Anyone who frequents clubs has, at one time or another, been subjected to the “so-and-so-from-that-band DJ set,” where an otherwise talented musician gets billed to DJ, and proceeds to trainwreck, leaving many on the dance floor scratching their heads, wondering what the hell is happening. This is not the case when the members of Hot Chip get control of the turntables. In between the release of their critically acclaimed 2006 album, “The Warning,” and the wildly eclectic new “Made in the Dark,” the London-based electro-pop collective found time to compile and produce a DJ Kicks album for K7. The playlist alone shows that these fellas aren’t rookies when it comes to track selection, blending techno, pop and their own single “My Piano” into a cohesive hour-plus mix. Tonight, after their performance at the Vic, Hot Chip throws the post-show party at Smart Bar. Word on the street is that everyone in the band has experience in the DJ booth, so expect all five of them to take a turn on the decks. (Zeb Resman)
Hot Chip DJs their official after-party with Jerome Derradji at Smart Bar, 3370 North Clark, (773)549-0203, on April 17 from 10pm-4am. $10, $5 with Vic ticket stub or wristband.