Thu, Jan 17
L.A. Riots Clash with Aaron LaCrate
Tattoo Rock Parlour launch Clash, their new electro and indie dance night, with appearances by hotly tipped California remix artists L.A. Riots and the Baltimore club sounds of Aaron LaCrate. L.A. Riots are on the verge of blowing up, so catch them now before they end up headlining the mega-clubs.
Fri, Jan 18
Circa’s Random Land Fridays will be hosted this week by Amanda Lepore, best known as David LaChapelle’s muse and one of the world’s most famous transsexuals. Brooklyn’s AC Slater provides some big, chunky electro beats, along with a ton of other DJs.
De La Soul
The iconic, socially conscious hiphop crew are always a good bet, and you can catch them at Sound Academy.
NYC house heavyweight Hector Romero is the special guest at Mod Club Theatre for this week’s edition of Exposed, so be prepared for a night of heavy beats and soulful vocals. Keep an eye out for unreleased exclusives from Def Mix, the label he runs with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Satoshi Tomiie.
A new hiphop series called Heavyweights kicks off at Revival with a special appearance of DJ Scratch of EPMD, whose last Toronto appearance was cut short by a beer bottle thrown from the audience. Playing alongside him are Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, also known as Da Beatminerz, who’ve produced some of the biggest names in underground hiphop.
Sat, Jan 19
Squares Stay Home brings Diplo’s right-hand man, Paul Devro, to Wrongbar. Devro also runs the Mad Decent blog and is one of the reasons American hipsters are loving Canada right now. Expect an eclectic assortment of rhythms and a lot of shit you’ve never heard before.
Fall down go Boom
Amid all the buzz about the nu-rave, it’s easy to forget that the old rave isn’t dead yet. Return To The Temple Of The Boom holds a huge drum ’n’ bass party at Sound Academy. Mampi Swift headlines and should deliver the chest-crushing bass and rattling snares the kids crave.