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Verboten StageONE presents ‘Never Say Never’ with Sasha, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles and more

What better way to celebrate America than with some of the world’s finest DJs in the heart of Brooklyn! This 4th of July, Verboten brings you the first in their outdoor StageONE series, with artisanal foods, high-tech lights, video projection mapping provided by Waking Dream, and a massive custom D&B sound system set to make the series a summer must. To kick off its flagship outdoor event, Verboten is bringing in the legendary Sasha, Supplement Facts boss Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Davide Squillace, and Bill Patrick, and we’ve got a wild prize pack that you won’t want to miss.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets and a copy of Maya’s new album, Comfort exclusively for HiFi readers. It’s the perfect way to preview StageONE, with Maya’s silky garage-house fusion becoming a foundation of contemporary deep house. Not only that, but you’ll roll up to the event in style with select Verboten merchandise, and prepare to get weird with thousands of your friends on the beautiful Williamsburg waterfront. Simply enter the contest below and double your chances of winning by sharing the flyer on OUR FACEBOOK.
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Win Tickets to the RINSED Two Year Anniversary w/ Egyptrixx, Braille, Rewrote and more this Saturday

This Saturday December 8th,  we are very pleased to announced the two year anniversary of our  favorite party heads RINSED! Taking over a room in an old umbrella factory in Williamsburg, the crew pulled out all the stops with a legendary soundsystem, futuristic lighting and interactive installations. Starting a midnight with a one hour open bar the festivities roll all night till after 8am wrapping the after party as well. It will be sweaty, it will be hazy, there will be dark nooks and crannies for debauchery to ensue. People must RSVP to guarantee $10 entry and receive the location. Click through for more info and to win tickets and drinks for the night.

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Deep Space Visits Brooklyn 4th of July with Francois K, King Britt, FaltyDL at Dekalb Market!

Tomorrow July 4th be prepared to celebrate your freedom to love all music. At Deep Space we take great liberty to explore a galaxy of music and mixing styles that have even the most remote connection to our almighty star of inspiration: planet dub. And while Deep Space is far from a dub party, we always pay our respect.

François K. tours worldwide for not only his soulful house dj sets, but also for his techno and dub mixes. He is revered as the co-creator of New York City’s legendary dance party Body&SOUL. Over the years he performed regularly at Paradise Garage, The Loft, Studio 54, Ministry of Sound, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Roxy, Fabric, Berghain, and Tresor, to name a few. In great demand, François has gone into the studio to produce/remix recordings by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld, Eurythmics, Bunny Wailer, U2, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, the Smiths, Dido, Finley Quaye, Diana Ross, Cure, Mick Jagger, Fishbone, Talvin Singh, D Train, Erasure, Yazoo, Black Uhuru, Thomas Dolby, and Jah Wobble. In 2005 François was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Francois will live mix and dub out the live sax performance of ILHAN ERSAHIN, the creator and artistic guide for all things dubby, Middle Eastern, jazzy, sublime and truly crate-digging at the mecca we love called Nublu.

Based in Philadelphia, King Britt has been breaking the traditional boundaries and forging a unique path as a producer, musician, DJ, label boss and media revolutionary for over 20 years. King has always found a way to escape the strictures of any single category of music by working across genres such as deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. King toured worldwide with Digable Planets – the Grammy award winning hip-hop fusion band. He produced Sylk130’s first album (ʻWhen The Funk Hits The Fanʼ) which sold half a million units through his own Ovum label. He has remixed for a diverse range of artists from Miles Davis, The OʼJays and Curtis Mayfield through to Macy Gray, Solange, Femi Kuti and Everything But The Girl and recently for Preservation Hall Jazz Ensemble feat. Mos Def, Glitch Mobb, Jay Haze and Dilouya.

The breakthrough with Brooklyn-based Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL’s tracks came when he dropped the tempo and allowed his beats to breathe, which found him a natural home on the British label Planet Mu, immersed in the possibilities of the dubstep underground. Centering on the rhythms of UK garage provided the key which unlocked Drew’s natural sense of the interconnectedness of electronic funk styles, the limber beat patterns allowing him to forward from UKG into dubstep space, back into NYC’s original garage and further back still towards disco. His the ‘Love Is A Liability’ album and ‘Bravery’ EP came just as the post-dubstep underground was becoming far more fluid, and his easy stylistic shifts provided the perfect bridge between the new garage of artists like Brackles and Geiom, the cosmic hip hop of LA and Glasgow, and those people who were falling in love with house music all over again.

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HiFi Cartel presents Addison Groove, Doc Daneeka and Jubilee at Glasslands This Saturday

We at HiFi Cartel are excited to announce our upcoming event at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, featuring the likes of some proper badmen…and a badgyal. Stopping off in NYC as part of their Surefire Sound Spring Tour, we bring you the likes of Addison Groove (LIVE) and Doc Daneeka on April 28th. Opening up the night will be bass sweetheart and Miami-based producer/DJ Jubilee. Check out more info on the artists at the jump.

