Nightlife: Derrick Carter, Wicked's 22nd, Body High, Swagger Like Us, Cream of Beat, Bionic (RE)Launch, and more parties to light your fireworks
SUPER EGO I am absolutely exhausted from having to take in so many BART-strike refugees, caught by surprise on the empty platforms, in their platforms, right after Pride. I personally feel like a very glamorous Ellis Island for ill-informed East Bay drag queens, a beacon of hungover light. Give me your sequined, your glittered, your plumped-out, pumped-up, spandex-slathered asses yearning to breathe free. Now quit hogging my bathroom. It ain't summer 'til you've rolled over on a bed of flung-off lucite heels!
Also auguring our summer here in the Bay: the yearly return of that most excellent, most original psychedelic rave crew, Wicked, shoring us up with another installment of its 22-year-old-party. Now, like a superdupermoon appearance or a strange blast of humidity, it's an annual all-nighter portal to post-solstice revelry.
"Return of the Prodigal Sons" is the theme this time around, with original acid house royalty Garth, Jenö, Thomas, and Markie burning up the decks. (Yes, they're British, but on a full moon at Baker Beach in 1991, they scruffed up the American rave scene and stayed.) The last such gathering was an uncanny hoot — who knew light streamed into Mighty at dawn? — and a classic-and-newbie club meet like no other. Let's do this.
WICKED Sat/6, 10pm-7am, $20. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
The Chi-Town master of boogaloo house brings his impeccable selections and cute sense of humor to the Housepitality party. For any of you (me!) ticked off we missed his semi-surprise appearance at a certain SF party a couple months ago, well here we go.
Wed/3, 9pm, $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. f8, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.housepitalitysf.com
Look, I know it's in San Jose, but how could I not clue you into the Bay's biggest goth rollerskating party, celebrating its fourth anniversary? That's right. Goth. Roller. Skating. Party.
Wed/3, 10pm, $10. 397 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose. www.facebook.com/wumpskatesfbay
CREAM OF BEAT REUNION
Seventeen years of pure hip-hop brilliance from this crew, which basically includes a who's-who of 1990s turntable pyrotechnics: Shortkut, Apollo, Mind Motion, Rolo 1-3, Ivan, Fuze, D-Sharp ... oh, and special guests Special Ed and The Whoridas(!) Shot callin', big ballin' — literally.
Wed/3, 9pm, $20. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
Color-saturated, bass-rumbling label Body High-mates Jerome LOL (he basically exploited that eerie, over-stimulated post-Tumblr aesthetic first) and Samo Sound Boy come up from LA to the Lights Down Low party for a sight, sound, and all other things spectacular.
Thu/4, 10pm-3am, $20. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com
Look, I'm not trying to make you feel old with all these reunions, etc. Especially not when they're as fresh as this. SF's longest-running techno weekly disappeared for a minute right before 222 Hyde shut down earlier this year. Now, it's back where it all started, UndergroundSF, formerly, infamously known as The Top — only now it's every Friday, rather than (much messier) Sundays. With Nikola Baytala, Joshua Iz, Tyrel Williams, and Jason Greer.
Fri/3, 9pm, $5. UndergroundSF, 424 Haight, SF.
Oh, let's just rock the fuck out, shall we? For America. DJ Primo and Lost Cat's awesome regular party gives you scratchy, classic, 7" soul, doo wop, and garage.