Paul van Dyk

German DJ Paul van Dyk (real name: Matthias Paul) has dominated the electronica charts with his hypnotic music for well over a decade. And unlike many of his popular peers—cough, Benny Benassi—he’s never relied on just surging steroid-fueled beats to get a hit. PvD has always treated techno as a respectable genre capable of passion and sophistication, as evidenced by ethereal tracks like “Nothing But You” and “For an Angel.” It’s the reason all walks of life—Microsoft yuppies, flamboyant homosexuals, and holier-than-though hipsters—will congregate at tonight’s all-ages rave. The DJ superstar spins a scorching live set that typically inspires the crowd to engage in copious dancing and, er, experimentation. (Yes! Dockers dudes gone wild!) With Johnny Monsoon, Jason Lemaitre, Jesse Newman, and Slava. ERIKA HOBART

Sat., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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