Cassy, Kate Simko, Sasha Navarro | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Cassy, Kate Simko, Sasha Navarro 

When: Fri., June 3, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $15 after midnight, $12 before
Local DJ, electronic-music producer, and bassoonist Kate Simko is a classically trained musician who does things like remix Philip Glass and write musical tributes to the Fermilab particle accelerator, so you could be forgiven for expecting her debut full-length, Lights Out (recently released by respected German label Hello? Repeat), to aim more for the head than the booty. Luckily she doesn't make the mistake a lot of art-music people do when they mess with dance music, which is to forget that you're supposed to be able to dance to it. Lights Out has a lot of interesting timbres and textures going on—yes, there are some low reeds—but the record's heart is in Chicago house, and it displays that influence admirably. The synergistic collision of acid-house synths, a disco-fied bass line, and a bassoon in the hypnotic "Had It All" will probably turn out to be one of the best moments in dance music all year. —Miles Raymer

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