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When: Thu., May 5, 9 p.m. 2011

Montreal-born turntable prodigy Alain Macklovitch, aka A-Trak, made his name at the tender age of 15 when he won the 1997 DMC world championships. Seven years later Kanye recruited him to be his tour DJ (a post that's since been filled by Chicago's Million Dollar Mano). Macklovitch has roots in traditional hip-hop—all the way back to the genre's birth—and in his mixes there's a particularly strong hint of abstractionists like Steinski. But over the past few years he's fallen hard for dance music. His DJ sets, remixes, and original tracks—not to mention his work running the Fool's Gold label with fellow DJ Nick Catchdubs—have played a major role in American rave culture's recent leap from near extinction to a level of popularity that probably exceeds its peak in the 90s. Last year Macklovitch teamed up with rave legend Armand Van Helden under the name Duck Sauce, producing a couple singles—"Anyway" and "Barbra Streisand"—that quickly became must-haves for the Serato-and-glow-sticks set. He also recently collaborated with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, a move that for some reason superstar DJs continue to think is a good idea. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20

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