Party Radar: Mike "Agent X" Clark, Cheap, DJ Hell, Forro Brazuca, Martin Buttrich, The Bunker
Our weekly Super Ego clubs column took a wee breather from the paper this week in order to bring you some great live bands we love. But does that mean you're not going to go out partying? Possibly even partying like this dude, who last month broke the world record for continuous DJing (130 hours and 30 mins)? Maybe! After the jump, my picks of the week.
>>Mike "Agent X" Clark
The expansive, blues-house Beatdown sound is finally making it to the Bay Area. Last week, so-called "First Lady of Beatdown" Lady Blacktronika visited us from Mt. Shasta. And now one of the three Detroit originators of the decade-old sound itself, Mike "Agent X" Clark, comes to one of my favorite new weekly parties, Housepitality. But Clark has a long and varied history of tasty dance sounds; he'll be bringing a whole bag of soulful tricks to lift you up.
Last week I bitched about how expensive some parties were getting -- I can barely keep myself in lynx stoles and unicorn caviar! Well, here's the response for queers and friends: how about a free weekly party with $3 well drinks and $2 PBR, plus DJ Stanley Frank and a wild performance by the lovely Donna Personna? I say yes.
Thu/2 and every Thursday, 9 p.m., free. The Stud, 299 Ninth St., SF. www.studsf.com
Helmut Josef Geier is, yes, German and also one of the folks who brought us some of the better parts of electroclash. But wait! He's been making music for more than 20 years (and DJing since 1978!), so his catalog is incredibly deep. If he plays 1992 anthem "My Definition of House Music," I may weep.
Fri/3, 9 p.m.-late, $12 presale, $15-$20 door. public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Awesome Brazilian dance music monthly party Braza! -- um, yeah, the patrons are freaking friendly and gorgeous -- is kicking off a series of live music showcases with this accordion-powered roots music quartet, each member from a different region of Brazil. Really stoked for this one.
Fri/3, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $10. SOM, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com
One of the strongest representatives, along with his Desolat label co-founder Loco Dice, of the current polished German techno sound, all flexing muscle and audio wizardry under the surface, but floated with enough bright swing (especially in the example below, one of my faves) to pull anyone onto the floor. He'll fill every inch of your ear on Mighty's mighty sound system.
Fri/3, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $15. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
One of the best long-running parties in Brooklyn -- and the nerve center for East Coast techno and "avant-house" -- is the Bunker, which this month meets our own techno nerve center, Kontrol, in a delectable conflagration of like minds. Bunker DJs Derek Plaslaiko (who blew us away at Berlin's Tresor club last year), the more classic house-oriented Mike Servito (likewise at Honey Soundsystem), and Spinoza will let us know how the other coast lives. This is another stealth Detroit takeover, too, since Plaslaiko and Servito both originally hail from the Motor City. The waves just keep on comin'.
Sat/4, 10 p.m.-6 a.m., free before 11 p.m., $20 after. EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. Facebook invite
This week's fab Honey Soundsystem party on Sunday play's host to this revered London club owner (Dalston Superstore) and DJ (Disco Bloodbath collective). I'm digging his refined style, plugging into deeper synth-electronic waves.Should be a stylish international wrap-up for a kind of crazy SF weekend.
Sun/5, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Holy Cow, 1535 Folsom, SF. Facebook Invite