Turk, SF. www.auntcharlieslounge.com
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
Has it really been 10 years since club Mezzanine first mezzed up downtown? Celebrate in wild style with beloved big-room Brit electro duo SMD and a couple thousand others.
Thu/18, 9pm, $25. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
One of the best deep and Latin house DJs of all time, fiddling knobs on one of the best sound systems in the country. That is all.
Fri/19, 10pm-late, $20. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
Gorgeously trance-like, guitar driven tunes from the global nomad reps of Tuareg rock.
Fri/19, doors 8pm, show 9pm, $55. The Chapel, 777 Valencia, SF. www.thechapelsf.com
Great, dark and dubby techno from a contemporary master will lay waste to one of the city's most colorful dance floors at Honey Soundsystem. Who will survive? Anyone willing to plumb the secret depths of sound. And do some high kicks.
Sun/21, 10pm, $10. Holy Cow, 1535 Folsom, SF. www.honeysoundsystem.com