By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Two weeks should be enough recovery time for you club hounds, so jump-start the New Year with the third annual I Have a Dream rave put on by the premier rave crew Stuck on Earth in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. It features yet another all-star lineup, including a candy raver's dream team of trance (Germany's Nostrum and a live P.A. from Skylab2000), ghetto tech (Godfather and Assault from Detroit), hard house (Terry Mullen, Paul Johnson, and Seattle's hardest-working DJ Donald Glaude), techno (courtesy of New Yawkers Frankie Bones, Adam X, and Micro), and a good smattering of killer drum'n'bass (from the other Bristol crew, Decoder and Tech Itch), and much more. Sunday from 6 p.m to 6 a.m., Amazura Ballroom, 91-12 144th Pl, Jamaica, Queens, 780-4614, www.stuckonearth.com.
Berlin's prestigious Tresor Records and the club of the same name host another event at the Limelight, this installment featuring the U.K.'s Surgeon and James Ruskin, with Neil Landstrumm and NYC's Function. A slightly different breed from their Detroit counterparts, the British and Scandinavian techno producers nevertheless share a love for minimalism and precision. Not for the meek. Saturday @ 10, Limelight, 660 Sixth Ave, 807-7780.
The promoters of the monthly Global Bass series (which has provided New Yorkers with a mind-boggling assortment of A-list jungle jocks) takes a break, sort of, with Iced-Out. Featuring hip-hop turntablist extraordinaire Craze, who is arguably one of the world's best DJs (how many times has he won the DMC Championships? Three? Six? Eight?I've lost count), plus Sonic Groove's techno queen Heather Heart. Drum'n'bass-heads can still get their fix, with Dara, MC Jakes, Josh Isaac and Doomer providing the goods. Thursday @ 9, Limelight, 660 Sixth Ave, 807-7780.
Last but not least, pinknoises.com, a Web site celebrating women in electronic music, launch its mighty fine and informative site with the bhangra badass Rekha at the helm, Liquid Sound Lounge's Jeannie Hopper, junglist Doomer, house madame Lola, and techno DJ Sarah Jane Smith, plus a live P.A. from Analog Tara (and more!). Tuesday @ 8, Tonic, 107 Norfolk, 358-7501, www.pinknoises.com.