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Best Beats: This week's top club events

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Fly By Night 2-Year Anniversary Party
Thursday, April 16 at Debonair Social Club, 9 p.m.
It's hard to believe that it's only been two years since Fly By Night catapulted Willy Joy from obscurity to local DJ stardom (including a mention in the URB Next 100 and a gig at Lollapalooza), but this little party that caters to the young nightlife crowd is still going strong. To celebrate, Joy brings in Craze and Klever, two DJs that have mastered the hip-hop/dance/party-banger sound that made Fly By Night so popular. The party is 18+ and there's a free champagne toast from 9-10 p.m. with RSVP to

Kid Koala
Friday, April 17 at Zentra, 9 p.m.; free before 9 p.m., $5 before midnight, $10 after midnight with RSVP
Nowadays, anybody with a decent computer can be called a DJ, but few have the turntable-tweaking skills of Kid Koala. This Canadian DJ's innovative turntable skills and creative approach to the art of DJing, made him the first North American artist to be signed to prestigious UK label Ninja Tune back in 1996. Since then, he's opened for Bjork and Radiohead, collaborated with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator as Deltron 3030, released a full-length and even wrote and illustrated his own graphic novel. He's joined by local DJ Intel for what will surely be a night of truly unique and fun hip-hop music.

Simian Mobile Disco
Friday, April 17 at Metro/Smartbar, 9 p.m.; $10/$15/$20 depending on the show
Jas Shaw and James Ford are showing their rock and dance sensibilities off tonight with a live show at the Metro, followed by a DJ set at Smartbar. If your only familiarity with SMD is the Justice remix of "We Are Your Friends/Never Be Alone Again," you're in for a treat. The duo's 2008 full-length, Attack Decay Sustain Release, is filled with catchy dance tunes that stand up on their own, sans the French touch.

Bright Nites
Saturday, April 18 at Sonotheque, 9 p.m.; $5 with RSVP to, $10 without
Matt Roan and E-Six are back at Sonotheque, but they're not doing the unique video DJ set they've become known for. Tonight, they celebrate Roan's mixtape release, with Six taking over hosting duties and Roan playing a set along with former Chicagoan-turned-LA scenester and DJ, Johnny Love.

Art & Soul: Chicago Art Dept. Benefit
Saturday, April 18 at Chicago Art Department, 6 p.m.-midnight; $15
House and hip-hop heavy Swank Society radio hosts an event for Pilsen art space and gallery, the Chicago Art Department. CAD is known for its unique approach to gallery shows, for providing a creative, collaborative space and for presenting emerging young artists to the Chicago art scene. Tonight is the chance for art-enthusiasts (and house and hip-hop fans) to give back, by dancing to beats from Swank Society's Sean Alvarez, Duane Powell, Kwest_On and TapeDeck, enjoying live percussion from J. Bruno and munching on appetizers and drinks provided by Cuatro.

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