Spring is upon us, and it’s only right that we revel in it. Start your weekend off with a taco in hand at Annabelle’s opening party. The boutique’s two-part celebration starts off with tacos and margaritas (in to-go cups!) at the store, and is followed by an afterparty in the back room of the Lower East Side’s White Slab Palace. The latter is where the dancing begins, with a lineup that features The Bangers’ Rok One and DJ Jaclyn, Throne of Blood’s James Friedman, and Populette’s Max Pask. Expect a mix of disco, house, ’80s sing-a-long dance jams, and throwback hip-hop from this crew of friends. Free all night, dancing starts at 10 p.m. And if you’re looking for an early-evening happy hour that will turn into a few drinks too many, try the grand opening of Bushwick’s newest bar, The Morgan. Located at the corner of Bogart and Varet, the space has been relatively quiet, but tonight the doors open to an onslaught of live music with a dance party that features a performance by Iranian post-punkers Yellow Dogs, DJ sets by Mike Dextro and Fully Fitted’s Ghostdad, and visual displays courtesy of Eastern District Gallery. Doors at 6 p.m., no cover all night.
If you make it past midnight, head over to Trophy Bar for their three-year anniversary fete. The psuedo-dive has been one of our favorites for no-frills drinking and consistently solid DJ lineups. (It’s more and more difficult to find both in the same place these days.) Tonight’s emphasis is on dancing, with Cousin Cole, OneAuff, and Fingerscales behind the turntables. Expect a bit of everything from these party veterans–hip-hop, disco classics, house anthems, funk, and even a few ’90s radio hits (courtesy of Cole). No cover and $3 Radebergers make this an obvious stop. If you’re looking for something a bit different, try The Cove for Dutty Artz’s Sweat Lodge get-down. You’ll definitely be drenched after an hour or two of dancing–there’s no such thing as a casual observer at these parties. The crew of DJ Rupture, Matt Shadetek, Chief Boima, and Atropolis play a mix of Latin and African music to encourage vaguely suggestive (sometimes awesomely inappropriate) dance moves and an overwhelming desire to order a fruity drink. These guys aren’t new, either, so expect a ton of ripped vinyl (Boima’s collection of rare African tunes is something we pine after) along with your regular assortment of dancehall, cumbia, kuduro, soca, and maybe even some moombahton. Wearing comfortable shoes is a must. No cover.
And let’s not forget the closing days of Unsound Festival! Tonight there’s RVNG’s FRKWYS show at Le Poisson Rouge. The series aims to pair contemporary artists with their progenitors, resulting in collaborative pieces that often seem left-field but are always amazing. Tonight, percussionist Harald Grosskopf (he of Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, and Cosmic Jokers) makes his U.S. debut with a performance of the album Synthesist (he’ll have help from A.R.P., Blondes, Laurel Halo, Pink Skull, and others). Experimental-electronic trio Emeralds is also scheduled to perform. Doors are at 6 p.m., tickets are $15. There’s also the Unsound Festival’s highlight (for us at least): Public Assembly’s Bass Mutations takeover of The Bunker. The two-room massive brings a little bit of everything to the table. While the headlining acts are from the UK and Poland (UK’s Kode9 handles the dubstep and bass, Appleblim is likely to batter us in Detroit-influenced techno, and Zeppy Zep draws from African grooves) a handful of Brooklynites are on the bill as well. Local highlights include Dub War’s Dave Q and bass innovator Badawi (complete with live visual set). Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
If you’re looking for something a little less intense for Saturday, try this month’s edition of Mister Saturday Night. Residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter return to the 12-by-13 loft with the U.S. debut of Joy Orbison. The London-based producer is known for making dubstep-influenced dance tracks (not something we’re used to at MSN), but we’re told to expect plenty of deep house and disco as well. (Phew.) Tickets are $20 at the door.
If you’re staying in the city for the night, make your way to National Underground for a night with the Dirt Crew. The Berlin duo will have a cast of friends on hand to temper their lean towards tech house and minimal grooves. Tonight, we’re most excited for party duo Thugfucker and Wurst’s Beg To Differ (Nick Chacona and Roy Dank) to hold down the dance floor with a lighter mix of disco, house, and some of their own catchy pop-influenced dance tracks. (For example, Beg To Differ’s “Be Africa” remix.) Rong Music head DJ Spun rounds out the night and is likely slotted to take the late-night warriors into after-hours with an energetic set of deep house and disco edits. $5 at the door, starts at 10 p.m. and goes late. Nearby, the monthly Let’s Play House hosts their own dimly lit dance cave, this time at a karaoke bar in Chinatown. (Thanks for keeping it weird, guys!) Tonight the crew celebrates Wolfram’s debut album on Permanent Vacation with a set by the Austrian producer that spans the range of New Wave, disco, Euro dance records, and we hope some of his own remixes. (We’re particularly fond of his “Painted Eyes” do-over.) Hercules and Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman and Plant Music’s Will Eastman are also scheduled to play. Tickets are $5 at the door and we suggest that you get there early enough to catch all the acts. Happy weekend!