It is finally spring, y’all. Time to come out from behind your laptops and play in the warm weather.
Friday is a big night. (Leave the heels at home, ladies.) In Brooklyn, your best bet is to bar-hop. Start your evening with Ninjasonik producer DJ Teenwolf as he celebrates the debut EP of his new band, Cosmic Memory, with a live performance at Greenpoint’s Veronica People’s Club. The band is part electropop, part breezy singalong, and generally a whole lot of fun. Galactique labelmates Tape Recorder play as well, and after the show, Teenwolf keeps the party going with a DJ set that will likely include a whole lot of hip-hop, club, and dance anthems. While you’re in the neighborhood, pop over to Williamsburg’s Legion Bar and get down with Soul Imperial. The duo’s Guy Ship and Brit Lacey are party enthusiasts in the best way, playing a mix of hip-hop, reggae, r&b, and “classic throwbacks” in a set that is never cheesy and always crowd-friendly. Take your jaded friend who hates all music that came out after 2004 and that other one who only listens to hashtag rap–these guys have got your bases covered. If you’re looking for a lot of the same with a dose of disco, dance anthems, and probably even some pop, try Close Encounters at Trophy Bar. Resident Pumpkin Patch brings K!O to help him loosen up the dance floor, though we’re sure the early open bar will help with that too. No cover, open bar at 10 p.m.
The open bar trend carries over to Public Assembly too. Friday’s Planned Work fete doles out free organic beer (for real) to help you find your inner rave child and revel in two-rooms of “dark disco, dubstep, minimal, and booty.” The night’s DJs are as varied as they come as far as Brooklyn’s local electronic scene, featuring FIXED’s JDH, The Bunker’s Eric Cloutier, Flashing Lights’ DJ Ayres and Jess Jubilee, Konkrete Jungle’s Junglist@Large, Amylulita of Nacotheque, and Todd Brooks. Tickets are $10 at the door (which is what FIXED and Flashing Lights usually charge on their own). Buy them in advance to guarantee entry.
Things get slightly stranger in Manhattan. Tonight the Village’s Here Arts Center launches their new Time Capsules to Space project, during which sonic, visual, and kinetic performances will be captured as “virtual time capsules” and broadcast to outer space. For their first transmission, Street Science host and Ongaku Club’s resident urban-music explorer PM Jawn plays a mix of triba guarchero (“a post-pre-Columbian, Aztec psy-trance that incorporates rootsy, indigenous instrumentation with the sound of the modern teen rave”) and is accompanied by a live Filipino stick-fighting performance by the Village Martial Arts Institute. Whoa. There are other performances as well (more info on those here), and tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. For urban music exploration of a different sort, head over to Santos for a Chicago juke takeover. The party focuses on juke and “ghetto-house” with the city’s legendary DJ Rashad (of the Ghetto Teknitianz), Traxman, DJ Clent, and relative newcomer DJ Manny. Tonight juke is accompanied by its newer tangent, footwork, which is as much of a dance as it is a fast-paced, Red Bull-injected battering of beats. Expect to watch in awe as everyone outdances you with an intricate series of spins and, well, footwork. Tickets are $15 at the door.
On to Saturday! Start your evening off with yet another happy hour (because you’re a grown-up, and grown-ups do happy hour). Group Tightener has you covered with their monthly I’m In Charge Of Celebrations daytime hang at Heathers. The 6 p.m. soiree features label heads Jamie Granato and Sam Hockley-Smith along with guest DJ Nick Sylvester (of Mr. Dream notoriety). Expect a mix of newer artists from the label, weirdo dreamy rock, experimental disco, rap, and other jams to facilitate your drinking. (Considering Mr. Dream made up part of the choir for LCD Soundsystem’s last shows, we think Sylvester owes it to us to singalong to “Dance Yrself Clean,” too. Right?) No cover.
Then it’s time to dance! Not too far away from Heathers, Elephant Man celebrates the release of Vampires & Informers with a party that borders on chaos at Drom. The album’s producers take over the turntables for this bass-heavy rager, with sets from Subatomic Sound System’s Emch, LionDub, Ming, Dubblestandart’s Paul Zasky, and Redbud’s Chicus. Expect electro-infused dancehall and a mix of dubstep, jungle, and UK funky–as well as plenty of mic-wrangling from the man of the hour. Entry is free before midnight with RSVP, and $7 after. If it’s a pop-friendly rave you’re after, try the Loaded party at Le Poisson Rouge. Helmed by GBH resident Alex English, the night will undoubtedly host a great deal of straight, hard-banging electro, uptempo remixes of pop anthems, dance-rock, and other indie-club jams. What we’re most excited for, though, is the guest act–Al-P of electro DJ duo MSTRKRFT. While DFA 1979 put out hard, screamy, dance rock, MSTRKRFT rides out a groove with funky electro, vocoded clap-tracks, and catchy hooks. It’s nothing too mind-blowing, but always solid. Tickets are $10 at the door. Happy weekend!