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DJ Sprinkles, STS9, Honey Dijon

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DJ SPRINKLES

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WEDNESDAY 2/20

DJ SPRINKLES ENGENDERS DANCE-FLOOR (E)MOTION

The bad news: DJ Sprinkles (aka producer/DJ/gender theorist Terre Thaemlitz) is playing the same night as fellow queer geniuses Matmos. The good news: Sprinkles' set will likely still be going after Matmos's last quirky chord fades out. Thaemlitz is one of the few musicians who could write an essay about every track she spins or creates that would be just as entertaining as the music. After releasing a series of intriguing ambient and down-tempo records for various labels (including her own Comatonse) in the '90s, Thaemlitz began to focus on house and techno under the name DJ Sprinkles in the '00s. Sprinkles' 2009 album Midtown 120 Blues is a brilliant entry point into her deconstruction of house-music tropes and ethos. While her recordings are freighted with meta commentary on gender identity and critiques of social/cultural modes and codes, Sprinkles' epic DJ sets smack the pleasure principle firmly on the buttocks. So many layers of deepness to revel in... With Tyler Morrison and Made Like a Tree. Q Nightclub, 6 pm, free before 9 pm/$5 till 10 pm/$10 after, 21+.

FRIDAY 2/22

STS9 JAM YOU LONG TIME

STS9—the Atlanta-based quintet that used to traffic under the name Sound Tribe Sector 9—have built an enviable following in the green, green jam-band realm. You could almost say that they're the Phish of the electronic-music underground, but why would you want to scare away potential fans? Whatever the case, STS9 are the quintessential outdoor-festival electro-space-funk ensemble with stamina and chops to burn—and burn they do, when they're not chilling out with atmospheric interludes as cushiony as the cumuli in the Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds." If you get bored or the drugs wear off, you can always ogle the tattoos on your fellow Tribefolk. With Russ Liquid. Showbox Sodo, 7:30 pm, $25.50 adv/$30 DOS, all ages.

WATCH HONEY DIJON FASHION AN IMPECCABLE HOUSE SET

Q's ambitious House Masters Series brings in Honey Dijon, a New York via Chicago DJ who spins house, techno, and disco. Oh, and she's a transgender fashion maven, too. Motivated by Windy City house legends like Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, and Derrick Carter, Honey moved to New York in the mid '90s and began DJing at the urging of house-music mainstay Danny Tenaglia. She eventually secured a residency at Chelsea's Hiro Ballroom and reportedly was playing to capacity crowds every Sunday night before it recently shuttered. A trawl through her Soundcloud page reveals a selector with impeccable taste in late-night, subtly sensual movers that sometimes tilt into psychedelic darkness. With DJ Little Rock. Q Nightclub, 8 pm, $10, 21+.

 

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