Eric Tomorrow

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Stay Loose

Tues., Feb. 1, 9pm. Free. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888. www.thekhyber.com

"It would be great if this became like a rock 'n' roll salon," says songwriter/ blogger Joey Sweeney of his new DJ night Tuesdays at the Khyber, at which he'll play host to a different band, writer or visual artist each week. The opening night showcases the favorite records of the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser and Mazarin/Lilys member Mickey Walker. In the coming weeks expect guest spots by locals like National Eye ("a lot of beard music," says Sweeney), Espers ("a different kind of beard music") and party rock outfit Beat Jams. Meanwhile, Sweeney will spin his own blend of reggae, rock, soul and rocksteady, or what he calls "blue-collar working-class music from seven or eight different cultures." That means Latin and Brazilian records, the Libertines and Os Mutantes, and maybe Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart." The night is rounded out by drink specials, live projections and a corner of the room set aside for games of Scrabble. "It's a cool way to sort of have a running dialogue about the music they love and what inspires them," Sweeney says. "There's no crowing--just loving." (Doug Wallen)


Steve Porter

Wed., Feb. 2, 10pm. $8. Fluid, 613 S. Fourth St. 215.629.3686. www.fluidnightclub.com

Up-and-coming electronica golden boy Steve Porter is taking his act on the road to promote his debut album, Homegrown. With its chilled-out beats, tracks from Homegrown can already be found on compilations by such notables as Felix da Housecat and Sander Kleinenberg. Porter has come a long way since clerking at a record shop and working raves in the '90s. Once his tapes fell into the venerable hands of Chris Fortier, he was hooked up with Fade Records, and the rest is history. Porter's since become the youngest member of the esteemed Collective Agency, has a residency at Boston's only after-hours club Rise, and can be found in the record collections of Sasha, Paul van Dyk and Mark Farina. If you dig edgy, progressive house and yearn to rock out in more intimate environs, you can expect this Porterhouse to be a tasty morsel. (Emily Brochin)

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