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Since we’ve run out of ideas in the music world, it’s best to continue the recycling process that’s been going on in the last few years. While everyone’s betting on acid house or industrial to be the next big, old thing, I’m crossing my fingers for the butt-rock, big-hair era to come back. I’ll be first in line for the appropriately named hair-metal party IROC, which proudly sports a picture of the glammed-out, trashed members of Guns N’ Roses on its flyer. Also, free beer! Wednesday @ 8, SX137, 137 Essex, 212-674-6931.


Now that the temperature is safely over 50 degrees, it’s probably OK to venture out on a boat for some house music. Join Jeannie Hopper and Tedd Patterson for Liquid Sound Lounge‘s annual Summer Solstice Boat Cruise. While the cover price is steep ($45), Ms. Hopper is nice enough to have an open bar and give you all a goodie bag, as well as a good time. Sunday @ 1:30 p.m., Half Moon, E 23rd & FDR Dr, 212-631-3617, liquidsoundlounge.com.


DJ Connection, which places world-renown DJs with the live performers of De la Guarda, is back again. This week’s guest is Hector Romero, and the upcoming lineup looks sweet, with Josh Wink, John Acquaviva, Doc Martin, and Derrick May scheduled to play. Just remember to bring an umbrella if you don’t wanna get wet! Thursday @ 8, Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E 15th, 212-375-1110.


Andy Smith, a turntablist who doesn’t bore you with inane tricks, is gracing the next Other Music party. You might remember that Smith is the DJ for Portishead, and comes equipped with a wicked selection of golden oldies as well as lickety-quick skills. You might even dance! Tuesday @ 10, APT, 419 W 13th, 212-414-4245.


tromano@villagevoice.com