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October 6, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Last September, the DJ and electronica artist Adam Bravin (who performs as Adam 12) spun a set of hip-hop and soul at an Obama fundraising event at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. It was his second time DJ'ing a campaign event, and Obama's staff wanted him to come backstage to meet the president. But on the way to the receiving line, a guest spilled a cup of coffee all over his white clothes. "The only extra shirt I had in my car was one for a friend's drug charity that said, 'The only coke I do is diet,'" Bravin recalled.
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April 27, 2014 | Times staff and wire service reports
Michael Heisley Billionaire businessman moved NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis Michael Heisley, 77, a billionaire businessman who moved the NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis and made an unsuccessful bid to buy the Dodgers in 2012, died Saturday, the Grizzlies said. Heisley, who sold his basketball team before the start of the 2012-13 season, suffered a stroke last year. Co-founder of The Heico Companies, Heisley was a computer salesman who parlayed investments in underperforming businesses into a corporation with interests in food production, heavy equipment, pre-engineered metal buildings and other industries.
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July 22, 2013 | By August Brown
One of the more interesting things happening at the fringes of dance music right now is that artists are re-defining what it means to be dancey. In one corner, you've got artists like Nicolas Jaar and Maya Jane Coles who play all the big tents at mainstream dance music festivals, but who also feel free to lose that throbbing four-on-the-floor template to play around in weirder, atmospheric musical spaces. And on the other end, you've got a band like Soft Metals, an experimental L.A. duo who use all the basic tools of dance music - hard, repetitive kick drums and tangles of arpeggiated synths -  but the end result is moody and punky and definitely un-celebratory.
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April 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
As the second and final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was in full swing, Lauren Mayberry of rising electro-pop trio Chvrches assured attendees that they had made the right choice. "You guys are lucky," she said midset Saturday. "Last week was a rehearsal. " She wasn't the only one thankful for a do-over. A reunited OutKast completely revamped its Friday night set, delivering a livelier and more streamlined performance, one that did away with guests and didn't back-load the hits.
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September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Warner Music Group Corp. has tapped Bart Cools to lead its electronic dance music strategy as it pushes to take advantage of the growing EDM genre. Cools, a key architect of EDM star David Guetta's dramatic rise, will hold the newly created position of executive vice president for global A&R and marketing for dance music at Warner Recorded Music.  Cools, who will report to Atlantic Records Chairman and Chief Executive Craig Kallman, came to Warner when the record company closed its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group  from Universal Music Group in July.
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March 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening. In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars. In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM. Pop Bites: Lea Michele, Robin Thicke and more In contrast, Beatport - the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans - will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
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May 30, 2010 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times
On a recent afternoon, Gary Richards was standing in his Hollywood office in front of a detailed map of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the 36-acre plot just east of Chinatown. Richards, who has promoted dozens of gatherings under the moniker Hard Events, is planning his first parties on public land, and, as he's learned by now, a new venue requires extra attention. Where will the thousands enter? How much electricity will be needed? Through which hidden corners will the gate-crashers try to sneak?
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December 29, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
When Brazilian electronic musician Amon Tobin took the stage at the Greek Theatre for his headlining set in October, fans couldn't see much of him. That's because he was concealed behind panes of opaque, electrically charged specialty glass, part of an enormous Cubist lighting contraption that filled the stage. From a booth in the crowd, technicians projection-mapped images onto the milky blocks, turning the stage into a color montage cued to the music, punctuated with images of space travel (fitting, as Tobin was wearing a full-body astronaut suit)
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February 13, 2012 | By August Brown and Margaret Wappler
The collaborative performance for dance music on Sunday night's Grammy telecast, featuring electronic music superstars David Guetta and Deadmau5, was a confused, if well-meaning, picture of dance music's place and influence in current pop. The two heavyweight DJs were joined onstage by a broad array of artists, including rockers Foo Fighters, rapper Lil' Wayne, and R&B singer Chris Brown. A relative newcomer to the Grammy's, with two major categories less than a decade old, the dance music performance was a necessary addition to the show in a year when dance music culture swept across American radio, festivals, clubs and the Internet.