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Trouble & Bass This Friday the 13th with Silkie and Elijah

For years, Trouble & Bass threw some of the best monthlies in NYC, from reckless renegade shenanigans at Boogaloo to huge rave-ups at Studio B. In 2010, we took a hiatus while T&B crew members focused on their various projects and travels. But we got bored with going out, straight up. We’ve decided that maybe NYC is in need of some of the wild and weird bass flavors that put T&B and Brooklyn bass on the map in the first place. On Friday the 13th (of April), we’re taking the night with the return of Trouble & Bass NYC, an underground rumble at 70 N. 6th St. in Williamsburg with a hefty soundsystem and special guest Silkie (Deep Medi/Goon Music, UK) and Elijah (Butterz Reords, UK) plus more raw and ready party music from T&B troublemakers AC Slater, B. Rich, Star Eyes, The Captain and Baauer.

SILKIE (Deep Medi/Goon Music, UK)

One of London’s finest dubstep all-stars. Sick melodies, ruff London bass, and echoes of hardcore and jungle keep Silkie Rose a regular at FWD>, Rinse FM, and DMZ. Check his recent collabs with Joker and Swindle for the finest in deep bass weight.

ELIJAH (Butterz, UK)

The man behind London’s finest new-gen grime imprint, home to artists Terror Danjah, Royal-T, D.O.K., Trim, P-Money, and more. Elijah’s Rinse FM show has been slewing audiences with the freshest beats and MCs, giving US trap, rap, and R&B a run for its money. Appearing in US for the first time.

21+ // RSVP for $5 entry before midnight! / $10 After

70 N 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211

**Special release party for a new Butterz x Mishka collab t-shirt & mix, plus Silkie & Swindle’s new Butterz 12″ “Unlimited.”**

Sponsored by Mishka, Audio Ammo & HiFi Cartel

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A Verboten Weekend with Radioslave, Catz ‘n’ Dogz, Stacey Pullen, Wildkats, Visionquest & more

The fine folks at Verboten have prepared an epic St. Paddys weekend with two parties full of house and techno legends. First stop is Saturday night at The Morgan with the eclectic dancefloor slayer RADIO SLAVE doing a very special back-to-back with Detroit hero STACEY PULLEN. Residents Stadenco and Richie Cuts will be opening. The second room, dubbed  the ‘Heavy Petting Zoo’, is brought to you by the infamous Dog&Pony Show bringing along the groovy Polish duo CATZ ‘N’ DOGZ, Hot Creation’s WILDKATS and vinyl maestro KARINA. Dog&Pony residents Paul Raffaele and Kevin Osha will all be supporting the evening.

Verboten is teaming up with Red Bull Music Academy Radio for our event on March 17th with Radio Slave & Stacey Pullen! We’ll be recording the duo’s extended tag team set for broadcast on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Tune in at

The Morgan

25 Bogart St. Brooklyn

10pm – 7am / 21+

Reduced Guestlist RSVP / Advance Tickets

Less than twelve hours later the party continues with the return of Verboten’s infamous Sunday Disasters party for it’s first installment of the season, featuring Visionquest’s LEE CURTISS, SHAUN REEVES & RYAN CROSSON, along with special guest RUSS YALLOP (Crosstown Rebels) & DINO G (Spy Bar). For this inaugural edition, we’ll be making our debut at the Yotel’s futuristic lounge and roof deck, featuring a Funktion One sound system and enclosed rooftop bar. This is just a hint of the Sunday shenanigans we have in store – stay tuned for more Disasters lineup announcements soon!


570 10th Ave / 4th Floor

6pm – 3am / 21+

Reduced Guestlist RSVPAdvance Tickets

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Contest: Win Tickets to MeanRed’s New Years Eve Bash!

Are you still scratching your head and trying to figure out where you will be counting down the final seconds of 2011? Well, if you’re looking an eve of epic festivities, look no further than to our friends at MeanRed.

MeanRed is gathering your favorite Brooklyn DJs to shake your inebriated bodies into the New Year. AND- you will be in Brooklyn, which means far far away from the horrific chaos of Times Square. Nick Cathdubs, Jubilee, Kaviar Disco Club, and Blue Jemz will be bringing the beats until the wee hours of morning. There will be a champagne toast and an open bar between 9-10 PM! The event is being held at Lorelely, Brooklyn’s best beer garden-turned-club! This event is only $20! So cheap for such great music and an open bar? How could you possibly resist?

Tickets for MeanRed’s New Years Eve event can be purchased online until 6pm the day of the show.

We’re also offering one lucky HiFi reader a pair of tickets to the event. Enter after the jump, the contest will close on Wednesday, December 28th at noon. Good luck!

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HiFi Cartel Holiday Ho-Down TONIGHT

Join us tonight as HiFi gets in the festive spirit with a free ho-down on one of coolest dance-floors in NYC. We are very excited to bring along two of our favorite DJs, Ital & Jubilee, to spin tunes for the night!

