Techno triple-threat this week for those with a love of Kraftwerk-inspired beats. The Touch crew are on the verge of leaving Shine (after this show, they've got one more blowout left), and before they bail, they're bringing Hakan Lidbo from Sweden. Lidbo is the creator of one of my favorite tech house 12-inches, something called "Native Islander EP," on Fiji. Lidbo is a tricky devil: His records start off sounding straightforward, with crisp, tight drums and the usual elegant touches, but somewhere along the way, he veers off that straight and narrow path and tosses you a surprise. I don't know what he's like as a DJ, but if it's anything like his production, it'll be worth the trip downtown. Also joining him is local bad boy Ulysses. Friday @ 11, Shine, 285 W Broadway, 941-0900.
The N'ICE folks are throwing another shindig down at Baktun called Dandy. Normally a very house-y affair, Dandy gets its house music sweetened by a little techno courtesy of a special guest, Detroit's Alton Miller. Miller, like his buddies Derrick May and Juan Atkins, is a key figure in the early Detroit music scene. Miller opened the infamous club The Music Institute in 1988, and shortly afterwards began releasing tracks-among them, "I Like Having You." With the usual Dandy/N'ICE troublemakers Holmar Filipsson, Graham, and Shauna Slevin. Friday @ 10, Baktun, 418 W 14th, 206-1590.
The ever-reliable Static party celebrates the record release of local boy wonder John Selway. Selway gets a big, nerdy bash for his new CD, Edge of Now, out on Ultra. I will not dare to predict what Selway will play, since he's been known to spin everything from techno, electro, new wave, house, and whatever else he feels like tossing out. Stop by, say hi, get geeky and weirdy-beardy. Wednesday @ 10, Open Air, 121 St Marks Pl, 979-1459.
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