Start off your weekend with a well-deserved happy hour: The debut of Nicky Digital and East Side Social Club’s Summer Fridays get-together. The casual hang at the Yard at Soho Grand won’t be as frou-frou as you might think; features pitcher drink specials, food, and music by tonight’s guest Omri S. Quire, who will likely spin a mix of r&b, hip-hop, disco, and relaxed summer vibes from 5 p.m. until sundown. Entrance is free, so grab a friend and order yourself a pitcher of mojitos.
After you’ve sucked down a fair amount of courage, head to Webster Hall for glowsticks and this month’s Girls & Boys and Bass Fueled Mischief collaboration. While the venue is certainly not an ideal Friday night out (blame the masses of overenthusiastic teenage ravers), tonight’s headliner Nosaj Thing is a must-see. The California electronic musician balances his music’s dubstep lean with tripped-out beats and funk influences. (His set will likely be less about dancing and more about drowning in gorgeousness.) Free The Robots and Hellfire Machina are also scheduled to play. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Otherwise, we’ll suggest that you spend the bulk of your night in Williamsburg. Tonight Justin Miller steers this month’s edition of Discography at Cameo. The DFA DJ’s mantra for the night: It’s “about the music not the bottles and models.” Joining him is Permanent Vacation’s Wolfram—he just released his first album with the guidance of Hercules and Love Affair—and WXYC’s Colin Rogister. Expect a lot of nu-disco, house, and New Wave from this trio. Party starts at midnight and goes until 4 a.m.; tickets are $5 at the door. For more bass in your electronic dance fare, head to the back room of Tandem (our favorite bar in Bushwick) for the Full Service party. The night features Samo Sound Boy, Weird Magic, Fancy Restaurant’s Knifeshow, and Team Facelift’s Fonda. Tonight we’re most excited for Samo Sound Boy though—he has a ton of energy when mixing club, tech-house, UK funky, bass, dubstep, and so on. (Plus, we’ve heard his track “Five” at pretty much every electronic-influenced dance party this year and aren’t sick of it yet.) Tickets are $2 at the door.
If you’re looking to sweat it out during the first heat wave of the summer, try The Cove for this month’s edition of Dutty Artz’s Sweat Lodge. The crew is celebrating their clothing design collaboration with Gold Coast Trading Company with their party of residents Matt Shadetek, Geko Jones, Atropolis, and special guest DJs from iBomba. What we’re celebrating, however, is that James Franco might be at the next installment; he is apparently collaborating on an EP with performance artist Kalup Linzy and Dutty Artz label head dj/Rupture. Ahem, what!? Tonight you can count on a mix of tropical bass, dancehall, reggaeton, cumbia, and other beachy grooves. Free all night.
As for us, we’ll be at Trophy Bar for a collaboration between Fantastic Pleasure at The Raid. Residents from both parties—Cousin Cole, One Auff, and Fingerscales—team up to kick off summer with a mix of disco, rap, funk, r&b, rock, and other feel good vibes. Here’s hoping Cole’s alter ego Cousin Culo will come out to give us some moombahton late-night too.
Stay in Brooklyn for dancing on Saturday night too. In Bushwick, head to the Twilight States warehouse party for a night of “cosmic music, experimental muzak, and concrete pop.” The night features performances by Dariius, Lazy Magnet, Roe Ennery, and Father Finger, as well as “DJ Vibes” that are meant to keep you dancing while the smoke-and-mirror projections—yes, literally—keep you totally out of sorts. This is the type of party where “music is a feeling” and “space is the place.” Imbibe accordingly. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes late.
For all the smoke and mirrors but no heady drugs, try another night in the back room of Tandem, this time for monthly disco getdown Particularly Random. Tonight marks the return of resident DJ Porkchop as he takes on the decks for an extended mix alongside DJ partner and Turntable Lab record nerd Cmish. Expect a mostly vinyl selection of disco, boogie, house, funk, and “electronic freakout” from this duo. Free all night.