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“Summer” is finally here, and so are the new parties. Elliot Taub, better known to clubbers as DJ Ulysses, kicks off a new jam, which is sort of like an old jam, or something. Called Everything New is Old Again, the night is gonna be more of that electro, techno, and new-wave stuff kids are so into these days. But with the headliner (and newly minted New Yorker) Tommie Sunshine on the decks, those rules are likely to go right out the window. Mr. Sunshine (hey Tommie, can you spare a ray of light for these parts?) will be joined by Mark Verbos and Ulysses himself. Wednesday @ 10, Sapphire Lounge, 249 Eldridge, 212-777-5153.


I know drum’n’bass isn’t cool anymore, but at least the people at the parties won’t be wearing stupid trucker hats or bad haircuts. Cleanse all the crap that’s been clogging your ears with a dose of darkness from the prince of scary d’n’b, DJ Trace. The London DJ-producer makes the most brutal beats around, but he dishes it out with aplomb. He’s spinning at Direct Drive, which has gone weekly again, with locals Chris Thomas, Doomer, and Blue Water. Saturday @ 10, 169 Bar, 169 E Bway, 212-613-0900.


Deep Dish, fresh off the success of the Winter Music Conference, where they scored a hit with their remix of Puff Daddy’s “Let’s Get Ill,” are headlining the Roxy in celebration of their latest Global Underground mix CD (this one’s called “Toronto”—insert tasteless SARS joke here). Though I’ve lost count of the Global Underground series (next, Global Underground 347, Afghanistan!), apparently the event is important enough to warrant a giant party. Maybe Puffy will even show up. Friday @ 11, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212-645-5156.


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