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October 9, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Among the English artists conspicuously missing from the London Olympics' closing ceremony - the so-called "Symphony of British Music" that featured performances by the Who, One Direction and dozens more - was Ellie Goulding, whose 2010 electro-pop debut, "Lights," topped U.K. charts before breaking here this past summer. But maybe Goulding was excluded because she'd already taken part in another era-defining event across the pond: the wedding last year of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO - The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been referred to by some as Bro-chella since at least 2008, when the annual desert gathering featured such dude-friendly headliners as Jack Johnson and Roger Waters. The latest edition, which ran Friday through Sunday at the Empire Polo Club before repeating this weekend, had a bit of the bro about it, with performances by dub step king Skrillex, stoner-rap MC Kid Cudi and jock-jammy alt-rockers Foster the People. But a different atmosphere seemed to settle over the festival during its initial three-day blast.
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April 9, 2014 | By August Brown
Last May, the Dutch dance music label Spinnin' Records quietly uploaded part of a new track to its social media accounts. "Animals (Teaser)" was an instrumental number, full of evil sing-songy synth riffs and stuttering drums. Early speculation pegged the song as a new single from established dance stars like GTA or Hardwell. But the actual artist was Dutch producer Martin Garrix, 17, and "Animals" became the breakout single of the electronic dance music circuit last year. Today the "Animals" official YouTube video has more than 200 million views.
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March 26, 2014 | By August Brown
The electronic music conference IMS Engage is getting cinematic this year. The Ibiza-based lecture and conversation series -- a project from EDM legend and new Angeleno Pete Tong and several music-biz colleagues -- debuted in L.A. last year with guests including Skrillex, Diplo and Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey. On April 16 at the W hotel in Hollywood, this year's speakers will focus on how EDM is intertwining with the film world. Moby, one of the first wave of electronic artists to break big in America, will talk with director David Lynch (himself an experimental musician as well)
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March 9, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Rank amateurs and charlatans. That's how 99% of today's pop and R&B musicians come off compared to the masterful- on-multiple-fronts performance Prince and his New Power Generation band delivered Saturday during his surprise show at the Hollywood Palladium. Although fans who scrambled to get tickets (at $100 a pop) for the show announced over Twitter and Facebook late Saturday afternoon had to wait 2½ hours past the announced start time of 8 p.m. for the Purple One's arrival, as soon as he and NPG exploded into “Big City,” any grousing fell by the wayside.
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March 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening. In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars. In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM. Pop Bites: Lea Michele, Robin Thicke and more In contrast, Beatport - the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans - will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
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February 4, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.
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November 5, 1995 | Daniel Cariaga
BRIEFLY: Russian conductor and founder of the Russian National Orchestra Mikhail Pletnev, in town this week to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in four performances of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Sixth, will be honored at a private reception on Sunday afternoon by the California-based Russian Arts Foundation.
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August 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
The cavernous dance club in downtown L.A. is hopping, and the weekend is still a day away. The club is ordinarily a hotbed of thumping house music, but tonight, the headliner - Houston-born jazz pianist and bandleader Robert Glasper - is switching things up. Behind a bank of keyboards, Glasper leads his quartet through a restless swirl of searching piano melody, causing the crowd to sway under the hazy colored lights. As the song gathers into focus, one musician begins repeating an unmistakable, 40-year-old refrain, his voice shaded by electronics: "A love supreme….
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December 27, 2013 | By August Brown
Britney Spears helped usher dance music into the American pop mainstream with propulsive hit singles like "Toxic" and "Till the World Ends. " So it's only fair that Las Vegas EDM culture is now returning the favor. Sin City's recent musical revamp - from the home of moribund legacy acts into the planet's most high-rolling DJ haven - has laid the groundwork for Britney's debut residency. The performer's "Piece of Me" kicks off Friday night at Planet Hollywood. It's unparalleled for a contemporary, major Top 40 pop act to embark on a long-term Vegas engagement while they're still on the charts - and on the playlists of people under 35. Britney's new show may prove a game changer, and it probably wouldn't have happened without the ascent of dance music in Vegas.
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November 27, 2013 | By August Brown
If any Pop & Hiss readers were wondering where your intrepid dance music writer was the last week, I'm thrilled to say that the short answer is this: a Jamaican vegan trap-music bar with a "Cool Runnings" theme and a fake beach that abuts the Berlin Wall in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Sure, Berghain's just down the street. But for what it's worth, I'm siding with YAAM as my favorite nightclub in Berlin, which is the best nightclub city on Earth right now.  I was over there visiting an ex-patriated old friend and full-time Berliner musician.
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