As Fourth of July weekend approaches, XLR8R has laid out a short party guide for our favorite musical happenings in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Detroit, and Seattle between July 1 – 4. From rooftop pool parties with Stones Throw boss Peanut Butter Wolf in Los Angeles to underground episodes with Galcher Lustwerk and Huerco S in Detroit, our curated list of events is bound to make you reconsider any mundane BBQ plans you may have made.

Check out our list below and hit next page to navigate to the next city.

Los Angeles:


With a focus on Independence, freedom, and self-expression, the renowned pansexual party is set to take over Skybar for a paradisal affair on July 3. Running from 2pm to 8pm, the event will feature Trinidad-Senolia, local favorite Masha, and the man behind Hercules & Love Affair, Andy Butler.

DEEP presents Venice Gets Deep at Townhouse

With LA legend Marques Wyatt holding it down with Patricio and Jeremy Sole, the westside event is set to be a memorable deep-house outing. The official U.R. Art afterparty will take place at Townhouse Venice on July 3, a perfect prelude to the parties the next day. Buy your tickets via XLR8Rhere.

Wavey presents the 4th of Funk at Mondrian Hollywood

Mondrian Hotel’s lively Skybar will set the stage for another rendition of one of the city’s most lively pool parties. The independence day showcase will feature headlining performances from LA dance music legend Egyptian Lover, as well as Stones Throw boss Peanut Butter Wolf and label mate and Beat Junkies co-founder J. Rocc.

U.R. Art Festival in Santa Monica

On July 3rd, Bergamot Station will host another edition of the emerging arts & music festival. John Tejada and Hoj will hold down the house and techno duties, channeled through a Funktion One sound system. Buy your tickets via XLR8Rhere.

New York City:

No Place Like…at House of Yes

On July 2, Berlin tech-house enthusiasts Troy Pierce and Heartthrob will hold down Brooklyn’s House of Yes for an evening of dancefloor bliss.

HYTE Festival NYC

Techno and house fans can rejoice as Berlin’s legendary HYTE Festival returns to NYC for its third year, hosting a stellar lineup of international DJ heavyweights with some of New York’s finest added in for good measure. Beginning on the July 2, Dubfire, Ben Klock, and Danny Tenaglia will move the two-day affair into deep territory. Make sure to check Output afterwards on the July 4 for an official afterparty with a TBA lineup.


Silent Servant, Beau Wanzer, Michael Demaio, DJ Alex & Special Guest DJ at Club Rectum

On July 2, LA-based techno and industrial pioneer Silent Servant will play a set alongside L.I.E.S. contributor Beau Wanzer and Opal Tapes artist Michael DeMaio.

Underground Resistance vs Queen! with Timeline [LIVE] at Smartbar

A stacked lineup complements a set from Detroit techno luminaries Underground Resistance. The event on July 3 will feature two stages of action at Smartbar, one of Chicago’s prime late-night attractions.


Texture with Galcher Lustwerk, Huerco S, FIT Siegel, and more at Marble Bar

White Material‘s own Galcher Lustwerk joins fellow New Yorker Huerco S. in providing deconstructed dance structures on July 2 in Detroit at Marble Bar.

Motorcity Wine presents Joe Claussell and Alton Miller

One of the motor city’s finest wine bars will host a BBQ on the July 4 to fuel the deep house stylings of Joe Claussel and Alton Miller. Menu TBA.


Outlines: Brodinski, Ryan Hemsworth & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set)

Eclectic DJ-producers Brodinski and Ryan Hemsworth are locked to play two unpredictable sets on July 1. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will round out the bill, set to unfold at a secret warehouse location.

Research One Year Anniversary

Seattle-born Further Records founder RAICA will go back to back with fellow synth enthusiast and Second Nature resident Simic on the July 2. The two-room party celebrates the one year anniversary of club night Research.