We can't (legally) detonate anything in the streets anymore, but that doesn't mean we cant ignite the dance floor this July 4th weekend. This year's club events, like the best fireworks, come in many styles and colors. From trannies to techno giants, sex bombs to club bangers, here's what's sure to go-off.


A CLUB CALLED RHONDA- She's ba-ack! Though Rhonda's former locale, the Latin dive Guatelinda nightclub was part of her ironic appeal, it was mostly the artfully frocked regulars and dirty booty-beats that made the bash what it was. Free jello shots helped. Now at El Cid for her comeback, with the whole gang (Aaron Castle, The Goddollars crew, Acid Girls, et al) joining, Rhonda looks to rock your world once again. And yeah, they refer to the club as a “She,” but anyone who's ever been there knows this spot's the ultimate gender blend. El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. Info and RSVP at www.rhondasays.net

PLANETARY SERIES' RED PLANET- Fans of minimal techno must orbit into this special event from Modularz & Robtronik, headlined by Robert Hood. The Detroit pioneer's hypnotic style meshes acid and industrial influences with classic Chicago house for a signature sound that fittingly, out of this world. This appearance is in support of his “Minimal Nation” Record Release. Also with Detroit favorite, Octave: One. Location TBA. RSVP for info to plantaryseries@gmail.com

TRANNYSHACK AT SHITS & GIGGLES- San Franscico's premiere drag haven comes to Los Angeles for a rare clash of the cross-dressers. It's sure to be queeny chaos of the highest order with non-stop peformances and of course DJs Victor Rodriguez and Chris Bowen mad electro/disco mixes. At the Monte Cristo, 659 S. Westmoreland. Discount tickets and info. at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/69753

INCOGNITO 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY-The popular house hap marks its second year shaking the King King's floor with NYC duo Low End Specialists, known for spanking yet multi-faceted soundscapes both on the floor and in remix-land. A birthday blowout for sure. 6555 Hollywood Blvd. www.incognitola.com



CHERRY BOMB- Cool name for a July 4 shindig, right? This one will be hot in more ways than one- it is a Suicide Girls gathering after all. Expect wild girls, fire performances, and sweet n' sexy electro, EBM, indie and synthpop from DJ Los and co-host Xian (LA Dead). At the Monte Cristo, 659 S. Westmoreland. Info and advance tickets at www.clubsuicide.com and www.LAdead.com

BOOTIE LA- The mash-up massive gets patriotic this month, with a Michael Jackson tribute and a sure-to-be stars and stripes-packed dance performance by RAID. DJ Paul V and guest Shyboy rock all the hit blends, beat bludgeoning mixes and bootlegs you can handle. 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park. www.BootieLA.com

BIG SATURDAY'S VINYL ROYALE- Temporary Spaces has been a hub for the city's biggest and best decksmiths, and on independence night, the crates of some the clubs faves will collide. Mid City West, Pubes, Sean Patrick, Dirty Dave, Jasepi, Kiddkit, Azizi, Scott Sterling, and Maria Holland will spin and there'll be a live performance at 10pm from Adam and Evil. It's also a Birthday Bash for our pal, WCS contributor/URB editor Joshua Glazer. 5100 Fountain (at Normandie) RSVP to bigsaturday@ideamusic.com


Jesspeleta, Sean Carlson and Small Town Talk are spinning the downtown Standard Hollywood on Sunday afternoon. At the downtown Standard:

CULPRIT SESSIONS 05- The Droog dudes' raging dance music-fueled events continue with this gathering celebrating their debut EP release from Hot Natured (New project from Jamie Jones/Lee Foss). Should be a splash, especially since it's a daytime poolside party. The Standard downtown is still the ultimate Summer locale, and this should be a good one kick off what's sure to be many more good times ahead. Features Damien Lazarus and Ewan Pearson.550 S. Flower St. RSVP to droog.la@gmail.com

BANANA SPLIT- Steve Aoki and DJ AM's wild weekly bash always has noteworthy guests on the decks and this holiday weekend is no exception. New York DJ Berrie, best known as spinner of choice to the celeb set (Kanye West, 50 Cent, Shaquille O'Neal) will bring his blend of hip-hop, house, rock, classics, soul, funk and reggae to Bardot (BS's current home). We hear this guy's a cut above your average velvet rope DJ, too. A “super” special guest is promised as well, and with this crew, you know it's gonna be good. 1735 N. Vine St. www.mypace.com/bananasplitsundaes

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