Detroit techno by way of Berlin: Magda

Brighton, England's Adam Freeland searches across genres to find big beats, gritty bass lines, and cheeky sentiments for his DJ sets and his own songs. He earned a surprise European pop hit in 2004 with “We Want Your Soul,” which is either blasphemous and demonic or infectious fun, depending on who's doing the asking. Freeland will spin off-the-beaten-path techno, drum 'n' bass, and breakbeat, but he has a particular knack for bringing rock to the dancefloor, providing re-edits of groups like Silversun Pickups and Autolux that kick an insistent groove into familiar tracks. Freeland mixes it up on Friday, June 1, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $18 adv.; call 625-8880 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

Magda (née Magda Hojnacka) grew up in Hamtramck, a Polish suburb of Detroit, and now lives in Berlin alongside close friend and labelmate Richie Hawtin — one of the world's pre-eminent techno artists with whom she frequently tours. She likes her techno on the minimal side, favoring incisive beats and eschewing cluttered, gimmicky tracks. Her most recent mix CD She's a Dancing Machine also proved that she's quite the mixing machine, blending a high volume of songs into a short set. Magda and Richie Hawtin will DJ on Friday, June 1, at Mighty at 9 p.m. Admission is $22 adv.; call 762-0151 or visit for more info. — T.P.

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