The recent trend of the “celebrity” or “rock star” DJ headlining a club night is almost always an anticlimactic affair. The concept seems exciting at first: “Wow, I’m such a big fan of ______ … I wonder what kind of music he/she will play… Will I run into her/him at the bar?” Of course, the reality is that the sets are never really that good, everyone just kind of stands around and a lot of the time you can’t even tell if it’s really him/her behind the decks. However, Carlos D is one exception to this rule. Best known as the suave, well-dressed bass player for dark-clad NYC indie-rockers Interpol, Carlos D is also a pretty damn good DJ in his own right. Over the past few years, he’s earned a strong reputation for his stellar new wave/goth/post-punk sets that bridge the late seventies/early eighties legends with the torchbearers of today. A devout vinyl-only mixer, Carlos takes his craft seriously and loves digging for obscure cuts. Last year, his skills even landed him a cover feature in Urb Magazine, who also happens to be one of tonight’s sponsors. (Brad Knutson)
August 5 at Sonotheque.