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Feb. 10, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is coming. You know what that means: roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners, and Cannibal Corpse. Oh, death metal isn’t your idea of romance? We’ve got plenty of other options, from concerts and dance parties to comedy and burlesque shows. This V-Day weekend, skip the overpriced restaurants, grab your shorty—or find one there—and get serenaded by some sweet sounds at one of these ‘fly events near you.

 

San Francisco / Bay Area

Before you drop the needle on that Marvin Gaye record, get it on at one of these funk, acid house, Latin jazz or ‘80s parties.

2.12: Dam-Funk with Egyptian Lover – The Ritz; San Jose ($25+)

2.12: Con Brio with Water Strider – The Independent; SF ($25)

2.12: Pete Tong, Lauren Lane and Torro – Public Works; SF ($15+)

2.13: Midi Matilda with Meet Me In Orbit and Talkie – Neck of the Woods; SF ($7+)

2.13: Love Junkie: A Fundraiser for George Mahal – Public Works; SF ($15+)

2.13: Love & Bossa with Masha Campagne & Voz da Lapa – Doc’s Lab; SF ($12+)

2.13: Tainted Love with Lef Deppard – Bimbo’s 365 Club; SF ($25+)

2.13: The English Beat – The Ritz; San Jose ($20+)

2.14: A Special Valentine’s Day Show with Sophie B. Hawkins – The Chapel; SF ($22+)

2.14: Lance Desardi – Monarch; SF ($5+)

2.14: Mass Gothic with MAZED and Screature – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($10+)

2.14: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra – Yoshi’s Oakland; Oakland ($45+)

2.14: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra – Doc’s Lab; SF ($10+)

2.15: The Skiffle Players feat Cass McCombs, Farmer Dave Scher, Neal Casal, Dan Horne & Aaron Sperske – Sweetwater Music Hall; Mill Valley ($22+)

2.16: SIRENS, Octazooka and Jonah Sunn – Hotel Utah; SF ($8+)

2.16: Radiation City and Deep Sea Diver – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($12+)

New York City

Make your lover/crush/bff’s hotline bling and invite them out to a Drake-themed party, a Bollywood night, a J Dilla tribute or any of these awesome shows taking place this weekend.

2.12: Bollywood Disco – DROM; New York ($10+)

2.12: Sharam, Robosonic and Dimitri Tee – Verboten; Brooklyn ($20+)

2.12: It’s Friday, I’m (Not) In Love: An Anti-Valentine’s Party – Littlefield; Brooklyn ($5+)

2.12: Desert Hearts Presents: City Hearts Brooklyn – Output; New York ($20+)

2.13: Martin Courtney – Baby’s All Right; Brooklyn ($18+)

2.13: PROPS featuring Rich Medina and Danny Akalepse – Baby’s All Right; Brooklyn ($8+)

2.13: Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($10+)

2.13: Diet Cig – Aviv; Brooklyn ($7+)

2.13: The Soft Moon – The Market Hotel; Brooklyn ($15+)

2.13: Alone & Together with Eric D. Johnson, Sam Cohen and Kevin Morby – The Box; New York ($20+)

 2.13: Surf Rock is Dead, Suburban Living, Simon Doom and The Dirty Blondes – Palisades; Brooklyn ($5+)

2.13: Kyle Hall, Jay Daniel, Bookworms, Soul 2 Seoul – Sugar Hill Disco & Restaurant; Brooklyn ($10+)

2.13: Sleepy & Boo – Cielo; Brooklyn ($15+)

2.13 & 14: Donuts Are Forever – Brooklyn Bowl; Brooklyn ($15+)

2.14: Jane Monheit – Birdland; New York ($40+)

2.14: Sliink x Brenmar with Nadus and Speakerfoxxx – Good Room; Brooklyn ($10+)

2.14: Drake Night with Dirty South Joe, Gun$ Garcia and Magglezzz – Baby’s All Right; Brooklyn (sold out)

2.14: The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed With a Sense of Humor – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($8+)

2.14: TEEN Record Release with Becca Kauffman, Miho Hatori’s New Optimism and Gemma – Union Pool; Brooklyn ($10+)

2.14: The Rejection Show Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven – Littlefield; Brooklyn ($10+)

2.14: Juan Wauters and Tall Juan – Shea Stadium; Brooklyn ($10+)

2.14: Go F♥ck Yourself! A Titillating Valentine’s Day Performance Extravaganza – The Slipper Room; New York ($10+)

2.15: Eating Out: A Video Premiere Party with Reformed Whores and Friends – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($6+)

Los Angeles

There’s a lot to get nostalgic about as you and your partner reflect on the time you’ve shared. But instead of strolling down memory lane, why not create new ones? This time next year you can look back and say, “Hey, remember that awesome David Bowie Tribute show we went to” or “Hey, remember when you broke up with me at the Hawthorne Heights show? I want my toothbrush back.”

