5 Questions with Lawrence Lui of Astralwerks


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5 Questions With is a new series spotlighting some of Brooklyn’s most exciting and influential creatives.

You might not recognize his name, but chances are if you’ve been to a live show in the last ten years, you’ve seen his face. As the long-time Music Man You Must Know at Astralwerks Records, Lawrence Lui has been front-row-center (if not behind-the-scenes) of every show that matters in the five boroughs. Safe to say, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to nightlife. Check out some of his favorites, after the jump.

Name: Lawrence Lui

Neighborhood: Out & about


The record you’ve probably listened to most in your life?  Tom Waits, Rain Dogs. I wore out the tape on a teenage trip to Europe…still a classic.

Brooklyn-based band to watch? White Gallery. Nouveau goth with a great gravel-voiced singer and ghostly guitars

Favorite place to go see a show? Bossa Nova Social Club. A tiny dancefloor in the heart of Nuyorican Bushwick is sometimes all you need. Some great DJs play here under the radar.

Favorite Brooklyn bar? Weather Up. Deep in the shadows of the massive and impersonal Barclays Center is this little gem of a cocktail lounge where the friendly staff is usually better dressed than you.

Go-to drink? Vodka sodas. To go please.