Ah yes, that sweet Canadian air bringing some heat relief to the hood! This weekend’s looking good to go with tons of happenings all over the map… it was hard to just choose a few. Kicking off your Friday right, the smooth and groovy tunes of Benoit & Sergio will be performed live over at CAMEO alongside Brooklyn staples Dave Harrington (DJ) of DARKSIDE and rising act a/jus/ted. Over at The Panther Room, legendary 90’s House label Strictly Rhythm set up shop with a full showcase featuring Mr V, Carlos Mena and Tommy Bones. Come tomorrow, FIXED’s JDH & Dave P warm up your afternoon back on the Output roof where RSVPing is essential. Then venture out into Bushwick where Let’s Play House presents a night at the newly opened El Cortez featuring safari house vibes courtesy of Jacques Renault and friends. Finally, cap it all off with a long night stretch until morning at Resolute as they bring in Kompakt star Matias Aguayo and the much buzzed about Black Madonna and Galcher Lustwerk. Cheers to a great weekend in the city!
I can’t say there hasn’t been an air of complete normality this week, but what that really means is stuff like this, businesses treating staff like crap, a new music venue opening and anticipation of sandwiches. I’m going to keep this brief because I had an important exam today (it’s cool, I passed), but it’s the quality of the acts themselves that matter!
For those of your who are having full blown, post-Reflektor withdrawal, there’s good news. This Thursday, DJ Windows 98, better known as Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, is playing a two-hour vinyl set with live percussion at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village. This is a huge opportunity to see Butler show off some of his lesser-known talents in an intimate space (and witness his ungodly height in person). Plus, Chrome Sparks opens with a DJ set – pretty cool Thursday, if you ask me.
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Awwwww yeah, BEMF is back! And this year’s festival will take place November 6-7 at various venues across Williamsburg. This is one of the most diverse festivals you’ll find in the city, attracting everyone from small local artists to huge international names. It’s also your best opportunity to hit all of Brooklyn’s most popular venues over a two-day period. In addition to featuring 100 DJs, the festival also brings after parties and panel discussion events.
Last year’s event featured major names like Galantis, Moon Boots, Bookah Shake and Chris Malinchak (Read the INTERVIEW HERE), among others. BEMF hasn’t announced their star-studded lineup, but they are selling a limited amount of discounted “Blind Faith” weekend passes for only $100. Take a leap, and GET TICKETS HERE.
It seems like a lot of the local news is on a bit of a downer this week, neighbourhood bars are closing while Starbucks gets an alcohol licence, and then of course, there is this; it’s enough to make you question humanity. However, just like the fact that we’re actually living in the most peaceful time in human history is a hard one to accept before looking at the cold, hard data, this city we call home still offers great excitement as opposed to a gloom of lost opportunity. With plenty of summertime left to enjoy/endure, make the most of it by catching some shows!