If you want to know why everyone thinks dance music is dead, it's because the dance music industry insists on recycling the same 10 artists over and over and over. If you never push new artists, those new artists will never get a chance to become big enough to sell out a festival like the Ultra.NY mini-fest. Nearly every single DJ on this bill was around in 1999 (or before), the last time dance music was "big." A flyer featuring a lineup with the Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, Danny Tenaglia, David Waxman, Liquid Todd, and Timo Maas is like a historical document found in a time capsule. The only new blood is Mylo and Kevens. While I love me some Tenaglia and the Chems' new record is the best they've done since Dig Your Own Hole, wouldn't two big names be enough of a draw? Fri @ 4:30, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, mid-park, enter at 69th & Fifth Ave
In lieu of checking out 1999 all over again, you can instead venture to APT for Isolée, the man behind one of my fave techno singles ever, "Beau Mot Plage," who has a newish record out, We Are Monster. It's a collection of warm, analog-y chunks of electronic bliss, with more catchy rhythms than an entire AC/DC record. Forreals. He plays with Kevin McHugh and the Invincible Roy Styles. Tue @ 9, APT, 419 W 13th, 212-414-4245
It's the last week of Visions of the Impending Apocalypse, the only goth party where hipsters could feel safe. Alex Chow, ShealKillYou and their merry group of depressed pranksters spin the dark stuff. Downstairs, the other scary peeps from Ghostly International have a CMJ after-partyfeaturing that techno music, which will definitely freak out the gothswith Derek Plaslaiko, G. Rizo, Jeffrey Sfire, and Freakdat spinning. There will also be signed copies of Yeah Yeah Yeah Nick Zinner's new photo book I Hope You Are All Happy Now. Thu @ 9, Happy Ending, 302 Broome, 212-334-9676
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