Our Nightlife section’s picks for dance-music enthusiasts.
1/3Courtesy of: NumarkScratch master Giving you hands-on control of the iPad�s djay app, Numark�s iDJLIVE ($99.95) can help any novice rock a party. This plug-and-play software controller has the same basic functionality as a club DJ booth, including two turntable jog wheels, EQ knobs and a crossfader for scratching. An affordable toy for the kid in all of us, it adds a whole new tactile dimension to deejaying with your iTunes library. Just don�t expect to see your favorite DJ with one next time you�re out. Available at Midwest Stereo, 1613 W Belmont Ave (773-975-4250).
2/3Photograph: SUCK UK LTDI can haz DJ Any record collector with a feline friend knows that all those crates of vinyl lining the floor make a great claw sharpener for your cat. Cat Scratch DJ ($34.99) is a perfect distraction, giving your kitten a DJ-worthy scratching post, and you and your friends something to laugh about during your next late-night digging session. Available at thinkgeek.com.
3/3Life of the partyer With a jet-set tour schedule that takes him around the globe at a dizzying pace, superstar DJ Diplo has distilled the past few years of travel into 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo�s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything in Between (Universe, $29.95) so that you can live vicariously through this consummate party-starter. Available at amazon.com.