Flyer magazine is turning three and the folks there are having a party to celebrate their new old age. Eds Hosi and Daniel prefer the smarty-pants techno to the bang-it-up, turn-it-out mindless house that permeates so many of the clubs they are forced to write up, so this is a rare occasion to get your groove on to the likes of Prefuse 73, Twitch, and Ras Kush. Twitch (of Mount Florida fame) returns to bestow his brand of spaced-out breaks and beats on the unsuspecting masses. Plus, a live p.a. from freshly signed Warp artist Prefuse 73 and a closing set courtesy of Ras Kush of Black Redemption Sound. The night’s eye candy will be provided by PSYOP (short for Psychological Operations). Friday @ 11, Fun, 130 Madison, 964-0303.
The Limelight reprises its Tresor series this weekend with a fourth installment. This go-round features Japanese jock Fumiya Tanaka, plus another member of Detroit’s techno militia, James Pennington, a/k/a The Suburban Knight of Underground Resistance. Tanaka’s credited with starting the first electronic music label in Japan, über-minimalist Torema Records and, like fellow countryman Ken Ishii, is considered one of the world’s best on the decks. Pennington, a Detroit figurehead since the mid `80s, is the creator of the third-ever Transmat release, “The Groove,” but really put a stamp on the scene a few years later with “The Art of Stalking.” With Tobias Schmidt and New York’s Function. Saturday @ 10, Limelight, 660 Sixth Ave, 807-7780. If you don’t want to brave 3000 sweaty boys and their toys, you can check out Mr. Knight and Function at a smaller affair a few days later at the indie techno weekly Tronic Treatment: Pennington shares the decks with Nigel Richards. Monday @ 10, Guernica, 25 Ave B, 674-0984.
San Francisco house boasts a different, more mellow mindset than the East Coast four-on-the-floor, so it’s always N’Ice when the SF posse of Jeno, Garth, Thomas, and Markie, a/k/a the Wicked Crew, bless the city with their West Coast deep house. Though each of their styles is distinctive, they function like one organism, flowing from one sound to the next. Friday @ 10, the Pinky Room, Centro-fly, 45 W 21st, 627-7770.