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Deep Space Cielo; Mon 29 at 10pm; free before 11pm or $12 after
Dance-music deity François K's weekly Deep Space soiree focuses on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms but extends its reach to all types of underground dance music. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.
Tropical Goth Bossa Nova Civic Club; Wed 2 at 7pm; free
Bring out those dark florals: Bossa Nova curator Chris Video hosts yet another rager at our favorite tropical-oasis dance club. New York's own Gavin Russom (Entropy Trax, DFA Records), Miami-based UCHI (Cyborgs) and Bossa regular L.Sangre star as guest DJs. Local tastemakers Kiddo Sincere, Deadontheinternet, Chris Video, Admin and Zachery Allan Starkey will throw down their usual bangers on the decks as well.
Virginia + Umfang + Olive T Good Room; Thu 3 at 10pm; $15
German producer and DJ Virginia has steadily progressed from growing up in Munich to touring and landing residencies at clubs such as Sven Väth's Cocoon. She's produced with big names such as Steve Bug and Steffi, leading to her solo debut on Ostgut Ton. Joining her are Discwoman's Umfang and Olive T.
The Bunker: Orphx + DJ Nobu + FIT Siegel + Servito + Cloutier + Long Count Cycle Good Room; Fri 4 10pm; $15–$20
With more than 20 years of experience in the techno and industrial scenes, Orphx is known internationally for producing dark, psychedelic electronic music using synths, software, field recordings and experimental methods. The duo have released tracks on Adam X's Sonic Groove label and collaborated on remixes with Conrad Schnitzler and Perc. One of Japan's most revered techno artists, DJ Nobu, joins for a rare U.S. appearance, with additional sets from Detroit veteran FIT Siegel and residents Mike Servito, Eric Cloutier and the Long Count Cycle.
DJ Harvey Output; Fri 4 at 10pm; $25, $30, at the door $40
Wildest Dreams. Locussolus. Map of Africa. Black Cock. Ersatz, a punk band. Tonka Sound System, a collective of alernative DJs. You can call Harvey Bassett many things, just don't call him lazy. He's been playing music in one form or another for the past 40 years, and has been a postpunk drummer, a dance producer, the frontman for his own psych-rock band and, predominantly, a disc jockey. One of the last DJs to work with Larry Levan, his sets are the stuff of legend.
Veronica Vasicka + Ciarra Black + Moon Wheel + Wall Peeler Palisades; Sat 5 at 11:55pm; $12, at the door $15
In an underground scene overflowing with techno and house music, NYC native Veronica Vasicka is a key component in delivering old-school synth wave to the city's club spaces. Vasicka founded Minimal Wave Records in 2005, a one-of-a-kind label dedicated to rare reissues and new vinyl pressings (via sub label Cititrax) reflecting her passion for old new-wave of the late '70s and early '80s. Joining Vasicka gritty is industrial-techno producer Ciarra Black whose caustic percussive tracks decimate a dance floor.