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Happy New Year! Now that’s out of the way, let’s see what’s on deck for this week in the vinyl and dance music world.

Tuesday isn’t necessarily the new Friday, but Longshanks Billiards in Greensboro doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the days of the week. The Gate City Get Down event that’s going down in the second floor bar off Elm Street every Tuesday night around 10 p.m. is pretty much the best way to get settled into the grind of the work week. A handful of the DJs from Greensboro’s Psyoptic Records crew regularly spin hip-hop, funk and dance music to soundtrack your sippin’. And Longshanks always has drink specials, as if free entry isn’t enough.

Gibb’s and Black Lodge keep the vinyl spinning and the drinks topped off as long as you provide the records and good conversation. Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company welcomes all vinyl on Sundays, while Black Lodge holds down your Wednesdays.

If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, North Carolina-by-way-of-Los Angeles’ Crywolf will be mixing tracks and dropping the bass at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Thursday, Jan. 15. Myles Travitz of Cary is on the bill with him. Justin Phillips is Crywolf’s real name (some of you local EDM-ers have undoubtedly heard this guy), and the Lincoln Theatre is sort of a homecoming for the once North Carolina resident. His music falls in that weird mixed-bag-of-genres, but let’s just call it dubstep to avoid any genre classification arguments. Dubstep with pretty vocals. It’s almost as if emo music mated with a Moog synthesizer, and added some bass. If it’s your thing, Crywolf is the man for you. Borgore is also on the calendar on Thursday, Jan. 22, so get your glowsticks ready for that party, too.

Underdog Records dropped some tips on how to sell your used vinyl records, if you’re looking to trim the fat from your collection, they will always sort through your crates and let you know what they are interested in. Just about every record shop will let you do this, but Underdog just clarified for all you lazies.

Other than that, 2015 seems to be starting off a bit slow in the dance world. The usual suspects are spinning the usual sounds at the usual clubs, but we’re really waiting for another monthly to jump off. If you’ve got a lead on any forthcoming shows, events, or even some tips on where to find the party, drop us a line. We’ll be right by your side getting down. !

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