Party Radar: RainDance, Psychemagik, LA Vampires, Death on the Balcony, Blick's Mix

Amanda Brown is too cool, LA Vampires.

Oh hey, how 'bout this week we all just shut up and dance?


Oh hey, gung hay fat choy. It's time for Chinese New Year, underground-style, as the impeccably funky RainDance crew  -- with special guests Ooah from Glitch Mob, Philly dub master Starkey, and my secret bass boyfriend Justin Martin -- get wet and wild for the Year of the Snake. With white crane lion dancers, a midnight parade, snake dancers, more.

Fri/8, 9pm-6am, $20. 1015 Folsom,


>>Death on the Balcony

Been following these kooky tech house cats from Leeds (um, they re-mixed "Cruel Summer") since they dropped my jaw with a neat Soul Clap podcast from 2010-- been waiting for them to come our way again since they've been blowing up -- and growing a bit more somber. Should be solid tunes.

Fri/8, 9:30pm-3am, $5-$15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF.


>>Blick's Mix

Peter Blick from Public Works is a stand up guy when it comes to promoting his nifty club -- but he's also an ace DJ with an easygoing ear and burner-tinged sensibility. ENTER HIS WORLD, I say, of house and techno wonder, as he plays alongside the yummy As You Like It crew's Brian Bejarano.

Fr/8, 9:30-3am, free before 11pm, $5 after with RSVP on facebook page. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF.


>>LA Vampires

The amazingness of Amanda Brown, head of the Fun not Fun and 100% Silk labels which basically took over the world of hipness the past two years, finds its own expression in her LA Vampires project, bringing that sweet-darkling retro feeling to ultra-contemporary, diffusely-colored sensibilities. (Tidbit: She was in Pocahaunted with Bethany Cosentino before Cosentino found eternal hipster fame as Best Coast, major cat lady.) Brown will perform at teh ever-awesome Push the Feeling party, which actually does push the feeling. 

Fri/8, 9pm, $5. UndergroundSF, 424 Haight, SF. Facebook invite here



Wowee zoweeee -- I've been yearning for this mindblowing, psychewonderful UK duo to come here for a while, with their magik boxes of rare '70s gems and brain-twisting, nostalgia-evoking re-edits. Let's just say they re-introduced me to this and change my life. With Anthony Mansfield (happy bday!), Mike Bee, and M3.

Sat/9, 9pm-3am, $10-$15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF.





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