“Tonight’s like the night where there’s all sorts of hot-chick DJs who like Metallica?” gasped an enthusiastic club patron on a recent night in Central Square. “I’ve heard about those nights at ZuZu. They’re infamous!”
FROM LEFT: Alicia, Christine and Chrisinda of Jukebox
“Yes, yes, they are,” says LITA FOREPLAY. “Come on in!” Lita, a/k/a ALICIA MASON-GUILD, is one of the three hot chicks who spin at JUKEBOX, the Tuesday metal night that’s been rocking ZuZu for the past seven months. “It goes one way or another. Either it’s people playing records in your living room or sometimes it goes crazy — it’s pouring out into the streets, there’s people dancing, going nuts, taking their clothes off and all the rest of it.” Setting up in front of the storefront picture windows, the girls blast Journey, Van Halen, and Poison out onto unsuspecting Central Square passers-by.
“We each have our own style that works together,” Lita explains. CHRISTINE MOORE is the punk-rock and new-wave guru and Lita spins ’70s and ’80s rock, but CHRISINDA WAIN is the real metal heart, as Lita explains. “Chrisinda will play a lot of lesser-known ’80s metal — she’s got a great record collection. And everyone has their own technique, too. A lot of times, when I’m DJing, I’ll put on something ridiculous like the 16 Candles soundtrack or a Tina Turner song. I like to be funny when I play stuff. If people start going nuts in there, we’ll play Prince for a little while and then go back into Sabbath.” The three rock chicks met through mutual friends but soon found their love of metal made them a kind of super-team. All three hail from the Boston suburbs (Foreplay is from Easton), and all three know how to rock a party. “There is a chunk of kids that are weeknight kids that work in the restaurant/bar scene, and this is their Saturday night. Usually around midnight, people start dancing, and then everyone’s best friends immediately.”
None of the three DJs has a regular night; Mason-Guild bartends at the Milky Way and Moore and Wain work at the Umi Salon on Newbury Street, but Tuesdays are for rocking out. “There are a lot of nights in Boston that sort of blend together,” Lita points out, “but everyone loves to go out and listen to rock and roll. A lot of people who come are like, ‘Oh. My. God. I haven’t heard this song in 10 years!’ Eighty-five percent of it is metal, but sometimes, I mean, I play Huey Lewis and the News almost every night. But that’s kind of metal in its own way, isn’t it?”
Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll “Best DJ” winner 7L’s new blends/mash-up compilation, High Performance, is out this week. His pairing of Air with D’Angelo is a stroke of bliss, and the downtempo grooves continue with Mylo versus Groove Theory, not to mention Velvet Revolver versus Yung Joc. Then the Greek God of Rox shows his Enormous Room influence with two killer Bhangra blends — “Ha ha. I’m reaching out the International market!” he replies via SMS — though one might file his Three Six Mafia/Ladytron under “too ambitious.” The rest of the 16-track CD is worth checking out; hit his label up at myspace.com/jamhotbiz. . . . Goofy hip-hop genius D-TENSION drops a two-CD set called Contracts & Contracts II this Tuesday, with big-time guests like SLUG and members of the TERROR SQUAD alongside local heroes AKROBATIK and EDO G. The fun really begins on the bonus disc Rap Music Sucks, which includes “No Habla Español” (the hook goes: “I might be Puerto Rican/But I don’t speak Spanish”) and the MILF tribute “Soccer Mom” (“Soccer mom on the PTA/All pissed off ’cause her husband’s gay”). Disappointment of the week: the 30-track epic does not include his recent phenomenon “Myspace Bitches.” . . . And it wouldn’t be Circuits without a reference to the hustlers at UNLOCKEDGROOVE, who have a record-release party July 26 at Enormous Room that features the long-tail techno of GYS, DJ MIKE UZZI, and new Boston resident JONNIE PERELLA. Perella is from Detroit, the techno capital of America, where he still has a residency at well-regarded club the Works. Boston’s best techno outfit may have found a new weapon. Run for your lives.
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