Shelter 14th Anniversary
Shelter, 20 W 39th, 212-719-4479. Most club nights don’t last two months, so it is really quite a feat that Shelter, the house music party, has endured 14 volatile years in New York clubland, thanks to the trusty talents of its top DJs, some of whom will be spinning tonight—including weekly resident Timmy Regisford, plus local luminaries Frankie Feliciano and DJ Spinna.
Other Music Presents . . . John Tejada
APT, 419 W 13th, 212-414-4245. Thank heaven for the music snobs at Other Music, who consistently pick the best electronic-music artists to DJ at their monthly party. John Tejada is an L.A.-based techno DJ and producer whose work descends from Detroit’s thicker, muscular techno, rather than the currently popular click-and-drag of micro house—which sometimes seems so austere it belongs in a museum.
Sullivan Room, 218 Sullivan, 212-252-2151. Unsung local DJ Hector Romero has a monthly gig when he’s not traveling the world pushing his wares—upbeat house music that doesn’t shy from vocals and rich instrumentation. Tonight he celebrates his birthday with a like-minded DJ Danny “Buddha” Morales.
Sasha and Digweed
Crobar, 530 W 28th, 212-629-9000. For a while they were as inseparable as Bert and Ernie, but lately, it’s been impossible to see former Twilo-mates Sasha and Digweed together. But Sasha’s old partner is back behind the decks for one night only, spinning pretty, melodic, and deep progressive house into epic dancefloor fairy tales.
Canal Room, 285 W Bway, 212-941-8100. Because Matthew Dear can’t release enough stuff under his own name, he needs Audion, and ’cause he needs an outlet for his harder, acid-tinged, ravey side. The first single on an as yet unnamed record, “Just Fucking” sounds as rough as the title, and might have you checking for your glow sticks. He plays with minimal techno mistress Magda.
Fixed: Home Video
Tribeca Grand, 2 Sixth Ave. Residents JDH and Philly’s Making Time Dave P host a weekly rotation of guests that range from trendy up-and-coming rock (Kaiser Chiefs) to lesser-known artists like Warp Records’ Home Video, who make prettier choons than you’d expect for an artist on that freaky label.
Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston, 212-260-4700. Detroit duo Adult were one of the artists who got swept under the electroclash rug when, in fact, they’d been toiling away in their own little corner for quite a while. They’ve gotten noisier and rawer with their newest release, D.U.M.E, which sometimes reminds one of X-Ray Spex’s “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!,” except a bit more stripped-down, and with a touch more techno.
Rothko, 116 Suffolk. Before she became famous for her bored yet sexy monotone singing on Felix da Housecat’s breakout, Kittenz and Thee Glitz, it might surprise electroclash-come-latelies that she was known as a first-rate DJ, with a style as aggressive and manipulative as her lyrical delivery. She’s not shy either—she’ll bang her own tracks into her deftly delivered mix.
Crobar, 530 W 28th, 212-629-9000. Brand-spanking-new Crobar residents Oscar G and Ralph Falcon’s tunes are surprisingly dark for a duo that made their name in that flighty, upbeat city Miami. Their sound is as crisp and minimal as German micro house, but without the pretension.
Felix da Housecat
Avalon, 662 Sixth Ave, 212-807-7780. His follow- up to Kittenz and Thee Glitz was a disappointment, but that’s probably because P. Diddy had him trapped in the studio for so long making his dance record (yes, someday it’ll even be released). For the record, Felix was one of the first techno DJs to unabashedly claim Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” as OK to play for the dance music snobs.
APT, 419 W 13th, 212-414-4245. Second-wave Detroit techno artist Carl Craig has been taking a break from recording both his experimental jazz and techno records. Luckily, he comes out of hibernation for a rare DJ set, revealing his eclectic gems. (Wouldn’t you like to rifle through his record box?)