5 best nightlife events this week
You're going to want to go ahead and take a personal day on Friday. Trust me. This week is stuffed with monster sets, so much that we couldn't squeeze in a couple of top-notch rock-dudes-DJing sessions from Foals and the Rapture. Even with Flying Lotus sold out, there are plenty of options. If you're as high on the new Daft Punk as we are (and why wouldn't you be?) sets from Digitalism and Dan Ghenacia should help you get over the fact that the French robots are not touring any time soon.
1. Four Tet Since the late '90s, Four Tet has set himself apart as one of electronic music's architectural bad boys. Defying conventions and even marrying his abstract beats with jazz, post-rock and an array of disparate sounds, he's challenged ears and rocked dance floors with equal aplomb. Last week marked the tenth anniversary of his stellar Rounds, and there's an anniversary reissue to celebrate. Expect the wayback machine to dial in to 2003. That's okay, it still sounds like the future. Smart Bar. May 16 at 10pm. $13, before midnight $10.
2. Loco Dice German techno slinger Loco Dice (formerly a hip-hop DJ) was on the leading edge of the minimal techno wave a few years ago with residencies in Ibiza and Düsseldorf. We're confident he can show us what's new and classic in techno without breaking a sweat. Spy Bar. May 16 at 10pm. $20.—John Dugan
3. Digitalism The Hamburg duo brings its rock-inspired live electro to America once again, which figures as it is now based in new EDM capital Los Angeles. It should be a good appetizer before the sonic wunderkinds finish their next full-length. Highly recommended. Bottom Lounge. May 15 at 9pm. $20.—John Dugan
4. Dan Ghenacia With Daft Punk the inarguable pop culture phenomenon of the moment, all eyes and ears are focused back on Paris. The man holding down the house in Paris is Dan Ghenacia. Founder of both the Freak N'Chic and Appollonia labels, Ghenacia released early works by deep house gurus Shonky and Jamie Jones. His work is heavy, simple and funky. In other words, the while Daft Punk may have gone organic disco, somebody is still doing their Homework. Spy Bar. Sat 18 at 10pm. $20, advance $15.
5. Imran Khan Legend of Punjabi hip-hop, Desi music and pop, Dutch-born singer Imran Khan (his "Ni Nachleh" is a monster jam) headlines tonight with support from DJ Kamran and Naveen Kumar. Definitely dress to impress at this international event or you won't get in. Nikki. May 16 at 10pm. $20.—John Dugan