The upcoming release party for local label subVariant begs the question, “Could music cure a hangover?” Chicago is, without a doubt, a drinking town, so this concept garners increasing validity as the date for Exception AM draws nearer. The compilation features a collection of electronica to help you get over that pounding next-day headache. Aptly held at River North’s Ai Lounge, the event is the first in a series of free concept parties called “Artificial Intelligence,” which seek to blend art, design and humor, or at least introduce some semblance of fun into Chicago’s serious-minded and competitive dance music scene. Expect ambient and downtempo to kick off the evening, and tech-house throughout, from local DJs. (John Alex Colon)
June 20 at Ai Lounge, 358 W. Ontario, (312)335-9888.