Free Show at Output Right Now

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HOT DAMN, IT’S FRIDAY Y’ALL! Every Friday evening get your weekend going at Output with the Kick Start. Slam some drinks on the roof, and dance it out with sun soaked tunes. Total Freedom is turning it up, RIGHT THE EFF NOW. 5pm, no cover.

The Kick Start Presents Clubbin Luv with Joey Pope and Jack Mintz
Bill: Total Fitness/ Milo McBride
Date/time: Friday, June 20 // 5pm

Venue: The Roof at Output // 74 Wythe Ave Brooklyn NYC
Tickets: NO COVER

REVIEW: When In Robe With Wax Motif

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“Well, this is weird,” I said while standing under the BQE smoking a Camel Blue in a robe around 2 AM this morning. Sometimes you experience things that are just “So New York” that you have to chat them out. Last night’s When In Robe party at Body By Brooklyn in Clinton Hill was just the ticket for a delightfully strange night in the Big Apple.

My friend and I arrived at the unassuming spa space located on Park Ave around 11 PM last night. The sign-in list appeared surprisingly sparse, and we made our way into check-in with no delays. The staff was super friendly. They gave us the spiel, handed us a key and robes and we headed into the ladies locker room. After three attempts at finding a key that actually worked in the lockers, we were on our way to a night of hotboxed steam rooms, awkward male energy and killer tunes.

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When In Robe Spa Party Tomorrow

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Fluffy robes, plush slippers, saunas, massages and poppin’ house music. One of these things is not like the other – or at least it wasn’t until Body By Brooklyn started hosting When in Robe.

Tomorrow night, Wax Motif heads the bill at the unlikely spa venue. If you were at Bonnaroo this past weekend (like I was – and holy shit), you heard his hit Go Deep at least 17 times. I can’t think of a better way to gear up for the weekend than getting pampered in an EDM fueled party atmosphere. And Wax Motif is the real deal – he was seen at EDC New York and this is just a pit stop as he makes his way to EDC Las Vegas this weekend.

So here’s the deal:

When in Robe
Body by Brooklyn, 275 Park Ave.
Thursday, June 19th, 10 PM – 4 AM
$40 Cover

Trash Talk is Playing a Free Show Tonight

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In case your Tuesday has been a little too, uhm well, Tuesday, then we can change that up. American thrashcore band Trash Talk is playing a FREE show tonight at Palisades (906 Broadway) in Bushwick. It’s part of a multi-city US tour where they are announcing shows on the day of. Sneaky, sneaky . . .

They’ll be playing along with Odd Future member Left Brain and Cities Aviv as well. The RSVP has been closed, but entry is first come first serve, so push your way up in line. Fuck it, start a fight. IT’S TUESDAY. There’s an afterparty at the Flat (308 Hooper) with DJ sets going until 4 AM.

INTERVIEW: The Glitch Mob

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The Glitch Mob is not your typical electronic act. Seriously, go to one of their shows and you’ll see that there’s way more to their set up than the typical laptop and lights combo. This summer, they are touring with “The Blade”, a fully customized stage show that can be scaled to fit any venue. Last weekend, The Glitch Mob melted faces as part of Saturday’s Governors Ball lineup, introducing the audience to their newest release Love, Death Immortality. I had the chance to chat with edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayer), the frontrunner’s of LA’s Beat Scene, about breakfast, tattoos and what makes them stand out in an era where laptop DJ’s are king. They also showed me where my voice memo utility is on my iPhone5 (damn you Apple, for changing the name and making me look silly in front of The Glitch Mob).

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Exclusive Premiere: Kodomo Releases Buggy Bumper Remix

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New York synth pop duo Kodacrome recently announced their forthcoming debut LP, Aftermaths, out on July 8th. FREEWilliamsburg audiences get the first listen of their dreamy Buggy Bumper remix from Kodomo. Between Ryan Casey’s layered production and Elissa LeCoque’s dripping vocals, you’ll get a sense of Kodacrome’s uniquely dark aesthetic, and Kodomo’s effects bring this shiz to a whole new level.

Check out the “Hot New Band” that caught Blackbook Magazine’s attention. Buggy Bumper totes a modern Portishead feel with a pulsing bass line that makes it ready for the dance floor. Warning: You may get lost in the echo and never come back. Ever.

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REVIEW: Governors Ball 2014

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Three days and at least 19 Red Bulls later, I’m here to give you the rundown on this year’s Governors Ball. The favorable weather forecast was a happy omen for what would inevitably be a fantastic (albeit bro-heavy) weekend. There was something for everyone. Whether you were coming just to see Outkast for the first time in a decade or you’re a total dubslut, Governors Ball delivered. For a festival that’s still under five years old, they’ve established themselves as a major summer staple, and this year’s event carried few snafus from what I could gather. Big thumbs up on food accessibility, clean(ish) portopotties and ample water stations. Sound bleed could use some improvement, but it’s still pretty incredible that any of this can be orchestrated in Manhattan, so bravo to that, and let’s break it down.

FRIDAY

I arrived on Randall’s Island around 2:15 on Friday. The walk from Astoria was lively, as a number of other ambitious music loving day drinkers made their way across the RFK Bridge. I was a little bummed to miss Run the Jewels, but that’s the nature of the beast when you’re juggling a full time job during festival season (MY LAST DAY IS TOMORROW BTW). I wandered over to see Ratking at the Gotham Tent, thinking I’d soak up some local vibes. MC Hak, Patrick “Wiki” Morales and Sporting Life make an impressive trio. The fearless threesome is high energy. They come out swinging with rhymes that smack you in the face and make you forget that you’re watching dudes who aren’t even old enough to share a beer with you. Damn. If these kids are doing this well now, expect the to make a serious splash in the next year or so.

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VH1 and Republic Records to make one band famous at Northside Festival

header-logo copyVH1 and Republic records have been scouting America in search of the next buzz band. After half a million votes sent by fans via Twitter, the 24 finalists have been selected, all of whom will compete in the finals of VH1’s Make a Band Famous. This event will be broadcast through a 24-hour live stream hosted by All American Rejects lead singer and bassist, Tyson Ritter. Finalists will compete in a series of challenges over that time period like learning a cover song in an hour, recreating classic hits with toy instruments (so Brooklyn) and busking for fans on the mean streets of Williamsburg (they better bring their A-game, or it’s about to get real apathetic up in hurrr . . . ).

Here’s your list of worthy contenders, all of whom will be competing for the coveted title of winner, a showcase at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival next weekend and a contract with Republic Records:

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