DJ Nights Blogged
WHO: Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ean Golden, Josh Wink, Rob Paine
WHAT: A very unique tour, CNTRL: Beyond EDM, is hitting Philly for a two-part event. The concept is to inform and inspire people about the history and future of electronic music. First off, they're stopping by Drexel University for a daytime seminar from 5-7 p.m., presented by Dubspot, the renowned electronic music production and DJ school. In addition to touring acts Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and Ean Golden, locals Josh Wink and Rob Paine will be joining the fray along with Ovum’s Matt Brookman, who will lead a guest lecture. Topics covered at the seminar include using technology to control creativity, old school DJing vs. controllerism, sound quality and an open Q&A. Afterward, its party time! The whole gang will throw down, culminating with Mr. Plastikman himself, Richie Hawtin dropping one of his groundbreaking techno sets he’s known for internationally.
WHEN & WHERE: Fri., Nov. 2, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Main Building Auditorium, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut St. and 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., ticketmaster.com.
WHY: Cause we're kind of hawt for Hawtin.
WHO: Squarepusher with Justin Paul, Kezner and Mount Kimble
WHAT: Forward-thinking electronic-music pioneer Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, is back with a new album, Ufabulum, on Warp Records and a dazzling live show to complement it. On his acclaimed new tour, he’s based the performance on a self-crafted a/v rig of “video synthesizers,” which are manipulated live to create a stunning sci-fi-inspired audio-visual experience. Expect a fresh set from the ever-morphing Jenkinson, who claims the show will include current material only. The supporting lineup consists of Playloop’s Justin Paul, Kezner and Mount Kimbie.
WHEN & WHERE: Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $25, TLA, 334 South St., tlaphilly.com.
WHY: Cause you wanna Squarepush-push it real good!
WHO: Flosstradamus, DJ Sliink, DJ Swizzymack, Krueger and Copout
WHAT: On their latest tour, Chicago’s on-fire DJ duo is set to hit Philly with the freshest trap bangers and club smashers. Flosstradamus (aka J2K and Autobot) has been rockin’ parties worldwide for over eight years and have dropped releases on Fool’s Gold, Mad Decent and other labels. Expect a wide variety of sounds, pushing the envelope but always keeping it thumping. This night is sure to be out of control in this intimate venue, and each DJ in the supporting lineup is sick in their own right.
WHEN & WHERE: Thu., Oct. 4, 10 p.m., $8-$10 door, Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 215-634-7400, r5productions.com.
WHY: The ADA suggests you Flosstradamus at least once a day.
WHO: DJ Kash
WHAT: The ladies of Pulse Events host this '80s- and '90s-themed dance party, featuring a promised setlist of songs by many of our childhood faves — from Salt-N-Pepa (P-push it real good!) all the way up to the Spice Girls (Tell me what you want, what you really, really want!). The three guests who deck out in the best '80s and '90s gear will win prizes, so pull out your headbands and prep-roll those jeans like there's no tomorrow.
WHY: Because you're curious to see if Aqua Net can still work wonders on that modern hipster haircut of yours.
WHO: Robotique DJs
WHAT: The recently revamped Trestle Inn hosts a far-out disco dance party every week, rockin’ a blend of classics, boogie and proto-house. This go-round features the talents of Robotique DJs, and Broadzilla, MatPat, Julian Process and Tony Modica are scheduled down the road.
WHEN & WHERE: Sat., Sept. 22, 10 p.m., free, Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St., thetrestleinn.com.
WHY?: You've been looking for a chance to check out the Trestle Inn's updated digs.
For years, Isaac Jordan (of 2000down.com) has been one of Philly’s staple party-rockin’ DJs. After a recent tenure in Barcelona, he moved to NYC but that doesn’t stop him from holding it down in his hometown every week. Step into the bumpin’ main room of Rumor and let loose as Jordan tears up a variety of classics and current bangers. The side-room DJ booth is held down by Matthew Macchioni (first and third Saturdays) and John G (second and fourth Saturdays).
Sat., Sept 8, 9 p.m., $10, Rumor, 1500 Sansom St., 215-988-0777, rumorphilly.com.
Our resident DJ on his most boogie-worthy pick of the week.
A true OG of the dubstep and grime scenes, MRK1 lands in Philly to drop soundbwoy knowledge on an all-ages crowd. In addition to his world-renowned DJ sets, this Manchester, England native has releases dating back to ’02, including work with his group Virus Syndicate and solo releases on labels like Planet Mu, Contagious, H.E.N.C.H., Southside Dubstars and more. Rage Hard Productions is bringing this legend to town, alongside local DJs Endboss, Bassdread, Rise and Grind and Fratello.
WHO: Sinjin Hawke, Lushlife, Krueger, Al Lover, Grimace Federation and Sonkin
WHAT: Hot on the tongues of Urb, Red Bull Music Academy, Mad Decent, XLR8R and Pitchfork, Barcelona’s up-and-coming DJ/producer touches down on his summer tour and is sure to bring an exciting array of futuristic electronic music. Sinjin Hawke’s sound takes nods from juke, R&B and club, all synthesized into his signature style. This night is the second edition of the new Popular Science party series with residents Grimace Federation and Sonkin alongside guests Krueger, Lushlife and Al Lover.
WHEN & WHERE: Wed., Aug. 1, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $8, Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N. Front St., kungfunecktie.com.
WHY: Hidden gems in the middle of the week are always a good look.
WHO: Jay Yo and friends
WHAT: The weather is right, your mind is right and the vibe is oh-so-right. A fresh weekly pool party is jumping off on Mondays at the newly christened North Shore Beach Club (formerly Arrow) in Northern Liberties. Promoter and resident DJ Jay Yo will bring in a wide array of Philly’s local DJ talent to kick out the daytime jams. Expect all styles of music, drink specials and plenty of splish-splashy awesomeness.
WHEN & WHERE: Mon., June 4 , noon-7 p.m., free, North Shore Beach Club, 1031 Germantown Ave., northshorebeachclub.com.
WHY: Cuz you like it wet.
Our resident DJ on his most boogie-worthy pick of the week.
WHO: Addison Groove, Doc Daneeka, Spank Rock, MDM Residents
WHAT: After a slew of successful singles on Swamp 81, Tectonic and more, Addison Groove has dropped his debut album, Transister Rhythm, on the 50 Weapons label, and he’s bringing his unique perspective on juke sounds to Philly to promote it. Taking influence from Chicago’s ghetto-tech scene and merging it with his U.K.-bass-music background, the DJ's sets present a forward-thinking and highly addictive mesh of music that’s sure to keep your body and mind percolating around the room. Plus, local favorite Spank Rock will take on hosting duties, keeping things extra lively.
WHEN & WHERE: Mon, April 30, 10 p.m., $3, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, 215-739-5577, mroomphilly.com.
WHY: Two U.K. heavyweights plus local talent on a Monday night? Rare and beautiful.
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