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The Bunker, Good Room
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The best parties in NYC this fall

While festival season is coming to a close, fight your FOMO by checking out the top DJs playing NYC in the coming months

By Vivienne van Vliet and Christopher Tarantino

The days of summer music festivals might be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty to look forward to for dance music fans. Notable DJs already booked to play in New York this fall include Detroit musical prodigy and Top Chef Seth Troxler, German vinyl expert Lena Willikens and U.K. techno magician Randomer. Check out our picks for the top DJs playing in the upcoming months, and consult our weekly list of NYC’s best parties for further up-to-date coverage.

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Best parties in NYC this fall

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Neon Falls


Brooklyn resident and modular technician-musician Antenes headlines for what’s sure to be an incredible, expertly curated set. Featured in the documentary I Dream of Wires, Antenes uses self-built sequencers and synths in all of her tracks, creating one-of-a-kind unique sounds augmented in her sets of “acid-laced techno, shimmering electro and beyond.” Rose E Kross (a.k.a. Katie O’Sullivan of Brooklyn duo Further Reductions), Adrianna (Open Tabs) and sold (Hugo Ball/Smartbar) join the bill.

Optimo + Lena Willikens + Willie Burns


Good Room hosts a night of genre-traversing dance music, with DJ duo Optimo playing all night in the main room. Glasgow’s Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes first started their Optimo night in 1997 in hopes of straying away from the traditional, predictable mixing of four-to-the-floor techno. Two decades later, Optimo has become one of the most exciting DJ duos moving the dancefloor—while its weekly party continues to host the original residents as well as guests such as LCD Soundsystem and Four Tet. German vinyl expert Lena Willikens, a member of Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme records tribe, brings her limitless freedom of style to the side Bad Room, joined by WT Records head Willie Burns.

Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin
Photograph: Natalie Keyssar

Mister Sunday


Justin Carter, an avant-garde DJ-composer, and Eamon Harkin, with a flare for Detroit techno, know how to get a party started. This year, the weekly Mister Sunday summer series moves from its previous Industry City location to the outdoor bar-meets-restaurant venue, Nowadays, located on the edge of Bushwick. There’ll be plenty to eat from with Country Boys Taqueria and Nowadays’ vegan and veggie-friendly kitchen, some fresh, locally brewed beer and sangria, sodas from Brooklyn Soda Works and no restrictions on dogs or kids!

Seth Troxler
Photograph: Camilo Fuentealba

BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix: Seth Troxler


Detroit musical prodigy, Visionquest bossman and half of the Tuskegee label (along with the Bronx’s Martinez Brothers), Top Chef Seth Troxler returns to his Brooklyn home for a night of top-class, otherworldly techno. The renowned DJ will be recording his Essential Mix live at Output for Pete Tong’s legendary BBC Radio 1, making this the first ever Essential Mix recorded live in NYC—and only the third in the U.S. The mix will air the following Friday, but we promise you’ll want to be there when it goes down. Tong and Tiki Disco’s Eli Escobar join in the main room, while Dennis Ferrer and Nasser Baker take on the Panther Room.

The Zenker Brothers
Photograph: Nadia Cortellesi

Unter x The Bunker III


Randomer, easily one of the U.K.’s most lethal DJs, brings his seamless blend of hard-hitting bass and techno to the main floor for his USA debut. With solid releases on Untold’s Hemlock Recordings, Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. and Rotterdam’s Clone Basement Series, as well as this year’s absolute bangers on Livity Sound sister label dnuoS ytiviL (Second Freeze / Simple As, with Hodge) and Dekmantel UFO Series (Running Dry), Randomer has quickly become one of the industry’s most distinguished producers. Joining him are the Zenker Brothers, the Munich-based duo behind the consistently-excellent Ilian Tape label. The Brothers’ debut album, Immersion, made it onto our list of the best dance music albums of 2015, and their genre-traversing DJ mixes continue to impress. Rumor has it that they’re playing an 8-hour set…

Photograph: William Burnett

Sublimate & Ruse Labs present: Hunee


Sublimate teams up with Ruse Laboratories for yet another intimate underground party, promising “proper vibes, solid sound and a cheap bar.” One of the Netherland’s finest musical mavens headlines: Amsterdam-native, Berlin-transplant Hunee (whose debut album on Rush Hour topped Resident Advisor’s list of 2015’s best albums). Support comes from Jack Dept. NYC cofounder John Barera, Will Martin, Chung and Turtle Bugg of Basement Floor duo Soul 2 Seoul, as well as Sublimate resident Sagotsky.


DJ Bone + Aurora Halal


Detroit techno legend DJ Bone brings his decades’ worth of electronic music knowledge to Trans Pecos. The much-respected independent artist has a rich history, from headlining the Rex Club in Paris to holding a residency at the Motor Lounge in Detroit to starting his own label, Subject Detroit. Support comes from DIY producer, visual artist and musician Aurora Halal (Mutual Dreaming, Sustain-Release).

Photograph: G.K. Stephens

Groovy Groovy presents Bruce


Bristol, U.K.-based artist Bruce makes his NYC debut at DIY party Groovy Groovy. The young producer and DJ first gained recognition with “Just Getting Started” (his 2014 debut via Livity Sound’s Dnuos Ytivil), and his latest EPs on Hessle Audio (Steals) and Idle Hands (The Trouble with Wilderness) are easily contenders for 2016’s best releases. Receiving massive support from artists such as Hessle boss Ben UFO, Bruce continues to explore far beyond any pre-imposed genre conventions, instead meticulously picking apart sounds to create a unique framework. Discwoman cofounder and producer-DJ Umfang, Noods Radio and Bossa Nova Civic Club resident Shy Eyez, and Pop Quiz’s Excalibur join the lineup, with support from Groovy Groovy residents Teleself, Akanbi and Yogic.

Photograph: G.K. Stephens

Andrew Weatherall
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Resolute presents Andrew Weatherall

Music Dance and electronic

For nearly three decades, Andrew Weatherall has remained one of the most vital producer-DJs around. He’s released mix CDs and two albums of original dancy rock tunes; produced albums for Beth Orton and Primal Scream; and remixed New Order, My Bloody Valentine, Happy Mondays and Björk. Prepare for his 11-hour set (!) to travel the entire musical space-time continuum, exploring virtually every hidden corner (even rockabilly).

DJ Harvey, Oval Space
Photograph: Steve Stills

DJ Harvey + Matias Aguayo

Clubs House, disco and techno

Wildest Dreams. Locussolus. Map of Africa. Black Cock. Ersatz, a punk band. Tonka Sound System, a collective of alernative DJs. You can call Harvey Bassett many things, just don’t call him lazy. He’s been playing music in one form or another for the past 40 years, and has been a postpunk drummer, a dance producer, the frontman for his own psych-rock band and, predominantly, a disc jockey. One of the last DJs to work with Larry Levan, his sets are the stuff of legends. He’ll play an open-to-close set, with support from Cómeme label boss and brilliant Brazilian producer Matias Aguayo in the Panther Room.


FIXED 12th Anniversary: JDH & Dave P + Daniel Avery

Music Dance and electronic

FIXED hosts Joshua D. Houtkin and David R. Pianka’s unstoppable roving party throws this momentous, preteen birthday bash that’s bound to be more wild than your 12th birthday. One of their biggest guests of the past—and one of the biggest guests anywhere—superstar techno producer and Fabric resident DJ Daniel Avery spins. Trust us: This is your only chance to see this man play a venue this small anytime soon!

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