The mass exodus to Coachella this weekend only means there is more room to dance this weekend in San Francisco—and we get visiting performers from the festival at Bay Area venues. Here are four parties we’re looking forward to this weekend.
Visit SF Station’s Event Calendar for a full list of events.April 10: Solomun at Monarch
Thank Coachella for allowing a big booking on the European circuit to end up in Monarch’s tiny, underground hull. A regular at Ibiza, Solomun is a house producer from Hamburg. He plays closing sets at Creamfields and BPM, slips into the occasional world-class club, and heads the popular Diynamic Music imprint. It’s not a particularly edgy sound, but given his background, Solomun’s long-winded, funky builds certainly satisfy some crave. It could be worth a taste; after all, this tour is his first in California. April 11: Public Works and ISIS present KiNK at Public Works
KiNK is a tweaker, in the literal sense. His renowned live sets come together with a small setup of gadgets, machines and controllers, which can be mused over in more depth here (a video for his May debut, Under Destruction). You can look forward to a high adrenaline—peppery as opposed to flooding—take on analog-sounding tech house. As for ambiance, ISIS is a promoter with many adornments, including a hostess, boas and plenty of dancers clad in patterned shirts. Should be a zinger of a party. April 12: The Shuffle Co-Op Brings You Mike Huckaby at TBA Oakland
The Motor City’s Mike Huckaby is known for never playing a bad song. It’s what is expected from a man who spent 10 years studying music theory and another 14 as head buyer for influential (though now past) Detroit vinyl shop, Record Time. In essence, Huckaby has a keen understanding of sound curation. His sets and productions speak to the soul through machine; they’re extremely deep, clean, classic house grooves. April 12: As You Like It and Honey Soundsystem present Derrick Carter and Bicep at Mighty
In the early ‘90s, Derrick Carter worked in a Chicago record shop, while in the late 2000s, Matthew McBriar and Andrew Ferguson of Bicep ran a music blog from separate UK locations. Both acts are known for their exceptional taste. Carter, a forerunner for the second wave of Chicago house, is a disco aficionado and legend, though Bicep is the modern firecracker here. You might have heard 2012’s “Vision of Love,” via their Feel My Bicep imprint, a ‘90s throwback shuffler that stands above, but can’t define Bicep’s sound as a whole. Between their weekly Rinse FM show, incessant touring, and collaboration with hard knocks, Simian Mobile Disco, Bicep proves to have its finger on the pulse, pressing deeper still into rare recesses of disco, techno, and house. They know banging music, and a ton of it.