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Burnal Equinox
Burning Man may be six months away, but guaranteed those six months will fly by! This weekend is the SF Burnal Equinox, an Art Salon and Mixer that features everything Burning Man related, from art, music, performance, theme camps and more. This year, the theme of this mixer is HUMOR and everything related to it. This essential part of human nature comes in many forms, playing a major role in social dialogue and innovation. You can find truth, change perspectives, and cope with grief by using humor. Of course, there are many more fascets to humor, but you get the idea. New for this year is the Intra-Psychic Puppet Dinner Theatre, which will feature wise-cracking puppet oracles, a sock puppet creation station, an Altar for all your Missing Socks and so much more. If you're a puppeteer, or just aspire to be one, be sure to get their early. And if you're in the gifting mood, please consider bringing an item or items that can benefit the homeless. There are two different groups of items to choose from, which will be supplemented by Burning Man and then distributed to those in need. Since gifting is such an integral part of Burning Man, this should come as no surprise. Date: Sat March 4, Time: 6pm-4am, Place: Public Works 181 Erie St, Cover: $15 from 6pm-7pm, $20 advance sale, $25 from 7pm-2am, $30 after 2am, More Info (CQ)





Flyer Of The Week
Our flyer of the week is for RJD2 this Fri @ 1015 Folsom


Link Of The Week
How small are we in the scale of the universe? In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavour was risky – what, if anything, was going to show up? But what came back was nothing short of spectacular: an image of over 1,500 galaxies glimmering in a tiny sliver of the universe. Alex Hofeldt helps us understand the scale of this image. Here

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Event: Housepitality
Venue: F8
DJs: VERA, Lily Ackerman, Birds of Rhythm
Music: techno, house
Cover: no cover b4 10pm w/RSVP, $5 presale on RA, $10 otherwise


As per usual, this week's Housepitality lineup will make you wish you had Thursdays off! First up is VERA, a DJ and producer known for her longevity in the scene. With over a decade of experience getting behind the decks, VERA's roots lie in house and techno. Since 2004 she's served as a resident DJ at the Robert Johnson Club in Offenbach. She also holds regular club nights in Berlin since laying roots there back in 2011. Joining her is Lily Ackerman, a classically trained musician who morphed into electronica producer. Wanting to involve herself more in the underground techno and house scene, she began producing and released two EPs on Moli Music, as well as a remix on Friends with Benefits Records. In 2015 she decided to switch gears and start DJing, so you can find her playing vinyl sets around the bay. Rounding out the lineup is Birds of Rhythm, a DJ duo who thrives on finding that new, unusual sound. (CQ)

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Event: Lost Frequencies
Venue: Audio
DJs: Lost Frequences
Music: house (deep, tropical), dance, indie
Cover: $tba
Belgian producer and DJ Lost Frequencies takes the stage at Audio this Thursday. Born Felix De Laet, LF has taken the international music world by storm, captivating the world with his hit, "Are You With Me" in 2014. That track soared the charts, taking the #1 spot on multiple charts, making him the first Belgian artitst to secure his first 3 singles to hit number 1 on the Ultratop official charts. Add to that the release of his debut album "Less is More" on Armin van Buren iconic Armada imprint, which is slated to do just as well, and you know we have a certified hitmaker on our hands. Don't miss out on Lost Frequences when he comes to Audio. (CQ)

Event: Telefon Tel Aviv I IDM Night
Venue: 1015 Folsom
DJs: Telefon Tel Aviv, special guests
Music: downtempo, IDM
Cover: $15 presale
Telefon Tel Aviv are, arguably, one of the biggest names in the downtempo scene of the past twenty years. The New Orleans-founded duo of Joshua Eustis and the now-late Charles Cooper recorded their first album in 1999. Influenced by IDM greats like Autechre but also hip-hop and house music, the resulting albums that were to come were of influence and comfort to musicians of all varieties, critics, and, of course, fans. The group became defunct in 2009 after the death of Cooper, although Eustis continued to release previously recorded music of the duo under the name Sons of Magdelene. After touring with Nine Inch Nails, Eustis is once again touring with the sound and ethos of the duo. It's the perfect event for the start of an IDM night at 1015, put together by the inimitable DJ Dials. This one won't be in the big room, rather the intimate basement of 1015, so be sure to get your presales on this one. This is an event that is not likely to happen again. (ML)

