It may be cooling down outside, but that doesn’t mean that festival season has come to a close here in NYC. Last week, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) announced their phase 1 lineup for the ninth annual event, which is set to take place from November 3rd-12th. As usual, house and techno fans should be especially pleased with the stacked roster of artists, which includes names like Amtrac, Kidnap Kid, Britt King, Danny Daze, and several others, all of whom are scheduled to perform at various Brooklyn clubs during the festival’s two anchor weekends.
The folks at Founders Entertainment will show off some new digs this weekend, launching their first Queens-based fall music festival that’s touting enough ammo to bring Kanye back to town. Following six highly successful installments of Governors Ball, the independent producers have proven that they have real New York staying power, and then some. The Meadows, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 1-2) will gift music lovers with a chance to extend their summer festival season for one more weekend of fun in the dwindling sun. [Read more…]
Detroit-made house producer and DJ Marc Kinchen, better known by his stage name, MK, might live on the West Coast now, but he’s still heavily influenced by his former years, which he spent hanging with high-profile artists and building beats in Bedstuy. Long term residents of Bedstuy, like Marc, are quick to comment on the neighborhood’s transformation, a familiar story that has also been told by legendary names like Spike Lee and Jay-Z, two of the neighborhood’s most infamous OGs.
Claude VonStroke is the master of good times and a keeper of fine traditions. This Sunday, the San Francisco-based Dirtybird Records label will once again bring their chill west coast vibes to the Brooklyn waterfront for a day of drinking, dancing and chowing down. Known for their infectious house beats and solid reputation as festival fan favorites, a stacked lineup of Dirtybird players returns to Brooklyn for the annual Dirtybird BBQ – an event that promises to be as delightfully filthy as it sounds. Dirtybird newcomers and beloved veterans like J. Phlip, Justin Martin and of course, the head of the flock himself, Claude VonStroke, will provide a bumpin’ soundtrack for the day’s festivities, which boasts a “County Fair” theme, fan-fueled costume contests and enough hamburgers to feed an army of (actually) hungry ravers.
I had a chance to chat with label head and hard core party animal, Claude VonStroke, about why Dirtybird BBQ is the ultimate day party, his newest musical project and what he and Ben Affleck have in common. Check it out!
As I dance my way through the candy-coated landscape that is today’s EDM scene, I often wonder how I would have fared as a disco queen. I look good in gold, I can rock bangs, I have no fear wearing hot pants, and most importantly, I am proficient in the art of dancing all-night (I am unfortunately, however, not so great on roller skates). If only there was some kind of magical time machine I could enter that would send me spinning back to the 70s – the heyday of dance and an influential decade in the history of New York nightlife.
The heat wave has broken and summer seems to be winding down (NOOO!), which means there’s no better time to hit Output’s lovely rooftop for frozen margaritas, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and most importantly, incredible music. This Saturday August 27th, Dark Disco on the Roof host’s Mau5trap’s newest hero, REZZ. And I use the word hero because I’m having a hard time believing that this gal is mortal. REZZ has been booked on practically every electronic festival lineup this year from Holy Ship to HARD Summer to Camp Bisco to Shambhala to … I could go on for way longer than this post dictates.
Photo by Chris Lazzarro, Freedom Film LLC
Brooklyn may have reached sweltering temperatures of over 100 degrees last Saturday, but organizers and attendees of the second annual Elements Music and Arts Festival managed to keep their cool. This year’s event was an expanded version of the 2015 debut, featuring four larger stages, more fanfare and an impressive lineup of heavy hitting artists. [Read more…]