Some of the city’s most prominent DJs are playing an electronic music event with a conceptual spin called The Silent Project. Curated by Kevin McHugh and produced by Eyebeam, the night will feature Troy Pierce (of M_nus Records), James Murphy (of DFA Records), Jaesun (Stuck on Earth), DJ Olive (We/The Agriculture), and Marcus & Dominique (of Plant). Instead of the usual setup—DJs, decks, and a dancefloor—the audience will hear the music through pairs of provided headphones. It’s a collective individual experience, if you follow. Should be more interesting than your average night out. (Not that this is a difficult achievement in this here city). More performers are to be announced. Check www.eyebeam.org for an update. Saturday @ 10, 540 W 21st, 718-222-3982.
It’s fall, and so the festivals are starting to fill the clubs. The 2nd annual East Coast version of Ladyfest comes to town next week but, in the meantime, a few ladies are helping to raise funds for the fledgling fest. Those rock’n’roll hoes DJ Boozy Jo, the Bag Lady, and Lauren (who manages every cool band in town including the Rapture and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), will be spinning rawk for this Ladyfest DJ Benefit. Other guests are to be announced—though a little birdie tells me that buzz-worthy rappers Northern State may join the bill. Thursday @ 10, Downtown Bar, 211 Pearl, 917-548-5525. www.downtownbar.com.
Derrick Carter celebrates the release of his first-ever artist album, Squaredancing in a Round House on his label Classic at this week’s Plant party. The record’s a perfect representation of Chicago house—sleazy, messy, and pumped with insatiable grooves that roll with ease. If he’s smart, he’ll play a bunch of his own beats. Saturday @ 10, Centro-fly, 45 W 21st, 627-7770.