Graffiti tricks and electro beats face off at Mezzanine

Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus and Doug Pray's graffiti documentary Infamy share a common foundation in hip-hop culture. With these cats (including Bay Area Infamystar Jase) it don't matter your 'hood, so long as you keep your foundation square while sporting multiple hats. Flosstradamus exhibits an indie-electro jackin' house-meets-Jeep beats mash-up that's equal parts blog summary and block party, while Infamyglimpses the ether between expression and obsession. Experience keepin' it real vs. keepin' it real live as sets bomb streets to beats at the 7:30 p.m. movie screening ($8)/10 p.m. dance party ($10) on Wednesday, April 4, at Mezzanine. Call 625-8880 or visit for more info. Tony Ware

Whitey isn't intent on oppressing anyone, though the musical namesake of Nathan J. Whitey is responsible for some oppressively huge beats and ominous electronic atmospherics. His debut album, The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train, originally released in the U.K. in 2005, was reissued domestically this past fall on Dim Mak. Standouts like "Can't Go Out, Can't Stay In" and "Y.U.H.2.B.M.2." recall the spooky art-pop of Clinic and the digital throb of LCD Soundsystem. Though the Brit auteur creates most of his music alone, he's joined on tour with a full band. Whitey's sophomore release, Great Shakes, is due out in October on 1234; a few teaser tracks are available on his MySpace page. Whitey performs on Friday, April 6, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $10; call 625-8880 or visit for more info. — J. Niimi

African rhythms have long been a favorite borrowing ground for Western dance music producers. A South African producer now living in Portugal, Alan Abrahams (aka Bodycode) puts his own twist on the situation. Last summer's album The Conservation of Electric Charge melds snippets of his homeland's traditional beat patterns with the hybridized emulations of the Chicago house and Detroit techno scenes to craft music that exudes an effortless groove. Bodycode performs live on Saturday, April 7, at Rx Gallery at 9 p.m. Admission is $5-10; call 474-7973 or visit for more info. Tamara Palmer

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