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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!
Hello Summer! This weekend marks the start of the season and it’s evident in the sprinkling of daytime outdoor options. Celebrate today’s end to the work week with a happy hour in the sun on the roof of Output with Have A Killer Time presents John Barera & Will Martin, two of Boston’s finest up-and-coming House producers. At night, head into Good Room for the return of the Dope Jams DJs, an all night clubbing affair with Paul Nickerson and Francis Englehardt. Saturday continues at Bossa Nova with the leftfield techno party Down By Low featuring Alex From Queens. Then as Pride Week makes its way into Brooklyn, Club Shade hosts a secret warehouse fest featuring Hearthrob, Honey Dijon and more. By Sunday you’ll want to cap it all off on N6th street as CAMEO and Beats In Space close down the block for Make Music New York featuring the sweet and eclectic Disco sounds of WNYU’s Tim Sweeney, Tom Noble, and Ivan Berko. See you on the other side! [email protected]
Trapped in the heat and you can’t get out? This weekend’s Northside Festival is due to be a hot one so make sure to stay hydrated! For those looking to keep the party going after the showcases, I’m back laying out the weekend’s finds for nightlife pleasure seeking. Starting with The Bunker tonight, presenting a heavy night of techno, celebrating the release of EPs on their label from both Løt.te and Mark Verbos. Then its off to Bushwick where you can find left field producer Willie Burns (L.I.E.S., WT Records) melding records together from years worth of collecting at Brooklyn’s The Thing record store. Cap it all off at the newly opened Black Flamingo for a classic night of Disco and House from Jacques Renault and Justin Miller. Saturday begins early with a daytime rooftop special at Output with Metro Area and local staples Kaviar Disco Club. For the pièce de résistance you can find Tigersushi honcho and french bred DJ/Producer Joakim at Cameo for an all night long DJ set with the legendary Justin Strauss! Go out and get some New York! – @evvnmichael
Beloved Williamsburg nightspot Output is known for a premium experience based on expertly curated music and a souped-up sound system. For the summer months, they’re bringing the party outdoors, with world class DJs and live music on The Roof. The events kick off during the afterwork hours on weekdays and mid-afternoon on the weekends, going right up until night commences at the club below. With a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline, attendees have their choice of lounging on the cushioned beds and couches or putting in work on the grassy dancefloor.
Programming on The Roof includes club nights that have defined Brooklyn nightlife, from the freewheeling Tiki Disco to the longtime stalwart Kaviar Roof Club, who is bringing in names like Metro Area and Wolf + Lamb. CLUBBIN LUV, a Thursday weekly with no cover charge, will be collaborating with some of electronic music’s most influential collectives including NinjaTune, Safer At Night and House On Mute. The summer will also feature the weekly Sundays On The Roof, sporting top names in slick house music and offering free entry until 4pm with RSVP. Some very special one-offs are also on the docket, including Solidisco, DJ Spinna’s Michael Jackson Tribute, and soulful house bulwark 718 Sessions.
To complete the sensory bliss, Vendy Award finalists Bolivian Llama Party are offering delectable victuals, including their chola sandwiches and saltenas. The Roof is also bringing back its signature boozy slushies, namely the watermelon infused “Vodka Gallagher” and the Red Bull collaboration “Tequila Sunrush”. All part and parcel to Output’s mission to, in every sense of the word, elevate daytime clubbing.
It’s felt like a low-key week so far to me, I haven’t even been to a single show and that doesn’t often happen. Maybe I’m just saving myself a little as I’ll be heading off to Levitation (FKA Austin Psych Fest) next week! Don’t forget to enter our competition and win a pair of tickets to see Mac McCaughan at Baby’s All Right on the 16th of May.
Holy hell, y’all! We made it. WE “MAY”ED IT! After a seemingly endless winter, the days have grown longer, the sun is shining brighter and the promise of patios, margaritas and outdoor music festivals is just on the horizon. THANK GAWD.
Let’s kick off the beginning of the season in style, with plenty of must see shows happening around the city this month. From free shows at Output to multi-day festivals like Mysteryland taking place just a couple of hours away upstate, there is something to get everyone excited about good times around the corner.
