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Parents may be donning cargo shorts, and kids may be ripping their forebears’ CDs, but on the dance floor, there’s still a gaping chasm between the generations. Nobody weaned on Slim Shady is going to move in quite the same way as someone who’s survived the original onslaughts of prog, punk, disco, and new wave. Clubbers as young as 18 get more for their buck at Bang!
, which takes over the Ruby on Saturdays. Local legends Jason Lavitt and Joseph Brooks spin indie stuff like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in one room; Chris B, who specializes in ’60s mod and northern soul, reigns over another; in the back room Ali plays a funky mix of mash-ups and hip-hop. Generation X’s top spot is Club Screwball, held Tuesday nights at the Parlour Club
. The gorgeously cross-dressed DJ Prickle wields a wacky but highly danceable blend of vintage garage, Turkish hard rock, no-wave, ’60s psychedelia, and Bollywood hits. Punk rock veterans like ex-Germs drummer Don Bolles sometimes guest on the turntables, esoteric videos flicker on the walls, and live performances range from cabaret chanteuses to underground bands to burlesque. For those of us more chronologically endowed,King King
is the place to bust a move. The musicians’ hangout draws a cool but unpretentious crowd with its live music. The house band, Sono-Lux, cooks up Afro-Cuban jazz that seriously sizzles, and with free salsa classes at 9 on Tuesdays, there’s just no reason not to partake. »Bang! The Ruby, 7070 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-467-7070; Club Screwball, The Parlour Club, 7702 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-650-7968; King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-960-5765.