The good thing about this weekend is that your Twitter feeds won't be cluttered with SXSW tweets. Unfortunately, they'll likely be replaced by DJs tweeting about being on the beach in Miami for WMC. (Whatever. It's almost Spring here too.)
Thankfully, at least a handful dance acts decided to stick around town this weekend. Tonight we're most excited about Juan Maclean, who will be holding down this month's edition of Kush Sessions at the Lower East Side's Kush Lounge. Expect an extended DJ set of disco, New Wave, post-punk, house, and indie dance jams (we'll make a bet that remixes by his label-mates at DFA will figure heavily into the night's soundtrack too). DJ Mus and BlaqJeff of the House Spinners and cohort Beymouth open and close the night's festivities. No cover before midnight, $10 after. On the other side of town Nouveau York hosts another set of DFA artists, this time at the Standard's rooftop lounge Le Bain. Still Going's Live Spencer and Eric Duncan headline the soiree with a set that's bound to be heavy on disco, deep house, and plenty of their own dance floor bangers. No cover but we'll suggest that you get there early, look sharp, and drop the promoter's name at the door. And if dubstep amid a mix of stoned-out hippies and teenage ravers is more your steez, head to Webster Hall for Caspa. Rod Azlan, Hellfire Machina, and Proper Villains hold down opening and closing sets. Tickets are $15.
For feel good vibes, head to Tony Touch's NYC Loves Japan benefit at Santos. The $20 required donation includes a massive dance party where Touch's weekly throwdown Toca Tuesdays meets the crews from Funkbox and Rock Steady. Expect a mix of house, dancehall, and reggaeton, and funk courtesy of the battling crews. The night also features a soulful house set by Louie Vega and a heavy dose of hip-hop at the hands of the god Stretch Armstrong.
If you're staying in Brooklyn for the night, head over to Trophy Bar for this month's Close Encounters. Resident DJ Pumpkin Patch and guest Benny B hold down the small dive with a set of hip-hop, soul, funk, disco, and party classics. This party is easy breezy and perfect for those of you who want a quick drink out, an intimate dance floor, or an outdoor patio to get your night started. The open bar at midnight doesn't hurt either. Or try the new South Brooklyn hang Sweet Revenge for sweaty grooves at That's My Jam's latest edition of Ms. Thang. If the name wasn't enough to convince you to pop in, local scene queen DJ Tikka Masala holds down the party with hip-hop, soul, r&b, and reggae all night. The dance party is queer-friendly, but definitely not queer exclusive. Free with RSVP, $5 cover otherwise. More »