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Event: As You Like It w/ Cassy
Venue: The Midway
DJs: Cassy, Midland, Jane Fitz, Jackie House
Music: techno, tech-house, house
Cover: $20 presale
Cassy is a strong, independent and unique individual whose feminine power and sensitive musical flow delivers diverse techno with soul, warmth, elegance and a touch of mystery. Born in England and raised in Austria, with her mother from Austria and father from Barbados, Cassy was exposed to many cultures growing up. In the early 90s, Vienna started developing a strong techno scene, exposing artists like Kruder & Dorfmeister. Cassy loved and frequented a soul and funk night, Soul Seduction, which lead to her discovering Gilles Peterson and the influential label Talking Loud. Making music soon followed then she dived into the early Berlin sound of 2003, and soon after Panorama Bar offered her a residency, then it was on to Paris and Amsterdam where she held a residency and Trouw, amidst a heavy international touring schedule. After initially being resident at Cocoon Ibiza on the Amnesia terrace, Cassy moved to Circo Loco the following year, where she still holds her residency today.

Event: Don't Try This At Home w/ Behrouz & Eduardo Castillo
Venue: The Great Northern
DJs: Behrouz, Eduardo Castillo, Oontz Pouch Dj's: Dreams Of Dawn, Connor, Roche, Cameron Drake, Okori
Music: tech-house, house
Cover: $15-20 presale
Very few artists need a proper introduction as their name alone speaks for itself and connotes veteran status. Behrouz has seen nearly every inch of the globe as he has shared his music with millions from continent to continent, his name and reputation proceeds him. A DJ's DJ in every sense of the word, Behrouz is a favorite amongst many of the most talented artists and producers on the planet. He is a true story teller and a magician behind the decks evoking powerful emotions through his sound. Eduardo's mission is to always become a storyteller from beginning to end. With Every record he plays has a very important intention. His music and his improvisational live remixing are brush strokes on a canvas that once he's reached the end, will look like a world of realism and fantasy all in one. He's a master at layering the musical with the technical and the surreal with the real. A portion of proceeds will go towards Compute For Cancer.

Event: DTE pres. Ambivalent
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Ambivalent
Music: techno, house, minimal
Cover: $15
Ambivalent is a long-working, much-loving, and conceptual techno artist. He's been a fan of acid house since his youth in DC and has been working on this fusion of high art and hedonism since 2004 when he collaborated on a Mutek endeavor with the one and only Richie Hawtin — an inspiration to the then-burgeoning young artist. He blew to the stratosphere with the 2007 vocal-heavy R U OK, which relates a sometimes comic sometimes heavy-handed view into the bad side of hedonistic raving. Hits aside, the artist is long, strong, true, and thus a great match for the techno-favoring, quality-loving DTE crew. He'll be lighting up the downstairs at Monarch alongside resident's Patrick Gil and Max Gardner, who are just as hard-working and long-loving as the touring artist himself. We're sure that if you go you'll be OK. (ML)

Event: Kasbah w/ Damian Lazarus
Venue: Audio
DJs: Damian Lazarus, Ali Khalili, Bo
Music: house, tech-house
Cover: $16-20 presale
Since the moment he spun his first record, Damian Lazarus's mission has been a clear and urgent one: to blow away the mediocre, the over-inflated, the obsolete; to seek out and celebrate the energetic, the important, the new. Always rebelling, always going places. Driven by an almost childlike curiosity, a vivid imagination and wicked sense of humor, he's used his role as a DJ, label owner and now musician to nurture and share the most exciting and experimental music on the planet. Drawn to the darkness, but buoyed by the light, ever ready to embrace new ideas and different perspectives on music and the dancefloor, Lazarus is always ahead of the curve, with a wry smile on his face and a neat trick up his sleeve.

