Nightclubbing

Seven days on the dance floor
By DAVID DAY  |  September 12, 2006

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MR. PARTY: Paul Foley co-hosts Aquanet at the Milky Way on Thursdays and helps out at the Good Life on Saturdays.
Boston may not be known as the capital of nightclubs, but in fact there’s weekly club action in every corner, with DJs and special guests galore even at clubs known best for live rock. Most of these nights are 21-plus, but there are exceptions, especially in Boston proper. Here’s a day-by-day rundown of the week in Boston clubbing. Believe me, though, there’s a lot more, so keep an eye on the Phoenix and “Circuits” for updates.

Monday
Yes, it’s Monday, but sometimes you just gotta party. There’s always BEAT RESEARCH at ENORMOUS ROOM (567 Mass Ave, Cambridge; 617.491.5599), one of Boston’s nightlife gems. Talent from all over the world comes to pay its respects to hosts DJ C and DJ FLACK, everything from UK dubstep to Euro-crunk. On October 9 you can catch Brazilian baile funk godfather EDU K, whose “Popozuda Rock N’ Roll” is a funk carioca anthem. For a more straight clubbing experience, the best party is at SAINT (90 Exeter St, Boston; 617.236.1144) and its sexy “SINdustry Mondays,” where you can catch all the bouncers and bartenders who worked the weekend working it out on the dance floor.

Tuesday
Every other Tuesday at MIDDLESEX LOUNGE (315 Mass Ave, Cambridge; 617.868.MSEX) there’s the HEARTHROB jumpoff, with RED FOXXWORTH, SENSITIVE HAND, MORGAN LOUIS, and ERIK PEARSON. If you’d rather rock out with your cock out, JUKEBOX down the street at ZUZU (474 Mass Ave, Cambridge; 617.864.EAST) is your bag. Patrons hear all that good ’80s hair metal, ’70s acid rock, and of course Journey. What you might not expect is the three hot-chick DJs who spin all this testosterone: LITA FOREPLAY, CHRISTINE, and CHRISINDA. Boston’s Theater District weighs in with “Evolution Tuesdays” at RUMOR (100 Warrenton St, Boston; 617.422.0045); it’s brought to you by club kings 6ONE7 PRODUCTIONS, with R&B and hip-hop all night long.

Wednesday
Dancing in the dense confines of Cambridge’s sister city? Well, there is TOAST (70 Union Square, Somerville; 617.623.9211), and its best comes on Wednesday, when Boston icon CHRIS EWEN hosts CRYPT. Once Manray’s guru, Ewen fills the labyrinthine lounge with goth, industrial, and synth-pop. Occupying the opposite end of the spectrum is ARIA (246 Tremont St, Boston; 617.338.7080) and its “International Night” with DJ JC and internationally known DJ RICKY FATTS. When Ricky spins, the place is usually jammed with clubbers and models, so this is the day to get to know his phat sound, which packed with club-friendly bumping house beats. Fans of the fast-reviving breaks subgenre can get their fill at the ravetastic mood of TENSION inside Cambridge’s best little dance club, the PHOENIX LANDING (512 Mass Ave; 617.576.6260). Tension brings in all stripes of international DJs and is ground zero for Boston’s electronic tech-funk community. Look for 30HZ of Britain’s Lot 49 label on September 27.

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