REVIEW: Röyksopp Played Output

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A lot of bad/good choices were made on Tuesday night when I decided to attend Röyksopp’s DJ set instead of opting for a good night’s sleep before an early morning shoot. Regardless, I’m glad that I was in attendance to see the nordic duo weave seamlessly between classic house tracks into heavier dub-laced selections as the night wore on.

The crowd left a little something to be desired. Upon entering the venue, some drunk kid said to me, “Oh it’s just a DJ set?” to which I responded, “Yeah, but I’m sure it will be great.” To which he responded, “Like great, even if I don’t have drugs?” Mind you, he said this right in front of two security guards. SO YEAH! I guess there’s always someone who’s there for the wrong reasons.

We persevered and were gifted with an atmosphere that (minus the crowd) felt like a true European nightclub. The performance built in strength and volume as Röyksopp played a diverse and varied DJ-set.

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Top five shows of the weekend

011107-liturgy15) Black Wine, Brick Mower, The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints, Tim Duffy, Brett Davis at Death By Audio
While our resident Don Giovanni specialist and Death By Audio wallflower Chris Quartly already told you all you need to know about this one earlier in the week, there’s no reason not second his sentiment: For $8, this record release bash for Black Wine—featuring an opening set from Brick Mower (whose new album also rules), stand-up comedians, and more—is by far the bargain of the weekend.

Friday, doors at 7pm

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Kaleidoscopic art party this weekend

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Interactive art collectives Something Different and We Are Raw Process throw a mini-festival and art party at Lot 45 this Saturday at 6 p.m., with live acts from Mattie Safer (formerly The Rapture), Wild Torus, and DJs Max August, Mykola Smith, Fenbred, Chakana and more. Festivities include live canvas and body painting, interactive projection art, and free paint brushes with every pre-sold ticket for guests to channel their inner Picasso in the paint party.

Tickets & Location:
$10 Limited Release
Pre-sale tickets available at www.somethingdifferentny.com
$15 General Admission at the door

Something Wicked Festival 2014

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Next up on my list of out of town festivals is Something Wicked in Houston, TX. After traveling for Forecastle, I figured why not keep the “party down south” thing going? Besides, in Texas it’s festival weather year round. When I saw the opportunity, I broke out in the words of Matthew Mcconaughey, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”

Something Wicked (presented by Disco Donnie Presents and NightCulture) takes place at the Sam Houston Race Park Oct. 25-26th and packs a serious punch in terms of lineup. The headliners are hot: BassNectar and Dillon Francis on Saturday (initiate fangirl sequence NOW). Martin Garrix and Kaskade take the stage on Sunday. If that’s not enough to get you rearin’ up to go, they just dropped the rest of the lineup last week. Spoiler alert: it’s cray.

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REVIEW: BangOn NYC! Short Shorts 3: From Dusk til Dawn

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And in a flash of glitter and glow-in-the-dark face paint, the party of the summer is over. Vibes were all good Saturday night into Sunday morning when BangOn threw their annual Short Shorts shindig. The secret location, which turned out to be in a multi-level Supper Club near Bedford-Nostrand, was packed when we arrived around 2 AM. As per usual, the crowd was flashy including everyone from babes sporting neon unitards to bros in the glow. You know what I’m sayin’.

Despite the cramped situation, my friend and I were still able to score silent disco headphones in a matter of minutes. Quiet Clubbing (who I’ve been tipped off may or may not be appearing in an upcoming episode of Shark Tank) has this system down to an art. You give them your ID or a credit card. They give you a set of headphones and a numbered return ticket, and well if you break them, you buy them. Simple enough! The DJ’s were solid. The Blue channel offered a more top 40 set list, while green focused on deep house. You always knew which channel was crushing it by the cheers that broke out over the dancing crowd.

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Black Wine and Brick Mower are playing at Death By Audio on Friday 22nd of August

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Black Wine have just released their latest album, Yell Boss, on Don Giovanni Records and are playing a record release show at Death By Audio this Friday (22nd of August). The record hits a bit harder than 2012′s Hollow Earth though as usual the trio split songwriting and singing duties between them.  The album artwork is by Screaming Females‘ Marissa Paternoster and you can listen to lead single, Rime, below the jump.

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Electric Zoo DJ to Watch: GRiZ

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Dropping bass, spinning house, laying trap – international artists from all genres of EDM will be making the trek to NYC over labor day weekend for the 6th Annual Electric Zoo Festival. Staff writer Megan Venzin will be highlighting her favorite artists each week leading up to the Zoo, taking place August 29-31st on Randall’s Island.

Who are they?: GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) is a 24-year-old Detroit-based DJ, producer and Saxophone player. He’s a former member of LEAK, and is half of GRiZmatik, a side project with popular New York producer Gramatik, and one-fourth of Big GRiZmatik, a collaboration that also includes the two members of Colorado’s Big Gigantic.

What do they sound like?: GRiZ blends dubstep, glitch and live saxophone to create a unique genre he refers to as “electro-soul”.

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Top five shows of the weekend

high-on-fire-45) Daylight, Ratking, Young Male, and More at Europa Club
Featuring pop punk, art-rap, and DIY techno, this Saturday night highlight at Europa Club—which, contrary to rumors, is still alive and well—is one of the most diverse bills of the weekend, and that’s before we even get to the laundry list of local DJs/party purveyors who will be spinning tracks between sets. And although the scene is sure to be a fucking hipster Golden Corral, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. This is North Brooklyn, after all, you better be used to it by now.

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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