Party Blotter: Music to Keep You Dancing All Night
It’s holiday weekend time. What better way to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country than by having a fantastic time for three days straight? Normally, the Party Blotter covers a two-week period, but there’s just too much awesome stuff happening this weekend: This edition of the Blotter is Memorial-Day-weekend-only. See you on the dancefloor!
LIVING SINGLE: 90s CUTS feat. THE DICE MAN & MEGALO, Friday May 24, Slate Bar
Remember the 90s? Bill Clinton? Trapper Keepers? Family Matters? The Berlin Wall? Hope? Enthusiasm? Prosperity? All these things seem like distant, faded memories, but for one night you can relive them all, while dancing to a soundtrack of everything that was everything in that magical decade: The Fresh Prince & his DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kris (R.I.P.) Kross, TLC, Keith Sweat, Sisters With Voices, Primal Scream, maybe Positive K, maybe R. Kelly? All of the above and then some.Come decked out in your finest throwback threads–baggy cardigans, tiny backpacks, nine-eye Docs, light-wash overalls–and act out all of your In Living Color Fly Girl fantasies. RSVP on Facebook for more details and to scope out what is easily one of the greatest party flyers ever created. 9 pm - 2 am, $5 all night
120 MINUTES presents MATER SUSPIRIA VISION and HOW I QUIT CRACK, Friday May 24, Elbo Room
If your vision of the 90s is less NBC Must See TV and more Trenchcoat Mafia, then this is the party for you.120 Minutes brings Mater Suspiria Vision to SF–easily the weirdest and most enigmatic of all of the projects to come out of that whole “witch house” thing. In its most basic form, Mater Suspiria Vision is simply cheesy Euro-rave-pop slowed way down and filtered into oblivion– which sounds stupid, and it kind of is, but when you combine it with Lynchian Black Lodge fetishism and mirrored visuals from 70s giallo films, it becomes something way more than the sum of its parts. Joining the Vision is the female-fronted act How I Quit Crack, which sounds like a twisted acid-etched fever dream dosed with a surprising amount of positivity. RSVP on Facebook for more details. 10 pm - 2 am, $10 presales available here, $15 at the door.
LIGHTS DOWN LOW’s 7th BIRTHDAY with AZARI & III, LEE FOSS, TODD TERRY, Saturday, May 25, Mezzanine
If this party simply played Todd Terry's remix of Everything But the Girl's "Missing" on repeat, it would still be one of the best of the weekend. Thankfully, Todd is a living legend for other reasons too; he's a pioneer of the New York house scene who updated the disco-heavy house sound of the late 80s with his penchant for chopped-up vocal samples. Joining him is Azari & III, a duo who create some of the sexiest house music you’ll hear today. Listen to "Reckless With Your Love" and feel the clothes begin to peel off your body at their own behest. Rounding out the bill is Lee Foss, the mastermind of Hot Creations and purveyor of modern house anthems both big and small (mostly big). The Lights Down Low crew will keep things pumping in between headliners, and it’s their party’s lucky birthday, so expect things to get out of hand in the best possible way. RSVP on Facebook for more details.
9 pm - 4 am, presales for $22, $25 at the door.
HONEY SOUNDSYSTEM feat. STEFFI, Sunday May 26, Holy Cow
Steffi is, without a doubt, one of the most essential and creative house DJs in the world right now–which comes as no surprise, given her six-year residency at Berlin’s Panoramabar, the global Mecca for house music fanatics. What makes her so special is the way she blends the icy, minimalist style of Berlin techno with the lush melodic stylings of modern deep house, striking a perfect balance between cerebral focus and bodily ecstasy. Listen to one of her productions, Sadness, for a perfect example, and then tune into her Boiler Room set for a journey into deep space. As always, the Honey Soundsystem resident DJs will keep you sweating before and after her can’t-miss set. RSVP on Resident Advisor for more details. 10 pm - 2 am, $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
AS YOU LIKE IT presents MAGIC MOUNTAIN HIGH and MOVE D, Sunday, May 26, Monarch
There’s something special about live electronic performances. Magic Mountain High (a.k.a. Juju & Jordash and Move D) will be performing an all-analog, all-live set of top-notch improvised outsider techno; their penchant for vintage hardware has lent their past sets a retro, acid-tinged sound, but because they use different gear every time, it’s hard to predict exactly what Sunday’s performance will sound like. Closing out the night is an extended DJ set from Move D, a simply phenomenal deep house selector who is also a mastermind producer in his own right. The As You Like It resident crew will keep things going early and late. RSVP on Facebook for more details. 9 pm - 4 am, $15 presales, $15 at the door before 10 pm, $20 after.