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April 13, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes even the most devoted ravers outgrow their fairy wings and neon bikinis. The 160,000 people expected to attend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the next two weekends will find a new electronic music tent with the kind of accouterments rarely seen at these venues - including air conditioning, a hardwood floor and comfy chairs. The new Yuma tent is a world apart from the bare grass floors and body heat of other tents, reflecting maturing tastes and older fans.
March 28, 2013 | By August Brown
With hangovers from the Ultra Music Fest still fresh in their throbbing heads, some of the most important names in dance music will make another run of it in Hollywood on April 17 at a new edition of the International Music Summit. The recurring Ibiza-based conversation series -- a more sober and dance-business-focused gathering -- makes its inaugural L.A. turn at the W Hotel after a satellite event at last year's Coachella festival. The conference will host a full day of interviews between titans of electronic dance music, tech and the music-biz infrastructure.
March 9, 2013 | By August Brown
The snow machines were a welcome touch at Swedish House Mafia's Friday farewell set in Chinatown. On a night with miserable outdoor concert weather -- chilly temperatures, with just enough rain to turn the L.A. State Historic Park into a frigid mud slurry -- when the trio of DJs kicked on the midfield snowblowers, you could almost pretend that you were actually raving astride a Swedish fjord. Almost. “Serious respect to the girls who came out dressed in bikinis on this … warm spring night,” joked one of the Mafia members from atop a monolithic tiered stage at the park's north end. “That's the kind of friends we have.” If EDM artists and festivals have enjoyed a perpetual spring and summer in America over the last few years, the retirement of Swedish House Mafia might herald a changing season.
March 4, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Detroit, Chicago and Manchester all had their moment as mad laboratories of electronic dance music. Now it's Monterrey's turn. Mexico's second-largest metropolis, a manufacturing hub, now specializes in the art of industrial noise. Texturally speaking, Monterrey's prime contribution to EDM's thumping ambience has been introducing the exuberant rhythms of northern Mexico and the Caribbean - specifically cumbia, vallenato and norteño, and accordion tracks - to the four-on-the-floor status quo. No band currently is more emblematic of that renegade sound than 3BALLMTY (pronounced tribal or tree-ball Monterrey)
February 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
If your dad advises you not to go into the family business, it's perhaps understandable when the family business happens to be fighting fires or window-washing skyscrapers. But it might seem odd that Raul and Mexia Hernández's dad urged his sons not to become musicians. Music, after all, has been very good not only to their father, Hernán Hernández, but also to his brothers and cousins who make up the superstar Mexican norteño band Los Tigres del Norte. "One thing my dad always mentioned to us was the sacrifices you have to make, being away from your family, and kind of missing those things, the graduations, the soccer games," Mexia recalled recently.
February 20, 2013 | by Randall Roberts
It's debatable whether you should listen to the Soft Pink Truth's remix of Baltimore duo Matmos' new track, "Aetheric Vehicle," before or after you read about the music's origins and the philosophy behind it. Either way you win, but the remix, which is making its U.S. premiere on Pop & Hiss, certainly has a fascinating back story. So do Matmos, who will perform at the Masonic Hall at Hollywood Forever cemetery on Monday. A remix of a track from the group's excellent forthcoming record, “The Marriage of True Minds,” “Aetheric Vehicle” is the result of a project that harnessed what Matmos described in the liner notes as “psychic experimental sessions” to create the concepts that the pair then translated into music.
February 10, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Last year's Grammy Awards were somewhat anticlimactic - everyone expected Adele to win everything, and she did. This year's field is wide open, though, with diverse major contenders and no consensus front-runner in top categories. PHOTOS:   Top nominees  |  Snubs & surprises  |  Nominations concert  |  Full coverage The main four categories skew young this year, but the nominees are spread across a variety of genres and include both newcomers and relative veterans.
February 8, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Dressed in a black leather punk jacket, Al Walser leans conspiratorially across a glass table in a Mid-Wilshire office suite. It's stacked with paperwork, golf clubs and a placard deeming the space an Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Liechtenstein. This is the home of Cut the Bull Entertainment, the production, management and marketing firm of this year's most improbable Grammy nominee. "Have you read that book 'The Mouse That Roared'?" asks the aspiring music mogul from Liechtenstein.
February 7, 2013
Re "Raves take a toll while raising cities' income," Feb. 3 If the purpose of this article is to unite the dance music community in Los Angeles, then it has worked. Implying that a festival promoter is somehow responsible for the overdoses of a few people is tantamount to blaming NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the drunk driving that goes on after football games. The only difference is that alcohol is sold publicly at those games. Promoter Pasquale Rotella's events require that patrons are at least 18 years old and that they undergo body checks.
January 14, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. A number of factors contributed to the power of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' show in Pomona on Friday night. Among them: the fans, the venue, the spirit, the sound, the moshing, the opening band, the headliners and the casual feeling that we were all at a rehearsal space hanging out. Appearing in a warm-up show in advance of their forthcoming fourth album, which arrives in the spring, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the hub around which all this positive action occurred.
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