It’s Valentine’s Day weekend. I’m not one to buy into Hallmark holidays (publicly, at least), so we’ll treat this weekend like any other. Excuse the cleverly named soirees and sexual innuendo.
On Friday, lonely singles and teenagers unite at the One Night Stand warehouse party in Brooklyn. Emphasis on the “teenagers” part — the last one-off party got shut down before 11 p.m. thanks to “unaccompanied minors.” No worries: They’ve remedied that situation this time around with an 21+ BYOB door policy (though the minors are welcome, with a guardian, an a leash). That said, the lineup is amazing from start to end. Scottie B, one of the founders of Baltimore Club music (and one of my favorite DJs), headlines, with Ghettotech maestro Godfather and the much-buzzed-about Kingdom. Sissy Bounce rapper Vockah Redu and Telephoned’s Maggie Horn are also scheduled to perform, and you can expect go-go dancers, a vodka open bar, and a kissing booth to top it off. Tickets are $15 at the door. (While this comes strongly recommended, please, for the love of god, don’t make out with a 17 year old.)
On the rave charts, Ed Banger celebrates their 7th anniversary with a bang this Friday. The “official” party goes down at Terminal 5 with a massive lineup of JUSTICE, DJ Medhi, Busy P, Breakbot, and “special guests.” Presale tickets have been sold out for weeks, but if you have it in you, wait it out at the door with $45. The crew hosts an afterparty for the show at Webster Hall with Sebastian, So-Me, and Feadz on the decks. Doors are at 10 p.m. (a reliable source tells us most of the aforementioned won’t be on before 2 a.m.), with the entire spectacle ending at 6. The afterparty seems like the better option to us, if on the strength of Feadz and Sebastian alone. As always, be prepared to wear your sunglasses for protection against the mass amounts of neon, glitter, teenagers, etc.
On to Saturday! Cameo plays host to a Valentine’s Eve edition of Working the Knobs. If it sounds sexy, well, it is. Bim Marx (half Professor Genius, half Duane Harriott), best known by DJs for their rendition of Loleatta Holloway’s “Getting Stronger the Longer We Stay Together,” headlines this disco-themed soiree. Even better, the party fulfills all the grimy stereotypes of a “secret venue”: a makeshift bar in a coat closet, dimly lit party lights, and a mysterious fog in the air, along with many flannel-clad men that unexpectedly know the rare house tunes that blare above. Resident DJs Cousin Cole and Rezound are also scheduled to appear. All this for a mere $5 at the door.
A few blocks away, Rok One and Eli Escobar hold down Magical Forest at the Woods. The new Williamsburg hangout isn’t the most conducive to dance parties, but these two will sure as hell try. Rok One has proved himself to be a complete weirdo, in that he’s a big enough a music nerd that he’s a little bit nuts — expect a dance soiree that trots the lines of hip hop, punk, goth rock, and house. And Eli Escobar is a virtually flawless DJ in my eyes, so no comment there. Recommended for those of you swinging through Williamsburg or down for a more chill evening. If nothing else, chow down on the $2 tacos out back!
Lord knows how many people have turned to TV on the Radio during times of need (i.e., breakups and makeups). On Sunday (that’s Valentine’s Day), the band’s Kyp Malone hosts a lovefest of his own at Glasslands. Malone’s indie-rock side project, Rain Machine, headlines the event alongside the hauntingly beautiful Candles of Paradise. Neon Indian and French Horn Rebellion man the turntables for the night. I’m not sure exactly what to expect from them, but I’m already falling in love. Show starts at 8; tickets are $5 at the door.
If you’re looking for house music that day, head to SOB’s for a Valentine’s DJ set by Sacred Rhythm’s Joe Claussell and live performances by Fertile Ground. While we dig Mr. Claussell, FG steals the show here: The band is part jazz, part soul, part reggae, and part everything else. More importantly, vocalist Navasha Daya has the rare ability to accurately represent the origin of every song they perform: whether through intensely crazy energy or deeply soulful lyrics. They perform twice, once at 8 and again at 10. Tickets are $20 (or free with a dinner reservation) – more info here.
Oh, one last thing. Don’t go to Sway for their weekly Smith’s Night party (tempting as it sounds). It’s one of the only Sundays that Sway is closed. Happy Valentine’s Day!