A long-standing joke that you'll only find funny if you like techno: What are the top five artists most likely to never show up at a party they are booked? Numbers one through five: everyone from Detroit. (Honors for five through 10 go to everyone from Chicago.) However, I am sure one of the Bellevue Three, Juan Atkins, in his Model 500 guise, will do the right thing and show the youngsters how it's really done. He's playing with two DJs who've been duly influenced by Detroit's soundAlex from Tokyo, a techno DJ whose name basically says it all, and local Detroit obsessive Kimyon. Sat @ 3, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Qns, 718-784-2084
In the world of mainstream superstar DJs, Deep Dish have always been more eccentric than their counterparts. They are harder to pigeonhole because their sound slips so easily between the cornier confines of so-called progressive and the earthier tenets of deep, soulful house. Their new CD George Is On is still a bit too saccharine for my taste, no matter how much I appreciate their gall in producing a remake of "Dreams" with new Stevie Nicks vocals. Sat @ 10, Crobar, 530 W 28th, 212-629-9000
Many big-name house DJs tend to stick to one style throughout the evening, which makes everything nice and matchy-matchy but also dull, dull, dull. Get a bit of a house history lesson at 718 Sessions with Danny Krivit and still make it to work the next morning. His latest mix disc, In the House, features moody, mid-tempo songs from the Brand New Heavies and more stompy bits from David Morales and includes one of my favorite tracks of all time, "Hi Tech Jazz" by Galaxy2Galaxy, an old-school classic that is, as its name implies, jazzy and futuristic. Sun @ 6, Deep, 16 W 22nd, 212-978-8869
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