A wonderful weekend guide curated by our Bay Area adventurous friends over at MSA Productions! They really know their stuff, great work with this week's Best in the Bay Weekend Picks!
Although our technology has come quite far, it's pretty unfortunate that we don't have teleportation machines (yet) because there are a few great coinciding events on Friday and Saturday. But that's okay because if they did exist, we'd all be stranded in Vegas pretty fast. That being said, you'll be perfectly content with your decision wherever you end up.
This Friday September 26th at Mezzanine Hercules and Love Affair return to the stage with a FULL live band in support of their new album, The feast of a Broken Heart. They'll be supported by the next to legendary Tensnake, who is pretty much a headliner on his own.
Hercules & Love Affair arrived with 2008′s extraordinary debut single, “Blind (Feat. Antony Hegarty),” and immediately ascended to the highest echelon of contemporary dance music. Their debut self titled album reached massive critical acclaim, breaking them into the independent electronic music scene. Now, Andy Butler is back on the tour bus and bringing the propulsive new album, “THE FEAST OF A BROKEN HEART” to life at Lights Down Low.
This is a full live show, so make sure you don’t miss Hercules & Love Affair at its provocative, incendiary best; coupling emotionally powerful songcraft with daring dancefloor experimentalism.
You can purchase tickets here, but we are also giving a way a free pair of tickets courtesy of our friends at Lights Down Low. Enter below, and we'll be announcing a winner this Friday at noon.
Rollingtuff in collaboration with Public Works SF are starting the Fall season on a memorable note by booking Ten Walls for his first North American headlining tour. Ten Walls will perform a complete, carefully-crafted live audio and visual set, so this will be a brand new experience even for longtime fans of his music that have been unable to see him live. His production style will please many different tastes within the dancefloor range, with a minimal take on techno that is reminiscent of some early 80s dance music with certain synths and percussion. He also made an Essential mix for BBC Radio 1 5 days ago, so that's the best link to get a taste of what to expect for his upcoming live sets.
Recondite just finished an in-depth interview yesterday with Ableton about his production methods, melody in techno, and music construction as a whole with modern technology. One quote especially stood out when he spoke about the what he thinks will come next: "That’s the future, in terms of making music. Finding solutions to making music with Google Glasses, by moving your eyes, shit like that. That’s a very interesting future thing." His music will work well as a supporting act for Ten Walls, being in a similar techno niche with melodic soundscapes and ambience.
Let's hope the Dodgers/Giants rivalry doesn't affect this promising event that's the result of Mighty SF and Deep-LA coming together. They are featuring Onsulade as headliner, a St. Louis Missouri native who has also lived in Los Angeles and New York. He composed music for Sesame Street in the late 80s, has worked with artists such as Patti Labelle, and has also released 8 solo albums on his record label Yorbua Records. In addition, he spins house and techno, so his decades of previous music experience are sure to set him apart in his dj mixes.
In support is another dj who's been in the game for over 20 years, Marques Wyatt. He's an LA-native credited for helping usher the Chicago house sound to the west coast, and has continued to stay relevant through staying true to his own soulful, organic house sound and playing with other legendary names like Frankie Knuckles and Danny Tengalia. Also in support is a Yorbua Records artist, Mike Steva.
Mighty has another great event on Saturday, this time with Psychemagick headlining. This UK-based DJ duo has received praise from huge publications like DJ Mag, FACT, and Mixmag for their mixing style and remixes. They are able to play at clubs and festivals of may different styles because of their ability to go beyond genre-limitations and fit whichever scene that invited them to play.
Monarch's getting the basement moving on Saturday with Lee Burton (AMAM/KLIK Records) as headliner, a Greek native growing up in Athens who found his passion for music as a 9-year old. Originally playing guitar and bass, he begain DJing 10 years later and eventually released the album "Lullaby" under the alias "Liberto" on Klik Records. After that, he began collaborating with fellow Greek DJ Mihalis Safras and launched Material Records as co-founders. Since 2009, he has been spinning as Lee Burton.
In support is Anthony Mansfield (Disco Knights).