Gilles Peterson is one of the few DJs who inspire other DJs, thanks to his impeccable and varied taste in music. The man most responsible for bringing acid jazz to the public, Peterson never stopped at one genrealong the way, he also championed drum'n'bass on his seminal Talkin' Loud label, putting out releases by Roni Size. In a very rare, and long overdue, NYC appearance, the British tastemaker spins a four-set in celebration of the release of his latest mix compilation, In Brazil. Tuesday @ 10, Canal Room, 285 W Bway, 212.941.8100
The Ghostly International posse is back, this time bringing its new shining star, James T. Cotton, whose record The Dancing Box can't be filed neatly in that little blip-and-bleep techno corner. There are truly huge barnstormers that make you wish for the days of massive raves, just so you could stand in the middle of the dancefloor with 3,000 kids going bonkers to the recordnot quaint, and not for the faint of heart. Also playing are Ghostly cats Kill Memory Crash, Todd Osborn, Ryan Elliott, Mike Servito, Derek Plaslaiko, and Audion (Matthew Dear in disguise) at the party, which also serves as Ghostly label honcho, Sam Valenti IV's birthday celebration. Saturday @ 9, Rothko, 116 Suffolk, rothkonyc.com
I love to be insulted, so naturally I love a party called DANCE IDIOT DANCE (ALL NIGHT LONG . . . ). Techno, electro, and post-disco dance maniacs; Overdose (Viewlexx/Bunker Records); Dirty Jean (Cazzo Pazzo), Cowboy Mark (the Crucial Get Down); and organizer Lisa Hsu spin at a brand-new loft space in Williamsburg. OK, how long will it take for this one to get shut down? I'm taking bets. One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand . . . Friday @ 10, The Music Gallery, 49 Ann, enablernetwork.org
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