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April 28, 1991 | DON SNOWDEN, Don Snowden writes about jazz and pop music for The Times. and
Will dance music--so maligned during the '70s disco era--have the last laugh in the '90s? It's not a bad bet. At a time when rock is suffering from a lack of creative vitality, dance music is becoming a growing creative and commercial force in pop music. Far more creative than the mainstream dance-pop of Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson, today's dance music has a radical and daring sound that has risen from underground dance clubs, especially in New York and Europe.
June 25, 1995 | Dennis Romero, Dennis Romero is a staff writer for The Times' Life & Style section
The house is rocking, but the stage is empty on a Saturday night at the Dome. Hundreds of excited eyes and death-grip fists aim the other way, at a booth that hangs high above the floor at this Hollywood Boulevard hot spot. That's where Keoki, a slight man who wears spiked wristbands and enough silver to start his own pawnshop, plays his music. The girls screech and the guys lose their heads in his sound. But he's no Elvis. He's the deejay.
January 2, 2007 | Kevin Bronson, Times Staff Writer
Tony Denison had it right. The actor, who plays Det. Andy Flynn on "The Closer," greeted photographers on the red carpet at the Gridlock LA New Year's Eve celebration on Sunday night with arms outstretched and palms skyward, as if he were giving a blessing. "This is the international sign for 'I hope it doesn't rain,' " he said.
April 23, 2000 | STEVE APPLEFORD, Steve Appleford is a regular contributor to Calendar
Dance music is just not enough. Or at least not always--even for Simon Ratcliffe. He's half of Basement Jaxx, the acclaimed London duo that has built its reputation by mixing classic house beats with a variety of pop music genres. The pair has even revealed a weakness for, of all things, guitars and human vocals amid the electronic beats. That can be a controversial notion to some of the dance world's true believers. In those circles, anything but hard, urgent beats can often be heard as heresy.
April 13, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When the lineup for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced in January, the reaction among a particular demographic of electronic dance music fans was swift and merciless, best captured on the festival's message board by one user: "It's like a VIP-bottle Las Vegas casino nightclub has taken over the Sahara. " Translated: Many dance music snobs are disgruntled about the offerings in the big dance tent and elsewhere on the pitch. That sentiment has since been echoed often, and with good reason: The presence of superstar DJs like David Guetta, Kaskade, Martin Solveig, Swedish House Mafia - all mainstream dance producers who have taken over the top of the Billboard charts or have sold out mega-tours in the past year - suggests to many that Coachella has lost sight of the dance music vanguard, running counter to the festival's philosophy of bringing the best forward-thinking music to the desert.
April 15, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, CALIF. — Cool temperatures, drizzle and wind didn't dampen the spirits of campers like Jonathan Tesfaye on Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The 24-year-old Texan still looked forward to playing impromptu volleyball games on the festival's campgrounds in the middle of the night and watching some of his favorite bands throughout the weekend. "I'm not stoked it's raining," Tesfaye said, "but this is about the whole experience. " Coachella, which kicked off Friday at Indio's Empire Polo Club, long ago graduated from music event to vacation destination.
June 27, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Wednesday, Los Angeles-based electronic dance music promoter Hard Events, which presents some of Los Angeles' biggest and most successful events of its kind, announced its sale to Live Nation Entertainment, one of the world's largest concert and ticketing conglomerates. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, offers further confirmation that electronic dance music and its many subgenres, including house, techno, dubstep and electro, have crossed over into the mainstream and now earn enough to warrant corporate interest.
August 5, 2012 | By August Brown
Amid the bass-heavy bluster at the second night of the electronica festival HARD Summer on Saturday in Los Angeles' Chinatown, the best song anyone played was a Neil Young cover. James Murphy, the LCD Soundsystem frontman and an inspired crate-digger of rare disco cuts, was a few tunes into his late-night DJ set when he quietly slipped in an edit of the folk rocker's “Harvest Moon” by the local dance duo Poolside. It's an unlikely fit for a rave tent, as Young's version is a spooky, minimal tune about maturing love.
April 28, 2003 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
From Christopher Lawrence to Masters at Work (the DJ team of Little Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez), Day 1 of the Coachella festival's dance-music lineup was rich with memorable performances. However, the dance MVP was the fans. From early Saturday afternoon until the end of Roger Sanchez's set around midnight, dance enthusiasts filled the expansive Sahara tent with an electricity that never faded and often eclipsed the festival's two stages and two other tents. L.A.'
November 26, 2012 | By August Brown
John Tejada is one of the most accomplished Angelenos in electronic dance music. His producing and label-boss (of Palette Recordings) career spans more than 15 years; he's penned some of the genre's most reliably show-stopping singles, such as “Sweat on the Walls” and “Mono on Mono,” and cut two albums for the pace-setting German label Kompakt, including this year's “The Predicting Machine.” Commensurately, L.A. has been ground zero...
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