Best parties in NYC this month
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.
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 Lotus Eater in the primetime slot, better known to the world as groundbreaking producer Rrose, whose psychedelic tracks offer a quivering, full-body experience.
Don't miss this one—Output's off-site series Outpost brings Minus label's minimal-techno demigod Hawtin down for his exclusive 2018 North American show. This show features the innovative DJ showing off a mesmerizing cyborg-esque A/V setup involving cameras that track Hawtin's movements and translate them into vivid visuals.
Arizona-born Avalon Emerson first established herself as a DJ of many talents in San Francisco's warehouse-rave scene. While she now resides in Berlin, playing at venerable clubs such as Panorama Bar, Emerson's productions and DJ sets remain inspired by the dreamy fabric of the Southwest, as well as the deep and soulful sounds of American house.
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.
It's official: Popular Meatpacking District club Cielo will be closing after 15 years as a dance-music destination. The space shutters on January 1, 2019 (coincidentally, the same night another club, Output in Williamsburg, packs up as well), so you'll have until then to say goodbye. The last edition of its long-running party series Dance.Here.Now.—which has hosted vets like Carl Cox and Louie Vega over the years—serves as a farewell party, with a "very special guest" set to send off the space.
Best parties in NYC coming up
One of the transitional artists in dubstep's transformation from underground club culture to Top 40's fare, Skream has worked with Katy B, John Legend and, of course, the supergroup Magnetic Man (with Benga and Artwork). More recently the DJ-producer ventured into the realms of disco, house and techno, so anything goes tonight.