Under 20 Underground. 2.20.14
Living in New York City and loving dance music can be an expensive combination. Speaking from personal experience I know how costly it can be when those ticket prices start to pile up. This new series Under 20 Underground, will highlight some of the best upcoming shows in NYC that won’t break the bank, and hopefully enlighten you to some fresh new music to add to your library. As the name implies all of the shows featured in this series will cost $20 or less and lead you off the beaten path as far as venues and genres go. For the very first installment I’m happy to say that we have some truly fantastic shows to announce so let’s get started.
Soul Clap at Output 2.21.14
If you are a fan of deep house and techno, Soul Clap needs to be on your favorite playlist. This dynamic group from Boston has made a name for themselves as one of the grooviest acts in the industry. This seasoned duo founded their own record label in 2012 and have even taught courses on dance music at Tufts University. Soul Clap is widely regarded as one of the most forward thinking groups in electronic music, and they are most notably praised for their ability to bridge the gap between the past and future. A Soul Clap set at Output is definitely a match made in heaven. The Brooklyn nightclub was built with artists like Soul Clap in mind, so this show will definitely be on point. You can grab your tickets for this event here.
The M Machine Live at Slake 2/22/14
Cost: $10/Free Til Midnight With RSVP
Slake has established itself as one of the best new nightclubs in New York City. The new venue boasts an exceptional sound system and a much more sophisticated environment than it’s older and raunchier sibling Webster Hall. Along with consistently booking talented artists like Disclosure, Gesaffelstein and Penguin Prison, Slake has recently introduced a new weekly party on Saturday nights entitled Technoir. This new weekly fixture in the New York dance scene will feature a much darker atmosphere and brand of music then you might be used to. This Saturday’s headliner is none other than OWSLA standout The M Machine. If you aren’t familiar with this trio from San Francisco then you are in for a treat. The M Machine has risen to prominence because of their eclectic discography and genre bending style. The trio’s broad musical scope allows them to craft gritty dance tracks as well as enchanting vocal driven indie ballads. The M Machine’s live performances are especially cinematic because of the massive LED “M” that accompanies the group on stage. With a price tag of only $10 and the option to RSVP for free entry until midnight, this show is a clear no brainer. You can grab your tickets here and RSVP here.
Camo & Krooked at Highline Ballroom 2.25.14
2014 will be a huge year for Drum and Bass as the genre begins to sneak its way into more and more festivals and venues stateside. Last year there were a number of stellar D&B artists who released some quality albums like Sub Focus, Wilkinson and Rudimental. One of the very best albums produced last year was Zeitgeist by the veteran Austrian duo Camo & Krooked. Next Tuesday the Zeitgeist album release tour will be coming to the Highline Ballroom. Camo & Krooked won the Drum & Bass Arena Awards for best producer and best album for Zeitgeist last year, distinguishing themselves as a dominant force in the D&B landscape. These two put on a high energy performance wherever they go by bringing their elaborate visual centerpiece; an LED lit cage in which the duo mix and trigger visuals. You can buy your tickets for this awesome night of Drum and Bass here.