Jounce with us, if you will, through the Guardian staff's frenzied weekend. Here's our live reviews, hot raging, random sightings.
**The wonderfully energetic (and wonderfully tall) Robin Simmons puts on an occasional gig in the middle of Dolores Park called the Boombox Affair, hooking up a wall of old boomboxes as turntable speakers and letting disco-minded DJs go nuts with their all-vinyl obsessions. On Friday's Odyssey party at Deco Lounge, he went indoors and at night hosting a three-hour set by DJ David Harness that reminded of those ancient "back in the day" days. Just 30-40 freaks, many of whom were previously unfamiliar to each other, jacking all night in the dark to some heavy tunes as the walls sweat and pounded. Hopefully the party will come back around soon. (Marke B.)
**I was not acquainted with the work of dOP before I attended Friday night's Liaison Showcase at Public Works -- the French techno trio has some excellent grooves and an absurdly over-the-top "sexy" aesthetic that would make their hits like "Horny" hilarious, if they weren't actually very, very horny. Example: the chain-smoking boys are just fine wiggling around onstage half-naked, and the singer-rapper-screamer is one of the hottest little tattooed bear cubs I've ever seen. He spent most of the set playing with his nipples and shaking sweat from his shoulder hair. The crowd ate it up. (Marke B.)
**Saturday at the Warfield for Amon Tobin's ISAM tour was like entering the 22nd century, except surrounded by young Pixar workers who couldn't stop screaming, "Amaaazing!" everytime one of the realtime 3-D effects of the stage set was unveiled. Why? Because it really was amaaazing. Opener Eskmo did an entrancing job live-sampling cookware and plastic Coke bottles to build left-field grooves that weren't afraid of floor-bending tempo changes. (Marke B.)
**With flickering string lights strung from the center of the grand ballroom and splayed out brass instruments across the stage, Beirut's performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Saturday warmed like a fancy indoor county fair. The sound, which can be bass-problematic at the Fox, was good this evening, near perfect for the otherworldly folk-marching band from Santa Fe. Ringleader Zach Condon switched back and forth from ukulele to his beloved trumpet, singing in deep baritone throughout, once stepping to his newly rediscovered favorite, the keys. Here's our interview with Condon from last week. (Emily Savage)
**What else is there to say about Saturday's Hard French party besides the fact that Scott Weiner got to express his gratitude to us for his official Guardian ass towel? The queer patio shakefest at El Rio (theme: "Hardly Strictly French." Overalls.) featured hand-wagging talents of many of the candidates for November's city elections. Plus, Sups. Weiner and Jane Kim tagged along for the ride and they aren't even running for anything. (Caitlin Donohue)
**The crowd at Odd Future's show at the Warfield on Friday may have looked like Warped Tour cool kids, but you couldn't fault them on their choice in music. The crew from Compton bug-eyed and jello-kneed through and generally crushed their set, although we were all out of their by 11 p.m. What Warfield, not into bands hurling their most enthusiastic devotees back into the crowds spine-first? Here's the full review, btw. (Caitlin Donohue)
**So we only made it to Sunday of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, but damn if that afternoon's Devotchka set and red wine from the bottle wasn't a welcome entree to sunny banjo strumming. Even the crowd itself was hotter than ever (where did all these surfer-hippie hotties come from and to whence have they now returned?) -- and in contrast to Outside Lands' frenzied crowds, filtered through the fenceless areas calmly and happily. Yay free concerts! Happy birthday, Mr. Hellman. (Caitlin Donohue)