Hook N’ Sling at LAVO, Saturday, May 2nd, 39 E. 58th St., Doors at 11 PM, New York, NY 10022, $20-$30. Italian restaurant by day, one of the city’s hottest clubs by night LAVO (a Las Vegas transplant) will host one of my personal favorites, Hook N’ Sling for a night of top tunes from down under. This is a breakout tour for Hook N’ Sling, as it marks the beginning of his time with Interscope/Insomniac Records. You can get your tickets to see him at LAVO HERE, and be sure to check out his new single Break Yourself, featuring Far East Movement:
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Darius/T. Williams/Blacky II/Dan Wender at Output, Thursday, May 7th, 74 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, FREE before Midnight with RSVP. – Get your FREE dance on at Output’s weekly Input party. French House DJ Darius leads the lineup for a night that’s sure to get steamy. Bonus points to Output for having the best rooftop in the area. Now that it’s nice again, you can enjoy a drink with a view. RSVP for the show HERE.
Holy Ghost! All Vinyl Set at Verboten, Thursday, May 7th, 54 N. 11th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, Doors at 11 PM, $20-$25. – The Brooklyn-based synthpop duo Holy Ghost! go back to their roots at this very special Zeitgeist party, also featuring Shadow Child and Paul Rafaelle. It’s a must for fans who want to know what happened BEFORE that fateful megahit, Hold On. Get tickets HERE.
Logan Takahashi/Surfing/Aquarian/Heathered Pearls at Output, Friday, May 8th, 74 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, FREE all night with RSVP. – Don’t miss Output’s FREE “In Real Life Party” featuring Logan Takahashi (of Teengirl Fantasy fame) playing a DJ set worth hitting the dance floor for. It’s FREE ALL NIGHT, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Make your reservations HERE.
Resolute Presents: Scissor and Thread Showcase with Desert Sound Colony on Circle Line Cruises, Saturday, May 16th, West 42nd St., New York, NY 10011, $40. – Resolute brings the first big boat party of the year to Circle Line Cruises one sunny Saturday in May. The Scissor and thread showcase will feature big names like Frank and Tony, as well as a US DEBUT performance from British electro-psych band Desert Sound Colony. Their new EP, which just came out at the end of April is carefully layered, creating a rather emotional listening experience. Their vast electronic sounds mixed with reverb and somber vocals is enticing and unique. You can buy tickets to see them HERE and check out their newest release below.
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Mastodon and Clutch at Central Park Summerstage, Tuesday, May 19th, Doors at 5 PM, Enter at 5th Ave. at 69th St., New York, NY, $35-$40. – Let’s get metal this month when shredders Mastodon and Clutch join the Summerstage lineup. A bit of a digression from the typical Summerstage lineup, these guys are sure to tear up the grounds and potentially scare a few tourists in the process. What sounds better? Get tickets HERE.
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TV on the Radio at Kings Theatre, Wednesday, May 20th, Doors at 8 PM, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226, $50+. – After the tragic loss of a former member, TV on the Radio has had a triumphant return, with the 2014 release of their new album SEEDS and several festival performances, these guys are back full force. You can see them at the historic Kings Theatre later this month. Get tickets HERE.
Mysteryland USA, Friday May 22nd – Monday May 25th, Original 1969 Woodstock Grounds, Bethel Woods, NY, $109+. – Major acts spanning multiple dance genres, including Porter Robinson, A-Trak, Josh Wink, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Gramatik and Empire of the Sun , are all heading upstate for the second annual installment of Mysteryland USA, a three-day music and arts festival taking place on the original Woodstock Grounds. Single and multi-day camping tickets are still available HERE.
I write to you from a coffee shop in Singapore where April showers are alive and well. No seriously, it’s fucking pouring here. I thought it was the dry season? And dammit, why aren’t we in a bar? I’ve spent the last two weeks in Southeast Asia, and I’ve learned quite a lot: 1.) Thailand has a deep love for Adele, 2.) I really need to invest in a backpack, and 3.) I’m totally okay with riding in the backs of strange trucks as a mode of long distance transportation. Seriously, my parents would smack me in the face if they saw the creepy white minivans that were endlessly presented to us as our “buses”. While trying to get to a remote island, I rode in one for about six hours sans AC and full of mosquitos. That’s Thailand, folks!
But for real, it’s amazing over here. The food is incredible. The beaches are unbelievably beautiful. The people have such an ease about them – completely different from the hustle and bustle I’m used to in NYC. And despite the fact that I probably could have lived happily ever after in the tiny beach town of Koh Lanta giving $4 massages and moving my ass to dance remixes of Set Fire to the Rain, I realize that what we have in our big city is actually pretty special. I may have a 19-hour flight, in which I’ll inevitably have to sit bitch, ahead of me, I’m excited to come home for a number of reasons, and one of them is all of the amazing shows coming up this month.