April 4, 2013 |
While L.A. dance fans are prepping their sunscreen and skimpy attire for Coachella, another Southland electronica festival has announced a lineup worth noting. The Do LaB's annual Lightning in a Bottle made its poster official today, and it features some unexpected top billings. Nicolas Jaar, the young jazz-infused experimentalist who stunned a sold-out Echoplex last year , leads a pack of electronic acts that includes the reggae-dabbling dubstep auteur Rusko, Tycho's psychedelic meditations and the globe-trotting acid house vet Lee Burridge.
March 21, 2013
Eric Woodhead's music as Doldrums is a product of its times — skittish laptop electronica made from diced up samples and woozy, vibey synthesizers. But he's got a bit of pop streak that cuts through the digital fog. Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri., $10. Foldsilverlake.com .
January 17, 2013 |
Like soccer, the current electronic dance music craze arrived late to South America after being invented decades earlier and thousands of miles away. But as eventually happened with fútbol , the prodigies of Latin America are schooling the rest of the world in how to play the game. The reasons for South America's surging EDM scene should be obvious. Take a region rich in compelling beats (salsa, cumbia, mambo, merengue, vallenato, reggaeton) and melodic textures that are ripe for digital sampling and splicing.
November 1, 2012 |
Here's a hot clubland tip: There's a venue near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Ivar Avenue in Hollywood where indie-electronica artists playing major L.A. headlining dates will hop on a laptop for exclusive after-party DJ sets. "Congratulations L.A. Times, you've discovered Amoeba Music," you might be groaning into your newspaper. Nice one. Now quit rolling your eyes and walk down the street from Amoeba into Lure, and check your expectations about Hollywood fist-pumping dance clubs at the door.
October 1, 2012 |
About an hour before Steven Ellison's debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl as Flying Lotus last month, he got news that made his blood run cold. The elaborate audio-visual rig he'd prepared for his set was screwing up. He'd planned to debut an immersive array of projections on a mesh screen in front of him while he performed his ethereal and beat-chopped electronica. Thousands upon thousands of fans were outside waiting for him. But minutes before his set, they just couldn't make the thing work.
September 2, 2012 |
When the British electronic auteur James Blake tried to play his delicate, piano-rooted pieces at FYF Fest on Saturday, one particular sound kept intruding on the mood. It was a kick drum, from an adjacent tent, where the duo Tanlines pumped out spritzes of charming, easygoing dance-pop. Onstage, Blake laughed uneasily at the overwhelming volume disparity - it's hard to cover Joni Mitchell's “A Case of You” while next door's raging dance party bleeds into your monitor mix. But those crossed wires summed up the electronica-heavy night shift at Saturday's FYF. No one could quite decide on the right proportions between pop, noise and danceability - and that posed a question for how this punkish fest plans to compete with the scads of profitable electro carnivals in L.A. and beyond.