Electronic Baths jolts Great American Music Hall 

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Virtuosic electronic-music performer Baths isn't getting much rest these days.

"We literally just arrived four minutes ago," he says via cellphone from a Philadelphia hotel. "It's crazy."

The 24-year-old Los Angeles producer is on a 30-stop North American road tour behind his second LP, "Obsidian," a dark, experimental, electronic record out on the indie label Anticon. Everyone from Pitchfork.com to The Wall Street Journal likes it.

"Wait, did you say 'The Wall Street Journal'?" Baths asks. "Crazy. OK. I have to look for that."

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley as a classically trained pianist, Will Wiesenfeld said he had no idea he would be a nationally touring producer by 24.

"Definitely not when I was younger. I was very unsure," he says.

But Baths' debut LP, "Cerulean," landed on a slew of best-album lists for 2010, and Wiesenfeld followed it up this year with another indie-pop masterpiece of unorthodox sounds. Largely instrumental, Wiesenfeld's vocals are often sung in falsetto and heavily processed into something Bjork or Nine Inch Nails would appreciate.

On Saturday, Baths closes his national tour with a date at the Great American Music Hall, supported by Houses and D33J. Wiesenfeld has doubled down on his expertly crafted, heavily electronic, one-man band live show, adding Morgan Greenwood of the band Azeda Booth on guitar and effects while Wiesenfeld plays laptop, keyboard and effects.

"There's a ton of stuff, oh, my God. It's much more intense. We have a lot more electronics on stage but it allows for a more versatile performance," he says.

"We're not shying away from the fact that it's electronic at all. It's extremely electronic. The stuff that I'm doing, my performance is there, my physicality is there. My laptop is integral to the music, so I'm not weird about that and we have two of those and we're doing tons of it."

After the show, Wiesenfeld is planning a move to Santa Monica and start a family — a digital one, at any rate.

"First things first: Going to the beach, hanging out and doing a lot of nothing," he says. "The second is to play this expansion pack of [the video game] 'Skyrim' called 'Hearthfire.' It's basically, like, just, 'Get a house, hang out, get married and have kids, build bedrooms and stuff.' It's what I wanted out of that game that I haven't got so far."



With Houses, D33J

Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $16

Contact: (415) 885-0750, www.slimspresents.com



San Francisco Pride: Xavier Toscan, Love Charisse, DWV and Nina Sky are just a few DJs playing the massive, weekendlong main stage at Pride. Check the pride website for all the affiliated dance parties. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $5. Civic Center Plaza, Polk and Grove streets, S.F., (415) 864-5889, www.sfpride.org

Pink Mammoth Block Party: The summer's biggest block party features Audiofly, BLOND:ISH, David Harness, Marques Wyatt and many, many more. Proceeds go to Pink Mammoth's Burning Man art installation. Noon, $20. Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F., (415) 762-0151, www.mighty119.com

Juan MacLean (DJ set): The DFA Records stalwart returns to run the decks at the Monarch, supported by Kim Ann Foxman and Blacksheep. 9 p.m., $10-$20. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F., (415) 284-9774, www.monarchsf.com

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