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January 10, 2013 | By August Brown
The Swedish producer Avicii (also known as Tim Bergling) is best known for sampling Etta James on his world-crushing single "Le7els. " But his next batch of source material might be slightly more obscure.  For a new single, he's put out on open call for fans to submit instrumental tracks that he'll "executive produce" into a full song. " Avicii x You " creates a whole platform for fans to upload, vote on and share their original stem tracks for " Melody, Bassline, Beat & Rhythm, Break or Effects . " Every week, Bergling will pick from the top vote-getters and use the files to arrange a new track set for a Feb. 26 release, while fans can earn prizes ranging from merch up to formal album credits and interviews as part of the song's mainstream press push.  To his credit, this "Avicii x You" project is pretty refined in its one-off collaborative mission and isn't the same as, say, Amanda Palmer's plan to use unpaid backup musicians   on a tour.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
How much legwork does pop stardom require? Next weekend Aloe Blacc will appear along with some of music's buzziest acts - OutKast, Haim, Skrillex, Lorde - at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the idyllic annual gathering near Palm Springs that for many artists serves as proof that they've arrived. On a recent afternoon at USC's Galen Center, though, Blacc found himself somewhat deeper in the record industry's promotional trenches. The L.A.-based soul singer was rehearsing for an appearance on Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, and as he conferred onstage with his young collaborators - two dozen excited schoolchildren with whom he was to perform his song "The Man" - crew members installed miniature geysers designed to spew the network's trademark green slime.
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February 13, 2014 | By August Brown
Martin Garrix, Avicii and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are among the big nominees for the 2014 Beatport Awards. The dance music awards contest, hosted by the DJ-focused download site Beatport, is a mix of fan-voted categories, critical consensus from a panel dance music professionals and sales data from the site's downloads. Major fan-voted categories include artist, track, album and label of the year. EDM professionals will vote on DJ of the year, best musical collaboration, best new artist, lifetime achievement and track of the year.
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February 13, 2014 | By August Brown
Martin Garrix, Avicii and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are among the big nominees for the 2014 Beatport Awards. The dance music awards contest, hosted by the DJ-focused download site Beatport, is a mix of fan-voted categories, critical consensus from a panel dance music professionals and sales data from the site's downloads. Major fan-voted categories include artist, track, album and label of the year. EDM professionals will vote on DJ of the year, best musical collaboration, best new artist, lifetime achievement and track of the year.
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July 29, 2012 | By Eddie Velosa, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Sixty thousand dance devotees poured into Tomorrowland, the electronic music mega-festival in the Belgian town of Boom, for the kickoff dubbed “Magical Friday,” many of them wrapped in the flags of their native countries and scant little else. A warm summer rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd or their bright neon outfits, as Tomorrowland greeters dressed as "Alice in Wonderland" duchesses and wearing red velvet heart costumes welcomed them to the mushroom-decorated fantasyland of Flanders' De Schorre National Park.
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September 15, 2012 | By August Brown
Outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Friday, just before the Swedish producer/DJ Aviciiperformed the first of his three concerts this weekend, a guy passed out on the lawn.  The fellow looked to be in his mid-20s, buffed with protein-supplement shakes and so annihilated that he flitted around the front yard like a little fratty hummingbird searching for sugar water (or tequila). Three police officers chased him before he finally collapsed in a leaden pile right in front of several thousand people waiting in the ticketing line.  This obviously had nothing to do with Avicii or the venue (which wasn't even serving alcohol - go figure)
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September 14, 2012 | By August Brown
Starting tonight, Swedish DJ and producer Avicii commandeers the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for a three-day stand of his ethereal, pulsing dance music with a major new live setup. By any standard, it's a landmark concert series in the 23-year-old's career, a victory lap that comes after releasing one of the year's biggest EDM singles, a Madonna collaboration and some unexpected indie accolades .  But these concerts are also a sign that he's made a soft landing after the first nerve-racking burst of the electronic-dance-music bubble in America.
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October 2, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. The Forum The Eagles, Jan. 15, 17-18 (now); Justin Timberlake, Jan. 20 (Fri.) Hollywood Bowl Katy Perry's Can We Survive -- Music for Life, Oct. 23; Avicii, Nov. 9 (now) Belasco Theatre M.I.A., Nov. 11-12 (now) RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts Hollywood Palladium Robin Thicke, Oct. 26 (Fri.) The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church Andrew Bird, Dec. 19-20 (Fri.)
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September 11, 2013 | By August Brown
Since his most recent double-album “Fire & Ice,” Kaskade has become shorthand for the arrival of stadium-sized EDM shows in America. After a decade honing his pointedly emotional, populist sound, he was the first dance act to headline Staples Center, and topped bills at most of the major EDM fests in America. That's been great for his career -- but what does becoming a genre figurehead mean for your actual music? On “Atmosphere,” it means getting more musical -- some of these tracks barely flirt with dance beats at all. Instead, there are winding little orchestras and even more prominent places for his raft of female guest vocalists.
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October 15, 2013 | By August Brown
Mumford & Sons have called it a day (for now) at the top of their game. Avicii is dropping bluegrass into his overcaffeinated EDM. Ed Sheeran is hanging out with Taylor Swift and One Direction. What the heck is going on with mainstream folk music today? Now that we're a few years into the pickin'-and-grinnin' takeover of U.S. top-40, the world's vintage-clad pop acts are figuring out where to go next. The Seattle combo the Head and the Heart opens up a bit on "Let's Be Still," its first since 2009's surprise self-titled hit, proving there is life after banjos for these bands.
