Best Beats: This week’s top club events

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Spandexxx

Friday, March 27 at Sonotheque, 9 p.m.; free with RSVP to rsvp@enpriseentertainment.com, $10 otherwise

When she was just in high school in the late ’80s, Lady Tigra, along with Bunny D as L’Trimm, laid down one of the most popular underground Miami Bass songs ever, “Cars with the Boom.” Now, a decade later, she’s back blasting speakers with fun, throwback hip-hop and dance jams and headlining URChicago.com and Venus Zine’s monthly dance party, Spandexxx. Most of the crowd at Sonotheque was likely in diapers when L’Trimm hit the scene, but Lady Tigra is no nostalgia act; she’s still promoting, writing jingles and producing in New York (and somehow still looks just as young as the club kids getting down to her sounds). Cassette and Count Rockula also perform along with resident DJs Rocktapussy. Get there early for free Red Stripe from 9-10 and giveaways from Chicago’s best independent, woman-owned sex shop, Early to Bed.

Rapture: Blondie vs. Run DMC

Friday, March 27 at Subterranean, 9 p.m.; Free

Subterranean’s newest party, Rapture, features a night of hip-hop, post-punk, rock and new wave, from the time that ushered in those sounds, the late ’70s and early ’80s. Tonight, DJs SR-71 and Avi Sic join resident DJ Trew for a party that pays tribute to the groundbreaking artists and genres.

East of Edens Soul Express

Saturday, March 28 at Hideout, 11:30 p.m.; $5

Following a performance by Rabbit Factory Records artists Wiley and the Checkmates, the East of Edens Soul Express, music aficionados James Porter and John Ciba (co-owner of Rabbit Factory) turn the Hideout into a full-blown soulful dance party. Be ready for a serious soul shakedown.

Gui Borrato

Saturday, March 28 at Smartbar, 10 p.m.; $10 before midnight, $15 after

Brazilian composer and DJ Gui Borrato comes to town to celebrate his latest album, Take My Breath Away, released on well-regarded techno label Kompakt. The album has already caused quite a stir among electronic music and techno fans and we’re sure that, alongside Zuvuya Recordings’ Gabriel Palomo, Sevron and Audiophile, this night just might make you rethink the future of techno.

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