When: Fri., Dec. 23, 10 p.m. 2011
Over the past decade, few people have single-handedly affected the stylistic direction of underground dance music as dramatically as Tim Sweeney—and because he's always been more of a behind-the-scenes tastemaker than a marquee name, not one has done so while keeping such a low profile. With the 1999 founding of his late-night WNYU program, Beats in Space, he helped kick-start a turn-of-the-millennium renaissance of retro dance sounds that would influence acts such as LCD Soundsystem, the Rapture, and Antony & the Johnsons—many of whom Sweeney has collaborated with as a producer and studio musician. Moreover his appreciation for the genre-blind late-70s DJs who set the aesthetic stage for the birth of Detroit techno has trickled down to pretty much every Serato jock daring enough to slip a snippet of Hawkwind between electro cuts. Sweeney may be the very picture of a DJ's DJ, and dance-music geeks will find a lot in his set to freak out over, but his tributes to primal 4/4 thump offer plenty for civilians to appreciate as well. —Miles Raymer Kid Color opens.
Price: $13, $10 before midnight