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On the nerd hierarchy of vinyl collectors, early 60s garage/psych/rock n’roll is definitely in the upper echelons. And every last Friday at Otto’s Shrunken Head in the East Village, catch DJs Kittybeat, Dr. Jones, Captain Heartlock, and Xerox spin the craziest, wildest, rarest 60s garage and psych you’ve never heard. Garage dance nights are some of the most fun we’ve ever had: while dance-specific genres get most of the attention in NYC, it’s important to remember that dippin’, divin’, and generally freaking out still have a place in a clubbed-out, dress-code-only world. At Otto’s Shrunken Head, ottosshrunkenhead.com.
Despite a reputation for shyness supported by the occasional agoraphobic Belle and Sebastian lyric, the twee are not actually dance-averse! Since 2006, Mondo NYC has been the city’s best indie-pop party, hand-picking sad yet happy music to blush to, knowing which Sarah Records B-sides from 1987 will help you fall in love. Founded by Miss Modular (a DJ named for a Stereolab EP is a good sign) and joined by cohorts Kevington and Dr. Maz (aka, NYC Popfest planner Maz Alhadid), this is the Brooklyn club night most likely to sound like a slaved-over mixtape. Mondo is held monthly in the back room of the Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. Your next chance to totally crush out is October 5. At Cameo Gallery, cameony.net.
The Baby Soda Jazz Band
Ok, while not technically a “party,” can you really stop yourself from dancing to New Orleans-style jazz and swing? The answer is no because, according to the people at St. Mazie’s, “New Orleans Jazz & Swing is the most natural & effective anti-depressant known to man!” Combine that with one of the best band names we’ve ever heard, and this night at St. Mazie’s is one not to miss. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch a handsome couple in a seersucker suit and jazz-age dress cutting a rug in between downing tasty mint juleps. If you miss it this week, not to worry: it happens every Sunday at 10. At St. Mazie’s, stmazie.com.