Our Weekly Picks: June 13-19
More Champagne, Mr. 4-Tay? It's been almost 20 years since Anthony Forté dropped the infectious Bay Area anthem "Playaz Club," but I think it's safe to assume the answer is still a resounding, "Yes." Born and raised in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, the rapper will be performing at Mezzanine for the Tupac Birthday Celebration in honor of what would have been the fallen artist's 41st name day. Presented by local emcee and activist Sellassie, a bevy of hip-hop stars will be joining Forté in the spotlight as they remember a musical pioneer. In 1996, Forté was featured on the track "Only God Can Judge Me" on Shakur's critically acclaimed album, All Eyez on Me. Party forecast: Mostly cloudy with a heavy chance of champagne. (Julia B. Chan)
With Mac Mall, Ray Luv, Spice 1
8pm, $15 advance
444 Jessie, SF
This NY-based loudmouth foodie rapper is not for the easily offended. When Action Bronson is not creating social media scandals (a too-far Instagram photo he's since deleted and apologized for) or spitting tongue-in-cheek verses, Bronson, a former gourmet chef, can be found filming his YouTube cooking series Action in the Kitchen. Bronson's appeal stems from his ability to seamlessly mix elaborate food imagery into otherwise raunchy-style verse. Who doesn't want to listen to a song about both "bitches" and prosciutto? (Haley Zaremba)
With Richie Cunning, Davinci
628 Divisadero, SF
Turtle Power Nightlife
Get aquatic at the Cal Academy of Sciences with a turtle-powered installment of their Thursday NightLife series. The diverse array of performances and activities offered will surely keep your head swimming: watch dance troupe Capacitor performing an excerpt from "Okeanos" (a portrait of the ocean as body, environment, resource, metaphor, and force), then show your skills in the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nintendo game. Talk to conservation groups and sea turtle researcher J. Nichols; next observe the sea turtle skulls on your own. Check out a dive show in the Philippine Coral Reef, and finally, take in some movies in the Planetarium (Sea Turtle Spotlight and Earthquake). Turtle power indeed! (Shauna C. Keddy)
With DJ Jaysonik (Hottub/Le Heat)
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park, SF
The Slippery Slope
Take the lounge-lizard persona of Tom Waits circa Nighthawks at the Diner, sprinkle it with some surf and exotica overtones, and dunk it in the heady atmosphere of a David Lynch score; you might end up with something like Oakland's the Slippery Slope. This self-described "psychedelic cabaret" ensemble recently expanded to a 10-piece, with the addition of a horn section, hinting at a funkier, groovier approach. However, with its sultry vocals, reverb-soaked guitars, and vast sense of space intact, the Slippery Slope's warped vision of lounge music remains front and center. (Taylor Kaplan)
With the Bodice Rippers, Go Van Gogh
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St., SF
"DEEPER Architectural Meditations"
Site-specificity is a specialty of Lizz Roman and Dancers, and their upcoming CounterPULSE show, "DEEPER Architectural Meditations," will not be an exception. Expect to see a side of CounterPULSE you might never have previously taken note of, as Lizz and her merry troupe reveal the hidden nooks and crannies of the space with their body of work, not to mention with their bodies. Exposing not just the architectural complexities of CounterPULSE but also those of the irresistible impulse to interact communally with our immediate environment, the Lizz Roman team will perform all over the CounterPULSE space with live backing from WaterSaw and guest DJ Jerome Lindner. (Nicole Gluckstern)
Through July 1, 8pm, $20–<\d>$25
1310 Mission, SF
How to Dress Well
Like the rest of us, Tom Krell must dream in light and shadows. Unlike the rest of us, he is able to translate those dreams into signature ethereal compositions full of dark emotions and R&B passions. Experimental pop producer How to Dress Well has been well received among critics, bloggers, and music lovers alike since popping onto the radar by posting his own tunes online in 2009. Krell's singing voice can be described as pleasant but when coupled with his piercing falsetto, is a force steeped in textures. His lo-fi, DIY approach to an urban-sounding kind of electronic music is well done and the result is hypnotic. Touring in anticipation of his Acéphale debut album Total Loss, Krell recently released first single "Ocean Floor for Everything." (Chan)
With Babe Rainbow, Finally Boys 9pm, $14 Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell, SF (415) 861-2011 www.rickshawstop.com
Sarah Jaffe's smoky voice should be a good kickoff for your weekend. Jaffe is an enthralling musician — this Texas crooner's voice is as layered as her music is driving. She's currently touring in support of her recently released album The Body Wins, hailed by Interview Magazine as "show[ing] a new shade of musical maturity." Let her denser, still emotional sounds draw you in, and let the newfound musical complexity she displays on this album wrap around you like a balmy summer night. Secret Colours opens, a fun dance-rock band with a pyschedelic, "newgaze," and garage rock sound. (Keddy)
570 18th St., Oakl.
