New World / DJ Brian Clarkson
Elysium, the latest incarnation in the legacy of dance clubs
inhabiting the infamous corner of 7th and Red River, is hopefully
here to stay. As a personal veteran of the dance scene, I’ve
seen many a club come and go. What Elysium offers that its
predecessors didn’t is a variety of dance music and
events that bring the old-schoolers out of the woodwork, as
well as the rave kids and the hip-hop crowd.
Last Thursday’s Brave New World featured new industrial/techno
mixes by DJs including Brain Clarkson that had bondage-pants
and baggy-jean-clad booties shaking alike.
Elysium is always good for the voyeur, with eye-candy as far
as you can see amidst the smoke and strobe lights. I particularly
enjoyed the series of twisted short films and videos being
projected on a wide wall screen. Even more eye-catching were
the hot outfits of several young, new-goth chix who were prancing
There are so many facets of dance music—with subcategories
like deep house, drum & bass, tribal, ambient, etc.—I’m
admittedly a little behind on the most current terminology.
I do know, however, when the music strikes that chord within
me—when I feel the energy, the connection—the
magnetic vibe that pulls me onto the dance floor. For all
of you out there longing to feel the almost spiritual psychedelia
that accompanies a good dance groove, it’s now available
all night long at Elysium.
-- Kat Kinslow