Shakedown: A dance party in every air-conditioned room

THURSDAY 07.15 | MAKE IT NEW @ Middlesex Lounge | Make It New has been off the chain lately, with international guest DJs Michael Mayer, Dan Bell, and Efdemin beat-bombing the sleek weekly techno party. But summer is all about the residents, and this week, DJ Volvox and her dark blend of tech house lead the charge with familiar faces Alan Manzi and DJezus.

315 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | Free | 617.868.6739 or


FRIDAY 07.16 | ROCK ON PRESENTS ELECTRIC SIX @ Mass Bay Cruise Lines | Detroit rock-disco bandits Electric Six bring the kick-ass live dance party to Boston Harbor. At some point during this event, some dude is going to be looking out at the city skyline, knocking back a cheap brew, and singing along to that “fire in the Taco Bell” song while thinking to himself, “This summer rules!”

60 Rowes Wharf, Boston | 7:15 pm | 21+ | $25 | 617.624.8000 or


SATURDAY 07.17 | VIDEODROME @ Common Ground | The House That Mod Night Built has been remixed into shiny sequins and ’70s disco beats. Not only does DJ/VJ Craig MacNeil spin the vintage pop — from Klaus Nomi to Bob Welch, with modern dashes of Gaga and Kylie — he also fills the multiple screens with classic and lost TV footage. Try not to stare, it is a dance party.

83 Harvard Ave, Allston | 10 pm | 21+ | $5 | 617.783.2071 or


TUESDAY 07.20 | NU-LIFE @ ZuZu | Some of you think air conditioners are a cop-out and simply want to rip off your sweat-soaked shirt in a small crowded room of like-minded folks — and you do so at Queer Tuesday’s Nu-Life party. DJs Rizzla and D’Hana offer up the future beats and classic jams, and there’s more than enough water at the bar for when you inevitably start overheating.

474 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 10 pm | 21+ | $2 | 617.864.3278 or


TUESDAY 07.20 | THROWED @ Middle East upstairs | Teen electro bonanza Throwed has been spreading the beats out in the Middle East’s larger downstairs room lately, but tonight it packs in the Day-Glo party people on the up and up in one sweat-it-out dance party. Resident DJ E-Marce holds down the bass in the booth, and emo-licious bands Brighterside and American Fiction rock out early on.

472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 9 pm | 18+ | $2 | 617.864.3278 or

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