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Vinyl, voodoo, and three times the fun

By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / September 25, 2011

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Oct. 6-7


DMC World DJ Championships: Teams from across the globe compete in this bitter battle of the turntables. Despite the normally calm appearance of DJs - well, some DJs - this battle can get quite heated. These DJs are not above trash talking; the insults, dirty looks, and yelling can be nearly as entertaining as the technical skills. The first day highlights the performances of more than 100 DJs, including DJ Vajra from the United States, DJ Monk from China, and Handy Andy from Norway. The 30 survivors will use vinyl and their wits to vie for the title at the O2 arena. Two-day tickets $39.

Oct. 28-30


Moogfest: This tribute to Bob Moog, the man whose once futuristic-sounding electronic keyboard defined the music of the space age, brings together bands who have been influenced by the instrument’s unique sound. Artists gathering at the shrine of Moog this year include Chromeo, the Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Crystal Castles, Moby, Passion Pit, M83, and, for some odd reason, Umphrey’s McGee. Brian Eno will also be showing his art and giving an “illustrated talk.’’ Knowing Eno, it is sure to be fascinating.

Oct. 28-30


Voodoo Music Festival: Despite the name (and the looming Halloween holiday), there is nothing inherently creepy about this festival in City Park unless you’re afraid of Ani DiFranco, which is completely justified. Less scary acts on the bill include Soundgarden, Girl Talk, Cheap Trick, and Band of Horses. Three-day weekend pass $150.

Nov. 4 - 6


Fun, Fun, Fun Fest: There’s no guarantee that the triple-F festival will bring three times the fun into your life, but chances are you will at least have single fun, or, perhaps even double fun. This year’s alt-indie explosion at Auditorium Shores features headliners Spoon, Lykke Li, Blonde Redhead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tune-Yards, the Radio Dept., and Hum. Three-day ticket $135.


Dec. 31


Sea of Dreams: This feel-good gathering starts 2012 in an electronic state of mind with sets from Thievery Corporation, Balkan Beat Box, Modeselektor, Beats Antique, Meat Katie, and Gaudi. Starting at 8 p.m. and stretching to 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Sea of Dreams also attempts to draw crowds in with Bollywood dance, circus acts, and belly dancers. And for those who are all about the experience, there are “immersive interactive environments’’ such as a Hookahdome, described as a “sensual and erotic dreamscape,’’ and an area dedicated to the inflatable arts. We don’t judge; we just report it. The challenge at the Concourse Exhibition Center will be staying awake long enough to catch all the action.


Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Christopher Muther can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.