Friday's best bets: DJ Z-Trip's Rock Boxx tour at Congress Theater, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem)
MUSIC - DJ Z-Trip + De La Soul + Nosaj Thing
Party-starter Zach “Z-Trip” Sciacca’s Rock Boxx tour rolls into town, with a taste of hip-hop’s roots and freshest buds. Nosaj (“no such”) Thing, a.k.a. Jason Chung, springs from L.A.’s psych-hop scene. No rhymes, just the occasional gust of ethereal, wordless vocals. It’s eerie, bottomless and beautiful. Feel-good trio De La Soul tags along, too. Congress Theater, 8pm, $20–$60, 17 and older.
ART & DESIGN/PERFORMANCE - OUT OF SITE Performance Series: Collaboraction and Environmental Encroachment
Walkabout Theater Company director Carron Little and Whitney Tassie, director of moniquemeloche, have joined forces to turn each Friday evening through Oct 14 into an artistic assault on passersby through Bucktown and Wicker Park. Kicking things off are Dome of Doom dance-offs, "an audience-participatory battle zone in which competitors have 60 seconds to take their opponents down." Begins at 5pm at the Western (O'Hare branch) Blue Line station; further info online at outofsitechicago.com. Bucktown and Wicker Park along the Blue Line at Western, Damen and Division. 5–7pm; FREE.
DANCE - Thodos Dance Chicago: New Dances 2011
Like Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's similar Inside/Out workshop series, held earlier in the summer, TDC's showcase of dancer-made work tends to herald a couple of exciting new voices in local contemporary-dance each year. Nine company members choreograph to music ranging from Sufjan Stevens to Shostakovich; guest artist Becca Lemme contributes a premiere for ten dancers on themes of absence. Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N Dearborn St, 312-337-6543, ruthpage.org). 8pm; $35, students and seniors $28, kids under 12 and groups of 10 or more $10.
MUSIC - Handsome Furs
Mom-and-pop indie rockers the Handsome Furs glory in the synthetic snap, click and whoosh of 1980s new-wave dance music with a dark philosophical tone and traces of old-school glam. Wolf Parade guitarist Dan Boeckner and his wife, fiction writer and drum-machine mistress Alexei Perry, form the duo, whose formula bustles brightly with electronic pulses and the occasional aggro guitar line. Bottom Lounge, 9pm, $17, 17 and older.
NIGHTLIFE - James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) + Shit Robot
LCD Soundsystem, the band, may be gone, but it is not forgotten. And its frontman, James Murphy, is still as active as ever, deejaying his incisive brand of disco, proto-house and generally DFA-worthy beats to adoring fans. That's what he's up to here, and he's joined by labelmate and longtime pal Marcus Lambkin, a.k.a. soulful technoist Shit Robot. The Mid. 10pm; $25, limited tickets available day of.
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