Sat., July 9, 9 p.m. The Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco). $15. MezzanineSF.com
It’s no secret that Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Rihanna’s ANTI are two of the best albums of 2016 — and both have pushed pop music forward as a vehicle for addressing important issues surrounding gender and race. Lemonade is Beyoncé’s magnum opus, and truly shows her abandoning the glossy production and palatable lyrics of yore for something much more raw, poetic, and informed by her Southern roots. While tabloids had a field day about what Lemonade means for Bey and Jay Z’s relationship, Beyoncé used the story of a fraught marriage to probe the many facets of Black womanhood in America. Meanwhile, ANTI sees Rihanna coming into her own as an artist, and exploring left-field sounds and narratives that embrace female sexuality in empowering ways. Dance to these two queens of pop at The Mezzanine, where DJs will be playing their hits all night.