Maybe you haven't noticed, but this superstar DJ game is serious business. Some spinners have been known to travel with bodyguards (we're looking at you, Danny Tenaglia), and five-figure paydays are common. While well-known jocks are still more accessible than, say, members of U2, the days of practically everyone getting backstage at a big DJ gig are over. The Electric Daisy Carnival in early summer claims to have drawn 135,000 people to the Coliseum: That's certainly proven that rock-star status has arrived for the DJ. However, if you prefer less security between you and the guy playing other people's music for you, there's still a place to go: Monday Social at Playhouse. For 13 years the Social has put big-name DJs (even John Digweed) on an even keel with its intimate school-night crowds. It's not unusual to see the likes of the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan or trance pioneer Brian Transeau having a beverage. The mood is casual, not amped. Known for getting imported Saturday-night heroes to stick around and play on a Monday, they've recently moved to a bigger, newer venue, Playhouse. The sound system, a British Funktion One, is to die for. And the cover, usually just $10 with RSVP, isn't too serious. 6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 656-4800, 21+. Doors open Mondays at 10 p.m.

—Dennis Romero

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