2.11: Naughty by Nature with A-F-R-O and Cam & China – The Regent Theater; LA ($20+)

2.11: Panic Is Perfect with Anya Marina and Hawai– The Satellite; LA ($10)

2.12: Rhondavous: A Lover’s Ball ft. Bonobo, Guy Gerber, The Martinez Brothers + more – Union Nightclub; LA ($20+)

2.13: Dweezil Zappa with Dustin Boyer – The Regent Theater; LA ($25+)

2.13: LA Art Book Fair with Honey Soundsystem, Zutzut (N.A.A.F.I), D∆WN + more – Resident; LA ($18)

2.13: David Bowie Tribute – The Wayfarer; Costa Mesa ($10+)

2.13: Darius, Yuksek, Jean Tonique, J. Worra, Funk LeBlanc and Besnine – Sound Nightclub; LA ($15+)

2.13: BOOTIE LA: Valentine’s Party – Echoplex; LA ($5+)

2.13: Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty and Kosha Dillz – The Roxy Theatre; West Hollywood ($25+)

2.14: Valentine’s Day Rumble with The Frights, SWMRS, and Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls – Echoplex; LA ($15+)

2.14: Smiths Nite with DJ Jose Maldonado – Echoplex; LA ($8+)

2.14: Lil Death ft. Wesley Eisold, DJ Salvation, Hoodboi and more – Union Nightclub; LA ($10+)

2.14: Flamenco Dinner Theater – El Cid; LA ($30+)

2.14: The Aggrolites and Boogaloo Assassins – The Regent Theater; LA ($17+)

2.14: Hawthorne Heights, Mest and The Ataris – The Roxy Theatre; West Hollywood ($20+)

2.16: Mass Gothic with MAZED – Bootleg Theater; LA ($12+)

Chicago

Love is in the air, and the Windy City’s notorious breeze is kicking things up a few miles per hour—and a few beats per minute. Get down to the progressive house of Jeremy Olander or groove at the Downtown Disco. Not your thing? No problem. From a Beatles tribute to an underground comedy show to an all-star musical review, Chi-Town’s got you and your boo covered.

2.13: Jeremy Olander – Spybar; Chicago (0+)

2.13: Sydney Blu with RJ Pickens – Primary Night Club; Chicago ($10+)

2.13: Ralphie Roberts – Zanies in Rosemont; Rosemont ($22+)

2.13: AM Taxi and North by North – Subterranean; Chicago ($10+)

2.13: Festival del Amor con Humor – Copernicus Center; Chicago ($35+)

2.13: The Loved Ones with Cheap Girls and Roger Harvey – Cobra Lounge; Chicago ($15+)

2.13: Act of Defiance and Driven Under – Brauer House; Lombard ($10+)

2.13: The Hideout Makeout Party – The Hideout; Chicago ($15+)

2.14: Downtown Disco with Andrew Emil, John Mork and Redux – Primary Night Club; Chicago (Free)

2.14: Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute – The Portage Theater; Chicago ($25+)

2.14: Valentine’s Day with Jayke Orvis – Brauer House; Lombard ($7+)

2.14: Valentine’s Day Musical Review – The Hideout; Chicago ($75+)

2.15: Female Funnies – Zanies Comedy Club; Chicago ($10+)

2.15: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Beyond De-th, Carach Angren, Abigail Williams and Ethereal Blood – Reggies Rock Club; Chicago ($17+)

2.16: Chicago Underground Comedy – Beat Kitchen; Chicago ($5+)

2.16: El is the Sound of Joy, Sportin’ Life and Rolex – The Hideout; Chicago ($5+)

2.17: Skizzy Mars with P-Lo – Durty Nellie’s; Palatine ($15+)

2.17: Jeff Rosenstock, Hi Ho, Goodrich Gevaart and Kyle Geib – Beat Kitchen; Chicago ($10+)

Washington, DC / Baltimore

We’re not sure how the president and first lady plan to celebrate their last Valentine’s Day in office, but we do know they’re music fans. They likely won’t be seeing Cannibal Corpse or even Wavves, but ‘80s pop star Taylor Dayne? Keep an eye out for the Secret Service.

