Recently signed to SF’s Dirtybird label, Breach, aka Ben Westbeech, is a versatile artist whom is known for his unique style of fusing house, soul, and dubstep. Although Breach is his latter electronic alter ego, he has always had an ear for electronic music, spending the past couple of years juggling studio albums and touring the world as a DJ. Last year, he released There’s More To Life Than This, an album channeling the likes of James Blake and SBTRKT, by adding elements of soul into dance music. Catch him playing Lights Down Low at SOM. Friday 1/20 with French Fries, and Bambounou.
The 108-110 beats per minute reggaeton and Dutch house hybrid moombahton took the dance music world by storm in 2011 and shows no signs of slowing. As one of the most dynamic and entertaining producers of the genre, Baltimore native Jon Kwest is excited to bring the moombahsauce to SF’s ears.
Brookyln producer Dr. Israel is best known for his unique blend of music fusing roots reggae, punk, hardcore, and dub. Influenced by a life-changing trip to Jamaica, his music began with the intent to revolutionize the concept of mainstream music. His famed picked up quickly early in his career, earning acclaims from magazines such as The Rolling Stone, but suddenly took a turn when he found himself without a label.
It’s no secret that San Francisco’s psych and garage scene is experiencing a serious revival, and one of the groups at the forefront of that movement is the Fresh & Onlys. Frontman Tim Cohen talks to us about the groups new record due out in 2012, signing to Brooklyn label Mexican Summer and more.
One of the most hyped, hated and adored new artists of 2011, Bay Area-raised Kreayshawn has been on a non-stop path to success since May when she first performed live at SOM. She returns New Year’s Eve at The Regency Ballroom for her biggest local concert to date.
On Friday 12/16, The Sin City tour graces San Francisco with dubstep pioneers Hatcha and N-Type with MC Crazy D. Hatcha has been an integral part of the UK garage scene since the early ’90s, with his proteges being dubstep heavyweights Benga and Skream. Co-headliner N-Type started mixing drum n’ bass at the young age of 14. Part of the underground scene ever since, he now DJs the world’s number one radio station, Rinse FM. Together, the two own record label Sin City Records, home to artists like Skream and Bluesy.
One gets the feeling that J Mascis would rather plug in and let the music speak for itself instead of talking about his impact on rock music and his band Dinosaur Jr. Nonetheless, the soft-spoken frontman stops in San Francisco with the band on December 15 for a live interview with Henry Rollins at The Fillmore followed by a run through Bug, the band’s 1988 breakout album.
As one of biggest moombahton supporters, DJ Sabo brings his world traveling lifestyle to the songs he produces, fueling the fire for one of the most innovative dance music movements in years. This Friday, December 2 catch him mixing the moombah with Braza‘s afro-latin flavors at SOM.