Fame School's Ambitious New Sound Simmers from Under the J Train

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Fame School: Fame it 'til you make it.
Just on the other side of the Williamsburg Bridge, under the rumble of the J train, on Sunday night, a musical movement is happening. It's called Fame School, and the Chocolate Sundays party at the Flat (308 Hooper Street, Brooklyn) is the pressure cooker for this new sound.

Inside the small club, the crowd jumps in unison, shaking dreads, throwing up middle fingers and gun shot motions at the camera following them with a spot light. They yell the hook of newest Fame School song with an energy that is palpable and contagious. They pull Fame School hats over their eyes spilling champagne on Panty Raiders and No Deal t-shirts. It's like a family reunion after the parents have gone to bed and everyone is just glad to be getting together.

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Is The DL Nightclub Restaurant Lounge Operating Illegally? Its Neighbors Say "Yes!"

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The DL
Ever since the first night club set up shop on the first mixed use business/residential street, people have been fighting it out in community board meetings (and more recently, in the comment sections of blogs) about just how numerous and boisterous said night clubs are allowed to be. Sometimes it's a question of old guard vs. gentrifiers, but often it's not so simple. The latest front in this fight is LES hotspot The DL, which, at Ludlow and Delancey, sits on the southern perimeter of the one of the city's worst douche pits, or, as the LES Dwellers community group calls the bar-saturated area, "Hell Square." According to some vocal members of the community, the place is breaking the rules and operating illegally. According to the people who frequent the club, some people need to refill their Xanax prescriptions. Fight! Fight! Fight!

See also: Expose Yourself To Cro-Mags Singer John Joseph's "Fuckin' Photographic Memory and Stories Out the Wazoo" on His Walking Tour of the LES

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Billy Ray Cyrus & HomeTown Buffet: A Track-by-Track Menu


Shut up, everybody, because I have HUGE news: Billy Ray Cyrus is teaming up with HomeTown Buffet!

Buffets, Inc.® is proud to announce its latest tie-in with country music, this time with the singer/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his 13th studio album, Change My Mind. Beginning April 11, guests can pick up Cyrus' latest CD at Ryan's®, Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain® for a special $8.99 price, while supplies last. Proceeds from the CDs will support the Armed Services YMCA® (ASYMCA) for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment.

Count me in! What could be more sublime than listening to a Billy Ray Cyrus record in its natural habitat, pairing each song with authentic HomeTown cooking? Almost everything! But it's also a fine opportunity to combine two iconic American traditions-- doofus pop country and shoveling food into my fat face-- into one gravylogged bacchanal of sensual hillbilly excess.

See also: We Made A Five-Course Meal Out of Action Bronson Raps

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The Top Ten Pinball Bars In New York City

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via Satellite Lounge
Due to the crushing prices and lack of real estate, not to mention some straggling anti-racketeering laws, New York City ain't exactly Portland when it comes to fully stocked pinball palaces. While most bars that bother to haul in a pinball game only haul in one or two, things aren't too grim for flipper fanatics. Given inflation, pinball should be about $4.50 per game, but has awesomely stayed at around 50 cents per three balls since around 2000. Hence it's one of your best entertainment options on a cheap night out.

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Rubulad Throws Open Its Doors In Hopes Of Saving Itself

via Rubulad's Kickstarter
The announcement of this month's Rubulad bash, which takes place this Saturday near the Gowanus Canal, comes with the note "please forward wildly." There are plenty of good reasons for this, the least of which is that it will be awesome; the forthcoming installment of the 18-years-running DIY art party will have a Light Circus Extraordinaire, G. Scopitronic's Non-Stop Film Fest, and an array of dance rooms, live acts, and food.

But not long ago, a typical Rubulad invite warned recipients against posting the information to "any public lists"; even glimpsing the party's often dangerously packed dance environs, let alone knowing its name, was a word-of-mouth treat. That, though, was when the art-party collective had a home, one located a few BQE exits north from this Saturday's Santa-themed extravaganza.

For the past six years, Rubulad has occupied an unassuming two-story building in the Williamsburg/Bed-Stuy hinterland nestled between iron shops, glitzy Bar Mitzvah palaces, and the BQE. But that time is nearing an end. Rubulad's Kickstarter campaign to relocate ends on Thursday, and it's currently raised $21,375—somewhat far from its ambitious fundraising goal of $35,000.

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I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: Your Labor Day Weekend Guide To New York's Best Nightlife (And Daytime Parties, Too)

Categories: Nightlife

There are a few things we can expect from Labor Day weekend, and the annual Electric Zoo festival is one of them. The massive three-day rave takes over Randall's Island with twelve-hour days that boast a million DJs over four separate stages; you'll hear trance, techno, deep house, electro, dubstep, bass, and whatever it is that Snoop Dogg DJs live. Yeah, Snoop Dogg—aka DJ Snoopadelic—is playing a mainstage set alongside the debut live performance by Ritchie Hawtin's Plastikman, electropop icon Calvin Harris, and our old friend Moby.

There's plenty to be seen elsewhere, though, and the acts we most look forward to are usually hidden among the smaller stages. While electro-rave (Sebastian, Busy P, Skrillex, Crookers, Fake Blood) and megaproducers (Afrojack, Diplo, Tiesto) dominate, we're more drawn to SBTRKT, Josh Wink, MSTRKFT, and Jack Beats, not to mention house and techno legends like Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, and the Martinez Brothers. As far as the audience is concerned, you can expect crazy costumes, Euro rave queens, shirtless teenagers, and PLUR'ed-out hippies alongside your average dance enthusiast. To quote SNL's Stefon, "This thing has got it all." Set times, ticket prices, transportation, and everything else can be found at the Electric Zoo website. For other weekend options, look below.

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I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: Hot Nights, Short Shorts, And Tributes To Michael Jackson

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Start your weekend off with a trip to the Williamsburg Waterfront, where downtempo DJ duo Thievery Corporation celebrate their new release Culture Of Fear with an epic outdoor hang. Tonight their mix of dub, jazz, classical music, and loungey bossa nova will be complemented by performances by neo-soul crooner Raphael Saddiq and Stones Throw's heady funkmaster DâM-FunK. Show starts at 8; tickets are a spendy $50 at the door.

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I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: Your Exhaustive Guide To A Hot, Sticky Weekend

Start off your weekend with a well-deserved happy hour: The debut of Nicky Digital and East Side Social Club's Summer Fridays get-together. The casual hang at the Yard at Soho Grand won't be as frou-frou as you might think; features pitcher drink specials, food, and music by tonight's guest Omri S. Quire, who will likely spin a mix of r&b, hip-hop, disco, and relaxed summer vibes from 5 p.m. until sundown. Entrance is free, so grab a friend and order yourself a pitcher of mojitos.

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I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: Memorial Day Weekend Special

Memorial Day weekend is upon us! While that usually means barbecuing and rooftop happy hours, we've got a whole list of dance endeavors on the agenda this weekend too. (What better way to work off those tacos, burgers, and margaritas?)

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I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: Your Guide To Partying Like It's The Apocalypse

Hey guys, the rapture is upon us. And what's a better way to greet the end of the world than with a dance party? Luckily, there are a bunch happening this weekend.

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