Independence Daze


New York City always feels like a ghost town during Fourth of July weekend with all the grown-ups hightailing it to the Hamptons. Well, they’re suckers, ’cause those of you who stick around will have so many options, your head will spin. On the country’s big day, there’s a rare drum’n’bass party with a good mix of local and overseas DJs, including Klute (of Metalheadz fame), who brings his temperamental, intricate beats to the tables. Also spinning is Stakka (minus Skynet) and DB. Friday @ 11, Village Underground, 130 W 3rd, 212-777-7745.

Early birds can start the party one night earlier with a bang at One Nation. (OK, so it’s really a rave, but that’s a dirty word.) If you are going to go to one of those parties, the Stuck on Earth jam has plenty to offer with headliners like Doc Martin, spinning his West Coast psychedelic house, plus junglist DJ Rap, techno jock Misstress Barbara, DJ Hive, Odi, and Chris Love himself on the decks. Thursday @ 9, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212-780-4614,

If your head’s still on straight, and even if it’s not, Richie Hawtin, Ilana Ospina, and Clark Warner will take care of that little problem for you by blowing your head off at their super-sized Fourth blowout. After the all-nighter of blazing techno from two of the best in the biz, you might have to take the rest of the week off. Saturday @ 11, Arc, 6 Hubert, 212-226-9212.

Wind down at the Tronic Treatment party with some soothing minimal techno courtesy of Stewart Walker as well as renowned producer Kooky Scientist. Both are treating the kids with live sets. Lucky us! Local boy John Selway also makes an appearance, as does Jambi. Monday @ 10, Sullivan Room, 218 Sullivan, 212-505-1703.

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