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This Weekend: Mel DeBarge and Scram Jones at Finale

Finale brings you yet another sensational DJ line up this weekend and we are more than happy to let you in on who's gonna be spinnin' on the 1, 2s.

This Friday, DJ Mel DeBarge (no relation to El DeBarge) will make you dance until you drop with his eclectic catalog that oozes with a funky urban sound. With praise-worthy technical skills paired with his ability to make the crowd connect with his personality through his music, DeBarge never fails to keep a dance floor full.

WHAT TO EAT
Chill with Chili on National Chili Day

“Sweat pants, hair tied, chilling with no make up on that's when".. you eat chili. For National Chili Day embrace the one pot lifestyle and throw in your favorite meats/vegetables/beans/broth and spices to create the chili of your dreams that will last a lifetime (in the freezer in Ziploc bags). If you're thinking “but I don't deserve to eat chili it's past the Super Bowl" please don't stress yourself.

Since our favorite little furry guy, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow it looks like we have a few more weeks of winter ahead of us and a warm bowl of chili is perfect for these negative degree-days. Below we have a ridiculously addicting recipe that combines all of your favorites-- coffee, beer and brown sugar-- with some healthy additions too. But if you prefer not to cook, make the trek to these NYC spots to find that perfect bowl o' chili.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Jonathan Peters Birthday Bash at Pacha NYC


Playing the classic club hits you crave, Jonathan Peters is in the building this Saturday, and you know he be allll night. This former Sound Factory Saturday night resident knows a thing or two about fierce beats and how to breathe life back into tired New Yorkers so you best be prepared to party.

Pacha is known for serving up Ibiza realness, so put on your party dress, strap on some heels, come thirsty, and get ready to celebrate the birthday of Jonathan Peters. Tickets are $25, but if you put your name on the guestlist you can get in for cheap before midnight. A dollar saved on admission is a dollar added to the alcohol fund, which is always a fair trade in our book. Do yourself a favor and add your name to the list before you get sucked back into the Internet black hole that you came from.

What: Jonathan Peters Birthday Bash at Pacha NYC

When: February 28, 10pm

Where: Pacha NYC - 618 W 46th St., New York, NY

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Marco Carola w/ Stacey Pullen at Marquee

Get ready to dance this Friday because Marquee NYC is bringing in the big boys. Marco Carola, global ambassador for the Napolitano techno scene and Stacey Pullen, self-proclaimed Detroit Kosmik Messenger are coming to make you forget all about the realities of New York City in February.

Breathe in the beat and let the stress fall away. Presale begins at $25 (with a $29 option available for those who aren’t delusional enough to think it’ll be warm enough that they won’t need to bring a coat to check). Remember, a little party never hurt nobody and alcohol is everyone's best friend. Buy your tickest today.

What: Marco Carola w/ Stacey Pullen at Marquee NYC

When: February 27th, 11pm

Where: Marquee NYC - 289 10th Ave, New York, NY

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Sander van Doorn at LAVO

Going to LAVO is like going to Europe for a night. The combination Italian restaurant and nightclub has a vibe that’s equal parts Interntational and Midtown. No hip hop, no hamburgers, no Top 40, and nobody over a certain age allowed. Inside LAVO’s subterranean playground of a nightclub, you’ll find bottles being popped in the bathroom, women dancing on tables, and this Thursday night you’ll even find EDM superstar, Sander van Doorn, spinning the soundtrack to your debauchery.

WHAT TO DO
SOB's PARTYNEXTDOOR on Tour Now

Get excited people: rising Canadian-born R&B phenom, PARTYNEXTDOOR, will be making his way across the country’s major cities next month for his PND Live World Tour. The artist, also known for his sexually charged live performances and mesmerizing vocals, made his debut on the music scene with swanky EDM-infused R&B tracks like 'Let It Rain' and 'Shy Ink,' released under his real name, Jahron Brathwaite. It was only a matter of time before Brathwaite's music caught the attention of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires artist/pop culture master, Drake, who quickly inducted the singer as the first signee of his OVO Sounds record label.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT
Echosmith Embarks on International Headlining Tour

Ferris Bueller has gone on the record saying that life moves pretty fast, and despite the fact that the four siblings who make up the indie pop group Echosmith may be too young to have seen the 1986 classic, they’re living proof of that mantra.

