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Over at Pacha (618 West 26th Street), superstar DJ John Digweed plays with Canadian indie darlings MSTRKRFT March 31; on April 7, another progressive house mega-DJ, Danny Howells, takes over.
Danny Krivit will be at Miami's Shelborne Hotel during WMC, but before then, catch him at his monthly 718 Sessions jam at Club Deep (16 West 22nd Street) March 18 for a little body and soul rejuvenation. Local favorites and funky soul brothers Turntables on the Hudson (a/k/a Nickodemus & Mariano) take off for Miami and return just in time for their Turnstylz residency at Element (225 East Houston) April 9. Another local act, LCD Soundsystem, is playing twice here (March 30 and 31 at the Bowery Ballroom) but isn't hitting Miami at all. (So there.)
There are a few acts double-dipping in New York. Rave on March 30 at the Ruff Club, held at the Annex (152 Orchard) with Swedish duo Lo-Fi-Fink and their synthy swoops and coy, catchy vocalsthen catch them the following night at Studio B. (Ruff Club celebrates its one-year anniversary April 6 with Trash Fashion of "It's a Rave Dave" fame.) Meanwhile, the Presets hit both Hiro Ballroom (March 29) and Studio B (March 31 with Lo-Fi-Fink) for a little post-conference action. And the Klaxons bring their nü-rave-and-roll tunes to the Bowery Ballroom April 10 and Studio B April 13.
Finally, drum'n'bass maniacs (yes, they still exist) can hit the infamous World of Drum'N'Bass with Shy FX, Kenny Ken, and DJ Seoul (yes, they still exist) on March 29 at Tonic (107 Norfolk). And one of the most anticipated tickets of the season will be the Ed Banger TourJustice, Medhi, Sebastian, and Busy P will bring their Parisian postDaft Punk beats to GBH's Cheeky Bastard party at Hiro Ballroom (363 West 16th Street) March 29. Who need a beach when you've got Justice?