Damian Higgins has always kept himself busy, splitting his time between his Human Imprint recording label and touring with the Planet of the Drums crew, which features Higgins, as Dieselboy, alongside fellow U.S. drum ‘n’ bass champions, Dara and AK1200. Last year saw the release of two hit singles on Human, and a double CD filled with solid, dancefloor-crushing cuts by the top names in dark drum ‘n’ bass. Dieselboy’s repertoire has consistently featured the violent side of basslines and breakbeats, and each mix or compilation introduces the masses to new tunes by genre vets, or the occasional rising star. Higgins brings the pain with his DJ sets, and Chicago fans can expect a killer combo of solid deck skills and an ear for crowd-pleasing, chest-pounding drum ‘n’ bass. (John Alex Colon)
July 2 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203.