San Francisco Black Film Festival
The San Francisco Black Film Festival kicks off tonight with Robert Townsend's latest: based-on-a-true-story drama In the Hive, about a group of at-risk teens struggling to continue their educations (with the help of tough-love administrators played by Loretta Devine and Michael Clarke Duncan). The rest of the fest includes a "Focus on Fathers Family Day" featuring a new short doc by Kevin Epps; a games and animation-focused program topped off by a panel with Leo Sullivan (Fat Albert) and Morrie Turner (Wee Pals); and, of course, a huge slate of features and shorts, on a wide-cast net of subjects: pick-up basketball, hip-hop in Ghana, "good hair," and more. Don't miss mockumentary Thugs, The Musical — comedian Kevin Avery's show biz satire in the vein of Townsend's 1987 Hollywood Shuffle. (Cheryl Eddy)
Various venues, SF
Motion City Soundtrack
So pop-punk didn't die with Avril Lavigne's career after all. More than 15 years after its conception and 10 years past its life expectancy, Minneapolis rock band Motion City Soundtrack just released Go, its fifth studio album. Leaked by Epitaph Records almost a month early, the record is a continuation of singer Justin Pierre's established flare for sunny melodies and pitch-black lyrics. With song titles such as "Everyone Will Die" and "The Worst is Yet to Come" listeners might expect to hear something much heavier than the danceable tracks that the quintet has become known for. Instead, Pierre explores his many neuroses in a soaring falsetto that promises to get stuck in your head. No headbanging required. (Zaremba)
With the Henry Clay People, the Front Bottoms
333 11th St, SF
Emily Jane White and Mariee Sioux
Lucky us, Amoeba Music is offering a free showcase for its Home Grown Independent Artist Series stars of May and June: Emily Jane White and Mariee Sioux. Sioux's music is focused on narratives and sparse guitar work. White is also noted for her vocals and story-like lyrics. White's third album, Ode to Sentience, finds her compositions as lush as ever, filled out with organ, pedal steel guitar, and electric guitar. In still images, White is often seen walking in a forest or sitting pensively by a pond, like some sort of mystical being in a painting — and her music allows you to close your eyes and picture that you too are traveling through a misty forest filled with rich stories and woodland creature secrets. Sioux and White will weave tales at this afternoon show. (Keddy)
2455 Telegraph, Berk.
Formed in Sweden in 1990, legendary black metal group Marduk was designed, in the words of founding member Morgan Hakansson, to be "the most blasphemous metal act ever." Although they draw from similar lyrical themes as other groups in their genre, with the requisite references to Satanism and gore, Marduk adds several other diabolical layers, notably adding historical imagery and themes from World War II in more recent recorded offerings. Last year's Iron Dawn EP continued the band's mighty campaign for metal dominance, and local fans won't want to miss the only Northern California appearance on this blitzkrieg, er, tour. (Sean McCourt)
With 1349, Withered, Weapon, Black Fucking Cancer, DJ Rob Metal.
375 11th St., SF.
The boys are back in town! The former Mission dwelling, burrito scarfing, epic house party throwing trio — better known as Lemonade — is rolling back into San Francisco behind the release of the beautifully emotive and love-laced LP Diver. Now based in Brooklyn, singer Callan Clendenin, drummer Alex Pasternak, and bassist Ben Steidel (who is currently playing keyboards for their live shows) are embarking on pretty pop territory as the latest full-length finds them coasting on warm waves of synth melodies, tropical sensibilities, and a lush ambience layered in R&B grooves and coos — in easy-to-digest, 3-to-5 minute increments. The Rickshaw show will see the guys playing mostly newer tunes, with an ensuing dance party all but assured. (Chan)
With LE1F, Water Borders
155 Fell, SF
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