On Friday, there’s only three places we’d want to be. In Manhattan, The Fader is throwing an afterparty for those of us who won’t be attending the Gorillaz takeover at Madison Square Garden. Spin, the Flatiron ping-pong hall/bar/dancerie, will host tonight’s revelry, which is less corny than it sounds, though it definitely does include plenty of free ping-pong and a dance floor manned by Rezound. And, as these things tend to go, you never know who’ll show up — this could be your last chance to play table tennis against someone famous. The night is RSVP-only, so make sure to do that.
If you prefer Brooklyn, enjoy a night of deliciously weird vibes at the Rumble dance party in Fort Greene. The lineup consists of a handful of locals behind the turntables, including These Are Powers’ DJ Brenmar (listen to this mix while you’re here), Lemonade’s (Alex) Pasternak (listen to this, too), and True Panther (we’ll assume that means Dean Bein) playing a bit of everything from hip-hop to disco to dance-y rock remixes. It’s very rare that we see this kind of thing go down in South Brooklyn (not to mention that it’s at a soul-food restaurant) — as good a reason as any to make the trek. It’s free before midnight and $6 at the door after.
If you’re looking for a bit more of a spectacle, try Williamsburg’s Public Assembly for the two-year anniversary of monthly faux-rave fete Flashing Lights. Residents DJ Ayres, Catchdubs, and Jubilee play a mix of house, techno, tropical bass, and so much more, bringing Toronto’s Nacho Lovers down to make the circle complete. There will be lasers and rave juice (vodka/Gatorade/glowsticks served in Ziplock bags), so come early: Tickets are $6 at the door.
On Saturday, take advantage of the briefly decent weather and start your pregame early at Governors Island’s Oktoberfest. The day party features a ton of local breweries and food trucks — admission is free, and we suggest you get there early to get in. Rok One and DJ Fine Wine spin exclusive 45s as you keep warm on beer, while Chico Mann performs live to top the afternoon off. For more free Brooklyn pride, walk through Restoration Rocks, an outdoor concert series that features local artists and vendors. Today’s lineup highlights ladies in hip-hop, including Jean Grae, Tamar-kali, Tiombe Lockhart (as part of Cubic Zirconia), and Invincible.
Yearning for dance music? Head to the newly relocated Mister Saturday Night, which, well, you’ll have to RSVP to find out where exactly that new location is. Detroit deep-house fiend Keith Worthy joins residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter for tonight’s edition — tickets are $15 in advance, more at the door. To get lost in the corners of another secret warehouse soiree, try a pop-up of Funk Galaktik NYC (RSVP by noon that day for the location). Restless Soul’s Phil Asher and New York’s own DJ Spinna headline the after-hours party with a mix of house, hip-hop, funk, and soul. A handful of other locals round out the bill – tickets are $15 at the door.
If you’re set on staying city-side for your dance endeavors, we’ll direct you to the sold-out Terminal 5 for NYC electro duo Ratatat. Hopefully their live shows are just as creepy as their new-ish video for “Drugs.” There are plenty of tickets on Craigslist at face value if you’re inclined to find out. For a more intimate gathering, get over to Sullivan Room for tonight’s headliner: Chicago house superstar Cajmere. The man responsible for “Percolator” plays an extended set that will likely go on far beyond 4 a.m. Resident DJs Sleepy & Boo will also find their way into the mix. These nights are some of the best in New York — a small, dimly lit basement room that hosts talent much larger than you’d expect to find at a 200-capacity club, a diverse group of party-goers, and no bottle service. Tickets are $20 at the door. Go.