Best Dance Party: Vague Output

This pretty-much-monthly experimental electronic party, often at legit above-ground venues (namely, the Crown) before going a bit more underground for its after party at a secret warehouse space, is appropriately oblique and defiantly about the music. That’s not to say that other great dance events like KAHLON, last year’s winner for Best Dance Party, or other recent additions to the city’s nightlife such as Rough Trade and Queer-ology (not to mention stalwarts such as Deep Sugar) aren’t about music, but they also function as social events and meeting spaces. Vague Output feels like a music-nerd gathering where techno freaks come out at night to soak up bleeps and bloops. It isn’t anti-social, it’s a blast for sure, but the focus is the getting your electro fix from resident DJ Alex Gardel (whose all-vinyl sets you must hear and see) and varied guests, such as improvising synth explorer PulseWidthMod or noise-maker TRNSGNDR/VHS.

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