The dance-heavy Electric Daisy Carnival left L.A. for Las Vegas last year, but it remains a marquee music festival in the Southwest, comparable with Coachella in day-to-day attendance. For casual fans, combing through the relentless four-on-the-floor kick-thump and the endless micro-genres of techno and dubstep can be as baffling as figuring out how to secure fairy wings to a bikini top. Names like will.i.am and David Guetta need no introduction, but here's a quick primer on the must-see acts this weekend in a sea of earnest guys hovering over laptops.
Kaskade: The San Clemente-based producer is perhaps the biggest name in the genre right now, and for good reason. His sultry tracks often feature prominent pop vocals, which have earned him a strong mainstream following. He headlines Staples Center later this summer, and he'll debut his new arena setup at the festival. It'll likely be the wildest production from a teetotaling Mormon you'll see this year.
Avicii:Sweden's finest dance export has a genuine pop hit in "Le7els" (you know, the "Whoa-oh sometimes I get a good feeling" song) and he's collaborated with Madonna. But the rest of his catalog is deeper and emotionally richer than you might expect. The gauzy "Silhouettes" even made the cool-kid skeptics at Pitchfork admit its genius.