Basstown nights

By DAVID DAY  |  September 12, 2007

From there, the local scene gets only more hip. Consider the MILKY WAY LOUNGE AND LANES (403-405 Centre St, Jamaica Plain; 617.524.3740), which welcomes back the crisp stylings of the MARINATE hip-hop party September 28. They start it off right with live action from Brooklyn’s LOUIS LOGIC and 5G PRODUCTIONS. “Logic was someone we wanted to book for a while,” reports Marinate co-founder and sex symbol DJ KNIFE. “It’s perfect for the heavy-drinking crowd, and J.J. BROWN [of 5G] is doing some surprising stuff right now. He’s working on a mash-up album mixing Hall and Oates with Gym Class Heroes.”

Not to be left behind, the always-current MIDDLE EAST (472-480 Mass Ave, Cambridge; 617.864.EAST) is booking more and more dance parties, and two events really jump out. September 28 it’s STEVE SMITH (from Dirty Vegas of “Days Go By” fame) upstairs with GABBY GLASER (Luscious Jackson) — and get there early for the hot hot live electro from local duo MATTERS & DUNAWAY. On October 10, the larger downstairs hosts the live electronic tunes of DIGITALISM. Like any smart booking agent, the Mid East staff has recruited ravesploitation duo BIG DIGITS to open the Digitalism show with DJ E-MARCE.

If gay nights are more your style, the NEIGHBORHOOD is here to suit. Holding court every second Saturday of the month at the MIDWAY CAFÉ (3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain; 617.524.9038), DJ D’HANA and friends throw a night that is “always femme, butch, gender variant, fairy, leather & CD friendly.” Make special note of October 13, when the all-inclusive club package brings in TRIPLE CREME from New York. According to D’Hana, the group are debuting a new video and are “pretty big in the queer rock scene.”

Every year, thousands of new 18-to-21-year-olds descend on Basstown, and the bad news is that our bewilderingly staunch Footloose-like local government doesn’t want these people to dance — except for rare occasions like the HAPPY ENDINGS party at the PARADISE LOUNGE (969 Comm Ave, Boston; 617.562.8814). October 13 will see a totally wild time when resident DJs SAMEER, IAN, and PATRICK hold a second-anniversary party. The trio promise their Halloween party will be off the hook, too. More on that later.

Next door is the PARADISE ROCK CLUB (967 Comm Ave, Boston; 617.562.8814) — which like its rock-club companion the Middle East is doing its best to keep up with dance-party trends. On October 13, splice-house guy FIELD (recent visitor to Great Scott) opens for super-smart dance band !!!. No need to stare at your shoes between sets, though, because Baltimore breaks apostle SCOTTIE B. is spinning as the musicians rest.

Basstown is always hip with the latest in electronic beatmaking, and it doesn’t get any later than dubstep, the reggae-informed, deeper-than-Sartre music from London’s most depleted neighborhoods. For dubstep in Basstown, you don’t have to look any farther than BASSIC at the GOOD LIFE (28 Kingston St, Boston; 617.451.2622) every Wednesday. On September 26, the bass-heavy night brings in HEADHUNTER and 30 HTZ (the sub-bass frequency that vibrates the whole body). October 31, the SOUNDBOX-sponsored night brings JOE NICE. This would look to be the place to be for Halloween, but there’s tough competition, as we’ll see.

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