Like most music groups of their generation, Echosmith rose to prominence thanks to the Internet. More specifically, YouTube. Starting by posting covers of popular songs of the time like “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, they quickly moved on to original content, catching the eye of Warner Bros. Records. Soon the teenage siblings found themselves on the Vans Warped Tour and later, opening for Owl City. Next came a debut album Talking Dreams whose modern youth anthem “Cool Kids” went on to be certified platinum with over 1,200,000 sales in the US, catapulting the virtually unknown band into the national spotlight. Now, the Sierota siblings are headlining their own tour and coming to a city near you.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Bells & Robes Brings the Groove to AURA's Silent Disco
From March 6 to 8, AURA Music & Arts Festival will invade the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park with sincere souls and smooth sounds. The sixith annual primitive camping festival presents three days of diverse, feel-good music across five stages, with a stacked late-night silent disco to keep the groove going strong.
The line-up features tons of fresh talent, but attendees will not want to miss up-and-coming act Bells & Robes. Hailing from Gainesville, Fla., Bells & Robes is an electronic dreamwave duo comprised of Luke Sipka and Dean Spaniol. Since their formation in summer 2012, Bells & Robes has evolved to create a transcendental auditory experience that feels somewhat like a dream. Their ability to combine soft, funky sounds with a danceable rythtmic wave will keep the crowd stayin' alive all night long. No strangers to Suwannee, the duo performed in Live Oak, Fla., at Purple Hatter's Ball in 2014 and plans to return to the forest to add spice to the silent disco. Bells & Robes has previously performed alongside acts such as Beats Antique, Emancipator, Odezsa, Papadosio, Reptar, Break Science, Stokeswood, The Heavy Pets, Antihero, Dynohunter and Sounduo, and at multiple festivals in the southeast. Their recent EP, "One Should See Sound", was released exclusively on Grooveshark in September, and was widely successful in the local jamtronica scene. The album embodies their belief that music should meld the senses to create a unified, heightened festival experience. In spring 2015, Bells & Robes will be joining Dynohunter on the road for the The Nomad Tour, which is set to hit states such as Colorado, Califronia and Florida.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Feeling Inspired: Roee and Yael Carmel Chat With Joonbug.com About the Evolution of the I Feel Experience

Founded and produced by Roee and Yael Carmel of Carmel Productions, the I Feel Experience was conceived with the notion to offer artistic New Yorker’s an outlet for expression, creativity, and dance-- a place where they could go to immerse themselves in a world free of judgment. For you see, for those that attend these gatherings, I Feel is not just a party—it’s an escape into a world filled with love, brotherhood, and above all, acceptance. I Feel applauds the individual, celebrates their unique gifts, and champions their artistic mind. I Feel is a community where we can at last truly feel free.Back in 2012, creative, uninhibited New Yorker’s seeking to join a community of like minded individuals came together at an intimate venue in the East Village each Friday to emerge themselves in a gathering of self-expression and dance. The beginning of what would soon evolve into one New York City’s most beloved underground parties, these Friday night celebrations were referred to as “I Feel Friday.”

WHAT TO DRINK
NYC Beer Week: Beers for (Ten) Days

In the infamous words of Dave Chappelle-cum-Samuel L. Jackson: beer, it'll get you drunk. That's right, starting today, Friday, 20th, through March 1st, New York City Beer Week will be celebrating everything craft beer with tastings, festivals, meal pairings and generally every kind of event that will quench your need for (fine) brew.

Think a 5 course feast, with each course paired with a craft beer from one of the five boroughs (Five Borough Beer Tasting & Dinner), a dialogue on beer culture accompanied by… beers, Rare Beer Night featuring 10 taps, and for those ambitious sud fiends, there’s even a NYC Beer Trail you can check out and check off your list.

For a complete list of events, visit the NYC Brewers Guild website.

WHAT TO EAT
NYC Restaurant Week Picks

New Yorkers your favorite time of the year is back. Although some of you might be lamenting the fact that this glorious three-week-long event fell two days too late (#Valentine’sDay), NYC Restaurant Week is finally here and you need to celebrate. Twice a year, summer and winter, NYC Restaurant week graciously falls upon us mere mortals and allows us to feast like a Queen, or King, at the city's fine dining spots for a price that won’t break the bank.

This year, from February 16th through March 6th, enjoy over 300 restaurants around the NYC area, each offering three courses for lunch ($25) and for dinner ($38). If you need help deciding where to glut yourself during this culinary boon, we have some ideas below to get you started. Check out the complete, awe/drool-eliciting list and make your NYC Restaurant Week reservations here.