Legowelt  [FRIDAY]
Question: What happens when you put Chicago Acid, revolutionary Detroit Techno and Italian disco influences into the hands of a Dutch lunatic, who describes himself as an "international music mercenary fighting against media retardism"? Answer: no doubt some very, very sick shit that nearly defies categorization.
Legowelt (real name Danny Wolfers) also adds a little ghetto-tech here, some punk rock attitude there, to produce some of the freakiest electro on the planet. His notable records include "Total Pussy Control" and "Stumvogel" from the "Pimpshifter" EP, and the club smash, 'Disco Rout," which also appeared on Ann Arbor label Ghostly International's 2002 comp, "Disco Nouveau."
The last time Legowelt was in town, he rocked the Detroit Art Space with his mates from Holland's Bunker label. Bring your ear plugs to Movement's Underground Stage and to Oslo for an after-party performance on Friday (with Rob Hood): Legowelt likes to amp it up to earsplitting volumes.
Highfish [SATURDAY]
When DJ Highfish (aka Marcin Kozlowski) played a Halloween party here in 2002, he visited Hamtramck to get back in touch with his Polish roots. He shopped for clothes at Detroit Threads, bought souvenir badges at the Polish Art Center and had coffee at the defunct Urban Break. Later the same night, creepily attired as a flasher, he threw down a delirious mix of minimal house, the gnarz-techno trash of fellow Berliner T. Raumschmiere and topical UK hip-hop (The Streets). This stunning set, played on a laptop using Ableton Live software (DJ Highfish's 2001 mix CD, "Nighteffect", is a benchmark recording of digital mixing using Ableton technology) was witnessed by only a few dozen people. Expect a breakout party of sorts as more of Detroit gets to see the DJ who's ruled the Berlin underground since beginning a residency at Berlin's famed WMF Club in 1997. Highfish appears at Movement and at the BERLIN CONFIDENTIAL after-party Saturday at Oslo, along with Barbara Preisinger (Scape Records).

Sal Principato [SUNDAY]
If the name Salvatore Principato doesn't ring any immediate bells, no worries. See him perform on the Underground Stage (and at an after-party at Oslo) and you'll not soon forget this vocalist/percussionist who's been a rhythm-making dynamo for 25 years. Principato was a founding member of Liquid Liquid, a hugely influential club band that steered New York No Wavers to the dance floor in the early 1980s. Inactive since the first Reagan Administration, Liquid Liquid reformed last year and provided Movement '03 with one booty-shaking performance. Now with the club hits ("Cavern," "Bellhead" and "Optimo") expected to be reissued by DFA, and new band material promised soon, Principato should be white hot during festival weekend. Word is he will DJ and sing and play live (with BMG of Ectomorph at

"I Killed Cannonball" Sunday night at Oslo). Miss this legendary minimalist-funk original at your peril.

                                                              *all words, Detroit MetroTimes, Walter Wasacz