Bad Meaning Good
Monday, April 6 at The Burlington, 8 p.m.; Free
Spring is officially in season and we're already seeing a surge of cool events that are actually worth braving the frigid late-night temps to attend. Kick the week off with a free night of bad movies and good music from DJs Intel and Popstatic. The two have teamed up to curate two cult-classics, "Hell Comes to Frogtown" and "They Live," starring WWE (when it used to be called WWF) star Rowdy Roddy Piper. The film screening starts at 8 and the music begins at midnight.
Cajmere/Green Velvet Tuesday, April 7 at Fuel Kitchen & Cocktail Lounge, 10 p.m.; Free
Cajmere/Green Velvet knows a thing or two about getting people on the dance floor.
Getting your name out there and staying relevant can be cutthroat in Chicago's always-changing nightlife scene, so new Wicker Park cafe/nightclub Fuel is pulling out all the stops. It's teamed up with Allay Soul and House Arrest to bring in Chicago's own Cajmere aka Green Velvet to launch a new weekly Tuesday party, Sessions. It's spring, it's free and it's a party with the man who brought us such dance hits as "Percolator," "Flash" and "Shake and Pop"; what more could you ask for?
Friday, April 10 at Bottom Lounge, 7 p.m.; $20
Listening to Crystal Castles brings back memories of playing around with MPCs and computer production programs as a freshman in college, except this Canadian duo has figured out how to make it just right. We think the Bottom Lounge is a great, under-the-radar yet well-loved (just like CC) venue to hear these unique electronic sounds live. Fellow Canadians The Bang Bangs open this all-ages show. f you prefer to keep it strictly 21-plus, check out the after-party with Crystal Castles DJing at Sonotheque.
Saturday, April 11 at Sonotheque, 9 p.m.; $10
We've got nothing against bars and clubs that bring patrons in with cheap booze, but there's something to be said for a party that promotes diversity in nightlife, good music and peace and love over everything else. Africa Hi-Fi manages to do just that each time it takes over Sonotheque, with superb dance music from legendary DJ Ron Trent (who was praised by Sonotheque's Joe Bryl when we interviewed him last year) and the earthy socialite skills of host Sonia H. Tonight, they welcome the hip-hop, soul, funk and dance sounds of New York artist and DJ Ge-Ology. You may not be able to belly up to the bar for free booze, but you can get a different kind of warm, fuzzy feeling by knowing that Africa Hi-Fi supports NextAid and Amnesty International.
Branded Saturday, April 11 at Congress Theater, 7 p.m.; $21
The folks behind the huge NYE party featuring Justice are teaming up with Time Out Chicago magazine and Cold Grums Productions to launch a new series of events called Branded
. Like the New Year's party, Branded brings the hottest live and DJ acts together for one rave-inspired massive party. The 17-plus series kicks off with house artists Deadmau5
and Italian DJs Crookers (responsible for the Kid Cudi "Day and Night" remix that's still blowing up clubs and receiving radio play) headlining. Late of the Pier, The Whip
, DJ Zebo, Willy Joy and Noise Floor Crew are just some of the other acts playing. But as the name implies, Branded isn't just about music; the event also aims to incorporate fashion, art and new media with limited-edition artwork and clothing created by artist Dan Stiles