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FAWN BC, CAFF, BANGS & BLUSH, MAGNETA LANE
Admission: $5 before midnight
Where: Hard Luck Bar, 812 Dundas W, Toronto, hardluckbar.com
When: Jan 28
What's the deal with theme parties? "They're like regular parties but way more fun," says Good Kids promoter Steve Rock, the brains behind local themed dance events 90s Party, Whatevs, Slayer Party and others.
The idea for Friday's Cops And Robbers is simple: dress up like a cop or robber and prepare to dance. Rock, a pro at engineering aesthetics and atmosphere, is already prepping the decor. "I'm making ‘fake drugs' by wrapping flour in Saran, and burlap ‘money' sacks for the robbers' lair." (He'll be dressed as copper John McClane from Die Hard.)
Cops And Robbers will split up Hard Luck's two levels, with police-themed tunes (think Sabotage) and paraphernalia on the main floor and "nothing but gangsta rap" for the robbers in the basement. The solid DJ lineup includes Bangs & Blush, Fawn BC and Caff, though musical guests Magneta Lane might steal the spotlight. The indie darlings have been -recording a follow-up to 2009's Gambling With God and preparing for dates in the U.S.
It's been nearly four years since Rock debuted the first - and, until now, only - Cops And Robbers, which became legendary thanks to a mind-blowing set by then--rising troublemakers Crystal Castles. With no shortage of ways to spin this theme, Cops And Robbers looks poised to take dress-up fun to the legal limit.