Who knew that Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” wasn’t just a mildly funny parody rap, but also a statement on the future of New York City nightlife? OK, boat parties aren’t quite that, but where on land are you gonna find a lineup as strong as on the .WAVs cruise? (Don’t say the Boiler Room.) Ladytron headlines, capping the night with some Liverpool new-new wave. Sinden readies the crowd with progressive London house and Afrika Bambaataa does global funk—past, present, and future. Grandtheft and Lauren Flax open, but don’t sleep on Swizzymack, the Philly DJ whose quick, manic take on Baltimore Club is called “party music” for a reason.
Fri., Aug. 23, 9 p.m., 2013