2016: The year in electronic music

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Many of electronic music’s “ones to watch” firmly established themselves this year. Aybee and Hiele reclaimed techno’s futurist mantle with their new full-lengths. And Stefan Wust a.k.a. SW. released a double-pack cementing the quirky, micro-tribal sound championed by his Acido and Sued label mates.

But 2016 also saw the old guard wow us with a couple of whoppers. The Orb’s “COW / Chill Out, World!” signaled a welcome return to the group’s Ultraworld ambient past, and Juan Atkins and Mortiz von Oswald’s Borderland experiment hit the mark with “Transport.”

Let’s look at the year in electronic music by artist. [Read more…]

Brooklyn to be spared this year from the pukenado known as Santacon

Well at least there is some good news this year. The retching, shrieking gaggle of red-suited bro and bro-ettes will be bypassing Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick this year! As we noted before, the vomit-filled shitfest was originally supposed to commence in McCarren Park, but there’s been a change in plans, much to the chagrin of anyone living in Manhattan:

The 2016 event will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 (although Santas will start gathering an hour earlier, at 10 a.m.). And, contrary to a flurry of reports in late October naming Williamsburg as its starting point, this year’s SantaCon will in fact be entirely contained in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. [Read more…]

Williamsburg gets the “pleasure” of hosting Santacon again this year

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Ugh. Last year, this piss-stained bro-fest began its unwelcome stagger through New York in McCarren Park. This year the vomit-filled shitfest will return to Williamsburg at at 10am on December 10th.

As with previous years, the parade start location and route will not be revealed until shortly before the actual event—you can check their Facebook for updates on that (there is also a list of participating bars on their website, though it isn’t clear if this is the updated list for 2016 or not). [Read more…]

Bushwick Open Studios 2016 is this weekend

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And if you’ve never attended, it’s a must. As mentioned, the dates were pushed back from June to October with hopes that there would be less of a “frat vibe”. It’s Bushwick, so there will be bros, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some great art!

Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is an arts and culture festival hosted October 1-2, 2016 by the volunteer-run organization Arts in Bushwick. Most studios are open 11am – 7pm on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. [Read more…]

Greenpoint Open Studios is coming this week

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It’s not too early to begin thinking about the weekend, right? Greenpoint Open Studios is this week (April 29-May 1) with tons of art and activities. Le Fanfare kicks things off tomorrow with a Pre-Launch Artists Mixer Meet & Greet. More from Greenpointers:

GOS is kicking it off with a launch party on Friday April 29 (8-11PM) at Java Studios (252 Java Street), where their gallery and outdoor space will host a night of performance art, live music, exhibitions, street art inspired mural paintings, and video art projections. [Read more…]