Well, it’s officially 2015. I’m going to do the basic bitch thing and proceed to cleanse this month. After all, my body is so toxic at the moment that my eyes are literally swollen (that’s how you “do the holidays”, kids). So instead of drinking, smoking, eating cheeseburgers, drinking coffee, or doing anything else that people my age tend to do to make life more “vibrant”, I’m going to opt for raw vegan restaurants and introspection instead. Don’t worry, I hate me too. Of course, I still need my kicks, which is why I have a PACKED list of must see shows for this month. Most of these are hella dance worthy too, so I can maybe even justify passing these off as cardio classes too, if I want to be that annoying. Anywho, before I start sounding more like some washed up Hollywood starlet with an eating disorder who’s trying to “love herself again” I’m just going to get to the good stuff.
The Dr. Dog 4×4, January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211) and January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St., New York, NY 10009), $25-$35. – You literally have no excuse to miss these guys, seeing as how they are playing a total of 8 shows over a two weeks period. If you like good, gritty folk rock, this is your band. With music that borders on nostalgic, and is just plain perfect for slinging brews (or green juices) and crooning along, it would be a doggone shame if you don’t get tickets HERE.
MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions: Panda Bear, January 11 at MoMA PS1, 2225 Jackson Ave., Long Island City 11101, $20 – Possibly the most exclusive show on this list, Animal Collective offshoot Panda Bear has announced a special Boiler Room performance that will be taking place this Sunday in MoMA PS1’s VW Dome. He will be premiering songs from his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, out on January 13th. This intimate performance will be accompanied by trippy visuals from Danny Perez. If you can’t make it, you can always live stream the performance HERE. Limited tickets will be available at the door. More info HERE.
Destructo, January 14, 2015, Output, 74 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, $15-$25 – Attention #Shipfam, if you’re in NYC and attending the February Holy Ship sailing or have just returned from January’s voyage, this is the party to hit! Destructo is manning the helm at Output on Wednesday night, and it’s certain that the party won’t stop. This is also a great opportunity to meet and greet with other shippers or potentially run into that crazy girl in the too-small bikini that she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing in NYC yet flaunted it loud and proud in the Bahamas (not referring to myself, not even a little bit.) If you like solid house beats, a positive atmosphere and people who like to party HARD, this is your club night. Show up early because newcomer Anna Lunoe will be getting the party started beforehand. Get Tickets HERE.
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Alvin Risk, January 16, 2015, Webster Hall, Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003, $20 – You might know Alvin Risk from his dubby single Try it Out, a single that appeared on Skrillex’s acclaimed 2014 LP Recess. Risk may be new to the EDM scene, but he’s coming out swinging. His new EP Venture, showcases his singing, songwriting and production skills. It’s safe to say we’ll be hearing a lot more from this dude, and you can catch him by grabbing tickets to Boys & Girls next Friday HERE. Also appearing that night is Kodak to Graph whose R&B infused beats are sure to get your blood pumping. Gonna be a good one.
Dillon Francis, January 16-18, 2015, Terminal 5, 610 West 56th St., New York, NY 10019, $40-$45 – Diplo’s little protege who broke the internet in 2014, has even grander plans to break West Side party space Terminal 5 when he comes to NYC for a three-day run of his live Money Sucks. Friends Rule. tour later this month. If getting to hear the fall’s #1 iTunes dance album live isn’t enough, Dillon Francis will be joined by Bro Safari, Amanagucci and surprise guests every night. Expect nightly appearances from the super snooty house sensation, DJ Hanzel. Let’s go ONE DEEPER Y’ALL. And if you don’t know who/what the hell I’m talking about, then you haven’t been keeping up with Instagram and you need to show up this weekend and see it unfold for yourself. Friday’s sold out, but you can still snag Tickets HERE for Saturday and Sunday.
Wild Child, January 17, 2015, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, $15 – Austin-based band Wild Child brings their unique brand of folk and Bluegrass for a night of ukelele and fiddle dripping tunes that will warm your heart on even the coldest nights. If there’s one thing that founding members Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins know how to do, it’s curate a party so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to two-step, laugh and sing your lungs out until the Texas BBQ’ed cows come home. Come on ya’ll, get tickets HERE.
Big Beat Records Presents: A Very Special Edition of Girls and Boys featuring Knife Party, January 23, 2015, Webster Hall, Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003, $40-$50 – The new Knife Party album, Abandon Ship, is FIRE. And get this, these guys managed to make a new perfect dubstep meets house album. You think I’m lying? Well why don’t you come out to see the New Zealand duo at Girls & Boys at Webster Hall and decide for yourself. The early advanced and reduced admission are already gone, so be sure to grab tickets HERE, and do it fast!
Output Year 2 Anniversay w/ Seth Troxler, Craig Richards and Doc Martin, January 30 – February 1, 2015, Output, 74 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 1121 – Well if this isn’t a reason to celebrate! Grab your party hats and head down to Output for a solid night of techno and house from some of the industry’s best. And this one’s going late, 10 PM – 6 AM, which means you can totally work off that celebratory Birthday Cake. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Detroit techno engineer Troxler at Output multiple times, and he is NOT to be missed. Get tickets HERE. John Digweed, Layton Giordani and Three keep the party going in Output and the Panther Room on the 31st (tickets HERE) and Danny Krivit plays all night on the 1st (tickets HERE).
Wolfgang Garter, January 31, 2015, Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003, $20 – California-based DJ and producer Wolfgang Gartner brings his Unholy Tour to Webster Hall for a night of driving bass lines, rowdy synth melodies and all the sacrilege your wicked heart desires. Hot off of appearances at this year’s Electric Zoo and in the middle of a top-notch national tour, this is one installment of Brite Nites you won’t want to miss. Let’s give ourselves a reason to go to church in the morning by snagging tickets HERE.
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