Boulder, Colorado house DJ Harry had the unenviable task of transforming the String Cheese Incident's noodling jams into streamlined dance tracks on 2001's The String Cheese Remix Project . SCI thanked him this year by releasing Harry's Collision on their own label. Collision 's a solid clutch of slinky downtempo funk and organic house deepness, all of which is played live (no samples used). Thousands of jam-band freaks undoubtedly have been writhing to Particle's serpentine psychedelic improvisations, and you too may succumb to their thrusting charms. Graceland, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094, 9 pm-2 am, all ages, $14 adv.


Former Culture Club frontandrogyne Boy George has made an elegant transition from '80s new wave icon to globe-trotting disc jockey. As a DJ, George pays as much attention to his track selection as he does to his makeup application. George can (and probably will) break out anthem after anthem for the mainstream-house massive, but s/he's also capable of going deeper into techy and funky realms. And don't be surprised if the glamorous one drops some choice dance-rock hits from the Boy's pop-stardom days. With Marc Vedo, DJ Girl 6, Misha, and Miss Funk. CoCA, 410 Dexter Ave N, 728-1980, 8:30 pm-2 am, 21+, $15 adv., $20 DOS.


These L.A. jocks perennially rank near the top of popularity polls in magazines like BPM

(sponsors of tonight's stop of America's Favorite DJ tour). Dan is a reliable source of quality funky breaks and acidic house, but Lawrence has always seemed about as flavorful as Chi-Chi's. With Kippy. Showbox, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151, 10 pm-2 am, 18+, $15 adv., $18 DOS.



This strange bill features experimental guitarist Bill Horist and versatile laptop wiz Nordic Soul (Decibel's Sean Horton). Nordic Soul's compelling live sets range from microhouse to downtempo funk to dark ambience to minimal techno. Tonight he promises some "winter ambient--lots of washed-out guitar, strings, and melody" à la Kranky Records. Horist is similarly diverse, but in a radically different way, mostly forgoing rhythm for bizarre textural and tonal explorations. With Berd Bo. Lower Level (CHAC), 1621 12th Ave, 388-0501, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $3.

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