It’s an unseasonably warm weekend and I hope you’re all making the best of it! Now that Thanksgiving’s a wrap, we can all celebrate that great American pastime, Black Friday. Yes, we’re all going to stock up on things we don’t really need, but after what’s done is done, there’s the release of good times and good music tonight in the burg. Starting up north we’ve got Wolf + Lamb regulars, No Regular Play performing their signature live jazzy, electronic set alongside pals Slow Hands, Justin Miller, and Tom of England. Then, on Saturday it’s off to N11th where the brash electronica of Tiga sets the stage with Shaded and Contakt. Head into Bushwick where The Long Count presents the deep and moody sounds of Dekmantel’s Joey Anderson. Just down the road, locals Volvox and Divorce spin a mash of techno and house at the intimate Trans Pecos. Then for those riding late into after hours, there’s a secret Soultek party where NYC regular, Willie Graff plays uplifting house music into those early hours. Enjoy your weekend Brooklyn!
Photos by Steve Liskiewicz
Techno fans had plenty to be thankful for when Time Warp US returned to the sprawling 39th Street Pier for its second installment over the weekend. On November 20 and 21st, an excess of 10,000 attendees and 30 artists came together to experience more than just music. Starting at 10 PM each night, thousands of the genre’s most devoted fans made the lengthy trek to CELEBRATE – and mind you, this was a celebration that pulsed well into the break of sunlight each day. The seamless audio/visual experience delivered by Time Warp’s German production company went off without a hitch as techno’s biggest names brought their most driving sets to Brooklyn.
Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the club, everybody was dancing to trap and to dub . . . We all know the night before Thanksgiving is a joyous experience. For one, it’s the much deserved beginning of a glorious four-day weekend. Add the built in hangover cure of Thursday’s pig out/nap sesh, and you’ve already convinced yourself it’s time to go hard AF. I can say with certainty that Thanksgiving eve is one of my favorite days of the year, and this one really puts the gravy on the turkey. There are some stellar shows happening right here in NYC, ensuring that your holiday is stuffed full of fun. [Read more...]
We’ve got techno on the brain, what with Time Warp returning to Brooklyn this Friday, and a number of other exciting artists playing Williamsburg clubs this week. One producer that stands out in particular is Stacey Pullen, a visionary from Detroit’s early to mid-90s techno regime, who’s still going strong. This musical trail blazer recently released a new preview mix for the esteemed Balance Series (US release Nov. 13th, 2015), and he’s scheduled to play a set at Verboten’s Detroit Loves party this Saturday, Nov. 21st.
Check out Balance 028 expertly mixed by Stacey Pullen, and let the driving beats remind you that we really do have a lot to be thankful for this time of year.
It’s been a breakneck year for Canadian dubstep duo, Zeds Dead. Following the release of last fall’s, Somewhere Else EP, DC and Hooks hit the road, crushing major cities and festivals with their bass-heavy shows including New York Electric Zoo: Transformed and Baltimore’s MoonRise Festivals, just to name a couple.
Zeds Dead may have proven that they have the power and name recognition to draw huge crowds, often exceeding 10,000, but they’re shifting the focus toward small, classic rock houses instead, in order to provide a more intimate experience for their most loyal fans. These special shows will also be experimental grounds for the duo as they drop unheard tracks fro their upcoming 2016 album. Pretty f*ckin’ exciting, right?
Arthur Elgort, Grethe Barrett Holby, Ansel Elgort, Sophie Elgort, and Warren Elgort
Don’t miss this special event featuring the creative members of the Elgort family. Legendary fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, known for his influential “snapshot” approach, is one of Vogue’s signature photographers and has crafted campaigns for major fashion houses and luxury brands such as Chanel and Dior. His wife Grethe Barrett Holby, founder of American Opera Projects, is a force to be reckoned with in the opera world, working as a producer, stage director, and choreographer. Famed actor Ansel Elgort has starred in films such as The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and Insurgent. Working on the other side of the film world, Warren Elgort is an independent filmmaker and producer. Sophie Elgort, following in her father’s footsteps, is a fashion photographer who has shot for numerous publications and who counts brands such as Bloomingdales and Mercedes-Benz as clients. The Elgorts will talk about their careers in photography, opera, and film, as well as their inspirations and upcoming projects. Moderated by Spencer Bailey, editor-in-chief of Surface.
Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 PM
Pratt Brooklyn Campus
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP now!
When cooler weather starts to set in, it can be tempting to hole up inside and watch endless amounts of Netflix. But I implore you, fine residents of Williamsburg, venture out while there are still leaves in the trees and temperatures above freezing.
How about a trip to the theatre? FoxWolf Productions presents a fresh take on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in an immersive setting at NY Distilling Company this December 7-13th. The performance is directed by Jamie Watkins and conceived by Alice Allemano and Christopher Hirsh. Musical director Zac Selissen and Pablo Lanuguere will play the score live.
Patrons can imbibe Macbeth themed cocktails, greeted at their seats with “The Done Deed” hot toddy and more provided by The Shanty with an open bar and music following the show. “Macbeth: Things Bad Begun” is the second theatrical event hosted by FoxWolf Productions; their first being a sold out run of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” earlier this year.
Get tickets here.
BIG things happening this weekend! Neighborhood favorite, Cameo Gallery will be sending off their second-to-last weekend with a booking staple for the club, and one half of Metro Area, Morgan Geist. Joined by Have A Killer Time’s Justin Miller and venue resident Evan Michael, it’s sure to be a night of Disco and House with an italo edge (stick around for Saturday too when DFA’s Pat Mahoney stops in for one last set). Over at Good Room, FIXED celebrates their 11th Anniversary with a rare appearance from Kompakt’s Barnt, who has been winning hearts with his slow paced cosmic dance music. Also, just a skip down the road, Output sets up shop with an Innervisions label night featuring a live set from the afro rhythmic Âme and contributions from Marcus Worgall and Nikola Baytala too.
On Saturday, head into Bushwick where Broke City is back at Lot 45 showcasing the gritty and raw productions of L.I.E.S.’s Bookworms joined by locals Octo Octa and Beta Librae. Then finally finish your precious time off at Verboten for their Subversions night with Matthew Dear and DJ Koze. See you on the dance floor Brooklyn!