2.9: This Is Why You’re Single – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue; Washington, DC ($14+)

2.13: Sucker for Love – The Lincoln Theatre; Washington, DC ($25+)

2.13: Grizfolk – Rock & Roll Hotel; Washington, DC ($15+)

2.13: Vovoid – Black Cat; Washington, DC ($20)

2.13: Cherub with Gibbz and Mike Floss – Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore ($22+)

2.13: Beacon and Natasha Kmeto – Songbyrd Music House; Washington, DC ($10+)

2.13: My Rock & Roll Valentine Burlesque Show – Black Cat; Washington, DC ($12+)

2.13: Honey Soundsystem and Martyn – U Street Music Hall; Washington, DC ($10+)

2.13: A Valentine’s Day Heart Health Foundation Benefit Featuring Foreplay – Rams Head On Stage; Annapolis, MD ($39+)

2.14: “Love Each Other” with Half-Step (Grateful Dead Tribute) – Gypsy Sally’s; Washington, DC ($14+)

2.14: Love Songs: The Beatles Vol. 3 – The Hamilton; Washington, DC ($25+)

2.14: All You Need Is Love 4: A Tribute to The Beatles and Love Songs – Jammin Java; Vienna, VA ($16+)

2.14: Cannibal Corpse with Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn – Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore ($25+)

2.14: Protomartyr with Priests and Protect U – Black Cat; Washington, DC ($10+)

2.14: The Devil Makes Three – 9:30 Club; Washington, DC ($22+)

2.15: Dressy Bessy with Old Monk – Gypsy Sally’s; Washington, DC ($10+)

2.16: Best Coast, Wavves and Cherry Glazzer – 9:30 Club; Washington, DC ($30+)

2.16: Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie – Black Cat; Washington, DC ($15+)

2.16: Leon Russell – Rams Head On Stage; Annapolis, MD ($55+)

Philadelphia

Philly, you so eclectic. From “neo-burlesque” to a Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders comedy show to a Federico Fellini triple-header, you can really hone into your partner’s niche interests.

2.12: Roadshow Relics with Shewho – Tin Angel; Philadelphia ($12+)

2.12: Peek-A-Boo Revue Presents Free Love – World Cafe Live; Philadelphia ($25+)

2.12: Beacon and Natasha Kmeto – The Boot and Saddle; Philadelphia ($12+)

2.12: Cheerleader, Suburban Living and Surf Rock Is Dead – Bourbon and Branch; Philadelphia ($7+)

2.12: Grizfolk and Knox Hamilton – Johnny Brenda’s; Philadelphia ($12+)

2.13: Dave P. and Sammy Slice – 714; Philadelphia ($10+)

2.13: Dressy Bessy, Old Monk and The Not Fur Longs – The Boot and Saddle; Philadelphia ($10+)

2.13: Laura Jane Grace and The Devouring Mothers with Dave Dondero – First Unitarian Church; Philadelphia ($20+)

2.13: 4Play Dance Party – Kung Fu Necktie; Philadelphia ($5)

2.13: Princess Mononoke – International House Philadelphia; Philadelphia ($5+)

2.13: Alô Brasil Carnaval 2016 – World Cafe Live; Philadelphia ($22+)

2.13: The Westies featuring Michael McDermott – Tin Angel; Philadelphia ($18+)

2.13: Civil Youth, A Better Class Of Criminal, The Moxy, The Bad Tequila Experience and more – Trocadero; Philadelphia ($16+)

2.14: Love Bites Valentine’s Day Show – Ortlieb’s; Philadelphia ($10+)

2.14: Three Film Segments by Fellini – International House Philadelphia; Philadelphia ($9+)

2.15: Hoots & Hellmouth 9th Annual Valentine’s Day Concert [10 PM show] – Tin Angel; Philadelphia ($15+)

2.15: Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie with Cory Branan, Song Dogs – Union Transfer; Philadelphia ($15+)

2.15: Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Philadelphia Art Alliance; Philadelphia ($15+)

2.15: Trump vs. Bernie: The Debate! Starring James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik – World Cafe Live; Philadelphia ($20+)

2.15: Lee DeWyze and Wakey Wakey – World Cafe Live (Upstairs); Philadelphia ($17+)

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