By the time a local DJ is done toiling in obscurity, he or she is in such heavy demand that they’ll rarely spin in the city. Dinky, a Sonic Groove gal, is on her way to being one of those local DJs who are so hot, you never get a glimpse of them anymore. With the help of a whole bunch of label-mates, she’s celebrating Traum’s 33rd release, The Interkontinental Re-Works of Process. Although much of Traum’s catalog is pretty, with clean clicks and enough wide-open spaces to appease the dour minimalist, Dinky’s stuff has a richer, fuller sound-with pianos worming their way into the ambient tunes. As a DJ, she’s more of a hard-hitter and bangs the techno drums quite hard. Other Traum-atizers on the bill include Tomas Jirku, Broker/Dealer, and Smartypants, as well as Frank Heiss, Greg Shiff, and Cameron Marlow. Thursday @ 10, Filter 14, 432 W 14th, 366-5680.
There’s more techno love for your ears the same night, courtesy of Carl Craig, the legendary Detroit producer-DJ. Bored with techno, Craig took a detour a few years back and experimented with jazz. Well, thank god he scrapped that idea, at least long enough to come and spin some four-to-the-floor gems from the wild side. Thursday @ 10, Club Shelter, 20 W 39th, 719-4479.
One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Mondaze has an extra special night planned for promoter Carlos Santamaria’s birthday. Chicago DJ and SOMA recording artist Gene Farris headlines the itty-bitty club’s big lineup. Other b-day treats include San Fran’s psychedelic DJ Spun, tech house producer Alexi Delano, New York’s no-nonsense Joeski, plus old skooler Jazzy Nice. Monday @ 10, Sapphire Lounge, 249 Eldridge, 539-3715.