Event: Kevin Saunderson
Venue: Halcyon
DJs: Kevin Saunderson, The Saunderson Brothers
Music: Detroit techno, tech-house
Cover: $10-20 presale
Platinum-selling recording artist, label boss, festival promoter, true innovator in the pantheon of popular music, cultural champion, cracking DJ: there's a lot to be said about Kevin Saunderson. His influence runs deep, through both adopted hometown of Detroit, and music culture as a whole: as one of the Belleville Three, the high school trio which also includes Juan Atkins and Derrick May, he irreparably changed the face of electronic music; with Inner City, he gave it some of its most memorable tunes. The Saunderson Brothers are Dantiez & Damarii, the two eldest sons of legendary Techno creator Kevin Saunderson. Detroit, for both brothers, has always been their home and coming from a city with such a profound musical heritage has undoubtedly influenced their hotly-tipped sound, which has them pegged as the Motor City's ones to watch.

Event: RJD2 (Live)
Venue: 1015 Folsom
DJs: RJD2, Great Dane, Geo Theory, Dailon, Boac Jackson, Rhythmstar, Gonzofuze
Music: r&b, hip-hop, soul
Cover: $20
Hip-hop heads, listen up! RJD2 is coming to 1015 this weekend, and he's performing LIVE! If you're not familiar with his work, let me educate a minute: he gained popularity back in 2002 with his Dead Ringer LP, which showcased his lyrical prowess and established his hip-hop cred. He then followed that release up with the critically acclaimed smash, Since We Last Spoke, which just solidified his underground hip-hop following. Based in Philly RJD2 is a multi-instrumentalist and a DJ, considered by some to be hip-hop super producer, while others categorize him as a sample based instrumental wizard. Whatever way you view him, one things remains: he knows his ish when it comes to music, so be ready to be amazed, as RJD2 and his productions trancends genres. Great Dane, Geo Theory, Dailon, Boac Jackson, Rhythmstar and Gonzofuze round out the lineup, so get to 1015 on Friday. (CQ)

Event: Surface Tension 21
Venue: F8
DJs: Aurora Halal, Bill Converse, Piano Rain, Surface Tension residents
Music: techno, experimental
Cover: $15
Surface Tension releases its 21st endeavor in experimental, hard hitting techno, that exists on the edge of palatability — for some. It is for this reason that it is no surprise that they're bringing out Aurora Halal, perhaps the queen of said idiom out of NYC. While operating her own Mutual Dreaming series (which has seen the likes of leftfield producers like Galcher Lustwerk, Lena Willikens, and Rrose), Halal has also created the now legendary Sustain Release Festival at a summer camp in upstate New York which operates as a chance for echo-friendly techno-heads the world over to take a vacation from those who don't understand (although not from wearing almost mostly black). The invite-only early September event is a must have on the schedule for those in the scene just like Surface Tension is a must for the San Francisco members of our own dark techno scene. (ML)

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Event: Edible Label Showcase ft. Eats Everything
Venue: Halcyon
DJs: Eats Everything, Lauren Lane, Joey Alaniz
Music: house, deep house
Cover: $10-20
Bristol-based DJ and producer Eats Everything is introducing his Edible Label to San Francisco with a showcase night at our newest venue for a cursory glance into his works. His work started out housey, with 'Entrance Song' on Catz n' Dogz' Pets label. Soon, however, the UK artist was collabing with SF locals like Worthy on the Dirtybird label for dirty bass songs like 'Tric Trac' and 'The Size'. He's since become a DJ for the lists and the world scene, winning Best UK DJ from DJ Magazine in 2015 and released mixes for BBC's Essential Mix and performed at venues like Ultra Music Fest in Miami, Coachella, and Boiler Room. Now with his own label, he's focusing on house and techno. Joining will be label artist Lauren Lane and local Joey Alaniz. There will not be snacks but it will be Edible. (ML)

Event: Icarus w/ Matt Lange
Venue: Verso
DJs: Matt Lange, Icarus resident: MOSF3T, Lex
Music: house
Cover: $10 presale
L.A.-based producer/composer/DJ Matt Lange delivers a darkly melodic breed of electronic music rooted in raw energy and emotion. Hand-selected by deadmau5 as one of the latest signings to his label mau5trap, the lifelong musician now makes his full-length debut with the groove-heavy, intricately textured Ephemera. As his first album release for mau5trap, Ephemera's title reflects the restless innovation inherent in Lange's musicianship. "The album's really a snapshot of where I am right now as an artist," Lange explains. "It's this turning point where I have one foot in the world of dance music, and the other foot in a whole different direction."

