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The Best Mardi Gras Parties in NYC!

There are as many different ways to celebrate Mardi Gras as there are ingredients in a great jambalaya. And whatever vibe you're looking for, whether it's beads and carnies or dinner and drinks, there's a party in New York celebrating Fat Tuesday just the way you like.

This Mardi Gras, the Fifth Annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball is the biggest, craziest party in town. Cyndi Lauper and ?uestlove have been crowned King and Queen, and their reign promises to be spectacular. Stiltwalkers, body painting, hatmaking, and at least five live performers, including the all-female accordion orchestra Main Squeeze Orchestra and the Grammy-nominated modern Cajun band The Lost Bayou Ramblers, this is the closest you’ll get to a real Mardi Gras in New York City. Tickets are $35 for one or $60 for two, and all proceeds go to the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Prepare for great cocktails, great music, and a wild spectacle you’ll be talking about for weeks.

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The Best Oscar Viewing Parties in NYC!

Abandon the sofa and grab your coat—New York City has some of the best Oscar viewing parties around! The Academy Awards air this Sunday, and since it's of the biggest televised events of the year, plenty of venues are putting on celebrations filled with trivia, specialty cocktails, and of course, big screen TVs.

This music venue and multimedia art cabaret is hosting The Big Oscars Quiz Thing, an annual party and live trivia experience. The game show-like event will test you and your friends, pitting teams of attendees against each other to answer questions on the movie industry, music, history, sports, and more (you write answers on their Big Quiz Thing Answer Pad to avoid any form of shouting-out-incorrect-answers humiliation). The night starts at 5:30 pm, with the trivia contest preceding red carpet and award show fun. Tickets are $15, but $10 in advance.

WEEKEND PICKS
NYC Weekend Roundup: Nov 15-17 2013

Friday, November 15th

The DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE: An 8-piece ensemble who reinterpret some of the world's most popular electronic dance music with a horn section, rhythm section, vocals and electronics. Since emerging from Toronto's prestigious Humber College Jazz Program in 2009 they have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada. Doors 7PM, Show 9PM. 18+. $15 Advance, $20 Door.

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.

"GRiZ" is an independent American electronic music artist who began his career as a classically trained Alto Saxophone and piano player. Stylistically, he creates bass infused hip-hop, electro soul, and future funk sounding productions often accompanied by the live performance and recording of his Alto Saxophone and the use of an array of vinyl samples. Doors 8PM, Show 9PM. $20 Early Admission, $25 Advance.

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Miami Horror at Le Poisson Rouge

The party starts tonight, October 2nd, as psychedelic dance gurus, Miami Horror, bring dance heaven to New York City. A must-attend event for fans of good music and a good time, the quartet will be performing new material, showcasing their evolution as a band. Joining them will be Astr, Wunder Wunder, and Friendly Greg doing a DJ set. The event will be held at Le Poisson Rouge from 10pm-2am, and will be an absolutely unforgettable experience! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

When: Wednesday, 2 October 2013 -- 10pm-2am

Where: Le Poisson Rouge/ 158 Bleecker Street; New York, NY 10012

Cost: $20

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Taste of Iceland Ticket Giveaway!

Sure, you've probably heard the plaintive wails of Björk and might have lost yourself in the fairytale soundscapes of Jonsi and Sigur Rós from time to time, but how much do you really know about Iceland's current music scene? The enigmatic and seldom-visited island is certainly famed for its creativity, consistently churning out artists whose otherworldly voices seem to come from another planet.

Fortunately for those of us that can't afford a ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland holds a travelling festival called the "Taste Of Iceland" that takes place in a different city each year and is designed to promote the country's music, cuisine and culture. This year it will be held in NYC and will include, among other things, a free concert at Le Poisson Rouge on October 5th at 6pm titled "Reykjavik Calling," that will showcase unique collaborations between 3 breaking Icelandic musicians and 2 NYC based artists.

NIGHT STALKER
Nightstalking

THURSDAY OCT 4

SuperChief Gallery

Über-hip Brooklyn art gallery SuperChief presents: CREEPERS!, a collection of overly vulgar "gross-out art" from some of America's most cutting edge artists tonight from 6 - 9 p.m. Holding the title as the first and only artist to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in the US, cartoonist Mike Diana joins Spencer Sweeney (a co-owner of the downtown cool club Santo's Party House), Danny McDonald, Aric Shunneson, and many more. As the group exhibition describes it: "Like stumbling upon a dildo in your mom's underwear drawer or dad’s Barely Legal collection, it’s an eye opener. Treat yourself to something horrible."

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Conveyor To Rock Glasslands in Brooklyn

Tomorrow night The Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will feature live performances from local bands Field Mouse, ABADABAD, Y/Y along with headlining act Conveyor. Conveyor's art-pop sound has reverberated far and wide with the release of their self-titled debut album this past July and a 30 city national tour which included an appearance at Montreal's, Fringe Festival.

The eleven track Conveyor is about self awareness, an ode to the essence of humanity that so many of us have lost touch with. Songs like Home and Woolgather center around an enlightened speaker clinging to his/her convictions in light of modernity “oh wood, I wouldn’t give you up to be outside” (Woolgatherer), “how can I oblige when all the things beneath my being are true” (Home). Overall Conveyor's instrumentation consists of an intermingling between organic and electronic instrumentation that produces warm folk style tracks highlighted by nuanced synthetic rhythms. The quintet's inimitable vocals are what really set them apart from other likewise bands, delivering harmonies that would be just as enjoyable minus instrumental accompaniment.

Click here to listen to Conveyor and support the band.

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NYC: Where to Party this Memorial Day Weekend

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend! The fleeting whiff of barbecue, the sounds of playing children, and the swell of sightseers that flock to New York City to celebrate the coming summer! Packed to the brim with events, parties, and festivals, this city is going to be swarming. The temperatures will be high, and the sun will be out, so check out these party suggestions to help observe the holiday weekend.

Feel the cool city air while some “evil animation” at Open Road Rooftop in LES. The 2012 summer series kicks off this weekend with a few short films and an all night after party. The evening kicks off with live music from Softspot.

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Party Like a Rockstar..and a Zombie

EL-P + Despot

When: Monday, May 21st.

Where:Santos Party House

Come out and see Brooklyn’s own El-P who, although hasn’t released a rap album since 2007, has been hella busy with Das Racist and his own Definitive Jux Label. His new album, Cancer 4 Cure will come out this month, so come get a little taste.

When: 10pm-4am

Where: 5 Ninth, 5 9th Ave

Looking to escape the pretentious, top 40's scene? This MeatPacking club plays soul genre beats from DJ Reborn, making sure your Tuesday nights are the best nights.