Explorers of a funky age: Theo Severson, 30, and Chris "Mes" Wood, 32, aren't related, but they share that gnarly DNA that predetermines music bingeing. With a name inspired by the gleeful rush of digging through bins, the Crates say they aren't just out to impress you with rarities. To Wood and Severson, spinning is about discovery and rediscovery, whether they're busting out obscure Jellybean Benitez mixes or PYT by Michael Jackson.
Formed: Late 2005. They met at Turtles on Fowler Avenue, where Severson worked as a clerk.
What you'll hear: "We love hip-hop," Wood says. "It's an adaptable animal." The duo also spins current and vintage dance music, R&B, indie rock and pop classics.
Severson: "We'll start out slowly with stuff like Portishead and Massive Attack, but come 12 o'clock, we start playing anything and everything ... and go bananas."
Wood: "Around 12:30 or 1, we'll do our power set, when folks get some drinks in them and start to lose their inhibitions and have fun."
What else they might play: B-more (aggressive, sped-up club music that's a takeoff of the D.C. go-go style) plus artists like Black Star.
Crunktacular: Woods derides hipsterism and says they just strive to have a good time. Case in point: the duo's recent celebration of friend Bryan "Dirty Bucks" Richardson's birthday. "The climax of Dirty Bucks' B-day celebration was the new jack swing power-set," wrote Severson in a MySpace bulletin. "Complete with crowd participation on (Bell Biv Devoe's) Poison, Dirty Bucks doing his own rendition of Keith Sweat's I Want Her and Mes performing the running man — yes, I have pictures — and some crazy-ass dude comin' outta nowhere and doin the worm."
Where they spin: Czar's Pulp Dance Party night, every Friday in the cool 'n' chill Siberia lounge, with Soft Rock Renegades on occasional Tuesdays at Crowbar and between sets at Aestheticized Presents concerts.
Brothers from another mother: They get along so well, they're even roommates. The two share a house with Wood's wife, Sowsan, and Theo's younger brother, Todd. The funky bunch rides bikes together and eat at Mema's Alaskan Tacos. "We live in NoHo," Wood says proudly, quick to differentiate from the upwardly mobile SoHo. Wood came up with his own terminology for Hyde Park's yuppies, such as "30,000-dollar millionaires," people who live beyond their means; and "Petersons," flip-flop-wearing guys who sport the look of preppie murderer Scott Peterson.
Hear 'em: 10 tonight and every Friday (except for May 9) at Czar, 1430 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. myspace.com/cratebrothers.