Those yearning to dance with people other than Jefferson Memorial protesters should consider the Depeche Mode Dance Party, the synth-tastic DJ night that celebrates its 10th anniversary at Black Cat tonight. Touted as the biggest Depeche Mode night on the East Coast, its DJs should be commended for their stalwart commitment to one band, though the 30ish-year-old British synth-pop group offers plenty of material. Tonight, go to hear Depeche Mode hits, lesser-known cuts, and remixes courtesy of DJs Steve EP and Missguided. Killa K and Krasty McNasty will show videos and projections to fully overstimulate the crowd, which spans longtime supporters to recent initiates. Some might be lucky enough to snatch up a free giveaway or two. Depeche Mode’s dark but irresistibly danceable style artfully built a bridge between electronic and pop music in the ’80s, launching dozens of electronic sub-genres and just as many imitators. Fans of the band’s modern-day descendants—from The Killers to Crystal Castles—may want to check out where it all started.
The Depeche Mode Dance Party begins at 9 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10.