Start your week off tonight at the Ace Hotel with the Bad Lupo Brothers. The evening is propelled by local club destroyers and electro-heads Trouble & Bass, as they celebrate crew birthdays and their recently declared love for old-school rockabilly jams. Yes, rockabilly. The titular Brothers — a “secret” group of T&B members — will be partying at the hotel’s very hip Liberty Hall with a set of rock, doo-wop, oldies, Motown, and “jive-bunny jukebox” jams. Though the lineup is shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to assume that Drop the Lime will make an appearance on the decks. Free all night; RSVP to win a bag of swag here.
If you’re braving the snow downtown Wednesday, stick to the Lower East Side, where DJ Soul‘s 1992 party at CV returns after a brief hiatus due to last week’s thundersnow. Tonight, the intimate soiree rages on no matter what, as King Solomon, Daddy Dog/5th Platoon, and, yes, DJ Soul encourage you to dance to throwback hip-hop, soul, r&b, and party jams from your younger years. No cover. Not too far away, partyographer and general man-about-town Nicky Digital hosts his own free weekly at Ella Wednesdays. Tonight’s guests include Mad Decent’s Jillionaire, a Trinidadan soca fiend, Major Lazer cohort, and dance-party instigator. If you need some extra motivation to make it out in the cold, try his pregame mixtape, chock full of “stuff girls dance around to in their underwear in front of the mirror.” Try to keep your pants on tonight. If you’re up for techno grooves, Latin-tinged house, and darker disco, head to Santos Party House for a rare weekday edition of Fixed. Tonight features Kompakt’s Matias Aguayo, who brings a set of all of the above, sometimes with his own live vocals on top. Residents JDH & Dave P make an appearance as well. $10 at the door.
On to the weekend! On Friday, head straight to Williamsburg for another evening on North 6th Street. Monthly grab-bag Nextah returns to the Cove, tonight with a guest set by Trouble & Bass affiliate Mikix the Cat. While the Parisian DJ credits jazz, soul, African beats, and hip-hop as influences, his production centers on gradually building, bass-heavy techno and tension-driven house tracks. The best of it is understated, drum-heavy, dark, and aggro. Resident DJs Nick Hook and Michna will help to keep you from going into an all-out rage blackout though. Free all night. Up the way at Public Assembly, Bunker returns for another stellar Friday night. It’s very rare that we’ll recommend the same event two weeks in a row, but we couldn’t ignore that the legendary Josh Wink is featured at tonight’s edition. Expect an insane mix of techno, gritty house, underground dance remixes, and hopefully even a throwback to the glory days of drum ‘n’ bass from the Ovum Record founder and electronic-dance-music innovator’s six-hour set. Delsin Records’ NewWorldAquarium, Delta Funktionen, and Conforce hold down the back room. Tickets are $20 at the door, and the party goes very, very late.
In Manhattan, head to Terminal 5 for a bit of electro-pop mayhem. Tonight Chromeo kick off their Risky Business tour with a live performance that will undoubtedly include sultry back-up singers, rock-star stage antics, and the duo’s regular dose of vocoders, synthy ’80s-styled interludes, and undeniably catchy dance hooks. Entire dissertations could be written about the pair’s ability to win over just about anyone live (take this video of a couple hundred people dancing in the rain at a Jelly Pool Party, for example), but we’ll suggest that you find out on your own. The entirely lovable, often kooky dance-pop starlet MNDR and Fool’s Gold’s riot-girl dance outfit the Suzan are also scheduled to perform. And finally, if you’re looking for something with a little less fanfare, try 87 Ludlow for a night with Pocket Checkers’ Blu Jemz and sTERRYo, along with their guest and longtime cohort Ospindles. The Lower East Side hang was once home to Good Times (a variation of the same crew) before the place shut down for renovations and a change of management, and honestly, we haven’t found a good enough reason to go back until now. It’s a bit of everything with these guys, so brace yourself for anything from old-school hip-hop to dance edits to ’80s New Wave. Chances are you’ll dance to it all.
On Saturday, we celebrate Dilla. The fifth-annual Donuts Are Forever tribute party takes over both floors of Santos for a night of throwbacks and backpacks in remembrance of the late producer. And who better to provide the soundtrack for the festivities than hip-hop contemporaries and record kings DJ Spinna and Rich Medina? The duo holds reign over the main floor, while OP!, Sam Champ, DJ Chela, and DJ Tara pay their respects in the basement. Tickets are $10 at the door — we suggest you get there early, as they’re already sold out online! For rap of a very, very different kind, head to the debut of #Based, a monthly party helmed by Death Set drummer Roofeeo and our personal favorite, Prince Klassen. The duo plays “what you want to hear” (very #based of them), but we’ll narrow it down to party raps, club, disco, and dance-y rock remixes. Free all night at the newly rediscovered basement of Tammany Hall.
Uptown, Good Units continues to dominate our weekend agenda, this time with another edition of the Down and Derby Roller Disco. (We told you they were picking up where Studio B left off!) Tonight’s edition comes with a warning: The last party had such a massive line that the venue had to close its doors early (apparently hotels don’t like to have lines of roller girls waiting out front), so this time the party starts early and includes an online waiver that will help expedite the line process and increases your chances of admission. Intense! Resident DJ Rok One and his guests — DFA disco sweethearts Runaway — man the DJ booth for the evening. Tickets are $5 at the door, skate rentals are available (though they run out), and beers are $3 til they’re gone. Please drink and skate responsibly.
Finally, if you’re looking for disco fete of a different sort, take the L into Brooklyn for a night of blissed-out vibes at Shea Stadium. Mutual Dreaming couldn’t be a more appropriate name for a dance floor that’s lit by candles (real ones) and cloudy projections. The party features boogie, funk, house, and “cosmic grooves” at the hands of Future Times’ Beautiful Swimmers and old-school house courtesy of L.I.E.S. guru Ron Morelli. Not to mention live performances by Steve Moore, Steve Summers, Protect-U. Expect synthy grooves and no pretension from this group. Bands start at 9 p.m., DJs go until 4 a.m., and tickets are $9 at the door.