Weekend's best dance music: Kenny Glasgow, STS9, Tipper and more

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Well, you made it to the end of the year, and we know you'd like an event or two to entertain you while you're winding up for the big countdown on Monday night. That's why you're here, and that's why we're here: to tell you all about all of the amazing options for spending those precious last few hours of nighttime before 2013 (and all its accompanying virtuous resolutions) arrives. This weekend, we've got Kenny Glasgow (of Art Department fame), Sound Tribe Sector 9 playing a three-night set (concluding on Monday), Tipper, DJ ESP and many, many more returning favorites and new faces to set the final remaining dancefloors on freaking fire. Lace up those dancing shoes tight, friends, and peep what's on our Dance Card:

See also: - Review: Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1/13/11 - The ten best EDM shows of 2012 - The ten best dubstep shows of 2012

Dubbed Time Within Evolving Living Vehicle Earth, STS9's three-night NYE stint at the Fillmore should bring out the techno-hippies in full force to hear the livetronica act with Project Aspect. (7 p.m., all ages, $37.50-$80)

It's time for another Electric Pony event at the Appaloosa Grill, featuring Woody McBride (aka DJ ESP) with Rescue vs. Uriah West, Sound Advice and Garret for all the smooth, sweet tunes your feet can possibly handle. (9 p.m., 21+, donations before 11 p.m., $10 after)

Nobody Beats the Drum, the Dutch electronica breaks/electro/hip-hop video/tunes collaborative extravaganza, headlines the Bluebird tonight with heRobust, Proper Motion and Mosis. (8 p.m., all ages, $25)

Beta hosts 12th Planet and Uz with Dayquill on the main floor tonight, bringing the bass to the masses; in the Beatport Lounge, suit up for a Pet Project label release party featuring Jaceo, Shea Delany and CNR. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$15)

Get dark at NORAD tonight with LΔST RITES vs. Omen playing the futuregoth/suicide pop/witch-tech noises perfect for wrapping up your year. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover before 9:30, $5 after)


Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White were both thriving underground electronic-music producers before Damian Lazarus and his Crosstown Rebels label brought them together in a brand-new way. The two artists had been friends for years -- both have been instrumental in putting Toronto on the map as a serious dance-music town -- but when Lazarus asked them to remix some Riz MC work for Crosstown Rebels, the promising prospects of a potential collaboration became readily apparent. They came up with a new concept -- to create a live DJ/vocalist performance act -- and that was the beginning of the powerhouse we know today as Art Department. (The Art Department remix of Riz MC's "Don't Sleep" can still be heard spinning on dance floors around the world.) Their sound has all the soul and emotion of house music melded with crisp, precise techno, and Kenny Glasgow will no doubt keep the Jet Hotel rocking into the early hours of the morning when he headlines a hotel takeover on Saturday; Greg Eversoul, L.L. Bishop, MLE, Mental and Satori-C will support. (9 p.m., 21+, $20).

STS9's T.W.E.L.V.E. returns for another night at the Fillmore with Future Rock for livetronica to make you forget what year it is. (7 p.m., all ages, $37.50-$80)

NORAD hosts the Soulfleet release party featuring Brian Bellas, Eric C., DJ Zane, Seth Nichols, Adam Consigli, Rare and MC Kaya bringing the beats. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 before 11:30 p.m.)

Looking for bass on Saturday night? The Bluebird's got your fix; Zomboy will whomp out the speakers along with Coult 45 and Badbwoy BMC. (9 p.m., all ages, $20-$25)

With an all-star squad like DJ Logic plus members of Tiger Party and Kinetix, we're not sure what Project Logic will sound like live -- there are a lot of different genres influencing one sound, here -- but we are sure it's going to light up Cervantes' on Saturday night. (8 p.m., all ages, $10-$15)

Michael Woods joins Cognition + T-Rav and Marshall Monica on the main floor of Beta on Saturday night with all the dance music your shoes can handle. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Dirty Funk Squad & Friends take over Opal with Rhema (the friend in question) offering up dance-worthy house music for your ears and feet. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)

Cervantes' hosts an after-party for STS9 on Sunday with Tipper, Random Rab, Ill-esha, Human Agency, Seied, Thorazine, Alpha Data, EVS, Tatanka and Cualli offering up a variety of glitchy, breaky, downtempo and assorted other sub-genres to help you wind down the weekend. (8 p.m., all ages, $20-$30)

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