Of all the U.S. festivals announced in ’14, the one we’ve been most excited about is Moogfest, Asheville, NC’s five-day electronic extravaganza taking place from April 23-27, 2014. Touted as an event “where technology, art, and music converge,” the festival boasts an abundance of innovative programming, from daytime talks, panels, workshops, and installations, to nighttime performances from a diverse roster that includes both legendary and up-and-coming electronic music artists. With the likes of Kraftwerk (performing their 3D show, in three different sets), Giorgio Moroder, Chic, Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, and Moderat headlining and the bonus of a picturesque Blue Ridge Mountain setting in a thriving arts community, Moogfest 2014 was pretty much a no-brainer for us. If you haven’t jumped on it already, there’s still time to plan your trip! Check out our travel tips here.

With hometown heavy-hitters like Blondes, Audion (Matthew Dear), Slow Hands, Teengirl Fantasy, The Crystal Ark, Metro Area, No Regular Play, and Escort also making the journey to Asheville this year, we know we’re not the only New Yorkers excited about this year’s Moogfest.

“I saw Bob speak in ’95 and it made a huge impression on me,” says Gavin Russom, who is playing a “full ensemble, full color, full volume!” live set with his band, The Crystal Ark, as well as a four-hour solo all-Moog synth concert. “I’m a ‘synthusiast,’ and the first analog synthesizers I ever ran across were Moogs, in pawnshops and stuff in the early ’90s when few people were seeking them out.” He continues, “I like the way they’ve structured the festival a lot,” name-checking Don Buchla, Hieroglyphic Being, Kraftwerk 3-D, and Forest M Mimms III as his own most-anticipated speakers and performers at this year’s Moogfest.

Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani was similarly influenced by Bob Moog, “but I didn’t know it was the Moog sound until later. His characteristic sound is all over everything, but I didn’t really know where it came from until I played with a Minimoog for the first time. For a while I borrowed a Moog Source from my roommate and used it on recordings. It’s the quintessentially ‘warm,’ life-like analog tone,” he explains. “I want to check out some of the nerdier stuff: Synthesized Sounds & Voices with Malcolm Cecil, Masterclass with Nile Rodgers, and The Pioneers of Electronic Musical Instruments with Don Buchla.”

Below, we present, in no particular order, our most anticipated acts of Moogfest 2014 (which, of course, include both The Crystal Ark and Metro Area). And if you happen to be stuck in NYC next week, fear not — we’ve also included tips on where to catch some of our favorite artists in our very own hometown in the near future…

MODERAT

Playing in NYC: April 26 at 1260 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

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THE CRYSTAL ARK

Playing in NYC: April 19 Gavin Russom DJ set at The Graham (our monthly glitterballnyc.com party!)

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METRO AREA

Playing in NYC: May 16 (with Blondes) at the American Museum of Natural History
& Darshan Jesrani DJ set April 19 at the303

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KRAFTWERK

Playing in NYC: Um, you JUST missed them in early April :/…

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GIORGIO MORODER

Playing in NYC: Sadly, nothing confirmed at the moment

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BLONDES

Playing in NYC: April 22 (with The Orb) at Highline Ballroom
& May 16 (with Metro Area) at the American Museum of Natural History

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FACTORY FLOOR

Playing in NYC: April 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

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BOTTIN

Playing in NYC: May 3 (with Mike Simonetti) at Le Bain

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ADULT

Playing in NYC: May 7 at Verboten

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PET SHOP BOYS

Playing in NYC: April 26 at Terminal 5

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TIGA

Playing in NYC: April 26 (with Audion & Tim Sweeney) at Verboten

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CHIC

Playing in NYC: Nothing scheduled at the moment, unfortunately

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 04/15/2014  Features, News Comments Off
 

T.G.I.F., T.G.I.S. (spring, that is)… Your recommendations for the next three days follow below (as always, the most essential events are marked by **) — you can also check out our calendar for the full list of what’s goin’ on. See you out there!

Friday, April 11

 

Saturday, April 12

 

Sunday, April 13

 

More found at the full calendar here.
Are we missing your favorite party? Hit us up here: jen@glitterballnyc.com
 04/11/2014  News Comments Off
 

Although we’ve always had a thriving underground scene, the press are eager to herald a new golden era of NYC nightlife, based primarily on a few high-profile Williamsburg club openings (which have in turn spawned the sudden discovery of a world beyond Manhattan for the B&T set). For further evidence, we recommend reading this recent article over this inaccuracy-filled one.

The more venues, the merrier, in our opinion, though the venue landscape is definitely changing rapidly. We hope to share a more comprehensive look at this in a future piece, but wanted to give you a couple of quick news tidbits you may have missed recently:

  • Queen of the legendary (and much missed) subMercer, Gabby Mejia is bringing the music and vibes to a brand-new Meatpacking spot, Bar Naná. Although the venue’s weekly music programming may include a more eclectic range than house and disco, the lineup for tonight’s unofficial “welcome back” party offers a promising look at what may be to come: Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar, Beto Cravioto, Saheer Umar, and Edda P.
  • We’ve been hearing rumblings about The Wick for awhile now, but tomorrow marks the first “official” event we’ve heard it hosting: The Bunker’s Unsound Festival party (which has some stellar talent on deck: Ital and Halal, Porter Ricks, Leisure Muffin, and many more).
  • Did you hear Verboten opened a new megaclub?*
  • Kinfolk‘s new “next-door” space is nearly finished, and we’re hearing that a grand opening may be in order for late April or early May. Watch this space for more on the official unveiling…
  • Longstanding Bushwick fave Tandem is rumored to have changed format and is apparently no longer hosting disco/house/techno nights… not sure if this is a permanent or temporary change, but sad news either way…
  • More recent additions to the nightlife venue roster you should have on your radar: the303 in LES; Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg; Bizarre and Lot 45 in Bushwick; Duende in Meatpacking… Drop us a line if you think we’re missing anything!
  • Remember, when all else fails, you’re pretty much guaranteed a packed dancefloor at these places every weekend (and sometimes weekdays): Cameo Gallery, Bossa Nova Civic Club, Output/The Panther Room, Glasslands, and Le Bain Continue reading »
 04/04/2014  News Comments Off
 

So we owe you guys an apology for leaving you hanging with no weekend recommendations last week… but hoping the events on the calendar helped a bit. (Spent some time in Belgrade and wifi was not optimal for us, so updates got tricky. Side note: Nice scene happening over there, so if you find yourself in the city, check out what’s happening at the Output-esque Tube or the more underground/warehouse-y Drugstore. We caught NJ’s Kerri Chandler at a 6-hour+ DJ set at the former and Brooklyn’s own Shawn O’Sullivan playing live techno at the latter!) Continue reading »

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Although this winter’s brutal wrath seems to be hitting the home stretch, most NYC-ers have uttered the phrase “need to get out of here” countless times over the past couple of months. Spring’s imminent (fingers crossed) arrival also marks the start of festival season — a music lover’s favorite time of year. Therefore, a several-day music event in a distant locale offers the perfect light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of the festivals you’ve probably already been to (Austin’s SXSW, Miami’s Winter Music Conference, Palm Spring’s Coachella, Detroit’s Movement), we’d like to present an alternative option for your consideration: Moogfest, Asheville, NC’s five-day electronic extravaganza taking place from April 23-27, 2014. Continue reading »

 03/13/2014  Features, News Comments Off