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Bar 13, 35 East 13th Street, 2nd floor, 979-6677, free
Hippie hedonism, disco dancing, and Ecstasy made ravewhich obviously dominates NYC's nightlifepossible. But since '60s soul and mod were precursors to all that, it makes sense that people still find them groovy. This music's scene and spirit have been in residency here since 1997. Don't look for the perfect drug or transcendence through commu-nity, just booze and hot, haughty people. Also, dancingwhich is transcendent in all its forms. Except when people clap and do splits and stuff. Then it's just wack. (Catucci)
Drinkland, 339 East 10th Street, 228-2435, free
DJ Swingsett, the ubiquitous remixer-producer and Ism Records maven, has helmed a surprisingly good soirée that forgoes the standard four-to-the-floor beat-driven cuts in favor of something a little more left-field. For the past three and a half years, the party has offered musical fare geared to sonic trainspotters with tunes that run the gamut, from drum'n'bass/jungle to downtempo and broken beat/ jazz. Swingsett's party has featured an array of local talent, including Carol C., Seen, and Dopeski, and even international DJs have been known to cut up the ones and twos. (Joseph)
THE MINT FRESH LIVING ROOM
The Apartment, 419 West 13th Street, 206-1590, free
It doesn't get any more under-ground than this. No sign outside; just ring the buzzer on the back wall and the dancefloor and bar are downstairs. Survey the soundscapes as Bobbito, a/k/a Cucumber Slice, and guest DJs provide a musical kaleidoscope of '60s salsa, rare funk, neo-soul, retro-MTV pop, '80s house, and progressive hip-hop. Guest DJs start around 10:30. Come early or you might not fit through the door. (Dasun)
Bar d'O, 29 Bedford Street, 627-1580, $3
This dark, smallish venue is filled with sexy lady-loving ladies. They're hovering at the bar, clumped up on couches, and working it individually and cooperatively to the music (often with seated gyration, as there's no cabaret license). Foxy diva DJ-promoter Sharee kills the joint with hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, and r&b. Elie Ferrer sings live every two weeks, and there are sometimes belly dancers and contortionists. (Peretti)
Plant Bar, 217 East 3rd Street, 375-9066, free
"I please really hard-to-please dorky record collectors," says DJ Dan Selzer, who from 9 to midnight spins trendy new wave and house, also attempting to "conceptually re-create the sound of NYC in the early '80s when punk and disco co-existed at Danceteria and Hurrah's" for the hipsters and industry folk who congregate at the hopefully titled Love at Night Social, hosted by Plant's own bartender Luke Jenner. So how does Danwho baldly calls himself "the best DJ in New York City"win over these esoteric minions? He pays attention to the "classic underground and the funky post-punk it inspires." (Chute)
Guernica, 25 Avenue B, 674-0984, free
Often, as is the case at Camouflage, a venue really shapes an evening. Guernica is pretty, which means more ladies and older folk in the normally young-male drum'n'bass arena. Plus, bar and lounge seating are excellent resources for those taking a break from or avoiding the busy dancefloor. As a result, it is one of the more eclectic d'n'b weeklies going on, with a crowd that runs the gamut from high-fashion Asian chicks in shades to short little raving gangstas. Always special guests. (Peretti)
Spa, 76 East 13th Street, 388-1062, $20
Tuesdays at trendy Spa have tended toward celebrity-drop-in hip-hop-themed party chaos. Joseph Saddler, a/k/a Grandmaster Flash, a/k/a king of the '80s, a/k/a originator of breakbeat DJ'ing, shares the decks with mix maniac Max Glazer. Upcoming special guests: DJ Avee, DJ Camilo, Riz, and Prince Paul. (Peretti)
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PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698, www.areaone.com
See the Short List. Featuring Moby, Outkast, Incubus, the Roots, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Rinocerose, the Innovators, the Orb (PNC only), and Nelly Furtado (Jones Beach only).
Randall's Island, 307-7171, www.mekkatour.com
Featuring BT (live), Armand Van Helden, Roni Size, Dynamite MC, DJ Dan, Jimmy Van M, Junior Sanchez, Misstress Barbara, the New Deal (live), Christopher Lawrence, Dave Ralph, DJ Craze, Dieselboy, Sandra Collins, Terry Mullan, and hip-hop artists TBA.
Venue TBA, www.6thelement.com
DJs, bands, and attractions TBA.
CREAMFIELDS NEW YORK
Riverhead, Long Island, 307-7171, www.cream.co.uk or www.creamfields.com
Featuring Fatboy Slim, Crystal Method, Orbital, Stereo MC's, Uberzone, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Timo Maas, Darren Emerson, Josh Wink, Tall Paul, John Acquaviva, Max Graham, Photek, Dub Pistols, Scott Hardkiss, Scott Henry, Liquid Todd, Jason Bentley, DJ Feelgood, Christian Smith, DJ Dara, DB, Scanty, and more.