Tonight, creepy dubstep producer Shackleton headlines Dub War at Love — the genre gets even darker thanks to his unexpected silences and evil whisperings in between all that bass wobble. WARP’s Eskmo and Eprom are also scheduled to play, along with Dubwar residents Joe Nice and Dave Q, among others. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door. If dancing is your thing but EDM is not, head to the Freedom Party at Le Poisson Rouge: The monthly fete is 10 years old now and has accumulated quite a following from the Grown and Sexy circuit. Don’t that that put you off, though: You can expect a classic mix of hip-hop, new jack swing, R&B, and reggae from resident DJs Marc Smooth, Herbert Holler, and DJ Cosi. Tickets are $10 at the door — don’t be intimidated by the red ropes or suited bouncers, they’re just for show.
If swaying and bopping and fawning over indie darlings is more your speed, check out Secret Machines and Bear in Heaven at Glasslands. Honestly, we’d be there for the latter, so go early — show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door. Other options include Xylos at Webster Hall with Pocketknife, who is not the rad, folky producer that we love (be warned).
On Saturday, your only real option is to dance. First, the legendary Chicago house producer Frankie Knuckles takes on Sullivan Room with residents Sleepy & Boo. Knuckles is often credited as the reason the term “house music” even exists (from his gigs at the Warehouse); he’s worked with pretty much everyone, including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Luther Vandross. Not to mention that his tracks are a staple for any dance DJ worth seeing — I’m sure you’ve heard his “The Whistle Song,” or at least that remix of Hercules and Love Affair’s “Blind.” He’s headed to Europe soon after, so we recommend you take this opportunity while you can. Tickets are $20 here.
If you’re staying in Brooklyn for the night, try the house-themed dance-off Play It Loud in Public Assembly’s front room. The night starts early (7:30) for those who want to battle it out for $200 prize. The afterparty is when the party starts for us, with personal favorite Darshan Jesrani (of Metro Area), and Drrtyhazes Doug Gomez on the decks. Tickets for the competition and dancing-for-pleasure are $15 at the door. Not too far away, Duane Harriott returns to Williamsburg for yet another disco-themed soiree, this time at local hangout Trophy Bar. The party, Energy 2 Burn, is hosted by Turntable Labs resident record nerds Snack N Cmish. You can expect a laid-back, all-vinyl set of rare grooves from these fellas.
As for me, I’ll be at Savalas hosting a night of Strictly Hits. Our very own Christopher R. Weingarten, a/k/a @1000timesyes (a/k/a master of opinions and Tweetboxes), will be there to debut his new Always 88 project: If you guessed that means he’s only playing rap from 1988, you win a prize. (He’s on at 10 p.m., and so is the Yuengling open bar.) Also on the bill is Philly native and Soul Traveler Brendan Bringem and Nocturnal Sound Krew’s DJ Jami. Happy weekending!