Yesterday at NX35: DJ Mom Jeans and Others at Andy's Bar

Band: DJ Mom Jeans, Sore Losers, AnonymousCultue, Damaged Good$ and Pigeon John
Venue: Andy's Bar
Time: All night long.

It's no secret that Danny Masterson is much more well-known for playing the character Hyde on That 70's Show than for spinning records. But for the crowd at Andy's last night, it didn't really seem to matter.

As DJ Mom Jeans, he managed to turn the quaint little bar into a bona fide dance club--if only for just the night. But it wasn't as if he had to do it all on his own, as the lineup that got the crowd loosened up before he took the stage was a DJ's wet dream.

Sore Losers, backed by Fizzy Dino Pop's Avery Williamson as its DJ, first got heads bobbing, and partying like it was its members' collective birthdays. Then AnonymousCulture, playing his first live set since releasing his album The Intervention, started and ended his set with impressive a capella verses, and, in between, had hands swaying left and right. By the time the rambunctiously belligerent duo Damaged Good$ was finished, the crowd was so pliable that it mostly had no qualms about raising its middle fingers in the air and screaming "fuck the bullshit," as the popular duo implored it to do. Later, backed by popular area DJ (and frequent Playdough collaborator) Sean P, the Los Angeles-based emcee Pigeon John put on the most polished performance of the night. The duo's smooth transitions, paired with Pigeon's witty lyrics and animated delivery, served to ramp the party up a notch further still.

But it was clear as the night wore on that DJ Mom Jeans was the real reason Andy's was at capacity, even if it was mostly for the curiosity factor of seeing TV's Steven Hyde behind the 1s and 2s. And, really, when you're that famous, it doesn't take much work to get the crowd to go your way. Despite his less-than-extraordinary skill set, it didn't take much more than a smoke machine, a 'hello', and an mp3 of the theme song from The Jeffersons to have the crowd in his favor the rest of the night.

He was joined onstage by a live drummer--Midlake's McKenzie Smith--for parts of the set, and, though he didn't add much to sound, he at least offered something else that was fun to look at.

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Cory Graves