Dances With White Girls
Highline Ballroom; September 3 at 8 p.m.; 431 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-414-5994
The buzzing, Kevin Costner–indebted house D.J. splits a free bill with Bad Rabbits, purveyors of something they call “New Crack Swing,” and Bodega Girls, a late-night-back-alley-vibe rock act.
Terminal 5; September 4 at 6 p.m.; 610 W. 56th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212–260–4700
The influential electronic-music record label celebrates its twentieth anniversary with performances from Flying Lotus, the multi-genre D.J. behind last year’s critically acclaimed Los Angeles; Battles, the intricate instrumental rockers from Brooklyn; and dance-punks !!!.
Webster Hall; September 4 at 10 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
Chicago scene kids Flosstradamus—Curt “Autobot” Cameruci and Josh “J2K” Young (who also happens to be Kid Sister’s kid brother)—bring their schizophrenic, mash-up-fueled, and totally satisfying dance parties to GBH’s Girls & Boys party. Free Blood play the Studio at 10:30.
Bowery Ballroom; September 5 at 8:30 p.m.; 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
The Williamsburg-by-way-of-Colorado electro-pop trio, best known for their iPod-commercial song, “Bruises,” play Bowery Ballroom with Here We Go Magic and John Maus.
Randall’s Island; September 5–6 at 11 a.m.
A giant four-stage, 50-plus-act festival that features D.J. sets from many of the genre’s big names (Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5, David Guetta) as well as representatives from the hipper new school (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, Junior Boys, Hot Chip’s Al Doyle, and Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler). Bonus: no glow sticks allowed!