Philip Sherburne | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Philip Sherburne, a contributor for years to the likes of the Wire, XLR8R, and Pitchfork, is widely regarded as a leading trendspotter and tastemaker in the arena of forward-thinking electronic dance music. Since expatriating to Spain five years ago, he's shifted more toward advancing the cause in practice, DJing and producing the kind of minimal techno and microhouse (a term he coined) that his name's so often associated with. A set from July 2006 at the Barcelona club Raum, posted on his blog (, demonstrates his purist leanings behind the decks as well as his love of minimalist Teutonic beats. Sherburne boils techno down to its most potent hallmarks--hard clicks and muted melodies. He's a DJ given to subtlety, not party-pumping bounce, but his sets are challenging and suggest the shape of the genre to come. Kate Simko spins first, followed by Sassmouth and Sherburne; Lusine headlines. a 9 PM, Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-7600, $10.

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