When: Fri., Dec. 7, 10 p.m. 2012
Joy Orbison will no longer be performing. During the waning days of dubstep's first wave (circa 2009), dance-music listeners began to wonder what was next, and by way of response dance-music pundits frequently pointed to Joy Orbison, aka Peter O'Grady. O'Grady is a young DJ and producer who came up in the dubstep scene, but he's well versed in the 90s drum 'n' bass and two-step sounds from which dubstep evolved. In his original compositions—from his debut single, "Hyph Mngo," to his most recent, "Ellipsis"—he offers light, airy takes on those forms, buoyed by a streak of UK funky (a polyrhythmic sub-subgenre that's much better than its terrible name might suggest), and in the process he's thrown open the doors of a dance scene that was starting to get musty. On a recent DJ mix for Resident Advisor he ties together a respectably broad range of music, including what sounds like a field recording of tribal chants and a couple verses of Jeremih's "Fuck U All the Time" that briefly blend into a two-step track—which makes me wish O'Grady would give us a full-on remix. —Miles Raymer Ben UFO and the Abstract Science DJs open.
Price: $10, $5 before 11 PM with a tweet to twitter.com/smartbar