Looks like we jumped the gun a bit on that whole “winter is over!” thing, but it’s Friday and May is around the corner and everything is gonna be OK… Let’s get into some other things that might bring a little sunshine into your life…
- Come out to Tandem tonight for this month’s Indie Slash party: In addition to the finest new wave, italo, industrial, disco, electro, and house music with lyrics released in the last three decades, you’ll enjoy wallet-friendly drinks, no cover, and stellar dancefloor vibes. Our resident Facets joins Indie Slash residents Rok One and Danny White for this one — discover why it’s one of our favorite NYC parties! (Also, save the date for our next shindig at The Graham on May 2!)
- After quite some time, we’re resuming our listings of the best new releases (in our humble opinion) each month. Have a listen to our favorite 20 tracks for April, with releases from the likes of Man Power, Entro Senestre, John Talabot, Maxime & Remain, Lokier, and tons more.
- Movement 2015 is just four weeks away! If, like many electronic-music-loving New Yorkers, you’re planning on making the annual pilgrimage to Detroit, there are a few things you should probably be doing (if you haven’t already): book a flight/find a carpool, find a place to stay, get your festival tickets, and snag those afterparty tickets! Options are plentiful and include such excellent events as Three Chairs with Rick Wilhite, Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, and Kenny Dixon Jr. (Moodymann); No Way Back (courtesy of The Bunker/Interdimensional Transmissions) with Carlos Souffront, Mike Servito, Mark Verbos live, Patrick Russell, and many more; Smart Bar x Resident Advisor’s party with The Black Madonna, Bicep, David Morales, and more; and RBMA/Soul Clap’s House of Funk with a lineup that includes Metro Area, Thugfucker, Mathew Jonson, Alexander Robotnick, and tons of others. Hope we’ll catch you out there!
- The Panther Room (a.k.a. Output’s cozier room) just got a brand new cocktail bar: The Perch Bar (located in the redesigned upstairs area of the club) will now be serving a fancy — and super tasty — menu (designed by The Speakman Group’s Erik Vanderwal and Francis Harris, a.k.a. Frank of The Panther Room’s residents Frank & Tony) of panther-themed drinks like Cat Call and Jungle Stormy. Come thirsty!
- Australian electro legends Severed Heads make a return to NYC after 25 years (!), playing Santos Party House on September 24. $25 tickets just went on sale, but don’t expect them to be around much longer.
- Local Love: Last week we introduced you to new NYC label Love Tempo Records. This week, we’d like to direct your attention to a few more locals you should be listening to. ZGRT is the new project from the multitalented Zachery Allan Starkey, along with Rob Interface and Jo-Anne Hyun. Aurally illustrating “a bold reflection of America’s role in neverending wars abroad and surveillance state at home,” the trio’s synth-heavy debut single “Hard Power” was co-produced by one of our all-time favorite producers, Gavin Russom (The Crystal Ark/LCD Soundsystem), with additional recording and engineering by William Andrew Raposo of Midnight Magic (one of our all-time favorite bands). Watch the video (co-directed by Starkey himself) and take a transformative journey into danceable darkness:
(Also be sure to check out the monthly party Starkey co-founded with Russom and Creep’s Lauren Flax, C//TY CLUB, tonight at Bossa Nova Civic Club. Line up early for free entry before midnight and to ensure you don’t spend most of the night freezing outside!)
- This week also saw the release of the “Sunrise Highway Remixes” from Brooklyn’s Sunrise HWY (Dither Down’s Tim Wagner, Nick Chacona, and Amy Douglas). The four-track EP, released on Tensnake’s True Romance label, includes one remix by Tiger & Woods and versions of three songs by Tuff City Kids (Lauer and Gerd Janson). Have a listen to what you’ll be hearing on repeat all summer long:
- Red Bull Music Academy’s monthlong electronic music series returns to NYC next week. Check out what’s on the schedule and secure your entry now for the hottest tickets.
- ICYMI, we contributed a few pieces on our recent trip to Belgrade for the recently relaunched travel and music site Cliktrips: Party Like a Belgradian (all the best dancefloors we encountered) and Where to Eat, Drink, and Visit. Start following Cliktrips for lots more travel excellence!