No matter how you may feel about Amanda Blank’s debut album, there’s no questioning her ability to hype a crowd. Tonight she appears at Santos’ Party House for her first ever headlining NYC appearance, alongside Mad Decent’s hip merengue queen, Maluca. The Philadelphian proved to be a fearless rapper from her guest appearance on Spankrock’s “Bump,” but it’s really Blank’s “don’t fuck with me” attitude that keeps you interested during her live shows. Pair that with an awesome sense of style (burlesque-styled leotards included) and the ability to convince you that she’s the “girl next door” at the same time as she’s telling you precisely how (and where and when) she likes to get naked, and, well, there’s a show you can’t miss. (PS: Shut up, Ke$ha). Tickets are $10 in advance.
Also Friday, DC’s Nadastrom (Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom) take the guest slot at this month’s rave-tastic Flashing Lights party alongside residents DJ Ayres (he of the Rub), Nick Catchdubs (co-founder of Fool’s Gold), and Nightshifter’s Jess Jubilee. The duo’s Pussy EP dominated as the #1 download on Beatport; this party celebrates the imminent remix of Udachi’s “P-Funk Skank,” which drops on February 2nd. (Watch the crazy promo vid here.) Tonight’s Flashing Lights will bring the “rave rave rave” vibe that it always has, but be ready for a little less Euro Haus and a lot more raw club music from this month’s guests. Specifically, a bit of Baltimore Club infusion (and a lot of great hair) from Dave Nada. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 with RSVP or advanced purchase.
On to Saturday. Dimitri from Paris is actually an near-50-year-old from Istanbul. Now that that’s out of the way, he’s also one of the most innovative dance-music DJ/producers to come out of the European scene, originally via French Radio 7. One of the only to be dubbed by the French government as a “Knight of the Arts” (whatever that means); he’s constantly hounded by an impressive list of designers (Chanel, Lagerfeld, Gaultier) to provide an original soundtrack to their runway shows and showcases. His appearance in NYC on Dance Here Too’s Saturday-night party at Santos is sure to be epic–especially with NYC house legend Danny Krivit manning the decks with him. The patrons of this party are guaranteed to be older than you (and better dancers). Tickets are $20 in advance.
The last time I saw Cubic Zirconia was at last summer’s release party for their Funk Work EP (that’s the clean version). The band’s lead songstress is the Pied Platinum Piper affiliate Tiombe Lockheart, a sultry, sassy funkstress who will convince most ladies in the audience that it’s okay to be bra-less as long as “you own it.” Nick Hook from Men, Women, and Children provides the synths and DJ-stylings, Glassjaw’s Todd Weinstock is on the guitar, and Daud Sturdivant mans the percussion; together, they’re a truly refreshing (and surprising) dance outfit channeling the glam of disco, the sexiness of soul, the rage of punk rock, and a dance beat you can’t say no to. The band hosts a release party for their Josephine EP on Saturday (early) at Music Hall of Williamsburg for $12. Telephoned (the new project from Fool’s Gold’s Sammy Bananas) and the Finger on the Pulse DJs are also scheduled to perform. If you can’t catch the early show, head to the afterparty at Public Assembly, which starts at midnight and includes an awesome lineup of Platinum Pied Pipers’ Waajeed, Head Automatica’s Daryl Palumbo, and Nick Hook.