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Contest: Win Tickets to Goldie Awards at Brooklyn Steel Tomorrow

September 6th, 2017

The House List is giving away two tickets to the Goldie Awards, a brand-new DJ and beat-making competition designed to reflect the genreless, borderless and limitless nature of music today, which comes to Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night. Want to attend this sure-to-be-exciting event presented by A-Trak and judged by the likes of Diplo and Destructo? Then fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Goldie Awards, 9/7) and a brief message explaining why you have to be there. The winner will be notified by tomorrow afternoon. Good luck.

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An Eclectic Craig David Dance Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg

January 20th, 2017

Craig David Presents TS5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 19, 2017

It was the summer of 2000 and I was gallivanting in Copenhagen as an exchange student. What I distinctly remember was the insane amount of the Europop that year, and a unique voice, Craig David’s, rang out amongst those omnipresent groups. His blend of R&B mixed with dubstep anchored his first album, Born to Do It. He never fully translated in America to my dismay, but David sold out the Brooklyn debut of his TS5 party at Rough Trade NYC last October. TS5 began as a house party in his penthouse in Miami, Tower Suite 5, and it’s no surprise that it has blown up into a hot ticket. His beginnings on the decks to his top-charting songs set up David as the perfect hybrid of MC and singer.

Commanding a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, David opened with oldies “Rewind” and “Fill Me In.” His hybrid skills were on full display as he seamlessly moved from his ballad “Walking Away” to TLC’s “No Scrubs.” David continued, proclaiming, “We getting rotten,” before dropping a series of old school anthems ranging from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” to Chaka Demus & Pliers “Murder She Wrote.” He moved everyone in the packed venue through decades of popular music daring to follow Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” with Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

The latter end of the set produced tracks largely from David’s latest release, Following My Intuition, including the Dave Tozer–produced “Warm It Up,” first single “One More Time,” and the Blonde collaboration, “Nothing Like This.” David expressed his gratitude to fans who have followed him for 16 years, rolling it back one more time for “7 days” before concluding the evening with a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and his viral hit “Fill Me In/Where Are Ü Now,” a mashup of his classic blended with Diplo and Skrillex’s knotted beats. —Sharlene Chiu



Mad Decent Block Party – MCU Park – August 6-7, 2016

August 8th, 2016

Mad Decent Block Party – MCU Park – August 6, 2016

Mad Decent Block Party - MCU Park - August 6, 2016

Photos courtesy of Pat Tabb | pattabb.com

Mad Decent Block Party – MCU Park – August 7, 2016

Mad Decent Block Party - MCU Park - August 7, 2016

Photos courtesy of Pat Tabb | pattabb.com


Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island on Saturday and Sunday

August 3rd, 2016

Everyone’s favorite block party—Mad Decent Block Party—returns to Coney Island’s MCU Park with two jam-packed days and nights of music this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday includes appearances by Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis, Diplo (above, his video for “Mind”), FKI 1st, a Gryffin DJ set and Tory Lanez. And Sunday has just as much action with Big Wild, Boi-1da, Boombox Cartel, DJ Snake, Kesha (below, performing “Machine Gun Love”), Party Khan, Slushii and Zeds Dead. So come out and shake it all weekend before everyone has to head back to school.

(Saturday tickets are sold out, but two-day tickets and Sunday tickets still remain.)


A Three-Night Dillon Francis Dance Party This Weekend at Terminal 5

January 16th, 2015

Fusing together house music and reggaeton, Dillon Francis began to make a name for himself as a pioneer of moombahton about five years ago. According to AllMusic: “Think Diplo with extra snark and you’re close to the sound of this electro and EDM producer/DJ.” Which is perhaps why he signed with Diplo’s label, Mad Decent. After releasing a host of singles and EPs, Francis saw his debut full-length, Money Sucks, Friends Rule (stream it below), arrive last fall. Again AllMusic weighed in. “The man debuted with the hot, stuttering moombahton sound and then moved onto the stomping genre of trap, and with his debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, he’s up for whatever the rave requires.” And this weekend at Terminal 5, all that the rave requires is you. Friday’s and Saturday’s shows are already sold out, but you can still catch Dillon Francis with Bro Safari, Chrome Sparks and special guest DJ Hanzel on Sunday night.


