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Best Beats 1/26/09

Don't Mess Around; Get Loose and get ready for some Dance Party Magic on Saturday.
Monday Jan 26, 2009.     By Maya Henderson
Centerstage Chicago Nightlife City Guide Arts

Friday, January 30 at Smartbar, 10 p.m.; $10 before midnight, $15 after
We'd be remiss not to mention Lindstrom's latest release, Where You Go I Go Too, when bringing up the disco resurgence. The album, which only has three tracks (the shortest of which is almost 11 minutes), is much more techno and electro-influenced, than the catchy pop style and lyrics of, say, Hercules and Love Affair. Still, Lindstrom, who rarely comes stateside (Chicago is one of three US stops) won't disappoint disco and dance-music fans tonight at Smartbar. Jerome Derradj and Chicago's leading lady of the nu-disco sound, SR-71 round out the lineup.

Hey Champ
Friday, January 30 at Lumen, 9 p.m.; cover TBD
Riding high off its recent tour with Lupe Fiasco and subsequent signing to his label, 1st and 15th, Hey Champ brings its fun, synth and keys-heavy dance/pop/rock music (yeah, it really is all of that) to Lumen tonight for a live performance. We think the sleek lights of Lumen and Hey Champ's futuristic (in an '80s way) sound make a perfect match. RSVP and get there early for the hosted cocktail bar from 9-10 p.m. and stay late for DJ White Shadow, who takes over the sounds after the band's performance.

Dance Party Magic
Saturday, January 31 at Sonotheque, 9 p.m.; $7
It's time for some Dance Party Magic. Tonight, E-Six and Matt Roan of Crossfader King bring their signature party to Sonotheque along with special guest Bean and rising local star, DJ A-Cup. Roan and Six are doing their unique, live four-turntable Audio Visual set (thatís dance music with live mixing of video footage) and we're sure that since they've recently returned from Europe, there'll be all types of good Euro footage and maybe even some shots from their Friday-night party to celebrate the signing of Crossfader Kingís newest talent, DJ Galvan.

The Mess Around
Saturday, January 31 at Rodan, 10 p.m.; Free
Sometimes, you just need a place to meet up with friends, throw back a few drinks and have a good time. Well, the last Saturday of the month at Rodan, with DJ Intel and Maker behind the decks, is perfect for this. Although the music is definitely worthy, the chances of a full-blown dance party breaking out are slim, but hey, if you feel the urge to bust a move, no one will stop you.

Get Loose
Saturday, January 31 at Subterranean, 10 p.m.; $5 after 11 p.m.
Trew and the Comeup Crew moved down the street to new hotspot Crocodile, but Zebo is still holding down Saturdays at Sub-T. The new(ish) night, Get Loose, features him, Derek Berry, Richard C and special guests playing the dance party jams for the Saturday night crowd. Better yet, with just a $5 cover after 11 p.m., $2 PBR and $4 Grey Goose cocktails, it's about as economical as a Saturday night out can get.


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