ITAL (100% Silk/Not Not Fun/Planet Mu]
_Formerly on 100% Silk and freshly signed to UK electronic staple Planet Mu, Ital’s stock has risen tremendously in the past year, bringing an invigorating live show to Brooklyn and beyond. Before he makes an even bigger splash in 2012, we’ve invited him to play some records at our little get-together.

JUBILEE [Grizzly/Nightshifters]
_While Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart has moved to the sunny state of Florida, she’s always got a lot of love waiting for her here. We welcome back one of our favorite DJs for this special holiday one-off.

HiFi Cartel Residents


The awesome folks at THE MONOCLE ORDER are working with us to bring you the freshest perspective on a party. One half sunglass pop-up, one half burning man vibes, we are so thrilled to be housed under their roof!

THIS EVENT STARTS EARLY @ 8pm with a photobooth and designer sunglass mixer followed by wicked tunes for the night!


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The Bloody Beetroots Bring Bass and Blitz to Terminal 5

Article By: Mark Dommu
Photos By: Jenna Gard

This Saturday night those of us looking to boogie made the irritatingly inconvenient trip to Terminal 5 (seriously, T5 is so out of the way) for HARD X MOUTH TAPED SHUT, a party in celebration of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The night promised to be a good one, with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy opening for Italian electronic duo The Bloody Beetroots. I’m a long time Beetroots fan and have seen them spin several times, always waking up sore and happy the next day, so I went in with high expectations.

The event was 18 and over and free, which meant that about 80% of the crowd had black x’s on their hands. I wondered several times if HARD had been handing out flyers to NYU freshman in Washington Square Park. I’m also not sure how exactly the event had anything to do with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, aside from the fact that Rooney Mara’s head was everywhere…I guess that’s enough?

Proxy and Eye started out the evening, getting the initially small crowd dancing. When Proxy finished up the audience started calling eagerly for James Murphy, only to be met with a ridiculously long wait for his set. After about half an hour someone finally announced that there were technical difficulties and we were placated with Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song”, which debuted this summer with the first trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

After an hour of oddly low-tempo filler music (one prolific teenager behind me commented that, “this music is not, like, nice”) Murphy finally appeared and rather halfheartedly apologized for the wait, citing problems with a turntable…or something. He promised the audience, “We’re gonna have as much fun as you can in a short period of time with your clothes on.”

He was…not exactly telling the truth. After such a long wait, Murphy’s set was rather anticlimactic. The set started off with a funky tribal beat that stayed smooth and easy and got everyone dancing. For the most part Murphy’s set sounded like Miami in the 70s, and also maybe the 90s. There were a few interesting moments throughout, one drawn out warping sounded like a spaceship taking off, but for the most part it was an altogether uninspired set and Murphy seemed to be disinterested in the whole affair.

Almost the second Murphy finished the crowd started chanting for the Bloody Beetroots, and the crowd went wild when they appeared. They started with a bang and tore relentlessly through a thrashing, thumping and glorious set. If you’ve never seen the Bloody Beetroots spin before than you are seriously missing out. It’s the kind of set that you have to flail and jump around too. I could feel the bass pounding in my chest, making my face throb with every pulse.

The Bloody Beetroots are certifiable bad asses and they also clearly care about their audience having a good time, They were invested in the crowd’s enjoyment, at one point coming out form behind the DJ booth to rev everyone up. The crowd was losing their shit, I was almost kicked in the head by three different crowd surfers and did not care.

The Bloody Beetroots definitely made the entire night worthwhile, and on the way home I kept thinking about alien’s in boat shoes dancing to James Murphy’s set…so there’s that. I did wake up the next morning sore and happy wit the thump-thump still pulsing in my head, so mission accomplished.

For Jenna Gard’s full photo gallery: click here

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Yelle Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

It was almost a year ago when I first caught wind of the French pop-star Yelle. The record label I was working for was promoting her new album “Safari Disco Club” and received hundreds of her albums and posters. I was immediately drawn to Yelle because she had a strong style resemblance to one of my favorite female rockers, Karen O. Upon first listen of her album I was sold. I do not speak French and did not understand a single word of what was going on, but I did know: it sounded happen, was impossible to not dance to, and was upbeat. Good enough for me.

The Music Hall of Williamsburg was sold out and filled with an ecstatic audience on December 9th. Yelle took the stage in her iconic ‘mop’ like body suit that could have come straight out of Christian Joy’s closet. Behind her GrandMarnier and Tepr had started playing their pop-heavy synth lines and warming the crowd up. Yelle burst out into song and the audience went nuts.

That night I was able to appreciate music as a universal language. Though I hear that saying often and it was a core principle in my college curriculum, witnessing the phenomena live brought the saying full circle. The mass majority of the audience didn’t speak French and could not sing along with Yelle. But everyone knew how to dance. Everyone knew how to hum along with the catchy melody lines. That ladies and gentleman is art.

Yelle stripped down to an ‘ode to America’ Budweiser onesie that could have been glued to her body. She yelled out, “My English is not very good and your French is not very good, but I love Brooklyn, and this has been my favorite show of this tour! Thank you!” I can’t tell you which songs were played but I can tell you that they were played well and with emotion.

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