The Spotlight Shines Brightly on Marina and the Diamonds

December 7th, 2012

Marina and the Diamonds – Terminal 5 – December 6, 2012

It was the end of the night at Terminal 5, and Marina Diamandis, who goes by the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, sat alone at a keyboard with a single bright spotlight focused directly on her. Wearing a flowing white gown and a beauty-contest sash that read TEEN IDOL—her fourth or fifth epic costume change of the night—she was surrounded by a 16-year-old girl’s fantasy bedroom, complete with stuffed animals, a lace gown and heart pillow, while 3,000 screaming teens (and a few adoring adults) expertly sang along to the encore, which simultaneously bemoaned the difficulty of adolescence while expressing optimism for the future. “Yeah, I wish I’d been a, wish I’d been a teen, teen idle,” Diamandis crooned. The song made crystal clear the full night’s worth of shrieking, crazy, rampaging young fans with fake IDs and heaps of bottled-up feelings. Diamandis is their idol, their guiding light, providing a modicum of hope that one day, they too can leave behind this awkward phase of life and like the song states: “Come alive.”

On the surface, Diamandis seems like any other generic pop star, but this isn’t just a disingenuous ploy to sell concert tickets, records and merch—she comes off as quite genuine. Like any pop diva these days, Diamandis touts a perfectly manicured image, a highly choreographed show, and songwriting and production help from some of the most respected names in the business, including Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Diplo. But her blood-and-guts (and chocolate-cake) lyrics bare her soul completely: This has been her dream for years. As a teen herself, Diamandis yearned for stardom, even going as far as disguising herself in drag during a record label’s tryouts for a boy band.

For obvious reasons, that gig didn’t work out, but she received a callback a week later, and now she finally has the spotlight shining brightly on her. She burns through her set as the young audience attempts (and fails) to mimic her booming, commanding voice. After the playing all of her hits, including “Primadonna,” “Bubblegum Bitch” and a particularly rousing version of “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” Diamandis addressed her fans directly, expressing her sincere gratitude for their support in making her dreams come true. And somewhere in the audience, a teen girl plotted her own path to stardom. —Alex Kapelman

Photos courtesy of Chris Becker | www.artistsweetsbecker.us


Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You

January 4th, 2012

The holiday season—from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—is quite possibly the best time of the year, filled with friends, family, presents and parties. And then one day you wake up and it’s just winter. And it’s freezing. And you think how long will this last? What you need is to get out of town and go where the weather is hot and the music is cool. That’s right, starting on Friday Holy Ship!, a three-day cruise sets sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and a private island (with a beach party and music by Fatboy Slim, above) filled with some of the world’s hottest electronic-music makers, like Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex and plenty more. The ship has five venues and music around the clock. Plus there’s a casino, spa, yoga, all-you-can-eat dining and a special burlesque performance by Dita Von Teese. What are you waiting for?


Downtown Records Throws a Party at Terminal 5

March 7th, 2011

Downtown Records Anniversary – Terminal 5 – March 5, 2011

Major Lazer - Terminal 5 - March 5, 2011
Continuing the celebration they started with Friday night’s blockbuster lineup at Webster Hall, Downtown Records finished their half-decade anniversary weekend on Saturday with even more heavy hitters at Terminal 5. Before Major Lazer took to the stage, emcee Aasif Mandvi (of The Daily Show) asked the crowd perhaps the most appropriate question: “Who likes weird stuff?” While the set was tamer than the past parties DJ-producer Diplo and hype man Skerrit Bwoy have thrown at Terminal 5, the weird stuff was still there.

As Skerrit Bwoy danced and jumped, two “samurais” flanked the sides of the stage and a mime popped and locked in the spotlight. All the while, the tireless frontman expanded the traditional role with his sweaty, shirtless hugs for people in the audience and the now obligatory (and all but infamous) ladder gag—during “Pon De Floor”—as Diplo stood atop an eight-foot version of the Downtown Records logo, spinning the aural part of Major Lazer that kept the crowd dancing.

Making her second appearance with the group at Terminal 5, Santigold came out near the end of the set for a brief verse or two. Rounding out the heavy lineup (DJ Ed Banger and DJ Mehdi opened the night), Miike Snow put on an energetic dance-inducing set bathed in heavy smoke and white strobe lights. The masked group slow-burned through the first two songs, relying on their wavy vocals and heavy Genesis-style drums. By the third song, “Black & Blue,” they had added a nearly full-size piano, drums and guitars, guided by their electronica backbone. Coming off a relentless tour schedule, this was the band’s last show before they “go and finish [their] record,” but there was no fatigue in their performance. Miike Snow back-loaded the set with their hit, “Animal,” and an encore-capping cover of Vampire Weekend’s “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance,” the perfect cooldown to an elevated-heart-rate night. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | DianaWongPhoto.com