Blame it on the ubiquity of the festival's buzzword ("Podcasting!") but Austin in 2005 witnessed the dawn of a new tolerance toward real DJs dialing in the party direct from their iPods. It was strange at first, seeing tastemakers at the dance controls, not fussing over BPMs on their white-label vinyl, but instead thumbing through pre-made playlists on white MP3 players. Yeah, it's kind of lazy, but it's also unpretentious and highly practical, like wearing pajamas out in public because, well, they're just a hell of a lot more comfortable than real clothes. (And you know if they'd only invented pajamas a couple of years ago, all the snarling cool kids would be showing up at parties in their puffy cloud jammies.) Anyway, with the trend 10 minutes old, there's already a backlash, so go catch your local party-in-a-box while you still can.
Cutting-Edge Bay Area Early Adopters:N/A. According to party-hearty S.F. DJ Jefrodisiac, "The only people who just bring iPods are celebrity DJs, which don't exist in S.F." That means one of two things: There's still time for you to be the first DJ on your block to podcast, or Danny Glover is about to start headlining Ruby Skye.