Friday night in Manhattan, Webster Hall is the place to be. It’s the year of dubstep, apparently, and U.K. duo Nero headline an especially solid lineup for tonight’s Girls and Boys, along with L.A.’s Gaslamp Killer. The ravetastic Flashing Lights crew kick off the night with electro and glowsticks courtesy of the Rub’s DJ Ayres, Fool’s Gold’s Nick Catchdubs, and Nightshifter’s Jess Jubilee. The key selling point here is that the whole thing is free with an RSVP.
In Brooklyn, head to Williamsburg if you want to dance for free, where the Cove (formerly Hugs) hosts the second edition of their Nextah dance party. Philly club producer (and Mad Decent’s youngest gem) DJ Sega will headline; he prides himself in being a fan of everything from soulful grooves to heavy metal, and it shows–his collection of original remixes features everything from Nirvana to Family Guy snippets manipulated into aggressive, rowdy club music. Not to mention that we love to dance to a DJ who looks like he might jump out from behind the booth and join you at any moment. Michna and Cubic Zirconia’s Nick Hook round out the bill.
If you’re looking for an all-vinyl “goodtime oldies” affair, head across the way to the Commodore (restaurant by day, DJ-friendly hangout by night). The always-eclectic DJ Smallchange spins alongside Still Life for a night of everything from soul to garage rock at this lounge-y soiree. At the very least, stop in and grab a drink and fawn over the duo’s collection of seven-inches while you’re making the rounds about town.
Further out and into Bushwick is where to look for your free night of disco music at Tandem Bar‘s disco bash, Magnum. Rong Music’s DJ Spun headlines this all-vinyl mix of disco, house, and, we expect, many rare finds that you wish you had but probably don’t. Resident DJs Snack N Cmish are also scheduled to perform, and if tonight’s party is like any of the other ones we’ve seen, expect a fun and relaxed vibe where strangers feel like friends.
Saturday is an all-day fun day. Start your afternoon off outdoors at PS1’s Warm Up party, featuring DJ sets by Animal Collective and Acephale Records’ CFCF, with a live performance by the Blondes, among others. Tickets are $15 (cash only) for the nine-hour session and include free entry to the MoMA. Then, make your way over to the Rivington Hotel’s epic penthouse for Autobrennt’s DFA showcase. The view alone is worth the $5 cover charge (here’s how to spy on the rest of the city), though tonight’s lineup will definitely keep you on your toes: Oliver “Liv” Spencer headlines the fete as one-half of DFA DJ duo Still Going (you may also know him as half of House of House), alongside label mates Altair Nouveau, Jaques Renault, and Justin Miller.
If you’re looking for something a little more over-the-top, well there’s that, too. It seems that every loft-renting, warehouse-throwing, house-fiending, after-hours promoter team in Brooklyn has teamed up for the Life of Fire multi-venue extravaganza. Personal favorites Mister Saturday Night and Blkmarket Membership have teamed up with the Danger, 3rd Ward, and the fire-eating acrobatics of Lady Circus for what looks like a secret that’s much too big to keep. The locations of the three-venue, four-stage, all-night event is disclosed when you RSVP–so do that. A full lineup hasn’t been released, though we do know that Afrika Bambaataa and Egyptian Lover will join resident DJs from all organizations involved.
If you’re looking for something with more hair gel and less flannel, Pacha–yes, Pacha–brings their Black & White Festival to Governors Island. The two-day festival kicks off today and boasts a lineup of 50 DJs over the course of a combined 18 hours of electro, house, and trance. (Oof, trance.) The motivating factor behind this recommendation is the Martinez Brothers‘ headlining set–the dynamic duo from Miami tends to put together incredibly energetic house mixes, the kind that can convert even the surliest of electronic-music haters. The brothers alone are probably not worth your $40, so we’ll recommend this for those far braver and more committed to the Pacha lifestyle than we.