It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and somewhere else, people are bent on dancing ’til 6 in the morning. On that note, here are four epic parties to count down to this weekend.

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[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”150″ iframe=”true” /] April 4: Rare Form 3.0 Derek Plaslaiko at TBA
Oakland and acid techno—two things you should try. Rare Form, a recently planted party in the East Bay, welcomes Derek Plaslaiko for its third blowout. Come for contorted sounds at a “very limited capacity” space, location TBA (see the link above for more details). Plaslaiko, a product of the Midwest’s Motor City, then onto NYC, and now Berlin, huffs out a high-pitched wildness with an unmatched knack for track selection. He’s a “DJ’s DJ,” a resident at The Bunker NYC, and, the reason for the two preceding accolades, a dexterous devotee to propulsive, deranged 12-inches. Maniacs twist for techno.


April 4: Icee Hot with Anthony Parasole, Leon Vynehall at Public Works
Also at Public Works, Icee Hot is equal parts party and learning opportunity. Show up to dance and try to remember what you hear. Acts are usually underrated, on the rise or tingling with innovation. This Friday, UK newcomer Leon Vynehall brings his vivid, lambent approach to house, off a very recent release for Martyn’s 3024 label (it’s exquisite). NYC’s Anthony Parasole will also be knocking through with street-bred techno that takes him to Berlin’s Berghain and back, on a regular basis.


[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”150″ iframe=”true” /]  April 4: Official Movement Pre-Party with Harvey Mckay & Audio Injection at Public Works
According to Jeff Mills, the pinnacle of escapism is outer space, but ask Resident Advisor, and they’ll say Movement Detroit (their #1 event for May, worldwide). A national series of pre-parties for the Memorial Day Weekend techno fest lands Glasgow’s Harvey McKay and LA’s Audio Injection (aka Truncate) at Public Works. The former boasts a lusty tech house sound, though the stronger thrill here is Audio Injection, whose versatile streamline of pinching house, acid and hardcore techno share a common theme of massive.


[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”150″ iframe=”true” /]  April 5: Dark Corners presents Newworldaquarium & Octo Octa (Live) at TBA
“The weirder, the better” is a phrase that sticks around for a reason. Freckled by chirps and bubbles, Newworldaquarium’s music has garnered a reputation for being woozily immersive. It’ll easily keep brains flicked on between 11pm and 6 in the morning. 100% Silk’s Octo Octa is also quite the clever producer, with a rich fluidity that topples from house into techno. He’ll provide a dynamic live set built on luxurious groove.