I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: The Weekend in Nightlife, Starring Todd Edwards, DJ LeFtO, and, Yes, Moby
Tonight, legendary garage producer Todd Edwards headlines the Uptown Downtown loft party in Chelsea. Most widely known as a Daft Punk collaborator (he made a rare lead-vocal turn on "Face to Face"), the DJ specializes in sample-heavy and irresistibly catchy production, not to mention his remix work for Justice, Dimitri From Paris, and so many more. He'll admit that DJ gigs are a secondary concern; we expect he'll stray from garage and opt for a whole lot of disco with a speckling of deep house tonight. Ghostly International's Michna (dousing you in "minimal techno funk"), Cubic Zirconia (the city's best new-funk band), the always saucy Maluca, and theatrical rappers Team Facelift also perform. The night boasts an open bar at 10 p.m. and costs you $15 before 11, $20 after. We recommend you get there early. More info here.
Meanwhile, Moby -- yes, Moby -- takes on Webster Hall's mob of scene queens. Undoubtedly one of the most famous DJs in the world, he returns to the East Village to celebrate the imminent release of his Wait for Me: Remixes project on Mute. While we've never been a huge fan of Friday night's Girls & Boys spectacular at Webster, we'll begrudgingly admit that tonight's event will be a fantastic spectacle, if nothing else. Neon Indian joins the debacle with a rare and somewhat fitting guest-DJ appearance. Rounding out the night is AC Slater, one of the newer additions to club-electro crew Trouble & Bass. Tickets are $15 online, more at the door.
Ready to brave the chill and party outdoors? Hop on the water taxi to Queens for Turntables on the Hudson's first outdoor venture of the season. Nikodemus and Sabo hold down the six-hour party with a heavy dose of tropical house and groovy dance jams. The beat comes backed by live percussionists Nappy G and Christian Rodgers, with Man Recording's Joyce Muniz on vocals. The event is $10 at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City.
If you're set on staying in Brooklyn, go to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blackout Party. (We doubt that the fine folk of Williamsburg need any encouragement.) The night is hosted by FUCT, an "in your face" comedy troupe that will entertain you with "in your face" antics while punkish outfits Frontier Brothers and Black Suit Youth keep you raging all the while. DJ Small Change keeps the party going long after, with a mix of disco, rock and roll, and, you guessed it, punk. The event comes complete with drinking games, live burlesque, and the aerobatic Lady Circus.
On Saturday, stay in Brooklyn. Littlefield is quickly turning into one of our favorite venues, and not only because of its courtyard and stock of board games. Aesthetics aside, the bar has been hosting a commendable lineup of DJs, given the area: Tonight, Belgium's DJ LeFtO makes his New York City debut. An affiliate of Stones Throw and Blue Note, the DJ is known for his eclectic live mixes of funk, soul, jazz, breakbeats, hip-hop, and even dubstep. Harlem's Arch_Typ and Brooklyn's Yellowtail add much of the same to keep you grooving all night. Tickets are $10 online, more at the door. If you're looking for hip-hop and women, head to Bell House's monthly That's My Jam party as it celebrates local female talent. The party encourages patrons to support queer artists, boasting a DJ lineup of Boston's Leah V as well as locals Tikka and Telfar for an all-hip-hop-all-night get-down; adorable emcee Eyeris headlines the event with a live performance. Tickets are $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.
If you're looking for house, proceed with caution to Mister Saturday Night. It's one of the best house-music loft parties in the city, but it seems that the authorities have gotten wind of it. That said, the U.K. "disco revival" fiends behind Horse Meat Disco will perform as scheduled, though you won't know where unless you ask. (More on all of that here.)