Hundreds gathered Thursday night at Brooklyn's colorful The Sutan Room for FADER's Summer Music Issue Release party. Attendees floated between the casual roof space and the spaceship-like downstairs venue with Red Bull cocktails, spicy margaritas, and copies of the issue. It was the perfect place to celebrate the issue, which features Houston Hot Girl Megan Thee Stallion, boundary-pushing rapper Playboi Carti, indie no-longer-secret (Sandy) Alex G, and Spanish superstar Rosalía.
After a spirit-raising DJ set from Dylan the Gypsy, cover star (Sandy) Alex G took the stage to perform new, old, and rare, songs to an intimate crowd. People danced, people stood in awe, people rapidly put their phones up to record a performance of "Be Kind," a song that Alex never officially released. It was special.