Listen carefully: Do you know what that faint thumping is? That would be barely breathing Washington Avenue's struggling heart. But there's good news: Although she may be down (at least in the eyes of clubbers), the Ave ain't dead yet! Europe (1521 Washington Avenue; 314-421-1521 or www.europeniteclub.com) is keeping the dream alive, as evidenced by tonight's Gabriel & Dresden show. These two music-biz heavies (the former is the inventor of Mixman music hardware and software for DJs and a member of the group Andain, whose hot song "Beautiful Things" used to be the anthem on Velvet's now-dead Web site ah, but we digress; the latter, a long-time DJ and former new-music scout for Pete Tong) come to us from San Francisco and bring with them a completely danceable, vocals-heavy three-hour set. And we couldn't be happier about it! Tickets for the most fun you've had in a while cost $10 to $20 and are available at www.groovetickets.com.
Sat., Jan. 28