If we’re going to insist on redundancy in music, let’s at least make the experience more interesting than MTV circa 1985. Anyone up for some acieed house? The psychedelic techno never caught fire in the mainstream (then again, no techno’s ever caught on with the mainstream), so we can play it like it’s brand-new. Mark Verbos, the main collaborator on Tommie Sunshine’s music, is a formidable player himself, even if he doesn’t look like Jesus wearing sunglasses. Verbos is an acieed specialist, and he plays it slow and low and on a live p.a. at the most underground electronic-music party in the city, actually held underground, the Bunker. He shares the spotlight with Ectomorph’s Carlos Souffront. Fri @ 10, Subtonic, 107 Norfolk, 212-358-7501

Larry Tee’s back. (Actually, he never really went away. He just chilled.) The electroclash mastermind with 21 lives brings big gay fun back to the East Village at his new party, co-promoted with Josh Wood, called Bank, which was what the club Element used to be called—as it was, you know, a bank. Tee sprinkles a few hip-hop hits in the midst of stomping house music; Sophia Lamar cavorts among the thong-clad go-go boys, and the vibe in general feels very Twilo-ish. Sat @ 10, Element, 225 E Houston, 212-254-2200

New Yorkers have a weird relationship to Detroit techno artists—they don’t really get that excited about them. That said, Derrick May seems to have escaped the Detroit–New York curse, nabbing a semi-regular spot at François K’s Deep Spaceparty. The wide-open forum and ready-made, ready-for-it audience mean May can explore techno’s dubby roots as well as his own jacked-up version of it. Mon @ 10, Cielo, 18 Little W 12th, 212-645-5700

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 21, 2006

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