Prefuse 73 pushes buttons at 1015 Folsom 

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  • Prefuse 73 — along with Nosaj Thing and FaltyDL — brings his tour to The City Thursday.
Glitchy, hip-hop-infused electronic music pioneer Prefuse 73 is happy to be bringing new material to The City.

“Every time I go to San Francisco, it’s dope,” says the Brooklyn-based Guillermo Scott Herren, who headlines 1015 Folsom Thursday night with Nosaj Thing and FaltyDL. He adds, “It’s always a good feeling the minute that I get there. The weather is constantly good. And just the general vibe — everybody has been cool.”

Dude would know. The uncompromising innovator, who created Yellow Year Records in 2013, has been a second son of The City since his 1997 debut LP, “Sleep Method Suit.”

Prefuse is perhaps best known for 2003’s “One Word Extinguisher,” but he has released roughly 10 arty, challenging LPs under at least four aliases.

In an age of pump-and-dump DJs backed by big, brief marketing budgets, Herren is a brand manager’s nightmare.

“I see music like any older jazz musician,” he says. “When I started making music, back when you had to save up to get this sluggish gear, I never said, ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna stop when I get my first big check.’ Music can’t be that for me. This is what I decided to do with my life.”

Lately, that means working on a follow-up to his last album, 2011’s “The Only She Chapters” on Warp Records, as well as running Yellow Year.

Herren brings to 1015 Folsom a stripped-down, man-plus-machine set, rather than a live band.

“When I play live alone it’s usually a bunch of machines I get to work together, which is good and bad because I really do like to play instruments more than anything,” Herren says.

With 14 years in the game, Herren has seen electronic music gear get smaller, lighter and less reliable.

“Everything gets so small, sometimes too small to the point where the actual performance is compromised,” he says. “I’m not really a techie person. I’m just smart enough to figure it out.”

While he’ll make a nod to the classics, he can be counted on to keep pushing the boundaries of sound and musical form. He says, “Out of respect, you got to play those things. But I just sort of go out as far as you can go to the point where you’re almost losing people, then bring them in.”


Prefuse 73 with Nosaj Thing, FaltyDL

Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: $15 to $17.50

Contact: (415) 431-1200,



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