Luke and Leroy: MisShapes
21 Seventh Avenue So., near Leroy St., 212-929-8356
The Material Mom isn't the only superstar to stop by Luke and Leroy's second-level dance floor to guest spin. Boy George, James Iha, and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig)as well as editors from rock rags Spin and Rolling Stonehave made this weekly dance party a nexus for all things glam. The talent stops by pretty frequently, so you should, too. (Otherwise, you'll simply be reading about what you missed again on Gawker and lastnightsparty.com the morning after).
• Saturdays at 11 p.m.
Supreme Trading: Crashin' In
213 N. 8th St., near Driggs Ave., 718-599-4224
Across the river, at Billyburg's warehouse-turned-gallery/nightclub, Crashin' In attracts a string of indie artists whose artful approaches to music come across just as clearly in how they segue from tune to tune. Yet with all due respect to Gordy Moakes from BlocParty, Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand, Carlos D from Interpol, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the real draw here is the up-and-coming talent like the experimental UK rock trio Test Icles and and the beat-making boys of Shy Child.
• Fridays at 10 p.m.
409 W. 14th St., between Ninth Ave. and Washington St.; 212-243-4420
Great British House has become a local nightlife staple since crossing the Atlantic seven years ago because it recognizes a big party only gets bigger when big-name talent tackles the turntables. Past DJs are a who's who of It band members (Paddy Boom of The Scissor Sisters, Oliver Crowe of The Stills) and a lengthy list of living legends (Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Andy Rourke of the Smiths, Martin Gore of Depeche Mode). Club kids are still recovering from this year's Halloween bash at which new wave icon Andy Bell of Erasure spun tracks from his latest solo effort.
• Fridays at 10 p.m.
APT: Other Music Presents...
419 W. 13th St., between Ninth Ave. and Washington St.; 212-414-4245
Having just celebrated its fifth birthday, the resident DJs at this Meatpacking lounge are celebrities in their own right. Will Smith's former partner-in-rhyme DJ Jazzy Jeff helms the house on Mondays while DJ Lindsey takes charge for the popular monthly installment of Negroclash. At APT's Other Music Presents... series, A-list out-of-towners stop by to test out new material. It’s a chance to wrap your ears around the latest from the likes of brit-hop DJ Trevor Jackson, Peanut Butter Wolf, Berlin-based Ellen Allien, and underground Detroit techno DJ Theo Parrish.
• Fourth Tuesday of the month
643 Broadway, at Bleecker St.; 212-253-2560
Table 50 gives APT a run for the money thanks to its industry-elite bookings and its spacious dance floor. But whereas APT caters to turntable traditionalists, Table 50 likes to mix it up with special guests that fall outside the expected. So alongside hip-hop legends like Grandmaster Flash and DJ Scratch or the rap star Q-tip, you'll catch headbangers like Kid Rock and socialites like the Ronsons (Mark and Samantha). There's no apparent rhyme or reason but hey, no one's complaining.
• Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.