As hard as she tries to claim that she’s not a hipster, Solange has been pretty consistent about proving otherwise. Never mind the palling around with the Dirty Projectors on- and offstage, or recording with Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes — now the budding starlet has taken to DJing. Yes, DJing. Tonight, you have the chance to see her flex her Serato muscles at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. Lord knows what she’ll be playing during her extended set (and who really knows if bowling and dance music even converge — but rest assured, she’s got good taste. At the very least, your $10 cover will allow for as much fawning as you please.
Over at the Hiro Ballroom, ?uestlove headlines a lineup too packed to fit in just five hours, though the four-turntable “battle” setup will help accommodate the bill. The friendly spin-offs include DJ Soul up against Nina Sky, and dB taking on DJ Wonder, along with live performances from Jasmine Solano and throwback hip-hoppers the Retro Kidz. The catch here is that cover is $20, and admittance is based on “the doorman’s discretion.” So don’t look like a scrub. If you’re not up for getting glammed up, head over to Webster Hall for Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf. We’ve said it a million times — Webster Hall on the weekend is not so much our thing — but we’re pretty sure he’ll keep the kids and naked scene queens at bay. Tickets are $15 in advance.
If you want to keep it dive-y, head to Williamsburg for the night’s no-stress dance parties. DJ duo Soul Imperial hold down their monthly fete at Legion Bar: This edition features a Michael Jackson pregame (starting at 8:30) that showcases the Thrill the World Dancers to help you hone up on your moonwalk, while a projection screen pumps in those iconic music videos (lyrics included). While it might seem a little corny, the 10-to-11 open bar will guarantee your singing along. Otherwise, the night features a mix of rap, r&b, and reggae to keep you dancing. Over at the Cove (the old Hugs), Skinny Friedman and Scott Matelic throw the recently kickstarted, One More Time dance party. Expect much of the same, but maybe with a little more Gaga — just a tiny little bit more.
Saturday’s calendar is a little more conducive to house music. S.O.B.’s hosts their now-and-again global soul party, Sol Ascension, featuring a rare NYC appearance by Osunlade. Expect a night of Afrobeat, funk, house, nu jazz, and of course, soul. If you want techno, head over to Water Taxi Beach for Opulent NYC, a benefit for the Opulent Temple at Burning Man, which assures us that it will be totally riot-free, and feature plenty of faded-neon dreads and glow sticks. DJ Dan headlines the day party, but we’re most excited for the funky jams of Fort Knox Five’s Jon H. When you’re done there, make your way to Santos’ for the Martinez Brothers. The guys are young — like, 21 years young — and the resulting raw energy is half of the duo’s appeal. Basically, go to this show if you want to see the DJs have as much fun spinning house and bass-heavy electro as you do dancing to it. Tickets are $20 in advance, more at the door.
If you’re set on hip-hop, head into Brooklyn for the Famous Factory showcase at Public Assembly. The night features up-and-comers Nipsey Hussle, Donnis, and Big Knit, among others, with downtown Alexandra Estevez playing host while DJ Raw Beatz provides jams to hold you over between sets. The last time we went to a hip-hop show at Public Assembly, it was all baseball caps and backpacks and dudes pushing their mixtapes to other dudes. Expect a lot of the same tonight. As for me, I’ll be at Savalas (yet again), but this time for Crossfaded Bacon founder and club producer Emynd, as he joins DJ Ayres for a party of “strictly hits.” The term is subjective, of course, and with this pairing you can expect an excess of hip-hop, r&b, reggae, and bounce bangers.