News Month: August 2011

Yes, you heard me right, HTRK are coming to the Works and you are happy (not hippy). The gifted Australian two-piece will be gracing the stage at 161 Erie on Wednesday, September 7th for the San Francisco leg of their first U.S. tour. They will be joined by Florida-based lounge rockers, Tropic Of Cancer. The djs for the night are Nako, Omar and Justin, who will be providing excellent tunages before and after the live performances.

HTRK formed in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia and are based in London. They have a new album coming out on Ghostly International in September, a follow up to their two previous long players, one of which was released on Mute side label Blast First Petite (related to Paul Smith’s highly influential Blast First imprint). Their sound is a fluid amalgam of 808 beats, groovy bass-lines and textured guitar and … Read more ›

Virgo Four are coming to play live at the Works on Friday, September 9, courtesy of No Way Back and Honey Soundsystem. It’s great to see this project finally get the appreciation that it deserves twenty years after its groundbreaking debut releases, which I was lucky enough to come across when they came out. Back in 1989, when I was knee-high to a grasshopper’s young nephew, I bought an electronic keyboard magazine — probably called Keyboard — because Derrick May was either on the cover or there was a headline on the mag about an interview with May. I had been obsessed with the Detroit sound since hearing early Rhythim Is Rhythim and Model 500 tracks in ’87, and anything with May’s name on it was going to get listened to or pored over. The interview with him was really interesting, but so was a piece in … Read more ›

The gentlemen of Icee Hot have a new home at the Oddjob Loft at Public Works. The last few parties have been fantastic, and we figure that the next one will be equally banging also. This time around, it’s a double header on Saturday, August 27th with Bristol’s Addison Groove and Cedaa from Bellingham, Washington. Addison Groove will be playing live on his 808 (pictured), the drum machine that has informed and punctuated the foundation of his recent tracks such as, “Footcrab” “Minutes of Funk,” “Work It” and “This is It.” Addison Groove also works under the name Headhunter (check his recent rework of Photek’s “Rings Around Saturn,” where he incorporates the sound of both of his aliases), and played here a while under that pseudonym. This will be the first time that the more ghetto-tech/juke sound of Addison Groove will have gotten a … Read more ›

Saturday, September 3rd is a night that will live in infamy as the No Way Back boys, Conor and Solar bring Glasgow’s finest, Optimo, to San Francisco and the dancefloor of the Works. This will be the first time the duo has played together in San Fran. We’ve had JD Twitch in town on a number of occasions, but on this night he will be joined by his long-time partner, Jonnie Wilkes. Since 1997 the duo has defined some of Scotland’s best nights out and have honed an extremely eclectic dj style in which no sound is taboo. In 2006 Pitchfork called Wilkes and Twitch, “one of the best DJ duos going right now,” while The Skinny called their Glasgow-based, weekly party Optimo Espacio, “still one of Scotland’s best and most charismatic nights.”

Add to this line-up Mi Ami, SF’s dubbed out, punch-drunk, punk-funk, disco nihilists, performing together for the first … Read more ›

By the evening of Saturday, August 20th you will have successfully stuffed your face (and the faces of several significant others and a coupla two or three friends and strangers perhaps) at La Cocina, otherwise known as the annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, now in its third year. This festival of food takes place on Folsom between 22nd and 26th and 23rd and 25th Streets from Treat to Shotwell.

That shindig runs from 11.00 a.m. til 700 p.m., and we kick off our after-party do at 7.00 p.m. and go til 2.00 a.m. We got the Tormenta Tropical djs, Afrolicious and the legendary DJ Quest. That means you’re gettin’ seven hours of top-notch tunages to wiggle your bits about to. How could you possibly resist this? Especially when I’ve described it so eloquently.

So after you’re done munching and crunching, get down to the works and do … Read more ›

This coming Friday, the 12th of August, we have two parties at the Works. Theo Parrish (pictured) will grace the main floor with the men from No Way Back, Conor and Solar, while in the Oddjob Loft and at a totally separate party, Pumpkin, Benchun and international man of mystery, suspense and excellence, Blick, will bring the grooves and heat.

Those of you who have addicted to house music will need no introduction to Theo Parrish. The man from Detroit has been rocking the decks since the mid ’90s and his production chops have been displayed on labels in the US and Europe like Archive and his own Sound Signature imprint. He’s been a favorite in SF for many years dating back to when Staple brought him out to rock the kids at the Rawhide in the early 2000s. His popularity is right … Read more ›

Eighteenth Street Lounge presents DJ Nickodemus (pictured with Joe McGuire of Afrolicious) and Rob Garza at Public Works this Saturday. That is Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) and Nickodemus who has rocked Turntables On The Hudson since 1998. They are supported by a host of other superb talent. You didn’t think it was an English as a Second Language partay did ya? I soytainly hope not.

Though a fair bit of English may well be spoken at this club — but not exclusively — the emphasis will be on slammin,’ funky dance music that should get your butt on the dance floor and your hands in the air. Nickodemus has been a key player in the NY dance music scene; his dj sets and music production are a glorious stew of contemporary and classic urban sounds such as hip-hop and house, meshed with folk, funk and world music styles. Rob Garza … Read more ›