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Disco Illusion with... 

TONE B. NIMBLE
DARRYN JONES
SOLSON
and special guest LOVE ON THE RUN (Secret Rendezvous, NYC) sunday april 27th
QUEEN! VS The Carry Nation
MICHAEL SERAFINI / GARRETT DAVID
AND HOST SAL-E ADSR: ELECTRONIC MUSIC AT THE MARGINS VOL. 1 - ATTACK

CHICAGO RHYTHM COUNCIL (FORWARD ANTENNA TECHNOLOGY, JOHN DAHMER, DANFAN)
CHEMTRAILS
BOTTOMED
COLUMBA FASCIATA
CREEP DNA
SHARP TOOTH
wo3
VOID EN VOGUE (DJ SET) friday april 25th
Oktave and Movement Present an Official Movement Pre-Party
BEN SIMS
JEFF DERRINGER saturday april 26th
We Still Believe with
JAMES PRIESTLY & GILES SMITH (SECRETSUNDAZE)
THE BLACK MADONNA / ADAM ROWE

Teaser Thursday: Ben Sims

Smart Bar is pleased to welcome UK techno veteran Ben Sims to the club this weekend! RA is excited for this very special six stop US Tour too -

“The early months of 2014 find Sims busy as usual—he’s already notched around twenty DJ gigs across Europe, and put out a pair of records via his own Theory imprint (he’s also had to deal with an unfortunate theft of studio gear).…

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Thursday April 24th


Teaser Thursdays: Blondes

Our friends at Time Out Chicago share our excitement for Blondes, coming to Smart Bar this Friday night -

“Voguish duo Blondes offer the type of woozy, dancey electronica you’ll love if you crib fashion from Morrissey and think the Mid is way too mainstream.…

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Thursday April 17th


LISTEN: BEN SIMS "BREAK GLASS"

Just over a week ago, Ben Sims released a new action titled “Break Glass.” The London-based techno vet has been flurrying out a handful of actions via his Theory imprint, each seeming stronger than the last. Sims’ latest, which is coupled with a b-side called “Reflection VIP,” flaunts his high-and-tight mixing and penchant for hard grooves.

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Tuesday April 15th


Remembering Frankie

Chicago Phoenix put together this nice piece remembering Frankie Knuckles.  You can read it here.…

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Monday April 14th


Review: Laurent Garnier - AF 0490

Laurent Garnier has clout not only among music lovers, but people on the fringes of the arts scene as well. The French DJ will soon have 40 years of production experience under his belt. Side projects like the Alaska – It’s Just Muzik / Stargazing 12” under the Crosstown Rebels label, anthems like Crispy Bacon, and concept albums like The Cloud Making Machine, showcase Garnier’s breadth and depth as a producer and DJ.…

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Wednesday April 9th


We Didn't Know This Would Be Goodbye

The loss of the legendary Frankie Knuckles, a longtime friend of Metro/Smart Bar, has been felt deeply here in our building this week. It’s almost impossible to articulate how much Frankie meant to us over the years, and how much we’ll miss him.…

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Thursday April 3rd


A word from Joe Shanahan regarding Frankie Knuckles

“Frankie was always one of those DJs that through his music could take us from the dance floor to church. He was the first person I heard use a Martin Luther King Jr speech as part of a remix.  He was an innovator and a pioneer who influenced generations of musicians and music fans.…

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Tuesday April 1st