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James Murphy (DJ set), Rahaan, Black Madonna 

When: Thu., Sept. 18, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $25, $20 in advance
As the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy presented the anxieties of an aging New York hipster via straightforward lyrics and gold-standard musical touchstones (Bowie, Eno, the Fall, New Order, et cetera). Murphy’s taste has shaped and been shaped by his undoubtedly drool-inducing record collection, which he takes out for a spin during his frequent DJ sets. Alongside LCD bandmate Pat Mahoney, Murphy used to host a biweekly event at New York City’s Santos Party House called Special Disco Version, where they flipped between popular and obscure disco, boogie, and electro cuts; it was one of the best DJ nights I’ve ever been to anywhere. Despite his status as a style-conscious tastemaker, Murphy’s mixes never feel snobbish or impenetrable—a recent set for Red Bull Music Academy included Diana Ross, Bill Withers, and the fucking Bee Gees. His guiding principle is simple: play what sounds good and makes people dance. —Tal Rosenberg

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