13254400_1079284842128780_3010000878220614966_nNorway’s Jenny Hval uses her music to stretch open the fabric of societal structures, explore, and finally, dismantle.

Friday, November 11

Jay Arner @ The Night Light
Find wry and apathetic humor in the synth-pop trappings of Canadian Jay Arner.

Peter Silberman @ Swedish American Music Hall
Frontman of The Antlers Peter Silberman will be playing a solo show of his recently released EP Transcendless Summer, 20 minutes of conceptual instrumentals about a terminally ill young woman.

The James Brown Dance Party @ The Mezzanine
Get down with your bad self (sorry, had to) and dance your politically weary self clean at this special event featuring members of James Brown’s band, Snarky Puppy, and LCD Soundsystem.

Pansy Division @ Bottom of the Hill
Originally formed in 1991 in San Francisco, Pansy Division was one of the first openly gay rock bands. Expect snarky power-pop poking holes through Christianity and homophobia.

Saturday, November 12

Soft Lions @ Milk Bar
Lighter melodies to dance and swing to, Soft Lions recorded their last album, XOXO, at Tiny Telephone with John Vanderslice.

The New Mastersounds, Turkuaz @ The UC Theatre
Turkuaz admit they are a nine-piece power funk army hailing from Brooklyn. Read more about the band in our interview with them above.

Jenny Hval @ Starline Social Club
Hval’s last album, Blood Bitch, contained “Female Vampire” and a subsequent music video. The impetus behind the song? Hval explains, “What does eternity feel like? How do you ‘live’ when there is no death? Usually, the vampire is depicted as a lonesome, all-knowing and ancient creature combining violence, aggressive sexuality and deceitful youth. The pack behind the video for ‘Female Vampire’ wanted to explore vampiric eternity in a different narrative: in a group of romancing friends.”

18th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest @ Palace of Fine Arts
Eleven innovative hip hop dance companies from around the world will perform at this annual non-competitive dance festival.

Sunday, November 13

M. Lockwood Porter @ Neck of the Woods
Berkeley’s own M. Lockwood Porter will grace the Sunday night headlining slot at Neck of the Woods. For all of the appropriately timed feels,Listen to “The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be” featured in the link above.

Smokey Brights @ Hotel Utah (early show)
Lose yourself in guitar swells and dynamically sweeping vocals courtesy of Smokey Brights.

18th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest @ Palace of Fine Arts
Not convinced? Catch Ru Paul expounding on how amazing this festival is here.