Tonight, we suggest you take it easy: You’ve got a long week ahead of you. Head to Pianos for what’s quickly become a Wednesday night go-to for after-work revelers and people who just want to kick back at the upstairs lounge’s Player’s Club. Don’t be fooled, though: The selection of raps provided by Philadelphyinz’s Skinny Friedman and Fool’s Gold’s Sammy Bananas (a hip-hop party DJ at heart) will trick you into staying longer than you expected, drinking a few more PBRs than you intended, and maybe getting into an excited conversation about the awesomeness of AraabMuzik as soon as “Salute” blares through the rickety speakers. Tonight’s guest, DJ Benny B, is another treat, as the New York native can basically read your mind when it comes to an awesomely mixed set of hip-hop, r&b, disco, New Jack Swing, and all that good stuff. Free all night (/see you there).
For all of that with an extra serving of soul and funk, hit up Le Poisson Rouge’s intimate Gallery Bar for another edition of Props. Record collectors, vinyl worshipers, and generally all-around amazing DJs Rich Medina and Akalepse rule the tiny dance floor with old-school hip-hop, r&b, hidden soul gems (plus the ones you know all the words to), and party breaks. Free before 11; $5 before midnight, and $10 after.
On Thursday, head to the Upper West Side for a double-header of fun. Free things first. Downtown’s snarky, clever, and generally loveable funkster Gordon Voidwell performs at the Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium as part of Target’s “Free Thursdays” art initiative. (No idea what this means for Voidwell’s “Damn the man!” aesthetic and don’t really care.) You can expect jabs at hipsters, a discussion of African Art at the MoMA, and observations on collegiate yuppies hidden away in a set of funky, ’80s-styled synths, smooth funk, r&b, and a very excited tambourine. Show starts at 8 p.m. A little farther uptown, the Ecstatic Music Festival continues on at the Kaufman Center. Aiming to mix experimental, boundary-pushing artists with a series of live performances and interviews, tonight’s show features the electronic dance blips, bleeps, drum loops, and grunting of Baltimore’s Dan Deacon alongside hip Brooklyn percussion quartet So Percussion. They’ll be performing a collaborative work and each showcasing some of their own newer work as well. Tickets are $25 at the door ($15 for students!); show starts at 7:30 p.m.
If you must stay downtown on Thursday, try Don Hill’s for something very, very different. In celebration of their newest bike, Harley Davidson and Shaw Promotion are throwing a bash of bizarre proportions. Club icon and general “man about town” Paul Sevigny provides a soundtrack of more predictable dance pop, rock, electro, and ’80s while you dive in to a three-hour open bar. All of this is yours free of charge, just as long as you RSVP. Good luck.
On to the weekend. On Friday, start your evening off early with an after-work drop by Mishka for an in-store appearance by Hussle Club. The one-man show is the dance-y, goth-wave project of Prince Terrence, who you might know as a drummer for acts like Santigold, Spank Rock, or HeartsRevolution, or from his party by the same name at Lit. He’ll be celebrating the release of his first single. “Loose Tights.” on Mishka with a live performance and the premiere of his new music video. Party starts at 7 p.m., no cover. Elsewhere in Brooklyn, get your fill of disco, house, techno, and general madness at this month’s edition of FIXED at Public Assembly. The night features the first NYC performance of the Magician, Stephen Fasano’s newest alter-ego since his departure from disco duo Aeroplane last spring. The split was a sad one, but Fasano has kept his Aeroplane fans occupied with his awesome, Italo-infused Magic Tapes mix series in the meantime, and if they’re any indication of what the Magician’s live sets are like, we’ll hope to see plenty of dreamy disco, Italo house, synth pop, and ’80s dance delights. Residents JDH and Dave P join him for the soiree. Tickets are $10 at the door.
And if you’re looking for a bit of the above with a little more funk and soul to it, pop over to the fully functional and drama-free Coco66 for the new dance fete Doctor’s Orders. Apparently, the doctor has ordered a hangover. Fully Fitted DJ and Win Win video handler Ghostdad holds down the dance floor with Brooklyn’s Nooka Jones and Jason Bergman. And if you’re staying cityside, head to subMercer for the quiet reappearance of basement soiree Negroclash. Prince Language, Duane Harriot, and DJ Lindsey provide a soundtrack of funky jams mixed with classic disco, soulful house, and other smooth bangers to make you sweat. No cover, but we suggest that you know their names at the door!
On Saturday, house music reigns supreme, with Le Poisson Rouge’s For the Love of House as our favorite pick of the evening. While live performances by dance act Tortured Soul and deep house singer Lisa Shaw make a fine warm-up, we’re going for the DJs. Salted Music’s Miguel Migs and house god Kenny Dope take on the venue with a blend of soulful house, jazz, funk, Latin, broken beats, and hip-hop in what’s bound to be a non-stop love fest. Rally your friends that don’t care about looking cool while they dance and go to this. You’ll thank us later. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Show starts at 11 p.m. For house of a different kind, pop across the street for Basic NYC’s basement bash at Sullivan Room with Nick Curly. Best known for his work on underground dance labels 8Bit and Cecille, the German producer and DJ brings new-school tech house to tonight’s after-hours affair with residents Sleepy & Boo. Tickets are $20 online, more at the door.
And if you’re looking for a little more electro and a whole lot of bass, Club Infinity at the East Village’s Drom is the place for you. Tonight’s edition brings personal favorite and Brick Bandits’ New Jersey club innovator DJ Tim Dolla to douse you in a battering of insanely catchy club, aggro hip-hop and dance remixes, and a slew of other things that will undoubtedly leave you shouting, “Oh shit!” as you stomp to the beat. Dutty Artz’s Matt Shadetek, and residents Kingdomm and Dre Skull add some Latin flavor, dancehall, electro, and house to the mix. Tickets are $10 at the door.