Everyone bow their heads and give a moment of silence in recognition of the end of a truly great era: Bang the Party, the infamous house romp in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, at the even more infamous Frank’s Lounge is moving (!) to Manhattan. Lorie Caval and E-Man pack up shop to the East Village’s Opaline. While this won’t be the first time the BTP crew has changed locations, and the new space has a more proper sound system and dancefloor, I think I speak for us all when I say, it just ain’t gonna be the same. Sniffle, sniffle. Friday @ 10, Opaline, 85 Avenue A, 726-1322.
I feel a little sorry for the brave promoters who dared to throw an outdoor party in the middle of winter—but I feel even sorrier for the ravers who shelled out $40 bucks to endure a monsoon at the rained-out Tronic Treatment/Stuck on Earth Carl Cox bash. No fear of monsoons at Shelter, where Marcus Intalex (of “The Way You Make Me Feel” fame) and local boys on the rise Mathematics (Roy Dank and Blueline) get on the decks for a decidedly Swerve-like drum’n’bass party. (Swerve is Fabio’s party in London, which regularly features the more groovey side of d’n’b). Intalex (with partner S.T. Files) helped jump-start the housey-drum’n’bass movement that offered a little relief from the dark side. Mathematics follow in his footsteps with a few tunes on well-regarded UK labels like Renegade and Hospital, and are fresh off a micro-UK tour where they played Movement. Better still, 25% of the profits will be donated to the AIDS Research Alliance. Friday @ 10:30, Shelter, 20 W 39th, 719-4479.
APT, that lounge that looks like your apartment, only better, is bringing in some seriously good music. This week, double whammy with the Metro Area boys, Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, kicking off their monthly jam Party Out of Bounds on Thursday, and Ninja Tune’s eclectic jock Mr. Scruff puts in the first of a series of appearances in town on Tuesday as part of the Chemistry party with DJs Angola and Smash. Friday and Tuesday @ 10, APT, 419 W 13th, 414-4245.