The Top Five Shows in San Francisco This Week

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Latyrx performs at the Independent on Thursday.
5. The Faint @ Regency Ballroom, Saturday, Nov. 17
The first time you heard The Faint's album Danse Macabre, you probably were struck by how distinctive it was. This album was dance music for people who only listened to indie music -- what a brilliant concept! Not to make you aging hipsters feel old, but it's been over a decade since Danse came out. So naturally, Saddle Creek just released a deluxe, remastered edition of the album, with bonus tracks, a DVD, and some fancy booklets. To mark this special occasion, the Omaha electro-punks are playing Danse Macabre in its entirety on every night of their current 26-date tour. If you haven't listened to the record in a while, check it out -- there's not a bad track on there. The band has also promised to perform "new songs and some of our other favorites" at their upcoming gigs, so more recent converts will have something to dance to as well. -- Rae Alexandra


4. Jazz Mafia 12-Year Anniversary @ The Fillmore, Saturday, Nov. 17
They wrote the world's first hip-hop symphony and performed it at the Monterey Jazz Festival. They held a regular Tuesday night gig at an S.F. club for a decade. They formed a live hip-hop group that rhymed about Bay Area history. They performed alongside artists like Beck, Carlos Santana, Digital Underground, and Lyrics Born. And this weekend, Adam Theis and the collective of San Francisco musicians known as the Jazz Mafia will celebrate their 12 years of existence with a blowout at the Fillmore featuring all of the group's spinoffs and artists, and with a special contribution from noted local DJ Qbert. It's sure to be as radical and mind-expanding as Jazz Mafia's run so far. -- Ian S. Port


3. Model 500 @ Mezzanine, Friday, Nov. 16
Quite a few claim the title of "Godfather of House," but nobody disputes Juan Atkins' stature as the man who invented Detroit techno. Working first as Cybotron and later as Model 500, he built the foundations for a genre that has since become a worldwide phenomenon. Yet it was really the latter moniker that would solidify his position in it, with Afro-futuristic tracks like "Nightdrive (Thru Babylon)" and "Vessels in Distress" interpreting the alienation of post-Fordist Detroit through a hybrid vehicle of rhythm and science fiction. And while that might seem like history, the project has recently resurfaced with killer tracks like "Control," which fuses electronic funk with digital totalitarianism. This week Model 500 performs as a live band with Atkins joined on stage by fellow Detroiters Mad Mike Banks, DJ Skurge, and Mark Taylor. -- Derek Opperman


2. Latyrx @ The Independent, Thursday, Nov. 15
Born out of the lauded Northern California hip-hop collective Solesides -- the same group that produced DJ Shadow and Blackalicious -- Latyrx was a short-lived, much-loved partnership between rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. Their 1997 full-length became a touchstone in underground hip-hop circles for its deeply complex, forward-thinking rhyme schemes and spacey electronic production. But for all the respect it earned, the Latyrx album never got a true follow-up -- instead both rappers went on to successful solo careers. That's about to change: Lyrics Born and Lateef have teamed up for a new Latyrx EP, Disconnection, out this week, and a new album due next year. They celebrate their reunion at a special release show this week with Gift of Gab, another hugely skilled rapper from the Davis collective who's left a big mark on NorCal hip-hop. -- Ian S. Port


1. Tame Impala @ The Fillmore, Thursday, Nov. 15
In the past decade or so, psychedelic rock has moved from enjoying cyclical periods of resurgence to a state of perpetual revival, particularly here in the genre's spiritual cradle of San Francisco. This flying of the sonic freak flag both locally and abroad continues to produce a wealth of excellent bands and sounds, but the rearview-mirror focus of the style means it's rare to find acts that truly push psych into fresh spaces. Enter Australia's Tame Impala: This band, the brainchild of songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and audio hallucination-conjurer Kevin Parker, stands as one of the few true innovators of modern psych, with one foot planted firmly in the subgenre's roots even as the other steps boldly into virgin territory on its incandescent new effort, Lonerism. -- Dave Pehling

See our full feature story: Tame Impala Blows Past the Boundaries of Psych-Rock


Location Info

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The Fillmore

1805 Geary, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Mezzanine

444 Jessie, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

The Independent

628 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

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