Out of Order
Thursday, April 2 at darkroom, 9 p.m.; $5 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, $10
For the second installment of their monthly party, Sang and Paul in Chicago welcome the legendary Arthur Baker. Baker's early-'80s production work (Afrika Bambataa, New Order) still continues to influence modern music. Local up-and-coming band Blah Blah Blah performs live and DJ Intel also spins.
Ladytron and The Faint
Friday, April 3 at Smartbar, 10 p.m.; $10
Ladytron and the Faint bring their pop/dance/rock sounds to Metro for shows on Friday and Saturday (along with Telepathe). If you're up for more of a dance party, both acts play DJ sets along with the Dark Wave Disco DJs and opener Figo Friday night in Metro's basement (aka Smartbar).
Robotronic vs. Detroit
Friday, April 3 at Sonotheque, 7 p.m.; $7 before 10 p.m., $10 after
You don't have to be a nightlife writer or social-scene expert to know that Detroit leaves much to be desired when it comes to fun events and great clubs (there's no CenterstageDetroit.com for a reason). But any music fan can tell you that what Detroit lacks in bottle service and atmosphere, it more than makes up for with a rich musical history. Tonight, Thelonious Funk of SwankSociety.com and Jerome Derradji (BBE) represent for Chicago, while influential Detroit producers and DJs Randolph and Rick 'The Godson' Wilhite come to town for another installment of the eternal Detroit vs. Chicago dance-music debate.
Million $ Mano Saturday, April 4 at Evil Olive, 10 p.m.
Evil Olive celebrates two years of bringing cheap drinks, hip DJs and partying until damn near the break of dawn to Wicker Park. The celebration comes to a close on Saturday with Million $ Mano, who, since we checked in with him
last summer, has kept himself busy playing clubs, festivals and promotional events around the country. As with all weekend events at Olive, this party goes 'til 5 a.m., so wear your most comfortable dancing shoes and make sure you have enough cash to satisfy your booze demons.