Stussy X Stones Throw Tour
Thursday, April 30 at Abbey Pub; $16 in advance, $18 at the door
Stussy sponsors the latest Stones Throw tour, which features Peanut Butter Wolf, James Pants, Dam-Funk and Mayer Hawthorne. Chicago hip-hop fans have been lucky enough to have the Stones Throw crew come to town pretty regularly as part of the Sonotheque Move events, but this tour is quite different and it's 18-plus. Peanut Butter Wolf is doing live video and DJ mixing; James Pants is playing a live set with his band, the Royal Zodiac, and Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk will be playing eclectic records. To top it off, Stussy created limited-edition t-shirts and Stones Throw is coming out with music only sold on the tour. Visit Stussy.com to download an exclusive tour mix.
Red Kiva 2-Year Anniversary Party
Thursday, April 30 at Red Kiva, 6 p.m.; $10 cover benefits T-PAN
With its yummy flatbread pizzas, hip West Loop locale and unique sunken-pit design (it formerly housed drum circles), we're not surprised Red Kiva has made it to its second birthday. The party gets started early at 6 p.m. with complimentary appetizers and a slew of drink specials, including $5 Absolut cocktails and giveaways. Music is provided by resident DJs Uncle El and Pickel, of the new Tronic weekly party, along with live performances by Radius and Kenny Keys and live art by CZR PRZ. Better yet, tonight’s anniversary party benefits T-PAN, the Test Positive Aware Network, which works for HIV awareness and advocacy.
Dark Wave Disco 4-Year Anniversary Party
Friday, May 1 at Sonotheque, 9 p.m.; $10, free before 11 p.m. with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dark Wave Disco crew celebrates four years of bringing dance, rock and dirty electro to the coolest clubs in the city. Tonight, host Paul in Chicago and the DWD DJs (Trancid, Mark Gertz and Greg Corner) will be joined by special guests Trash Yourself, a "girl and a boy here to destroy" you with nu-rave beats.
Saturday, May 2 at The Burlington, 9 p.m.; Free
Joshua Ferguson, the Chicago writer for dance and culture blog, Dialogue, Inc., curates a night of dance music at the Burlington. We're not sure what he'll be pulling out of his hat, but as he was recently appointed Nightlife editor of Time Out Chicago, he probably knows a thing or two about what gets crowds moving.