Omar S

Re-Bar—and this Drinking Issue's alcohol advertisers—would probably prefer I didn't say this, but let's be real: the ideal drink to go along with Omar S's finely tuned Detroit techno is…water. Water for washing down a tab or two, and for staying hydrated once things kick in. You don't have to be rave historian Simon Reynolds to know that the high most symbiotically suited to electronic dance music isn't exactly a beer buzz. To be fair to all involved, though, Omar S's jacking yet soulful techno is both deeply musical and dance floor–functional enough to be enjoyed in any state, from the most highly altered to stone cold sober. And, frankly, I've never really followed the invocation against alcohol when raving anyway; sometimes a pint of lager is just what you need to even out the buzz. Re-Bar would be happy to sell you one. With Nordic Soul, Justin Timbreline. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., Feb. 10, 10 p.m., 2012

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