Boys Noize at Mezzanine [Preview]

Boys Noize | Saturday, November 26th, 2011 | Mezzanine | San Francisco

DJ Mag ranked Boys Noize right at number 100 on their “Top 100 DJs of 2011.” As a big fan of Boys Noize, I find this unfathomable. I’ve maintained for some time now that dance music has taken over pop music in America these last few years. But sometimes, I forget that most listeners wouldn’t know that David Guetta has produced some of the Black Eyed Peas’ biggest hits, or that Afrojack produced Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s monster-crossover hit, “Give Me Everything.” When you stop to consider the mainstream visibility of most of the DJs in the top ten with David Guetta (1), Tiësto (3), Deadmau5 (4), Avicii (6), Afrojack (7), and Swedish House Mafia (10), then Boys Noize’s ranking at 100 is a little bit more believable. Even still, that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Boys Noize at EDC 2010. Photo by Caesar Sebastian. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Dance Party with Yelle at Mezzanine [Review]

Yelle | Dirty Ghosts | Saturday, November 12, 2011 | Mezzanine | San Francisco

Yelle. Photo by Joey Pangilinan.

Some nights when going to a show, you just have this feeling in your stomach that lets you know that the entire night will be this epic, sprawling adventure. Approaching the entrance of the Mezzanine last Saturday night, you could feel the energy just by looking at the line of people still waiting to get inside with the music blaring out the front doors. I felt even more amped up when I entered the venue and saw the crowd of people already inside anxiously awaiting the dancey, electronic-pop sounds of Yelle. By the time my friends and I got inside, Dirty Ghosts was nearing the end of its set. Local to San Francisco, Dirty Ghosts had won a contest to open up for the French-headliners. Although we didn’t get to see much of its set, the band had clearly worked the room into a mood to dance and party.

The sold out show at Mezzanine was originally meant to be the second stop on this month-long tour for Yelle, but unfortunately, due to complications with visas, the tour opener at The Wiltern in Los Angeles had to be rescheduled until a few days after the San Francisco show. Thus, in the last 24-36 hours leading up to the show at Mezzanine, my friends and I were a bit nervous about the possibility of our show having to be postponed as well.

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Ana Sia/Frite Nite Surreal Estate Tour – Mezzanine 10/22/2011 [Review]

Frite Nite is a dance music label based in San Francisco that is helmed by producer Paul Salva. On Saturday October 22nd its crew celebrated the release of Ana Sia’s mix CD Surreal Estate with a party at the Mezzanine. The organizers stressed that a formal attire was strongly encouraged, and the male DJs that I saw indeed wore sharp suits. As for the audience, the prospect of dressing formally appealed mostly to the ladies, as most of the guys were wearing regular T-shirts. What my husband and I were wearing illustrated that point perfectly.

To anyone who still doubts the voraciousness of the contemporary bass music scene, the Frite Nite event should have proven a potent counterpoint. The party was fairly eclectic, cohering stuff like funky psychedelia (B. Bravo and the Starship Connection), hard-hitting beats (DjG) and echoes of dancehall and early-nineties rave (Chrissy Murderbot, whom I missed–shucks) into a trendy whole. Some of the music I heard was unmemorable but OK to dance to, some was more gratifying.

Comma. Photo by Julia Glosemeyer.

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To Do Tonight: Kitsuné Club Night at Mezzanine

By now, you’ve noticed we here on the eventseekr team write up previews for all sorts of awesome events, with wonderful information on why you should go to them. Among others, our past previews have featured a myriad of really spooky tours to get you in the Halloween spirit, a thing or three on why you should hit up Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and a few reasons why you should check out Crookers and party and dance to their house-music tunes. However, this sporadic little column will be a bit different. We realize that sometimes people may not necessarily be looking for something fun to do next weekend, but something fun to do tonight. So that’s what this is.

To do tonight (October 26th): Kitsune Club Night at Mezzanine here in San Francisco.

Is Tropical, Database and BeatauCue are on the bill, with Aaron Axelson and Nisus providing support. A fashion and electronic music record label, Kitsune has put out releases by heavy hitters in dance music such as MSTRKRFT, Cut Copy, Boys Noize, and a plethora of others. Got an itch to dance tonight? Well, screw waiting for the weekend to properly celebrate Halloween, and scratch that itch. Now go! Go forth and dance!

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Workin for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/21/11-10/23/11

In addition to the Bridge School Benefit concert going down this weekend,  we think there are some other events here in the Bay Area that you won’t want to miss. Here are our picks for this weekend:

Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Curran Theatre (October 19-29): Uh, three words: Shakespeare, Spacey and Mendes. Sam Mendes directed Kevin Spacey in the critically acclaimed movie, American Beauty, and the two have teamed up again to bring audiences their version of Shakespeare’s epic history play, Richard III. The British/American cast is only making 10 stops on their international tour, and the show is already mostly sold out, so get your tickets while you still can! Brought to San Francisco by the SHN, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s The Bridge Project and London’s Old Vic, this play will be performed at the Curran Theatre 12 times over the next 10 days.

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Workin for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/14/11-10/16/11

It’s Wednesday again, which means that eventseekr’s got your weekend plan right here. In addition to  TIMF, Richard Serra at the SFMOMA and the SF Vintners Market, there’s a lot of good stuff lined up, and some of it for an awesome cause. Katie K. and Lucia C. teamed up to bring you this week’s edition of Workin for the Weekend.

Treasure Island Music Fest Night Shows (October 14-16): Everyone is talking about Treasure Island Music Festival, and for a good reason; it’s one of the most popular Bay Area events this weekend. However, if you’re not the festival type or you don’t feel like dedicating your entire Saturday and Sunday to pushing through crowds of ecstatic fans, you can still be a part of the action and get your live music fix at one of the TIMF night shows. The Head and The Heart show and The Drums show (which I am excited to be covering!) are already sold out, but tickets for the other night shows are still available. On Saturday, JFK (of MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979) will be playing a TIMF after party DJ set at Mezzanine in San Francisco. MSTRKRFT was at TIMF in 2009, and this year Death From Above 1979 is featured on Saturday’s lineup. For music lovers who favor a more laid-back vibe, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will play at The Independent in San Francisco on Sunday. All of the TIMF night shows are restricted to ages 21 and over.  –Katie

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Junior Boys – Mezzanine 09/23/11 [Preview]

Even though fall is quickly descending on the Bay Area, Canada’s Junior Boys will definitely help you celebrate the last days of Indian summer. You’ll be blown away by them regardless of whether or not you’ve heard of them. A mix of indie electrical music that goes from garage to minimal techno, Junior Boys has drawn inspiration from a various range of genres to create their own particular sound. They played a free show in their home city of Hamilton, Ontario to kick off a tour that will promote their latest album It’s All True. Luckily for us, they will be making a stop in San Francisco at Mezzanine, a busy music venue that hosts bands and DJs alike, on September 23rd. On the same night, Mezzanine will also be hosting DJ Aaron Axelson and Young Galaxy, an indie band on the Paper Bag Records label that plays a kind of dreamy pop music. In addition, Popscene announced yesterday (Sept. 19) that Two Door Cinema Club will be performing a guest DJ set at Mezzanine that same night after they wrap up their own headlining gig at the Warfield just down the street.

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