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January 15, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After bringing his shimmering brand of old-school pizazz to the Super Bowl, Bruno Mars will head back out on the road. The performer will launch the next leg of his current Moonshine Jungle tour with a 40-date trek across North America. Pharrell , who coolly ruled 2013 and has a slot at Coachella this year, is s et to support Mars on a handful of dates. Aloe Blacc , whose star power go t a jolt of lightning courtesy of Avicii's “Wake Me Up,” will largely support Mars on the road.
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October 15, 2013 | By August Brown
Mumford & Sons have called it a day (for now) at the top of their game. Avicii is dropping bluegrass into his overcaffeinated EDM. Ed Sheeran is hanging out with Taylor Swift and One Direction. What the heck is going on with mainstream folk music today? Now that we're a few years into the pickin'-and-grinnin' takeover of U.S. top-40, the world's vintage-clad pop acts are figuring out where to go next. The Seattle combo the Head and the Heart opens up a bit on "Let's Be Still," its first since 2009's surprise self-titled hit, proving there is life after banjos for these bands.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. The Forum The Eagles, Jan. 15, 17-18 (now); Justin Timberlake, Jan. 20 (Fri.) Hollywood Bowl Katy Perry's Can We Survive -- Music for Life, Oct. 23; Avicii, Nov. 9 (now) Belasco Theatre M.I.A., Nov. 11-12 (now) RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts Hollywood Palladium Robin Thicke, Oct. 26 (Fri.) The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church Andrew Bird, Dec. 19-20 (Fri.)
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September 25, 2013 | By August Brown
Avicii has gone from being EDM's cautionary tale to the mega-star everyone initially suspected he might become. All it took was a little bluegrass. The Swedish producer, riding his latest hillbilly-dance-floor smash "Wake Me Up," has just announced a solo headlining date at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 19. Tickets for the general public go on sale at noon Friday. Sander van Doorn and Excision will open. Avicii isn't the first electronic act to headline the Bowl (we remember a distinctly loud Chemical Brothers show a few years back)
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September 11, 2013 | By August Brown
Since his most recent double-album “Fire & Ice,” Kaskade has become shorthand for the arrival of stadium-sized EDM shows in America. After a decade honing his pointedly emotional, populist sound, he was the first dance act to headline Staples Center, and topped bills at most of the major EDM fests in America. That's been great for his career -- but what does becoming a genre figurehead mean for your actual music? On “Atmosphere,” it means getting more musical -- some of these tracks barely flirt with dance beats at all. Instead, there are winding little orchestras and even more prominent places for his raft of female guest vocalists.
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April 2, 2013 | By August Brown
In the latest issue of GQ, writer Jessica Pressler followed the superstar Swedish DJ Avicii around for a few nights leading up to his New Year's Eve show. The result was a long profile that attempted to document what, exactly, today's crop of megawatt DJs are actually doing onstage at a marquee performance, and what a once-underground culture looks like once a few years' worth of insane money and attention have soaked in. The article was especially notable for a few quotes where Pressler says Avicii admits that much of his set is pre-planned, and that he's mostly just mixing volumes and a few effects onstage.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After bringing his shimmering brand of old-school pizazz to the Super Bowl, Bruno Mars will head back out on the road. The performer will launch the next leg of his current Moonshine Jungle tour with a 40-date trek across North America. Pharrell , who coolly ruled 2013 and has a slot at Coachella this year, is s et to support Mars on a handful of dates. Aloe Blacc , whose star power go t a jolt of lightning courtesy of Avicii's “Wake Me Up,” will largely support Mars on the road.
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February 14, 2013 | By August Brown
Last week, a DJ threw a rave at Vanguard. This in and of itself was pretty unremarkable; for years, the imposing East Hollywood warehouse plunked amid car dealerships and the 101 overpass was a staple of L.A. dance music culture, regularly hosting deep-house veterans like Marques Wyatt, even if the room itself was a bit bedraggled. Yet on that particular night, the DJ was the Swedish neo-house festival-topper Avicii and the club was packed to capacity with svelte 1-percenters and younger, rowdier club kids buzzing with improbable news: Vanguard is back on the map. “It was so much better than we expected,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for the hospitality conglomerate SBE. “We were actually wondering afterwards, 'Did we just hurt ourselves here?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By August Brown
The Swedish producer Avicii (also known as Tim Bergling) is best known for sampling Etta James on his world-crushing single "Le7els. " But his next batch of source material might be slightly more obscure.  For a new single, he's put out on open call for fans to submit instrumental tracks that he'll "executive produce" into a full song. " Avicii x You " creates a whole platform for fans to upload, vote on and share their original stem tracks for " Melody, Bassline, Beat & Rhythm, Break or Effects . " Every week, Bergling will pick from the top vote-getters and use the files to arrange a new track set for a Feb. 26 release, while fans can earn prizes ranging from merch up to formal album credits and interviews as part of the song's mainstream press push.  To his credit, this "Avicii x You" project is pretty refined in its one-off collaborative mission and isn't the same as, say, Amanda Palmer's plan to use unpaid backup musicians   on a tour.
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