DJ Squalor on This Weekend's Fight Club Sadisco* and Fighting Cancer With Food

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Jeremiah Toller
Toby Tyler Heidebrink (a.k.a. Squalor and Mess)
Despite all it's nihilistic, anarchistic, and pugilistic leanings, Fight Club is actually a tale of hope and redemption. No, really. Strip away all the brutality, bedlam, and bathing products, and the overall message of both Chuck Palahniuk's original novel and David Fincher's flick is that one can attain salvation, albeit through extreme and unusual means.

Fittingly, the M.O. of the latest edition of infamous industrial dance party Fight Club Sadisco* on Saturday is similar in a sense, as it aims to help save the ass of one its instigators -- Toby Tyler Heidebrink.

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DJ Organic on His Love of Soft Rock and How He Used to Buy Old Ladies' Record Collections

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DJ Organic spins at Rips Ales & Cocktails.

Despite the fact he sports snapbacks and Coolin' Out T-shirts, spins at the Blunt Club, and has a new project with Phoenix rapper Very G., local selecta Dominic Khin Htay doesn't consider himself to be purely a hip-hop DJ.

The 35-year-old, who performs as DJ Organic, prefers to be versatile with the sounds he spins and the gigs he puts on around the Valley, which is why you'll find him dropping yacht rock tonight at Rips during the latest edition of his club night Mellow Heat.

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DJ Thomas James on the Most Important Skills That Every Club DJ Must Master

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DJ Thomas James at El Hefe in Scottsdale.
Drop by El Hefe in Scottsdale on any given Sunday afternoon and you'll find yourself in the middle of a party, and quite the epic one at that. The Saddlebag Trail spot is a bit infamous for its weekly 4-2-10 Sundays affair, which is one the wildest club events in Scottsdale on that particular day, and offers mass decadence, rowdiness, over indulgence, and revelry by those staying up late on a school night. Oh, and there's also inflatable zebras.

And pretty much every weekend, the man priming the party on Sundays at El Hefe is Thomas James. Besides serving at the bar's creative director, he is tasked with getting the crowd going and energy flowing as the event's resident DJ.

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Michele "Roya" Chinichian on Tongue Tied's Silliness and One-Year Anniversary Party

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Benjamin Leatherman
Michele Chinichian (a.k.a. DJ Roya)
Michele Chinichian knows a thing or three about throwing a boffo birthday bash. For proof, look no further than the magically delicious affair she threw in honor of her own b-day in January, which overflowed with unicorns, balloons, rainbow-colored party favors, and other playful revelry.

Chinichian, who performs as DJ Roya, will attempt to one-up herself with another birthday blowout, this time in honor of Tongue Tied's One-Year Anniversary (subtitled "A Night of Love") on Saturday at Apollo's.


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DJ McBoy on How He's Prepping for His Big Gig at Wet Electric

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It's going to be a big weekend for DJ McBoy -- and a very "electric" one at that. The 21-year-old is scheduled to perform at tonight's Summer Electric party over at the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, followed by a gig on the local stage during the first day of Wet Electric on Saturday.

And while McBoy, known to his mom and pop as Danny McMahon, is naturally thrilled to be pulling back-to-back sessions over the next 36 hours, it's the latter performance that he's most excited about. And maybe even a little nervous to boot, considering it's the biggest opportunity thus far in his seven-year DJ career.


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The Black Madonna: "Dance Music Needs Some Discomfort With Its Euphoria"

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The Black Madonna prays at the altar of disco and house.
The members of Rebel Disco are being tight-lipped about their newest hangout. Though they haven't dropped dime on its location just yet, however, they've ecstatically announced the headliner and inspiration for tonight's "We Still Believe" party, The Black Madonna. Per Rebel Disco's Facebook: "We are excited about our new venue and even more excited about our special guest."

Such anticipation is warranted, given that the Chicago-based artist (also known by such monikers as the "Avenger of Comiskey Park" and "Patron Saint of Abandoned Daughters") is one of the more unique DJ/producers to come from the Windy City in recent memory. A resident at Chi-Town's trendy Smart Bar, The Black Madonna's intoxicatingly synthy and sample-heavy sounds (which trip between the realms of nu-disco, old-fashioned disco, and soulful house) have been released on such influential labels as Home Taping Is Killing Music and Classic Music Company.

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Listen to Z-Trip's Takeover of BBC Radio 1Xtra

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Benjamin Leatherman
Z-Trip performs at Yucca Tap Room earlier this month.
Call us huge nerds for making such a comparison, but local superstar DJ export Z-Trip has a few things in common with Doctor Who. Stick with us on this one for a moment. Both, for instance, scamper through the annals of history in pursuit of their raison d'ĂȘtre via equipment that's a bit on the obsolete side -- which in Z-Trip's case involves laying down vintage hip-hop and R&B gems on a turntable rather than bombing around in an old school police call-box.

Plus, there's the fact that both Z-Trip and the fictional Gallifreyan time lord took over the airwaves of the BBC over the weekend.

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10 Best DJs in Metro Phoenix

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Any time you go out to a club in Phoenix, you're putting your night in the DJ's hands. Sure: You'll pick the style of music you'd like to hear, and the venue, and the drinks. But if the DJ's having a bad night, it'll take an industrial-strength pair of earplugs to enjoy it all.

Luckily, the Valley has no shortage of talent. Just to give you a head start, here are 10 DJs who made this year's Best of Phoenix.

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DJ Silent-J on How He'll Cause "O" Faces During His Set at Sound Wave Block Party

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DJ Silent-J is scheduled to perform on the main stage of Sound Wave Block Party on Saturday afternoon.
Attention local EDM junkies: If you're planning to roll into tomorrow's Sound Wave Block Party sometime around the late afternoon or the early evening, your asses are gonna miss out on a few cool things. Like, say, the "Bad Bitch Anthems" of she-jay Brazzabelle inside Maya Day and Nightclub, the adrenaline-inducing mixes of Brass Knuckles on the main stage, or epic sets by a slew of hometown selectors.

That includes the Valley's Silent-J, who won Sound Wave's annual local DJ contest and earned a main stage slot at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. We got a chance to chat with the local club scene regular about how it's one of the top gigs of his career, what sort of sounds he will be dropping, the etiquette that all opening DJs should follow, and whether or not he plans on pulling out a cannonball after his performance.

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DJ Hazardous on How Mill Avenue and ASU Parties Hard, In Or Out of Underoos

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Damion Hernandez, better known as DJ Hazardous.
Thanks to its close proximity to Arizona State University's main campus, wild times are often afoot on Mill Avenue. And most nights, you can find Damion Hernandez helping stoke things up at some of the rowdier bars along the Downtown Tempe thoroughfare.

The 33-year-old, known to the scene as DJ Hazardous, drops high-energy and electro-heavy mixes during thrice-weekly sessions at such joints as Fat Tuesdays and C.A.S.A., typically with many members of the 40-person Party Time Crew that helps promote and support his events. And while Hernandez has appeared in recent years at Scottsdale joints like The Mint and Wild Knight (where he's opened for such names as Lucky Date and Spryte) loves Old Town's posh nightlife establishment, he's got a major yen for Tempe and its resident revelers.

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