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DFA DJ TOUR I spent one of the worst nights I've ever had in a club waiting for James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, aka the DFA, to DJ. It was about five years ago in some posh wine bar on the Lower East Side with no ins and outs, and for four hours people bailed on me one by one until my best friend and I were sitting alone in silence. I pissed $40 worth of Diet Coke before either guy laid a record on the tables, but it was worth the wait. This was back when DFA's steez was still in the making, just before they produced the Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers" 12-inch and wound up wrecking the map for punk and dance music entirely. Hearing their stuff now, mired in the wreckage dance punk hath wrought, one might not think they're geniuses, but a night of DFA in DJ form is so often flawless you'll forget anything exists outside that minute, that song, that dance floor you're on. Murphy will be working without Goldsworthy; Marcus Lambkin (aka Shit Robot) and the ruthlessly unfadeable Tim Sweeney, who've both worked on DFA Records releases, open. a 10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140 or 312-559-1212, $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

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