October 15, 2013 |
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.
October 2, 2013 |
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.)
September 25, 2013 |
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)
September 11, 2013 |
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.
April 2, 2013 |
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.
February 14, 2013 |
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?