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Wrecking Rampant Idolatry: Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip 

Wednesday, Mar 12 2008

Detroit's Audion (né Matthew Dear) and Los Angeles' John Tejada are among a handful of American techno DJs and producers who garner respect from international labels and clubs. For their double-bill at "Further," Tejada will DJ while Dear will do a live PA. Under the Audion moniker, Dear uses his laptop to crank out pounding metallic rhythms (in contrast to the singing and guitar playing he does under his given name). Check out Dear and Tejada at the top of their game on Friday, March 14, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $15-$20; call 762-0151 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

On record, Boys Noize is certainly boisterous enough to be a group, but the bone-rattling electro tunes come from one Alex Ridha. The Berlin-based DJ is a truly standout remixer, most notably offering a dramatically robotic take on Feist's bouncy piano tune "My Moon My Man," and a thoroughly now sequel to Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." In our crowded dance music marketplace, it's excusable —- but a shame — to have missed last fall's excellent long-player Oi Oi Oi, Boys Noize's reverent hybrid of old-school techno, quirky house, and electro breaks. With a planned DJ setTK, Boys Noize annoys the silence on Saturday, March 15, at Fat City at 9 p.m. Admission is $12-$16; call 861-2890 or visit for more info. — T.P.

Mad Professor (Neil Fraser) is London's most accomplished producer of dub music, a purveyor of a laidback, synthesizer-based sound that has attracted collaborators like Lee "Scratch" Perry, Massive Attack, and the Beastie Boys. He's also currently one of the boldest record-label heads in the business. At a time when the vinyl format is almost totally extinct within the genre's Jamaican epicenter, his 29-year-old Ariwa Sounds began the year with a bounty of new 7-inch singles. The Professor is set to hold classes on musical risk-taking at "Clover Clash" on Saturday, March 15, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $15; call 762-0151 or visit for more info. — T.P.

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip is just a band. This London-based duo splashed out last year with first single "Thou Shalt Always Kill," a chugging electro number that dispenses such sound advice as "Thou shalt not worship pop idols or follow lost prophets," reminding us that the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and pretty much every other so-called important group is "just a band." What's sure to be the two's definitive anthem was just released in the U.S. last week, alongside second single, "The Beat That My Heart Skipped." Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip performs live on Sunday, March 16, at Café du Nord at 8 p.m. Admission is $12-$14; call 861-5016 or visit for more info. — T.P.

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