Party Radar

Club action!

Salsa, rocksteady, gay goth, electro-cumbia, hypercrunk, bhangra, zouk... the 62 parties you should be going to right now

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Loveless?

Forget the corny V-Week candy and flowers: Have a heart for Non Stop Bhangra, Light Asylum, Garth and Jeno, Droog, and Opel parties this week

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SUPER EGO The last time I tried to make out with a cute boy who wasn't my husband, he actually said, "OK, I'm going to stand over there now. But you're a great dancer." Smooth save, Cornelius J. McRejector. I mean, if I had any pride left to be wounded do you think I'd be standing here wearing pink Baby Phat bedazzled cutoff jeans, a sequined visor that reads "Party Bottom," possum-brown Keds, and some totally offensive, insensitively appropriated Native American item, possibly a dreamcatcher nose ring? I don't need you! I'm busy re-embracing irony.Read more »

Party Radar: Mike "Agent X" Clark, Cheap, DJ Hell, Forro Brazuca, Martin Buttrich, The Bunker

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Our weekly Super Ego clubs column took a wee breather from the paper this week in order to bring you some great live bands we love. But does that mean you're not going to go out partying? Possibly even partying like this dude, who last month broke the world record for continuous DJing (130 hours and 30 mins)? Maybe! After the jump, my picks of the week.

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Party Radar: Cheap, GO BANG!, DDP, Mosca, Stacey Pullen, more

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In this week's Super Ego column I bitched that club cover charges were getting too high -- and pumped some affordable, worthwhile upcoming parties. Here are even more for this weekend, including one called, yes, Cheap. You know it!

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Nite Trax: Lady Blacktronika comes for Honey

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Watch your snowballs: the First Lady of Beatdown, Lady Blacktronika, is hopping on her magic sleigh and coming down the mountain for Honey Soundsystem on Sun/22. She'll be giving SF some much-needed transwoman power on the decks, and it will be the tea.

That mountain would be Mt. Shasta, where the prolific, San Jose-born producer and DJ has been headquartered lately, releasing track after track of absorbing, soul-seizing grooves on her Sound Black Recordings label. Her aesthetic takes the expansive and unrushed Detroit beatdown blues-house sound (with which she's had some personal experience) and the mesmerizing moodiness of artists like Theo Parrish and Alton Miller in unexpectedly deep directions -- using her notable experience as a singer and some lovely dubby effects shared with her former production partner Mattski to give the malleable beatdown sound some intriguing new shapes.

In anticipation of her first DJ gig in San Francisco after spinning around the world, I chatted with her over email about her gospel music-loving roots, the challenges of being a transgender woman in the electronic music industry, and some of the women on the scene that she admires.

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Party Radar: Ritual, 222 news, Screature, Icey, Bus Station John turns 21 (30 times), Hard French Winter Ball, more

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I managed to fit a helluvalotuv parties in this week's Super Ego column -- but since nightlife is proving to be completely recession-proof, of course there are many more I must list here. And they are good ones! Plus some news about old favorites: check out the scoop.

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Get Gorey

Wax those handlebars: the massive Edwardian Ball returns. Plus: DJ Toph One benefits, Laurent Garnier, the Queen is Dead, more parties

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO Wax up your handlebar mustache, dust off your stripy topcoat, burnish your steampunk petticoats, and oil those wheezy accordions: The Edwardian Ball, that phenomenal annual gathering of exquisitely decked-out freaks, is back for its 12th installment of mannered mayhem. This time it aims to quell any kvetching about crowding by stretching itself over five official local events (and a satellite ball in Los Angeles next month). But the Fri/20 World's Faire and the Sat/20 Ball itself will still be the main attraction for thousands of Friends of Ed.Read more »

Mermaids vs. unicorns

Seapunks and bronies should fight to the finish. Plus: Some Thing turns two, Nguzunguzu, Legowelt, DJ Spen, more party mayhem

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO The slightly "meh" body of 2011 isn't even cold and already we have two completely ridiculous yet ridiculously adorable, new deliberately manufactured subcultures to pretend argue on blogs about, because who blogs anymore? Seapunks and bronies, yep. I hope they fight, too, because it'd be the 2012 apocalypse in one cute, handy metaphor. Sparkly rainbow annihilation now!Read more »

Nite Trax: Folsom date moved, KiNK-y Bulgarian techno, pop 'n lock Santa

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Local and glocal nightlife notes, reviews, tunes, and more

>>First off, the I Love Cochina Tonga's party at the LookOut last night was wonderfully fun. Ambrosia Salad delighted with her explosive Barbra Streisand-Miami Sound Machine medley, replete with broken glass and sleigh bells. And there were some serious salsa moves happening up in there later, especially with the dancing banana named Mike. It was, yes, peanut butter jelly time.

>>Second off, my intense footwear nightmare has finally become reality! The first one to wear these in the clubs wins forever.

>>No outdoor oral for Oracle, alas. For the first time in two decades, the official date of the gargantuan, scandalous Folsom Street Fair has changed, moved up to September 23 from its traditional spot at the end of the month. The reason? Oracle World has sold out all the hotel rooms that weekend (bummer for those programmers looking for a two-fer). Here's the official statement:

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Party Radar: Did someone say 'hair metal rollerskating holiday craft fair'?

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Oh, hell yeah. The LowSF and Cruz Skate Shop crews (famous for building skate ramps inside their parties?) are teaming up to deck your hols with mousse and spritz -- and some majorly cool gift ideas to boot. Join them for the Winter Thunderland party at Club Six tonite, Fri/16. DJs Sarah Delush and Motley Cruz pump out the hair jamz, while a slew of vendors show off their goodies -- and you rollersjate to it all! Full details after the duck-n-jump:

From the press release:Read more »