Time flies when you’re tirelessly representing the dark side of drum ‘n’ bass, or so the saying goes. Chicago’s own MIA crew celebrates their four-year anniversary with a free event at Smart Bar this week and the occasion brings a pair of veteran breakbeat champions to the DJ booth. Danny the Wildchild and Phantom 45 join MIA’s Alfonz de la Mota, M1D1, Riverman and Kode X for a night of relentless breaks and wall-shaking bass. Not content with string-driven tunes fueled by vocals and bouncing basslines, MIA drives the speakers with system-shocking productions by the genre’s toughest labels. (John Alex Colon)
March 4 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, 10pm.