Fusing fashion-driven, style-conscious tastemaking and deep, crowd-rocking musical knowledge isn't something to be taken lightly on either end of the equation. Do it wrong, and it comes across like surface-gloss pandering wrapped around some flavor-of-the-moment bassbin ephemera. But do it right, like Wants vs. Needs has been over the past few years, and you've got something. The DJ/producer/artist collective's rapid rise from a Clubhouse Jager floor-filler to a monthly Record Room mainstay has been driven by a recession-friendly ethos that rewards the faithful: bring people in with cheap cover and free t-shirts, and keep them there with an adventurous itinerary that builds off a wide-spanning hip-hop base into to the reaches of R&B, house, dubstep or whatever else makes the woofers rattle.
Fri., May 17, 10 p.m., 2013