[dance party roundup] Shakedown: M|O|D + Andre Obin + MASSACOORMAAN + Tamara Sky + Andy Rourke + Nina Sky + more

Dance around town before the students roll back into town... 

M|O|D @ Descent
The W Hotel’s Electric Summer Music Series goes underground with the party crew DJ team of M|O|D. Trap Arnold, Lil Texas, and Rewrote go balls-out on the heavy bass party music circuit, and this shit will have you calling into work dead on Friday morning. Get crunked on the downtown dime.

100 Stuart St, Boston | 10pm | 21+ | FREE | 617-310-6742 or


ANDRE OBIN @ Middlesex Lounge
Fresh off a tour of the Netherlands and Germany, Cambridge electronic music producer Andre Obin takes the DJ reins at Make It New, adding a bit of smooth heaviness to the weekly techno party. “Nightowl,” off Dutch label Klopfgeist, shows a sprawling, twirling Obin finding his comfort zone.

315 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 9pm | 21+ | FREE | 617-866-6739 or


FRIDAY 08.17
Vamos, everybody. Friday night powderkeg Pico Picante turns up the heat with Portland renaissance man Dave Quam, a/k/a. MASSACOORAMAAN, dropping his twitchy experimental beat-blend of juke, reggaeton, and global influences heard on his Fade To Mind debut EP Dead Long Time.

28 Kingston St, Boston | 9 pm | 21+ | $5 | 617.451.2622 or


FRIDAY 08.17
The folks at toUch Performance Art once again bring back its four-Friday-night AcousticaElectronica spectacle, blending EDM from Boston DJs like John Barera, Mike Swells, and Randy Deshaies with dance, theatre, and aerial acrobatics, all in the wondrous confines of the glitzy and glammy Oberon.

2 Arrow St, Cambridge | 10:30 pm | 21+ | $25-$55 | 617.495.2668 or


Videodrome has been on quite a roll lately, garnering national praise for DJ/VJ Craig MacNeil’s bootleg video edit of Scissor Sisters’ “Let’s Have A Kiki," earning props from Jake Shears and passing a quarter-million views on YouTube. This weekend the vintage-pop dance party turns its attention to the Material Girl’s 54th birthday, with a Madonna-mad playlist that promises “Madonna Pop, Madonna New Wave, Madonna Disco, Madonna Glam, and Madonna Rock'N'Roll!” Off the specialized cocktail menu, we’ll have two Vogues and a Papa Don’t Preach, plz.

379 Somerville Ave, Somerville | 9 pm | 21+ | $5 | 617.764.0005 or


TAMARA SKY @ Machine
It won’t start getting dark out early for another few weeks, but the CVLT crew seems to view the world in black-colored goggles anyway. Tonight’s CVLT #BLVCK session features queen of the Los Angeles underworld Tamara Sky bringing some west-coast Lil Death action from above and below, while El Poser, Punketta, Shimoda and Glass Teeth fill the rest of air with cautionary sounds. Sin-O-Matic holds it down in the other room in case things get too sticky.

1254 Boylston St, Boston | 10 pm | 21+ | 617.536.1950 or


DJ ANDY ROURKE @ the Middle East
Electro heavyweight Throwed teams up with Rescue Nite and the Pill (full disclosure: that’s my party) for one of the Boston’s largest indie-dance nights, headlined by former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, who’s been known to DJ a bit of everything. All are invited, except Morrissey.

472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 9pm | 18+ | $10 adv. | 617.864.3278 or


NINA SKY @ Good Life
Monthly hip-hop stalwart Fresh Produce once again calls upon Queens, New York, to get the party moving as R&B/pop sister-duo Nina Sky team up on the basement dance floor. Nicole Albino holds down the turntables, while Natalie grips the mic after residents Knife, Tommee, and Frank White get it started right.

28 Kingston St, Boston | 9:30 pm | 21+ | $5 | 617.451.2622 or


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