Event: Sure Thing 2nd Anniversary ft. Marie Davidson
Venue: Pandora's Box
DJs: Marie Davidson, Takaaki Itoh, Layne, Aaron J
Music: dark wave, cold wave, slam electronica
Cover: $15-20
Sure Thing, a locally based promotion event that focuses on the bleeding edges of techno, darkwave, nu-cyber, and electronica, is celebrating their second anniversary. They're really letting it rip for this milestone with the hip-as-f*ck-with-good-reason Marie Davidson. Hailing as one half of the Montreal-based dark wave duo Essaie Pas, Davidson recently released her first LP, Adieu Au Dancefloor (yes, she is French Canadian if you needed a reason to love her more). The album is more than just late-80s underground-inspired sounds, but is also a spoken word, poetic tribute to club culture — which doesn't always judge favorably. In a post-rave club climate, voices like Davidson's are becoming increasingly necessary and it is such a treat to have her for a live set at an underground location that will make you feel like you're at a squat rather than the defined lines of so much of current SF club culture. In addition to this live set there will be a set from boundary-pushing Japanese techno artist Takaaki Itoh, who rarely performs outside of his native Japan. As a country who has been subtly forwarding the genre, they do a good job of keeping their artists secret. As Itoh closes out our long night with an extended set, you'll be sure that it's a Sure Thing that you're glad you made it out. (ML)

Event: Yotto
Venue: Audio
DJs: Yotto, Bobby Nourmand
Music: house, progressive
Cover: $20 presale
He began his musical career at 12 years old, Yotto's brilliant young mind quickly living up to his age by creating rather fuzzy music with a piano and old synthesizer. Born and raised in Helsinki, Finland, the son of an ex-rocker, he grew up in a house full of far better tunes, ranging from blues, to classic rock, to disco. His personal tastes developed by digging through music at the public library, drawing those crucial first inspirations from legendary acts like Moby, Orbital and The Chemical Brothers. As he grew, skateboard culture drew him into harder rock acts Iron Maiden and Manic Street Preachers. Dance music began with Royksopp, which led to a love of the early progressive trance and house pioneers like Sasha, John Digweed, System F/Ferry Corsten, Way Out West and Chicane.

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Event: Afternoon Bliss
Venue: Brix581
DJs: Patrick Wilson, BB Hayes, Pat Allen, Geo Stasi, Eratk
Music: house (soulful, funky, disco, tech), techno, indie, Gospel/vocal house
Cover: $5 b4 430pm with RSVP, $10 otherwise
Some of your favorite east bay and SF DJs are taking over the patio at Brix for some Afternoon Bliss. Patrick Wilson brings his soulful house beats along with his incredible mixing style to make this one banging afternoon. Legendary DJ BB Hayes drops his signature house sound, feeling the vibe of the dancefloor while flawlessly mixing from track to the next. He develops an emotional connection with partygoers, which shows through each track he chooses. DJ Pat Allen continues to throw down house music, but since discovering the genre in 1993, the specific type he plays and creates, has changed a bit. Getting a start with soulful, hip-hop infused house, he has since evolved to Gopsel and vocal house, earning him the name "God's DJ". His new style allows him to share his spirituality with the masses, spreading positivity along with his love of house. Geo Stasi and Eratk round out the lineup, so spend your Sunday getting down at Afternoon Bliss. (CQ)

Event: Werd
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Pwny, Werd residents
Music: tech-house, minimal, poolside
Cover: $5-10
Bay Area native and SF local Pwny is a gem in the San Francisco scene. A longtime collaborator with Dao, with whom she has performed at numerous festivals including the icomparable Friends n Family retreat, she also spins solo. A resident of the now-defunct Bubble Thursdays at Underground SF, Pwny also produces a brunch show often features local DJs like Bob Five, Victor Vega, and the sadly deceased Nackt. Her renegade-friendly sound is a great way to kick off your week in Monarch's upstairs room where the drinks work and your feet work harder to keep your weekend going until it simply must stop (which we believe it never has to). (ML)

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