Queen Lucky honed her skills as an ass-shakin' technician by dropping hiphop and R&B jams for over 10 years. She is bringin' her party to the Baltic Room and I for one can't wait. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.
Nasir and Eva team up to bring progressive beats and house to the Backdoor. I've always had a special place in my heart for the Backdoor's dance floor, though sometimes the non-dancing tough-guy factor is high. Women pay $5 and men get in for $10--which kinda says something about the place right there. What do they charge hermaphrodites--$7.50?!?! The Backdoor Ultra Lounge, 503 Third Ave, 622-7665, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5-$10.
VIVA! RECORDINGS PARTY
This is going out to all my peeps in Kirkland... Eastside, YO! Okay, maybe my Eastside posse is as thin as my credit at Eddie Bauer, but Jon Lemmon and the Viva! crew are trying to bring some real soulful house flavor to a club that normally hosts bands full of white guys wearing Afro wigs. What's so fucking funny about an Afro anyway? The Shark Club, 52 Lakeshore Plaza, 425-803-3003, 10 pm-2 am, 21+, $10.
Mondays at Nation are still great nights to get your groove on to hiphop, see some crazy shit on the dance floor, or just have a drink and tell the work week to bite the big one. If you get fired this week, tell the boss Circle of Fire sent you and then moonwalk backwards out of the office. Nation, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.
SUGARSHACK AND COMPOUND RECORDS-- DRUM & BASS
Record labels Sugarshack and Compound have been successfully putting on a drum 'n' bass party for years, where severe beats and throbbing sub-bass are a given. Remember, if you feel like you're dancing at 300bpm, you probably are, but the bass lines are at half the speed. Slow your roll, brotha. The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am.
THE LIVING ROOM
Doug and Gavin tear stacks of records in half just to prove how manly they are, but behind all of this macho behavior I know that they're just sensitive men who want to be held. Every Wednesday, they bring the decks to Noc Noc's front lounge for an intimate set of downtempo beats. Give these men a hug. Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave, 223-1333, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.