Your Week In Nightlife, Starring Juan Maclean, Benny B, the Death Set, and a Dance Party For Japan


The good thing about this weekend is that your Twitter feeds won’t be cluttered with SXSW tweets. Unfortunately, they’ll likely be replaced by DJs tweeting about being on the beach in Miami for WMC. (Whatever. It’s almost Spring here too.)

Thankfully, at least a handful dance acts decided to stick around town this weekend. Tonight we’re most excited about Juan Maclean, who will be holding down this month’s edition of Kush Sessions at the Lower East Side’s Kush Lounge. Expect an extended DJ set of disco, New Wave, post-punk, house, and indie dance jams (we’ll make a bet that remixes by his label-mates at DFA will figure heavily into the night’s soundtrack too). DJ Mus and BlaqJeff of the House Spinners and cohort Beymouth open and close the night’s festivities. No cover before midnight, $10 after. On the other side of town Nouveau York hosts another set of DFA artists, this time at the Standard’s rooftop lounge Le Bain. Still Going‘s Live Spencer and Eric Duncan headline the soiree with a set that’s bound to be heavy on disco, deep house, and plenty of their own dance floor bangers. No cover but we’ll suggest that you get there early, look sharp, and drop the promoter’s name at the door. And if dubstep amid a mix of stoned-out hippies and teenage ravers is more your steez, head to Webster Hall for Caspa. Rod Azlan, Hellfire Machina, and Proper Villains hold down opening and closing sets. Tickets are $15.

For feel good vibes, head to Tony Touch‘s NYC Loves Japan benefit at Santos. The $20 required donation includes a massive dance party where Touch’s weekly throwdown Toca Tuesdays meets the crews from Funkbox and Rock Steady. Expect a mix of house, dancehall, and reggaeton, and funk courtesy of the battling crews. The night also features a soulful house set by Louie Vega and a heavy dose of hip-hop at the hands of the god Stretch Armstrong.

If you’re staying in Brooklyn for the night, head over to Trophy Bar for this month’s Close Encounters. Resident DJ Pumpkin Patch and guest Benny B hold down the small dive with a set of hip-hop, soul, funk, disco, and party classics. This party is easy breezy and perfect for those of you who want a quick drink out, an intimate dance floor, or an outdoor patio to get your night started. The open bar at midnight doesn’t hurt either. Or try the new South Brooklyn hang Sweet Revenge for sweaty grooves at That’s My Jam’s latest edition of Ms. Thang. If the name wasn’t enough to convince you to pop in, local scene queen DJ Tikka Masala holds down the party with hip-hop, soul, r&b, and reggae all night. The dance party is queer-friendly, but definitely not queer exclusive. Free with RSVP, $5 cover otherwise.

On Saturday, continue to party for charity at the Dance For Japan event at Williamsburg’s Trophy Bar. The nine-hour soiree features an unusual cast of characters, including DJ sets by Creep’s Lauren Flax, DJ Soul, Deadly Dragon’s Queen Majesty, Prince Language and ten other Brooklynites playing sets that are just as varied. Your $10 required donation at the door will also get you a raffle ticket to win prizes from local retailers (Mishka, aNYthing, Brooklyn Bodega, etc) with all profits going directly to the Japan Society’s efforts towards earthquake and tsunami relief. Honestly, we’d likely pay $10 to see this gang of DJs play together regardless. We’re sure that this will be packed, so get there early. Doors are at 7pm. And, if you can’t make it, consider donating the cover charge in support anyways.

For mosh-pit style raging, head over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for the type of intimate, all-ages show that only the Death Set could pull off at the massive venue. Tonight’s cause of celebration is the release of the trio’s newest album Michel Poiccard, possibly the most accessible of their work, as they’ve infused catchy hooks, computer blips and bleeps, and some pop into their generally raucous, scream-friendly punk. Our own Chris Weingarten even went to dub their track “Can You See Straight” as one of “Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap” in hopes to make a friend out of whoever happens to be standing next to us when the band plays it live. Guest performances include a set by rap cohorts Ninjasonik and the always rad Spank Rock Doors at 7pm.. Tickets are $10 at the door and include the chance to win Death Set emblazoned skate boards, Vans, and other swag to help you fit in among the throngs of Brooklyn teenagers that are likely to show up.

For those of you that can’t quite hang with grungiest of Brooklyn’s finest, wait it out for the free after-party at Lower East Side’s Tammany Hall basement. Death Set drummer Roofeeo takes over the turntables alongside fellow resident and Fully Fitted’s Prince Klassen, producer XXXChange, and Spank Rock. Otherwise, head to Santos for this month’s edition of Dark Disco. London’s SBTRKT headlines the party in one of his signature tribal masks. He credits 2-step innovators, Masters at Work house, drum-n-bass and Hyperdub’s Kode9 and Burial as influences for an output that’s part techno, part dubstep, and in his own words, “future garage”. Also on the night’s bill is Moombahton pioneer Dave Nada, Cubic Zirconia’s Nick Hook, and Rinsed. Tickets are $10 in advance, more at the door.