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Best Dance Club

With the resurgence of electronic dance music, venues across Manhattan have opened their doors to DJs and producers from all around the globe — but none have done so quite like Output. The club is not only reclaiming the dance music performance space, but helping reclaim dance music itself. Very much in line with the newer “‘back-to-basics movement” felt for some time in the U.K. and now mushrooming stateside, this Williamsburg-based club has already become a favorite for both DJs and fans alike as it encourages true connection between music, musician, and music-lover. Output discourages many of the stereotyped staples of that louder, brighter EDM scene. You won’t find glow sticks, bottle service, “egocentrism,” or the constant need to digitally document every passing moment via Instagram here. Output is a place for true dance music fans. There’s simply the DJ booth, an absolutely killer sound system, and a cavernous, multilevel space that makes the proceedings feel as close to a rave as possible. 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn 11249, outputclub.com

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The Bug

As the stoic force behind God, Techno Animal, King Midas Sound, and the Bug, Kevin Martin has made a career out of fracturing clichés of dub, dancehall, dubstep, and more without sacrificing global legibility. His 2008 LP as the Bug, London Zoo, is a masterpiece of dystopian anger and frustration, with tracks that still easily bring the house down at UK bashments. Martin’s newest release as the Bug, Angels & Devils, is built upon his contradictory impulses for club music versus compositions that slot more easily into everyday life, as well as commenting on the modern fluidity between who or what is actually an angel or a devil in this increasingly opaque world. Concerts from the Bug are famous for Martin’s uncompromising approach to total sonic bombardment – he should be one of the biggest tests yet for Output’s Funktion-One system, aided by his touring MC Manga. The always-unpredictable Actress supports.

Wed., Oct. 8, 10 p.m., 2014

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Andy Stott+Function+Demdike Star

Performing publicly as Function, Dave Sumner is now approaching two decades as a hallowed force in New York City’s electronic music culture. A member of the Sandwell District collective that was as responsible as any other group in re-asserting the artistic depth of dark techno in the mid-00’s, Sumner recently relaunched his own Infrastructure New York label after more than fifteen years of hibernation while continuing to hold a residency at the famed Berghain club in Berlin. In the Panther Room, Sumner performs with Vatican Shadow in anticipation of their collaborative ambient record Games Have Rules, forthcoming on Hospital Productions. The Mancunion Modern Love crew has a busy night next door at Output, with Andy Stott performing live under his own name and with Miles as Millie + Andrea, while Miles and Sean Canty both play solo DJ sets in addition to a live set of their storming Demdike Stare project.

Fri., Sept. 19, 10 p.m., 2014

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John Talabot

The popular Spanish DJ’s breakthrough album came out in 2012, but it’s the kind of deep listen that can keep you busy for years as you fish through all the crevices he’s buried under reverb and a foreground patchwork of sampled vocals. Once inside those tiny caves, you’ll find in equal measure both occasional bursts of intricate percussion and a muted production spit-shine that can probably be traced all the way back to Burial.

Sat., Aug. 23, 10 p.m., 2014

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Danny Tenaglia

Danny Tenaglia takes it way back. His beats are basic and groovy in the way many old-school EDM fans yearn for – that syncopated, simple under-beat that drives the sound in the way the original house music did just a few decades ago. Now perhaps considered more tribal or progressive house, his techno roots are undeniable, and despite these labels, he is impressively willing to explore everything from minimalist sounds to full on house. A master and a classic, Danny Tenaglia will bring his audience back to some of dance music’s roots and engulf them with a much-needed trip back in time where the beats are simple and the sound is honest.

Fri., July 4, 10 p.m., 2014

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Evian Christ

Though he’s gone from Youtube unknown to Kanye West’s co-producer in just under three years, British producer Evian Christ has traversed plenty of ground in that time. From maximalist rap to desiccated rhythmic workouts indebted to footwork and trap, Christ’s polyglot interests shine in his DJ sets, where dollops of pop and straight R&B soften his usual preference for abrasion.

Wed., June 25, 10 p.m., 2014

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Disclosure

At the ripe ages of 20 and 25, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence introduced the world to Disclosure. Hailing from Surrey, the duo released their first single in 2010, but gained their international success with the release of Settle in 2012. Their sound is mesmerizing, and despite its deep house roots, Disclosure’s melodies bubble and pop in a way that has been not only accepted but revered. Their hypnotic vocals present a nostalgic vibe, while their funky beats are energetic and mellow all at once, offering the audience a truly unique live performance.

Thu., June 5, 8 p.m., 2014

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Danny Tenaglia

When a DJ is billed as playing an “extended set” in America, it usually just means they’re allotted the standard playing time given in Europe and other countries. In any case, such a tag applied to Danny Tenaglia is not to be taken lightly. The legendary resident of Vinyl would plow through 10-14 hour sets at his famed “Be Yourself” night in the early 2000s, and that marathon journey is revived tonight at Output with support in the Panther Room by techno maven Silent Servant and Chicago DJ the Black Madonna.

Sat., June 7, 10 p.m., 2014

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Untold+Pearson Sound

Jack Dunning aka Untold has released on numerous UK-based electronic labels of surpassing quality since his debut in 2008, including Hessle Audio, Hotflush, R & S, Numbers, and Hemlock Recordings, of which he is co-owner. Dunning’s debut LP Black Light Spiral, however, just came out, pushing his past commitment to sonic confrontation to new heights: the 4+ minute opening track “5 Wheel” is just layer upon layer of shrieking siren. At Output, Untold plays live with support from famed UK jock Pearson Sound.

Sun., May 18, 10 p.m., 2014

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Joey Anderson

Joey Anderson’s productions lack traditional structure and easily digestible melodies and have elements that are quite often out of tune. This hasn’t prevented the eclectic New Jersey-based DJ from acquiring a rabid following for his raw releases. They have a hypnotic quality as they meander nowhere and everywhere at once, and his LP After Forever is the latest statement of Anderson’s singularity. See what the shaman offers alongside big-room techno act Nina Kraviz at the glossy Output.

Thu., April 10, 10 p.m., 2014