Getting the Drop on the Hammerstein with the Cosmic Opera

Turntables are nice, but aerialists are even nicer

At one point on Thursday night, a nearby audience member absconded with my notebook and pen and scribbled a manifesto-slash-declaration: "I RAGE ALL DAY." (Caps his.) While some bits of excess might have been fundamentally impossible because of the venue's own limitations/self-interest—signs posted in the bars informed attendees that there was no bottle service—the Cosmic Opera's effort to take the idea of the never-ending party into the night (and the next morning) was admirable, if not 100 percent transcendent. Next time, maybe add a trapeze artist or two?

Mastering the ceremonies: Axwell
Max Levine
Mastering the ceremonies: Axwell

mjohnston@villagevoice.com

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