The countdown to the apocalypse has begun! So where do you want to be when the world ends, at home on your couch wrapped up in a Snuggie, waiting for the sky to fall, or out on the dancefloor, living it up and shaking your booty? Dancefloor? We thought as much, which is why we're offering up this comprehensive guide to where you can get your booty-shake on tonight -- and tomorrow night, too, assuming we haven't all been burnt to a crisp in the interim. And let's hope not, because there's too much talent in town to waste: Yooj, J.Phlip, Madlib and MartyParty, among others. So without further ado, open up this week's Dance Card (the last ever?) and see what whets your appetite for getting down.
YOOJ @ BETA | FRIDAY, 12.21.12 There are few spin doctors capable of melding the soaring, often poignant melodies of deep house with the mechanical, syncopated beats of pure techno, but Yooj (the stage name of tech-house impresario Eugene Albert) is one of them. And Yooj's career has taken one or two ironic turns. A native of the San Francisco area, he now calls Berlin home, so it makes perfect sense that the tunes he turns out are a relentlessly funky blend of the best aspects of techno and house music. But strangely, his interest in house wasn't piqued in San Francisco; he fell in love with it in Italy. However roundabout his arrival to the tech-house circuit, his presence there is an asset to the subgenre. It'll be a treat to share the end of the world with him tonight in Beta's Beatport Lounge with Sergei Loginov and DJLoBoT; AC Slater, Flinch and Harvard Bass will take on the venue's main floor. (9 p.m., 21+, $10)
Who better than Sub.mission to host an end-of-the-world bash, and where better than Cervantes' to host it? If bass is your thing, this is where you'll want to be before it's all over: Madlib will perform a DJ set, and Del the Funky Homosapien, Shigeto, Bukue One, Joe Nice, the Widdler and a Sub.mission resident tag-team set with Caustik and Subliminal are also in the mix. (8 p.m., all ages, $25-$30)
MartyParty is another option for bass-lovers on the last night of the universe (that's tonight, if you weren't paying attention); the glitchtastic, bass-loving DJ will join Virtual Boy, Cry Wolf, Bedrockk and Seth Abrumz at Casselman's Bar and Venue for a grand ol' time. (8 p.m., 18+, $20 and up)
Fab Fridays, for those of you who remember the event that took over the space formerly known as Muddy's in the early '90s, is back for a reunion set...in the space formerly known as Muddy's and currently known as NORAD. Hear how the sound has evolved with WiLDKATS, Posso, Eric Burba, Phil G and Rebel Stoke. (9 p.m., 21+, $10 and up)
Flatline presents the ever-popular and always-on-point J.Phlip (a resident on the impressive Dirtybird label) with Scott Paradis and Noah Groundscore on Saturday night at NORAD, with Bones and London Dungeon in the lounge, so if you survived the end of the world, this would be a good place to celebrate. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 before 11 p.m., higher after)
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