Laurent Garnier, France’s techno godfather and leader of F Communications, is infamous for his passionately diverse sets, weaving seemingly disparate genres into the fabric of the moment. One of the first French DJs to play Britain, Garnier helmed Manchester’s Hacienda in the 1980s, influencing bands like the Happy Mondays with his brand of acid-house. He then set his sights on techno, traveling to Chicago and Detroit throughout the peak of the U.S. rave movement. After producing countless singles and remixes, as well as a few groundbreaking albums, Garnier’s recent efforts have left the dancefloor, testaments to the eclectic DJ he has become. His Web radio station, pedrobroadcast.com, now allows him to share his music collection with just about anyone, anywhere. His skills run the gamut from house classics to hip-hop, and his latest appearances incorporate live brass and keyboards. Garnier’s upcoming visit is tough to predict; the only sure bet is that you’ll leave knowing why the “world’s greatest DJ” description is an oft-repeated phrase. (John Alex Colon)
Laurent Garnier at Spy Bar, 846 North Franklin, (312)587-8779, on November 9, 10pm-4am. $10, rsvp for comp admission before 11pm at spybarchicago.com.