REVIEW: Time Warp US Brought Techno and International Talent Back to Brooklyn


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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.

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Plan Your Pre-Thanksgiving Rager


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...]

Gawker shifting focus to become political site, unclear if they will be ’20% nicer’


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Perhaps this is penance for outing that Conde Nast exec a few months ago, but whatever the reason THIS is shocking. We’re not sure if covering politics will prove to be “20% nicer” than what they normally do, but we’re going to miss their potpourri of snark. That said, Alex Pareene is an ALWAYS entertaining political writer and we sure were sick of those 500 Days of Kristin posts showing up in their feed:, a site that pioneered the knowing and snarky tone that has come to define web journalism, will switch from covering New York and the media world, as it has done since its founding in 2003, to focus on politics.

The change, which comes as part of a broad reorganization of the site’s parent company, Gawker Media, was announced in a memo to the staff on Tuesday. The site, wrote Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, “will ride the circus of the 2016 campaign cycle, seizing the opportunity to reorient its editorial scope on political news, commentary and satire.” [Read more...]

Stacey Pullen Releases Balance Mix, Will Play Verboten on Saturday

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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.

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Zeds Dead Will Play Two Intimate Shows in Brooklyn


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?

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BangOn!NYC’s Time + Space NYE Party Returns


Oh BangOn!NYC, you always know how to make my day. The Brooklyn party outfit who was responsible for some of this year’s best warehouse parties, not to mention the ridiculously amazing first annual Elements Festival, has announced the return of their Time + Space NYE party. Last year we rang in the new year with plenty of fanfare, thanks to BangOn’s curated stages, Burning Man style art cars, holograms and a UFO launch at midnight .

But that “out of this world” party was in the past. This is the future.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Sorni-Nai1600-560x560Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Let us celebrate in style.

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REVIEW: BEMF Just Keeps Getting Better


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Last weekend marked the return of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and what a slammin’ time it was. The eighth annual installment, which took place Nov. 5-Nov.8, featured more than 100 DJs, spanning genres and spread across 10 venues in Brooklyn, including new hotspots like Good Room, Freehold and Club Lust Gentlemen’s Club (scandalous). And I gotta say, BEMF just keeps getting better! The organizers aren’t just slapping their logo on a schedule of run of the mill club shows – they are curating an experience.

In addition to presenting sets and showcases from international DJs, among which included huge names like Eats Everything, Laidback Luke and Mr. Carmack, the festival also featured discussion panels led by THUMP at Vice’s Brooklyn Office, and additional daytime programming in the form of every Brooklynite’s favorite weekend hobby, BRUNCH!

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