FRIDAY

Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi have a résumé that is almost obnoxious—the duo’s career as Deep Dish is rife with industry awards, magazine accolades, celebrity contacts, and jet-setting projects. They’re masters at amassing dance-music cred, whether they’re at the decks or running the minor empire centered on their labels Yoshitoshi and Shinichi. But the Iranian-born, D.C.-reared DJ demigods also have admirable artistic focus: Despite rubbing shoulders with such colossal musical egos as Madonna, P. Diddy, and Justin Timberlake, Shirazinia and Tayebi don’t seem interested in courting more than tangential interest from the pop world. Why not? The answer can be gleaned from Deep Dish’s gigs and recorded output: It’s clear the duo thrives foremost on spinning for a throng of bodies. Remixing MTV hits merely pays the rent. The upcoming “Global Underground 025: Toronto”—the second set Shirazinia and Tayebi have recorded for the long-running DJ series—offers a brain-warming, almost populist approach to the international trade in house grooves. Sure, it’s stuff for big rooms and catwalks, but it’s also largely stripped of pretense and melodrama, relying instead on cool sonics, accommodating bass lines, and no-frills percussion. When trance and techno slide into the mix, the contrast arrives with open arms. Live, Deep Dish has shown a rockist streak lately, too. Coldplay and U2 tracks have become fair game, probably because they’re slightly moody crowd-pleasers. Deep Dish gets a sort of homecoming at 10 p.m. Friday, June 6, at “Code” at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $10. (202) 554-1500. (Joe Warminsky)