Tucked away from the high society of many of Manhattan’s bottle service clubs is Webster Hall, one of the longest running nightclubs on the planet and a place that offers the most intense atmosphere that dance music has to offer. Gritty and raw, Webster Hall plays tribute to the underground raves that sparked the dance music explosion and now, teaming up with NYC-based Area Event and the already legendary promotion company behind Girls & Boys, the club ushers in a new Saturday night experience with the “Brite Nites” series. The interactive party series promises to be a combination of today’s biggest names and tomorrow’s brightest stars.
The first ‘brite nites’ event will take place on Saturday, April 13 and features a showcase of artists representing Kindergarten Records – Popeska, Dallas K and Charlie Darker.Upcoming ‘brite nites’ events include A-Trak on April 20, Myon & Shane 54 on April 27 and Super Mash Bros on May 4.
Dropping four Harlem Shakes on a mobbed Webster Hall, Baauer was crowned king of the moment in the city that never sleeps on a meme.
Rewind three weeks. The Brooklyn native was toiling in relative trap obscurity, completely unaware that a YouTube user named Filthy Frank was poised to make him the site’s latest poster child for viral video stardom. Don’t get me wrong, Baauer has been one of his subgenre’s brightest talents for some time and his success is well-deserved. But until four men donned strange latex suits and even stranger dance moves to a clip from his year-old single, trap had not quite arrived on the mainstream radar. One thing led to another… tens of thousands of times. Nearly two hundred million views and thousands of truly bizarre 31-second snippets later, Baauer seemed at home with his newfound fame last Friday.
In the latest announcement of a stringofexcitingoptions for New Year’s Eve in New York, Webster Hall has revealed their annual New Year’s Eve party will feature a special after hours performance from none other than our favorite head-banging Aussie, Tommy Trash. The event is 19+ for the $99 GA ticket and 21+ for the $150 Silver Ticket (full open bar), with VIP options available as well. We’re pretty curious what the “largest balloon drop in the free world” will look like too.
Dance music’s resident dickhead might come off as a degenerate but his upbringing and work ethic run contrary to his class clown lifestyle. In an interview with Spin he reveals, ”I had to watch two hours of Sesame Street and study Hooked on Phonics every day. I didn’t even know any curse words until I was 15.” Francis ultimately graduated from Big Bird to dabbling in various art forms — including photography and dick doodling — until he finally found his niche in music.
Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice are considered to be some of the most prolific and forward-thinking DJs of our time. This fall, they embarked on a North American tour stopping at college campuses to lecture by day, and music venues to DJ by night. The tour’s timing couldn’t be more perfect; with the over-saturation of pop-centric house and electro taking over the club and festival circuits, audiophiles anxious to explore the next chapter of this thriving revolution are finding themselves seeking out the pastures of the next big thing. Read on to see how Hawtin and Dice brought together old school fans and newcomers on the same dance floor at New York’s Webster Hall.
When we arrived at Webster Hall we encountered a large mob of people pushing their way inside. What should have been a line was instead a mass of degenerates cursing and shoving, eager to get inside for their flat beer and heavy electro. It had only been two weeks ago since we had seen Alex Metric perform to what we considered to be a packed house, but this was different, much different. Bodies were crammed inside like sardines. Elbow to elbow, slowly maneuvering their way through the mob towards the various bars throughout the club.
Estonian-born youngster Mord Fustang puts very own funky electro twist on the huge progressive hit “In The Air” by Morgan Page, Sultan & Ned Shepard, and BT featuring Angela McCluskey. This remix definitely rivals those done by Hardwell and Hard Rock Sofa. Check out this track and if you haven’t already, go read our review of his show at Webster Hall last month if you need more convincing that Mord Fustang is a name you shouldn’t forget.
Webster Hall is always one hell of a party. It’s dark, grimy, and loud with the ever present scent of stale beer and sweat. Cheap shots of well whiskey and Pabst Blue Ribbons are the drinks of choice. It’s the type of place where you leave your high
class attitude and your personal space requirements at the door. We had the chance — and the pleasure — of getting down and dirty with Alex Metric, Mord Fustang and Lazy Rich last Friday night. Click past the break for more.