The Merchant's Cafe is still holdin' it down as a consistent venue for house. Plus they have a nice dance floor, a good sound system, and walls covered with images of legendary artists like Etta James, Ray Charles, and B. B. King. Merchant's Cafe, 109 Yesler Way, 624-1515, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28
SHARPSHOOTERS and DJ SPINNA
After a long hiatus, DJ Sureshot and Mr. Supreme are back to represent for Seattle hiphop with the new album Twice as Nice. Also on the bill is Brooklyn's DJ Spinna, who has produced and remixed tracks from artists like De La Soul, Mos Def, Mary J. Blige, and George Michael. All in all, it should be worth the price of admission just to see the eclectic set of tracks Spinna drops. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $10.
SATURDAY MARCH 1
LIFE: GREENS KEEPERS
Chicago's James Curd (AKA Greens Keepers) produces tracks with a heavy emphasis on the connection between swing-era music and modern house, making for a very original-sounding set. Also on the bill are Jon Lemmon and Chris Field. The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7 before 11 pm, $10 after.
DJ ICEY AND BABY ANNE
Break yo'self, fool. DJ Icey, "the King of Breaks," and Baby Anne deserve props for sticking to their guns and proving that breaks are a legitimate and mature form of electronic music. If this is your steez--have at it! The Showbox, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151, 9 pm-2 am, 18+, $20.
SUNDAY MARCH 2
Oh, how I love the free dance party--let me count the ways. This night is a cheap way to hear a wide range of quality dance music from residents A. C. Lewis, J-Justice, Miss Kick, Brandy, and Michael Antonia, who spin house, broken beats, downtempo, and party jams. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, free.
MONDAY MARCH 3
This is where the real b-boys and b-girls get their week started. Now go stretch, throw on some tight gear, and represent, kid! DJs Bronze FM and N8, with the Circle of Fire dance crew. Noiselab, 925 E Pike St, 325-7583, 10 pm-2 am, 21+ $5.
TUESDAY MARCH 4
Hey there little hipster, here's the show for you. Ladytron make music that romanticizes electro from that era of the '80s you may or may not want to remember. You should go, though, just to see what type of matching mod haircuts the band is sporting! Also on the bill are Simian and Mount Sims. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $15.