NYC: #Offline This Week to Feature Grandmaster Flash

 

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Join us this Wednesday, March 19 for a very special #Offline with legendary DJ & innovator Grandmaster Flash at the helm this week! And get ready for an amazing summer with a plethora of surprises in store for the coming weeks, too!

Enter our contest to win tickets to #Offline this week!

Event Details
#Offline
w/ special guest Grandmaster Flash

Wednesday, March 19

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door
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Output
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

#Offline, A True Slice of NYC DJ Culture

 

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Words by Korby Benoit

Whenever I listen to music enthusiasts describe New York City’s hallowed nightlife history, I’m often reminded of how this city has a storied past as an incubator for cutting edge music on a global scale.

In the early days of hip-hop, partygoers would travel from parts remote corners of the five boroughs and greater tri-state area, all in the name of pure and undiluted DJ culture. Foreigners would come from abroad to get a glimpse of the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay and Red Alert display their skills and extensive knowledge of music.

In 2014 New York is saturated with an assortment of smaller bars and lounges; many of which do not place an emphasis on music culture. DJs hired by these venues can easily feel stifled since many of these establishments require their DJs to play a strict regimen of top 40 tunes. Perhaps the playing field is also made a bit more difficult by a few less than polished DJs who haven’t honed the visceral mechanics of engaging a crowd through sound.

#Offline, Q-Tip’s weekly Brooklyn party is by all means a destination for people who simply want the DJ to take them on a ride. Tucked away in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Output is a DJ-centered venue that boasts one of the best sound systems in all of NYC. On my visit to last night’s installment, I caught an eclectic and immaculate set performed by resident opener Natasha Diggs, who gracefully ushered in our main man as an expert vibe setter.

It was a true pleasure to witness Q-Tip perform in his hometown as the master dance floor conductor he is, playing a vigorous set of funk, disco, and soul, over and over compelling a packed dance floor to stay on its toes. Output’s sound system reminded me how professional recordings are designed to perform at venues, as the sounds cut the air strong and clean, establishing musical atmosphere. And I definitely wasn’t alone in my appreciation as the venue attracts a crowd of people who also appreciate the music and how it is being presented.

If a true slice of NYC DJ culture is what you seek, take a visit to this Wednesday night gem and trust that you are in good hands.

NYC: Get Open ‘The Week-End’ Album Release Party @ Drom – March 7

 

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Established in 1994, hip-hop collective Get Open have been doing their thing for some time now, rocking stages in the US and abroad. They’ve just released a new album called The Week-End and are inviting all you lovely folks out for their album release party this Friday, March 7 at Drom! Get a taste of the hypnotizing tunes below, and ready yourself for some serious goodness.

Live performances will feature the legendary DJ Rob Swift, Stix Bones on drums, Baba Israel, Karnage and other special guests!

You can grab their Black Book mixtape for free at Bandcamp.

Event Details
Get Open The Week-End Record Release Party
Friday March 7, 2014

Doors 6:30p; Show 7:30p
Tickets: $10
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Drom
85 Avenue A
New York City

Flashback Friday: Giant Step Club Featured in 1995 TV Spot

 

Gotta love stumbling upon an old gem! Watch a 1995 Maurice speak about the popular and groundbreaking Giant Step club, heralded in this UPN 9 TV spot as a “must go” nightlife destination. The clip also features glowing reviews of the club from Paper Magazine nightlife reporters. An awesome feel good flashback indeed!

Phantogram Turn Up Oakland’s Fox Theater

 

Photos by Kola Shobo
Words by Brandon Diaz

Hot off the presses with their second full-length release entitled Voices, the Upstate New York duo brought that boom to a sold out room.

The night kicked off with a mild dose of dream pop by opener White Sea. Fronted by the sultry M83 vocalist, Morgan Kibby, their 80’s-esque tunes wafted through the theater as the cool kids piled in quickly, eager to be close for the headliners. The trio played a near seamless set of agreeable tunes, including “Mountaineer,” just mellow enough to classify as chill, but gallant enough to command attention through bold falsettos, and confident drumming.

But even with garnering fair attention from an audience eager for the main event, the showstopper of White Sea’s set wasn’t their nocturnal, yet dancy “Cannibal Love,” but rather Kibby’s gold Wonder Woman belt and midnight purple pants-gown that drew eyes to the stage.

…and then there was that one group.

With her donning a cropped black and white leather jacket and him sporting crisp white button up and classic Fender guitar, Sarah Barthel, and Josh Carter, better known as Phantogram, brought their unparalleled sound machine to a very excitable Oakland crowd.

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