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DJ Jeno thinks house defies typical record-store classifications. “It’s a tempo that can be placed within any genre,” the San Francisco-based turntablist has said—and he does his part to keep its thump transcendent. In the early ’90s, when his native London became ravaged by ravers, he moved stateside to start anew in Northern California’s burgeoning house scene. When most everyone else was still playing dance music in industrial warehouses and smoky nightclubs, Jeno and his Wicked DJ crew decided to make nightcrawlers squint by throwing parties outdoors, sometimes in the harsh glare of daylight. And even now, as the music becomes increasingly mainstream and unfortunate (Toni Braxton remixes abound), he defies trends and continues to splice together all kinds of music in an all-inclusive effort to encourage the most reluctant listeners to get up and move. Watch Jeno house-shit with Ray Casil and Lexus King at 11 p.m. at Up, 1115 F St. NW. $7. (202) 737-0551. (Sarah Godfrey)