Music for Saturday
If you're looking for someplace to go dancing on Saturday night, here are two wildly divergent but highly recommended options.
After 11 years, you tend to take DJ nights for granted. Like Mousetrap, the Britpop/indie/alternative dance party that has been drawing huge all-ages crowds to the Black Cat and the Metro Cafe every month since the spring of 1999. In January, founder and DJ Mark Zimin is packing his bags and moving to California, which means Mousetrap as we know it is coming to an end. If you haven't been to Mousetrap in a while and need a blast of Pulp, Belle and Sebastian, the Smiths and other nostalgic tunes, you have two chances left: this weekend and Christmas Day. (DJ Stereofaith, who has been sharing the decks with Zimin as of late, plans to continue the party at another venue, hopefully with guest appearances by Zimin, but nothing's locked down yet and it may or may not be the same.) As always, doors open at 9:30, and there's a $10 cover.
"Germans are really good at electro music" is one of the oldest stereotypes in the book, but Dortmund-based producer and DJ Malente does electro music really, really well. Take a minute, and click over to his MySpace page and put on "Ja Ja Ja" or "Escape of the Zan" (from a Tarzan-themed EP). It's pitch-perfect Saturday night clubbing music: Uptempo, pulsing electro-house with cool percussive fills and a funky, percolating bassline that grabs your hand and drags you to the dance floor, where you'll start bouncing up and down and waving your hands. He's making his U Street Music Hall debut tonight alongside Jon H of Fort Knox Five, which is a terrific fit: Malente made a bang-up remix of Fort Knox Five's "Shift" over the summer, which you can listen to on Soundcloud. The 18-and-over party starts at 10, and there's a $10 cover.
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