Attention clubbers and nightlife revelers: Here, we present our brand-new club-centric column, a platter of party picks to mark your calendar by every week. If it's popping in L.A. (Get it? L"in"A?), and DJs and dancing are involved, we'll have it for you right here.
Weeknights kind of kick weekends' ass in March, what with Mardi Gras' Fat Tuesday this week and St. Patrick's Day next, both offering hard partying on L.A.'s dance floors. Still, DJ talent and themed clubbing abound all week. Whether you plan to drink till you turn green or werk it for the weekend, here are your best bets:
Fri., March 11: French electro-house producer Mr. Oizo (Ed Banger Records) takes the decks, bringing his signature "Flat Beat" sound and flagrant mixes to Control. Best known for his work with Uffie, Oizo uses repetitive rhythms and bass looping in hypnotic ways. With spazzy rock jock–turned–disc jock Tommy Lee and his tag-teamer DJ Aero, plus Will Bailey, Deth Hertz and Bones on the main stage, this one will offer a motley mix of sounds and styles, indeed. Avalon, 1735 Vine St., Hlywd.
Sat., March 12: There may be more prancing than dancing at PoptArt Gallery when photographer Austin Young unveils the photos he shot of L.A.'s creative cognoscenti and club kids for "Your Face Here." But thanks to guest spinstress for the event DJ Juanita Moore (Trannyshack SF, Bootycall SF), we fully expect the floor to be as vibrant and packed as the walls. 3023 W. 6th St., dwntwn., 7-10 p.m.
Tues., March 15: Check Yo Ponytail 2 keeps making those tails shake, this week at the Echoplex with live noise from synth-punkers the Death Set (it's their record-release bash) and burning-hot DJ headliner the Gaslamp Killer (Low End Theory). Also with N.Y. rap ragers Ninjasonik, electro-poptress Zowie, Biker Daughter (aka Shadowscene photog Ellei Johndro's new music project) and CYP's own Franki Chan. 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park.
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Thurs., March 17: Green beer's for buffoons. When it comes to colored booze for St. Paddy's Day, we prefer a more bewitchingly potent poison: absinthe! No surprise, L.A.'s night fiends and goth crowds do, too. All are sure to not be late for the Mad Hatter's Absinthe Party at the Monte Cristo Nightclub, for L.A. Dead heads and their cohorts. Fanciful green (and black) garb, Alice-like fantasy frocks and neo-Victorian looks encouraged. DJ Xian and Baron spin darkwave, ethereal, dark '80s, synthpop, neo-classical and more. 3100 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., RSVP required.