London-based Judge Jules must be one of those DJs who have teams of personal assistants just to look after their insane schedules. Jules' empire-building includes the usual production and remix work, DJ gigs at the world's poshest clubs, and promoting his hugely popular Judgement Sundays night in Ibiza for affluent trance fanatics. But the 38-year-old jock also finds time to host a BBC radio show, write for several music mags, appear on television with some frequency, maintain an info-rich website, and participate in many charitable organizations. Dubbed "the people's DJ," Jules has moved countless humans with arena-sized trance, progressive house, and soccer-stadium techno in several places you'd have trouble finding on a map (Abu Dhabi, anyone?). As with any DJ this popular, Jules probably won't challenge you with innovative selections, but for his three hours on the decks, he'll surely drop past, current, and future anthems that'll drain you of any resistance (and bodily fluids) come 3 am. The triple-disc Tried and Tested (Serious/Universal) thoroughly introduces you to Jules' populist spin doctoring. With Brian Asher. Showbox, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151, 10 pm-3 am, 21+, $20 adv for first 300 tix, $25 after that, $30 DOS.
If house music is a religion (and the legions of true believers out there could persuade you it is), Derrick Carter is at least a top-ranking bishop, if not its pope. Carter has been a crucial figure in Chicago's house scene (and hence the genre itself) since the mid-'80s. His sets typically deliver spiritualized uplift and incomparable funkiness (or "boompty boomp," as he likes to call it). Of course, Carter can whip up seamless, relentlessly bumpin' house mixes blindfolded, but he just may surprise you with some old disco, jazz, soul, or electro pop (Yaz's "Situation" and Staple Singers' cover of "Slippery People" made it onto his Choice CD). In high demand throughout Europe, the Far East, Australia, and America, Carter also has residencies at Chicago's Mad Bar, London's The End, and New York's Centro-Fly. (FYI to post-rockers: Carter has remixed a Tortoise track). Dudes with credentials like these don't often grace our city; prepare thyself to worship with your feet. With Jon Lemmon and Wesley Holmes. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $15 adv.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7
Wanna get schooled in the arcane ways of the broken beat? You'll have no better masters than West London collective Bugz in the Attic. Also known as nu jazz (I hate the tag, too), broken beat is a humid, polyrhythmic mishmash of jungle, breakbeat funk, jazz, 2-step, and house. Bugz' Fabriclive. 12 mix CD is being hailed as the definitive document for broken beat's multifaceted charms. This night could be historic. With Suntzu Sound DJs, Jayson Powell, Kim Nauman, and Collage. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7.