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Find the common thread: German microhouse, black British grime, Jamaican dancehall, Southern U.S. crunk, and technopop. Sure, they all use programmed beats, but more than that, they’re all featured at “Salt” on the first Wednesday of every month. “Salt” started in April 2003 when college-roommates-cum-DJs Brian Miller and Brian Cognazzo aimed to showcase a variety of genres that were rarely heard in D.C., mixing in more popular tracks in a free-form set. With a sensibility à la BBC 1Xtra, the I Love Music chatboard, and such writer-bloggers as Jess Harvell and Simon Reynolds, expect the night to include the Ying Yang Twins’ party rap, the Junior Boys’ shimmery smoothness, T.O.K.’s perky patois, Superpitcher’s superfast bpm, and Kano’s videogame bleeps and London drawl. Salt starts shaking at 10 p.m. at Café Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 265-7839. (Steve Kiviat)