The Curs'ed SF Spooktober Show List

Go ahead, tickle that play button--you know you want to... What? Are you scared what the curs'ed list may bring upon you? Maybe you will be overwhelmed by a barrage of bips and beeps and bumps in the night and fuzzed-out-space-alien riffs; maybe it will summon a demon or the ghost of your 3rd grade teacher; maybe you will transcend your physical form in a ray of light. 

Maybe you will hear some sounds by some trickster bards that compel you to visit them at one of the many dark venues in The Bay where they play through the night. Remember, the list is in order of when the artists will play, so once you awaken from your trance, hook up those tickets fast



What're you doing for Folsom?

For the SF gays, Folsom Street fair (leather and fetish festival) is the apex of the summer party season. Whatever your flavor, you can find something to dip your spoon into at Folsom Fair... except vanilla--that will not be served here. With so much going on, there is much discussion about which parties to hit, and plans are made (only to be broken and made again). So, well, here are some plans: 

Thursday, September 26
Event: The Balcony
Scene: Leather; dark room 
Location: Underground SF, 424 Haight St. 
Time: 9 p.m.-- whenever
Vibe: Expect local dudes in classic leather looks at this sweaty bar; heavy cruisers can take it out back.

Stay home and polish your leather. It's a Thursday night. 

Friday, September 27
Event: Bearracuda FLSM: Horse Meat Disco
Scene: Bears
Location: Public Works, 161 Erie
Time: 9 p.m. -- you'll know when
Vibe: Big boys and beefcakes bouncing to disco beats by the fabulous Horse Meat Disco dj crew (Love love love those guys!!)

Event: PRIME
Scene: Daddies (and their boys)
Location: Club 6, 60 6th St.
Time: 10 p.m. -- you're stupid
Vibe: Sweaty muscle daddies and beefy boys rub up on; there may or may not be (there is) a dungeon play room.

Saturday, September 28
Event: Bigmuscle Folsom Party
Scene: Muscle queens; misc fetish
Location: DNA Lounge375 11th St.
Time: 1 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
Vibe: You'll forget it's 4 in the afternoon as you roll around on the dancefloor at this circuity gaytime clubber. 

Event: Mr. S Folsom Block Party
Scene: Leather; misc fetish
Location: Mr. S, 385 8th St. 
Time: 12 p.m. -- 6 p.m.
Vibe: Hang out in an alley behind this famous leather store; lots of sexy people into S&M (stand and modeling) with a cordoned off play area.

Event: Have a fucking life
Scene: Calm down
Location: Your house, a restaurant
Time: Maybe you can be in bed before midnight
Vibe: Go on a date, throw a dinner party, eat oysters at a wine bar, catch up with friends, pretend you've got more going on than the next circuit party.

Event(s): Masteurdome w/ Chus+Ceballos or NEW BREED by Pound Puppy and Polyglamorous
Scene: Misc fetish circuit fashion; puppy play 
Location: August Hall, 420 Mason St.; Club Six, 60 6th St.
Time: 9 p.m. -- 3 a.m.; 10 p.m. -- 5 a.m.
Vibe: Either one will be a smoosh of fetish gear clad humans rubbing to club beats. If you follow trendy DJ's, then go to Chus+Ceballos (probably more for out-of-towners); if you're into the whole pup vibe, or maybe just want your leg humped, go to New Breed (local DJ collectives and their friends).

Sunday, September 29
Event: Folsom Street Fair
Scene: Take your pick!
Location: In the streets of SOMA around Folsom and 10th
Time: 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m.
Vibe: Catch grunge queens L7 headlining the main stage of the wold's largest leather and fetish fair; bar hop, frolic, let your freak-flag fly, and always ask for consent. 

Event: Honey Soundsystem 
Scene: Discotech
Location: Audio, 316 11th St.
Time: 3 p.m. -- 6 p.m.
Vibe: Escape the crowds to bop around with a legendary SF DJ collective.

Event: Meet a nice person (people) at the fair. Take them home. Work out your kinks.

Event: Real Bad 31
Scene: Leather, latex, rubber party men
Location: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St.
Time: 8 p.m. -- 5 a.m.
Vibe: Frankly, if this isn't your Plan A, you probably won't be going, but for those who can blow off work Monday, this is supposed to be the party to end all end-of-Folsom parties. Also, it's a fundraiser, so you can feel good about that. 

If you're still going after this point, then more power to you, but you're probably good to figure it out on your own. Happy Folsom!


Septerrible SF Shows Playlist

A wave of summery beat-makers will wash over the Bay Area in September. Here's a preview playlist to help you ride that shimmery wave into autumn, with songs in chronological order of the events. Check the Daily Dirt sidebar or calendar for more info and ticket links. (Some shows are already sold out, but if you be thirsty and savvy, I'm sure you'll find your way.) Surf's up!


5/52 :: Run the Jewels 👉 ✊ @ The Fox, Feb. 3

Alright, I have some catching up to do. I've been a good boy about seeing shows for the last month or so, but not so good about documenting, and my boyfriend has informed me it doesn't count if I don't document it. Run the Jewels at the Fox happened over a month ago, a Friday night at the start of Feb., but I'm only getting to this now, so here's to being better at my practice. So, to that point:

There were three openers: The Gaslamp Killer, Spark Master Tape, and Cuz. I didn't see any of them. Somehow I was still eating ramen at a spot near the Fox at 9:30, then at the venue past 10; I guess I wasn't trying to see any of them. Arriving a few minutes before Run the Jewels came on, the sold-out crowd was in good spirits, and once their set started, most of the balcony was on their feet, dancing and chanting along as the duo tore through familiar tracks from their three LP's. The lasers and stage lights were on point, and if you've got a favorite song, they probably played it. Dj's Shadow and QBert both took the 1's&2's for their productions. End of the day, I even bought a T-shirt, so I guess you could say I'm a fan. Check them out if you can get tickets. 


Show 3/52: Woods Get Crunchy at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley

Although Woods are a Brooklyn band, they seem to have at least a part-time residency in the Bay Area--hosting the annual Woodsist Festival in Big Sur and Point Reyes, and regularly playing club shows promoted by FolkYeah. On their last swing through The Bay, they played a Thursday, January 19 show at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Friday at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, and a foodbank benefit at Gallery 16 in SF. I caught the Thursday show, with The Range Of Light Wilderness opening. The opening trio was enjoyable, giving a stripped-down jammy vibe with three part harmonies and earnest lyrics. 

Woods' set was a satisfy blend, starting off with a few songs from their most recent album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, before getting into older material, including a personal favorite, "Cali in a Cup," off the 2012 Bend Beyond, further evidence of their California connection. Their set was tight as they knocked psychedelic folk tunes, with some longer variations from the album versions, closing with a Grateful Dead cover. Be sure to catch a show for some happy feels next time they're in the area.