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German techno DJ and producer Paul van Dyk has come a long way from his days as an East German youth illegally receiving Western radio and finding inspiration in the Smiths and New Order. Now, like his early influences, he’s building “bridges…between the emotional and the hard-edged” for U.S. as well as European audiences. Last year, van Dyk saw his two albums of soulful, floor-filling techno released stateside by the prestigious Mute label, had another dance-floor hit with a remix of one of his own tracks, and served a residency at one of New York’s top clubs, Twilo. 1999 has been van Dyk’s year, too, with the fall release of a volume in Nervous Records’ Innovators series, a new single set for release by Mute this week, and Man of the Year honors from London’s Mixmag. Tonight he’ll move D.C. with Taylor, the Freestylers Sound System, DJ SS, MC Warren G, Scott Henry, and John Tab at 10 p.m. at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $20. (202) 544-1500. (Daniel Searing)