May 1, 2013 |
Kelis has taken up a new sound. Again. Three years after going EDM on her album "Flesh Tone" (which included collaborations with David Guetta and Boys Noize, among others), the shape-shifting singer announced that she's completed its follow-up, titled "Food" and due out in September, according to Pitchfork . Kelis, who broke out in the late '90s and early '00s with a series of adventurous R&B singles produced by the Neptunes, recorded the new disc with Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.
March 14, 2013
While most of the EDM establishment is cavorting at Winter Music Conference in Miami, some of the genre's biggest names will head to L.A. for Beyond Wonderland, one of Insomniac's bigger annual events. Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello, Afrojack, pop titan David Guetta and rising acts such as Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Arty and Rebecca & Fiona top a pretty thorough bill of contemporary EDM. San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino. 4 p.m. Sat. $75-$150.
January 7, 2013 |
Those looking for further evidence that electronic dance music has consolidated its power on the Las Vegas Strip need look no further than Monday's announcement of 2013 residencies at the Wynn Las Vegas. A veritable feast of electronic dance music producers and DJs will appear at the upscale casino's clubs Surrender, Tryst, XS and Encore Beach Club, including Bassnectar, Skrillex, Diplo, Nero, AVICII, David Guetta, will.i.am, Afrojack, Rusko and Madeon, among dozens of others. Wynn's stacked roster shows continued commitment by the casino to lure a fast-living, big-spending all-night dance crowd, the kind that made hot spots out of Ibiza, Berlin and Miami. But it's not just at the Wynn, of course.
September 15, 2012 |
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)
August 10, 2012 |
Last week's Tomorrowland festival in Boom, Belgium, is notable for more than being the biggest electronic dance music festival in the world. It has also always been one of the festivals friendliest to female DJs, in a genre that has been a boys club for as long as there have been two turntables and a microphone, and this year that was more apparent than ever, with 19 female acts appearing. Two of the hottest duos on the EDM circuit -- Sweden's Rebecca Scheja and her partner-in-crime, Fiona Fitzpatrick, who together form the flashy tandem Rebecca & Fiona, along with Australia's twin-sister sensation, Miriam and Olivia Nervo, or simply NERVO (in caps)
July 26, 2012
MUSIC Over nine albums, Ryan Raddon's alias Kaskade has shifted from orthodox house- and trance-inspired tracks into blown-out populist anthems rooted in melody and sultry chorus hooks, often performed by female guest vocalists. Other producers like David Guetta have introduced dance sounds and structures into Top 40 pop, but Kaskade's latest double-album set "Fire & Ice" proved his potential to take the genre to mainstream listeners without changing its fundamental aesthetics. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri., $20-$65.