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Felix da Housecat Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Sept. 14, 9 p.m. 2009

Felix da Housecat's 2001 album, Kittenz and Thee Glitz, and its single “Silver Screen Shower Scene” represent the bulk of Chicago’s contribution to the New York-centric electroclash boom in the first part of the decade, but their massive impact gave our city an outsize influence on the scene. Since then Felix’s formula—pop structures and vocals merged with the sonics of house and electro—has become the dominant sound of the Top 40 charts, and his profile has been raised accordingly. Just now the Internet’s going nuts over Lectro Black, his new collaboration with Diddy, who’s lately gotten to be something of a dance-music junkie. It’s hard to say how much of their new mix tape, Last Train to Paris, is Diddy’s work—all I can be sure about is the occasional voice-over—but its chilly decadence is extremely pleasing. And if this project helps bring Felix’s excellent new album, He Was King (Nettwerk), closer to the mainstream, then all the better. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20, $10 before midnight, free before 11 PM with RSVP to boomboomroomchicago.com

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