The best parties in NYC this month

Check out the best parties New York’s nightlife has to offer, from club nights to globally renowned label takeovers
Elsewhere
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By Time Out editors |
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Have the urge to party but don't know where to go? Play our collection of the best DJ mixes of the year, and browse through the list of our favorite danceworthy events, with house music, techno, minimal, acid, hip-hop and more on the bill. Don't miss out on all the secret parties (we recommend bookmarking this page so you're the first to know!). And make sure to satisfy that after-party (or pre-party) appetite on weekends by checking out one of the absolute best brunches NYC has to offer.

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Best parties in NYC this month

Nowadays
Photograph: Robert Malmberg
Music, Dance and electronic

Planetarium: Laraaji + stud1nt

For this club night, bring pillows, a blanket and keep the conversations low—Nowadays clears out its dancefloor every Thursday this month for a relaxed deep listening session with a host of resident selectors and veteran ambient artists. For the inaugural October lineup, local DJ stud1nt spins a set alongside ground-breaking zither-player Laraaji. Having first gained recognition for his work with Brian Eno on Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, the innovative artist is known for weaving his instrumental playing with modular synth drones and gong.

Elsewhere
Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens
Nightlife, Clubs

Awesome Tapes from Africa + Dam-Funk (DJ Set) + Miranda Maxwell

Let Brian Shimkovitz move your butt with the same authority he uses to open your ears. Playing behind the name of his superb blog record label, Awesome Tapes from Africa, he'll spin a wide range of rhythms from across the diaspora. Modern funkateer Dam-Funk warms up the dancefloor by channeling the sexuality of Prince and the raw soul of James Brown, packaging both inside synth-laden jams. Expect funk, boogie, disco and more from his deep collection.

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Brooklyn Bowl
Photograph: Courtesy Adam Kane Macchia
Nightlife, Clubs

LTJ Bukem

All right, drum ’n’ bass fans, we don't have to tell you how slim the d’n’b pickins can be, so you know exactly where to be tonight. You'll stay busy dancing to U.K. vet LTJ Bukem's tasty grooves; the respected legend will be spinning a mix of old and new favorites from the last 15 years.

Photograph: Courtesy Justin Gardner
Nightlife, Clubs

Nicky Siano's Native New Yorker: Thanksgiving Eve

For those hotheads who can’t keep still, this legendary rager promises to deliver a volcano of sexual and social dynamism. Join the “master of disco soul” Nicky Siano—whose DJ résumé includes Studio 54 and the Gallery—and hosts Jon Martin & N!ni Eternal Sol at Good Room for hard beats and sweaty dancing. As if that weren't enough, Justin Strauss and Billy Caldwell serve up the best in disco and dance music in the Bad Room.

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The Orb
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Clubs, House, disco and techno

The Orb

The ambient house crew, which has been making sample-heavy, club-ready chill-out beats since the late ’80s, hasn’t lost a step since its acid-soaked heyday. The Orb continues its avant-electronic exploration this year with the appropriately titled No Sounds Are Out of Bounds.

Yaeji
Photograph: Courtesy Lydo Le
Clubs, House, disco and techno

Yaeji

This local producer melds house and hip-hop elements into a distinctive mix that's indisputably alluring—her singles "Drink I'm Sippin On" and "Raingurl" have upwards of two-million plays at this point. However, the singer is not one to hoard the spotlight. Previous shows have featured her collaborating with a Korean restaurant to make curry for the crowds, in attempt to recreate the familial, communal atmosphere of gathering for a home-cooked meal. This should also feel like a family affair, as the show is bill as an intimate "in the round." Read our artist-to-watch profile of Yaeji from summer 2018.

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The Bunker, Good Room
Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens
Nightlife, Clubs

The Bunker: No Way Back

icon-location-pin Good Room, Greenpoint
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Born in 2003, after the Polar Bear Club ended its three-year run, this party series eventually became the progenitor of this city’s entire underground techno scene. This edition features the NYC gang teaming with Detroit party series No Way Back for a two-city all-nighter that's sure to keep you dancing till the early hours.

Best parties in NYC coming up

Actress
Photograph: Will Bankhead
Nightlife, Clubs

Actress + Eartheater + Veronica Vasicka +DJ Scallywag + Mnmlktchn

icon-location-pin Good Room, Greenpoint
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Under the musical alias Actress, U.K. producer Darren Cunningham creates beautifully crafted soundscapes that flow effortlessly despite their detailed patterns. Check out this year's Lageos, a sublime collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra, for a taste of his scorched-earth version of dance music, much of which has been released on venerable label Ninja Tune as well as his own Werkdiscs. This particular gig features a punishing lineup that ranges from the psychedelic vocal gymnastics of Eartheater to the goth synth-wave stylings of Veronica Vasicka.

Elsewhere
Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens
Nightlife, Clubs

DJ Bone

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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Detroit techno legend DJ Bone brings his decades' worth of electronic music knowledge to Bushwick, where his triple turntable setup will churn out deep cuts until sunrise.

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