Natalie Storm, Blondes, DJ Pauly D, Derrick May, And (Maybe!) Prince Headline Your Week In Nightlife


Your partying jag kicks off on Thursday this week and features a global takeover of NYC. Jamaican dancehall queen Natalie Storm is something of an obsession for us lately (especially after Friday night’s reOPENed party) — she’s returning to the Lower East Side for an appearance at Happy Ending’s weekly Brand New Machine fete. Celebrating the release of her new mixtape, Songs 2 F@#k and Fight 2, the sassy MC has solicited the talents of resident DJs from Federation Sound, Ghetto Palms’ Eddie Stats, and FME’s DJ Autograph and Whiteboy Chris. We’re so stoked. For sounds from the other side of the Atlantic (and a lot more bass), make your way to Thursday’s Lisbon takeover of Trouble & Bass at Santos. It’s not as strange as it sounds — the party features Buraka Som Sistema’s J-Wow and T&B recruits Zombies for Money (DJs Manaia and Klipar) for a night of sinister electro, tribal-influenced bass, original kuduro-inspired productions, and rave-y house. Tickets are $5 with RSVP, $7 at the door.

If you’re looking for a smooth, less intense transition into your weekend, make a stop in at Trophy bar: The dive-y hangout is hosting another free edition of Legwarmers with resident DJ BLT and tonight’s guest, Turntable Lab’s ultimate disco nerd Cmish. While this is recommended for wallflowers and those content to lounge, we’re sure that the duo will manage to ease you on to the dance floor with their mix of funk, disco, soul, house, and even a little bit of jazz.

On to the weekend! On Friday, we’re all about the rave, and will thus send you directly to this month’s edition of Flashing Lights at Public Assembly. Don’t worry, it’s not all glowsticks and techno. That’s partially thanks to this week’s guests, D.C. house fiends and club-annihilators Steve Starks and Nacey. Their remix work and original drum-heavy, aggro, and sometimes dark club productions are among our personal favorites (listen to this mix to get a feel), and their live sets offer much the same. To sweeten the deal, Natalie Storm performs live for the second night in a row, this time to celebrate her TNT Hot Gyal EP release on resident FL resident DJ Ayres‘ label. Fellow residents Catchdubs and Jubilee round out the night’s events. Tickets are $7 at the door.

If you’re looking for something a little more mellow, head across the street to the newly remodeled Cameo for the Grind. Electronic dance duo Blondes headline a night of live gadget-twerking and spaced-out dance-floor vibes, with Physical Therapy and the eclectic club stylings of Brenmar to keep you from dazing out for too long. Tickets are $7 at the door. Alternately, you could make your way over to South Brooklyn for a residents-only Dub War Special. Tonight’s $10 affair features Joe Nice, Dave Q, Juakali, and Incyde holding down the underground basement of Deity with a mix of dubstep, techno, and experimental electronic weirdness that you’ve never heard before. And if all of that just doesn’t cut it, well then, there’s always DJ Pauly Dhe of Jersey Shore fame — at Terminal 5. It’s T-shirt time!

On Saturday, start your day off early by supporting your local art scene. Recently opened Williamsburg space Rouge 58 hosts the launch party for the Brooklyn Artists Project, a collection of locals focused on giving new, emerging local artists a platform to show (and sell) their work. The free event kicks off at 5p.m. and features Jasmine Solano and Dirty Finger on the turntables (among others), a new exhibition, and some free limited-edition t-shirts from the artist themselves. Afterward, pop over to Mister Saturday Night for your late-night neighborhood endeavors. Tonight’s house and disco fete takes over a new loft space (you’ll have to RSVP for the exact location) and brings Kompakt’s Superpitcher, alongside residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter.

If you’re staying city-side, a night of serious dancing awaits you: Detroit techno innovator Derrick May will take over our favorite basement soiree at the Sullivan room with Basic NYC’s Sleepy & Boo. The man is responsible for the classic “Strings of Life” and hasn’t been in NY for a minute, so believe us when we say that the $20 cover is worth it. To persuade you further, RSVP with one of Derrick May’s aliases and you’re eligible to win free table service for the night (cough Mayday cough. Don’t tell them we told you.) A much more soulful dance party goes down just around the corner at Le Poisson Rouge, where funky electronic crew and Afrika Bambaataa collaborators Fort Knox Five are headlining. With LYNX & Janover, D.V.S., and Nutrituous also performing, expect a good mix of soul, downtempo hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass blips, and other lounge-y grooves. If dubstep is more your thing, head to the Lower East Side’s Drom for Saturday’s edition of Club Infinity. London’s Roska is the big draw for tonight’s dark and wobble-friendly party, but we would have gone for the openers alone: Fools Gold’s Kingdom, Mixpak’s Dre Skull, and Ghe20 G0th1k founder Venus X make a great mix for a sweaty, bass-thumping dance floor. Tickets are $10 at the door.

If your plan was to relax on Sunday, forget it, because things aren’t slowing down one bit. For starters, Autobrennt will return to the Rivington Hotel for what may be their most serious lineup so far. The 12-hour penthouse party starts at 2 p.m. and features BBC Radio hostess and house fiend Heidi, along with Dial’s Pawl and John Roberts “Live” (we’ll assume that one of them is actually singing), Wolf + Lamb’s Slow Hands, and Blkmarket Membership founders Taimur & Fahad. Phew. Tickets are $20, pre-sale only. If you’re looking for a little more space to dance your hangover away, head over to Santos, where Danny Krivit hosts 718 Sessions. The two-floor party starts at 6 p.m. and caters to house fiends; Krivit mans the turntables himself upstairs with an extended, all-vinyl set of classics and rare, hand-picked disco, while Deepa’s Brian Burnside holds down the basement. Tickets are $5 for the first 100 people to arrive, $12 with RSVP, and $20 at the door.

The rest of the week is breezy. On Monday, get over to Le Bain for a rare night without the frills that usually accompany this hotel bar (thank god). The rooftop lounge is hosting a birthday party for DJ Moma with a handful of our favorites, the Rub’s DJ Eleven, Plant Music’s Eli Escobar, and Moma’s Good Spot partner Stimulus included. Expect a mix of soul, hip-hop, r&b, and disco from the lot. No cover at all, though you should RSVP to make sure you get in. And Wednesday, we’ll be trying to get tickets to Prince’s opening night show at the Izod Center. You should, too — good luck.