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Everywhere else, it’s as lovely outside as Jessica Alba, but here, man, the weather is about as insane as Robert Blake. But hey, it didn’t stop many people from heading out to Escape last Sunday to check out the set spun by U.K. icon Pete Tong, though it’s unfortunate that such a spectacular night of music had to be smeared by the violent actions of a lone thug.

While the night was wrapping up, some dude decided that since he wasn’t going to be let into the club, he’d pull a gun and pop some shots outside. Happily, the police were able to track down suspects shortly afterward. I’m even happier that I’d gone home shortly before it all happened. I hope that this incident will be seen as an anomaly and doesn’t make anyone think twice about going out to the clubs. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be concerned about our safety, so the next time a bouncer comes across a little gruff at the door, try to remember what they might have to deal with.

Most of the time, though, we clubbers would rather be lovers than fighters, right? We like to go out, hear some good tunes and head back to yours (or mine, doesn’t matter) for some late-night chill. Tong’s show on Sunday certainly filled the bill for a good night out, and tonight (Thursday) offers a few more pleasant diversions from the winter hell we apparently deserve to repeat.

First off, the Roost (10345-104 St) is presenting another night of heavy-duty beats with Blue Skies, featuring a host of locals like Nightcrawler, Andreas Benjamin, Philippe Lam, S@ and Sublime veteran Phenyx. Doors open at 8 p.m. If you’re looking for a smaller vibe, come down to the Victory Lounge (10030-102 St, downstairs) for this week’s edition of the electro-punk-funk night NRMLS WLCM, where host Nik 7 is letting yours truly get behind the decks and wreak havoc.

Things on the underground front are quiet until Saturday, when Y Afterhours gets the suds up with another foam party on the main floor. The special treat will be downstairs, where a cadre of Edmonton’s hardcore DJs will get together for a robot-themed bash called Out of Space. Lego, Pinkboots, Dreadnought and Redline will pack up their record boxes full of hardcore, gabber, techno and jungle for your high-pressure pleasure.

Sunday night has even more tension, when the thunder of techno starts rattling the system upstairs at Bar None (10550 Whyte Ave), where Tryptomene, Neal K and an armada of local up-and-comers are getting together for I Love Techno. The party is being thrown alongside the powers behind DriveMusic.ca, a local website dedicated to promoting Edmonton’s diverse DJ scene. Sharing the decks will be Rob Allen, Mr. Anderson, Tech Driver and Dusty Grooves.

Speaking of Dusty Grooves, he’s getting a chance to showcase his electro flavour with a new Monday night at New City (10081 Jasper Ave) called Make It Mondays. He’s promising to have guests every week, but considering how well he smacked up the house when he opened for Tiga at the Starlite Room last November, Dusty could carry the entire evening quite well all by himself.

And what would a week out in Edmonton’s clubs be without an appearance by a noted international DJ? Italian sensation Benny Benassi—the guy behind the über-hit “Satisfaction”—is returning to Edmonton after he blasted a packed Rum Jungle to bits last fall. This time, Benassi is headlining Off tha Hook in the intimate environment of DecaDance (10018-105 St) alongside Travis Mateeson, Dave Defkt and Philippe Lam. V

Listen to BPM with David Stone every Saturday at 6pm on CJSR-FM 88.5.

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