New Year's Weekend
While New Year's Eve allows club owners to drop all pretenses about art and have the bottle-service orgy they really want, we only care about good music and good people. Smart clubbers can spend less than $20 to see not one but three rooms filled with top-notch techno, electro, italo disco, house, and experimental DJs battling it out in an unpretentious space with nary a bottle-service booth in sight. At Shake What 2004 Gave Ya, Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato comes out of hiding to join new-school electro counterpart BMG (of Ectomorph fame) for a dual set. Sonic Groove's Adam X gets all hard techno on your ass, and Brennan Green and Marcos Cabral pair off in yet another room. If there isn't something at this party that makes your ears happy, then you need to borrow my hearing aid. Friday @ 10, Music Gallery, 49 Ann, firstname.lastname@example.org, $18 at the door/$15 with RSVP
Enjoy lowlife sleaze and the low entrée charge at Area 1009, with performances and appearances by the entire East Village cabal of freaks and geeks, including drag diva Sherry Vine, rapper Cazwell, and human art project Amanda Lepore, plus DJs Formika, Adam, and Jon Jon Battles, among others. There even seems to be a stripping contest, where you can win $100 instead of blowing it. Friday @ 10, Opaline, 85 Ave A, 212.995.8684, tripwithus.com, $25 before midnight/$30 after
It's not a complete night without Motherfucker, is it? The newest "It" band, the Bravery, all '80s dancey pop and riffs galore, headline; Miss Theo hosts; and the usual demons of the night, Michael T and Justine D, practice mind control via turntables. DJ Dan Selzer, Mike Simonetti, and JDH star in the "Ménage à Trois Boudoir" room. Kinky! The best part: It starts when all the amateurs have passed out in the bathroom. Saturday @ 2 a.m., Shelter, 20 W 39th, 212.719.4483, $20/$25 without invite
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