This weekend kicks off the first of several music festivals with the Vice Records-curated Intonation Music Festival in Union Park. But for Chicagoans who take their music seriously, the weekend really gets started with the festival’s official pre-party at Smart Bar. Headliners MSTRKRFT are critically hailed as hot-shit, party-rockin’ remix-extraordinaires Jesse F. Keeler (the bass/synth playing half of hard-rocking duo Death From Above 1979) and DFA 1979 producer Al-P. While the duo has remixed such forward-thinking hyphen-rock acts like the Kills, Wolfmother, Bloc Party, and of course DFA 1979, they’ve also released one piece of Gallic-drenched disco-sleaze in the single “Easy Love,” and have a debut artist album set to drop later this summer. Additional DJ sets from electro-funk provocateurs and fellow Intonation Fest talent Chromeo (“Needy Girl”), and local electric eclectics Jordan Z and Bald Eagle guarantee a fun night of disco bleeps, rawk fists, bootlegs and enough dance-party mania to make even the stuffiest neckerchief-wearer shake that Wrangler-wearin’ ass. (Duke Shin)
MSTRKRFT performs at Smart Bar, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203 on June 23, 10pm-4am. $10 cover.