Have Some Midweek Fun With The New-Look Midlake.
It's not all that uncommon to run into folks at EDM shows wearing fuzzy boots and sucking on pacifiers.
Most times, though, this look is reserved for those dancing among the masses — and almost never for the guy or gal behind the turntables. Well almost never.
These days, pretty much all of the DJs-in-training at Brooklyn's newest DJ academy can be found regularly with binkies in their mouths, although it has less to do with any of the drugs they've taken and more to do with the fact that they're all infants.
Yes, a handful of too-cool-for-their-own-good parents have prioritized teaching their kids how to properly beat match over learning to walk or talk. In these parents' defense, the top DJs in the world did rake in tens of millions of dollars apiece last year, and, let's face it, preschool admissions practices are more competitive now than they've ever been before.
And, just like it's never too early to get a jump start on your competition, it's never too early to start partying this week. Who gives a damn if it's only Tuesday? Just look at all the stuff there is to do tonight.
Bill Cosby at Bass Performance Hall
While Cosby's brand of stand-up has always centered more around telling stories than merely rattling off a string similarly-themed jokes, his gentle, inviting style has never failed to fully capture the attention of his audiences. These days, Cosby has embraced his role as an outspoken leader and activist in the African-American community, encouraging young black males to educate themselves and to be there for their kids — and for black comedians to help eradicate racism by developing acts that don't continually call attention to the differences between races. Perhaps this turn isn't really that much of a curveball, though: Cosby, after all, did completely revolutionize the way African-Americans were portrayed on television with his '80s sitcom staple, The Cosby Show. — Cory Graves
Mayer Hawthorne at Granada Theater
Mayer Hawthorne is one of the biggest cases against judging books by their covers. The unassuming, preppy-looking white guy produces, writes, arranges and sings some of the slickest, hip-hop-infused R&B and soul tunes going. Even better, a lot of those '60s and '70s sounding “samples” he appears to be using to craft his songs aren't samples at all, but live arrangements. — CG
Midlake at Dan's Silverleaf
These days, waiting three-plus years between albums is more the norm than the exception for a band such as Midlake. But the profound perfectionists in this soft-rockin' outfit have certainly proved at least this much over the course of their catalog: Whether you actually enjoy the band's aesthetic doesn't matter; musically, pretty much everything this group does is flawless. Expect to hear a heap of new tunes from the band's upcoming fourth full-length, Antiphone, during this show, the first in the band's two-night hometown stand. —CG
Luis Miguel at Verizon Theatre
Latin sensation Luis Miguel is nothing if not a hard worker, regularly embarking on mammoth tours that often last for more than 100 dates. He also holds records for both the highest-grossing and the most well-attended tours ever by a Latin artist. Take that, Shakira. — CG
The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party at Alamo Drafthouse
This Ultimate Willy Wonka Party definitely comes with party favors; After watching the original film from 1971, two of the original child actors — Veruca Salt, who everyone remembers as the snotty girl that was deemed by Wonka's golden geese to be a bad egg, and the television-obsessed Mike TeeVee — will be in attendance. They will do a Q&A after the show, and every audience member will receive a signed poster. Bubbles and candy will also be heavily involved in the festivities. — Jordyn Walters
Destruction Unit at Rubber Gloves
Smack in the middle of its tour, this relentless psych-punk band, which has been together since the early 2000's and in 2013 is still blasting out sharp melodies, is set to absolutely tear down Rubber Gloves tonight. In the mood for some loud guitars, wild bass-lines, stormy vocals, and turbulent beats? Destruction Unit is your no-brainer fix, given the band's notoriety for being impulsive and absolutely untamed during its shows. Ukiah Drag, Sin Motivo, Glow God open. — JW
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