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August 26, 2010
One of the leading lights operating from the bleeding edge of electronica and avant-garde immersion, the Chemical Brothers claim the Bowl for a long night of danceable, multimedia brain melting. They're bringing the electro-funk fromage titans Chromeo and the arty floor-fillers Yacht along for the ride. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. Sun. $17.25-$141. (323) 850-2000.
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February 13, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows happening over the next few days. Secret Chiefs 3  Ostensibly led by one of Mike Patton's former cohorts in the reliably unhinged Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3 traffics in a sort of genre-blind musical mystery not often seen these days. For upward of 10 years, Trey Spruance has been delivering a curious hybird that twists up Arabian music, heavy-bassed electronica, Ennio Morricone-informed soundscapes and, for good measure, serrated-edged surf rock.
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September 2, 2012 | By August Brown
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.
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September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
So there's one pretty big show of goth-tinged electronica happening Saturday night at Staples Center. But a second, and arguably more evil, bill is on tap at Complex in Glendale that same night. Actress and Evian Christ are two of the most inventive acts in experimental electronica right now. They don't share much genre-wise. Actress' fragmented noise suites are nominally rooted in minimal dance music, while Evian Christ's foggy, jittery samples come from hip-hop. But while they've planted flags on the fringes of their genres, they're pleasing high-profile ears.
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June 27, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Three Sundays ago, the electronica DJ known as Kaskade flew into Las Vegas to spend a raucous afternoon spinning music at a poolside party at Steve Wynn's uber-plush Encore hotel. Pool clubs in recent years have become a prized means of monetization in Las Vegas, and the $70-million, 60,000-square-foot Encore Beach Club, with design and décor redolent of a 1960s Saint-Tropez pleasure dome, aims to one-up its more prosaic rivals that have proliferated like palm trees along The Strip.
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September 24, 1997 | ROSE APODACA JONES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Electronica was supposed to herald a new era in music: faceless musicians motivated more by their art than their desire to become rock stars. There was a catch, though. This complicated and convoluted genre is made not by machines, as the misconception goes, but by humans. Humans have something machines don't: egos. Two of the genre's most sizable, with swollen followings to match, belong to deejay sensations Keoki and Carl Cox.
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November 1, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
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April 25, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN
Record industry insiders were wrong in their predictions that electronica was going to be the next big commercial thing in pop, but that's no reason not to check out some enticing new works that touch to varying degrees on the British dance-scene movement, including collections by Badmarsh+Shri, Prodigy's Liam Howlett and Underworld. All three are in this guide to how to keep up with what's exciting in pop on an album budget of $50 a month.
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August 16, 2007 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
THE history of tango can be divided roughly into three chapters. First came its golden era -- the first five decades of the 20th century, when tango developed into the achingly beautiful genre that reflected life in the hopelessly melancholy city of Buenos Aires. From the 1960s to the '80s, it was revolutionized by Astor Piazzolla, a daring composer who brought jazz and classical influences into the mix.
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October 1, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
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April 4, 2013 | By August Brown
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.
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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 .
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January 17, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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.
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November 1, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
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October 1, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
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September 2, 2012 | By August Brown
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.
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June 8, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The black-and-white mood piece "Ultrasonic" - about a musician who might be losing his mind - is the kind of grimly serious low-budget indie that wants to shake up perceptions about our engagement with the world, but mistakes repetition for resonance. Silas Gordon Brigham plays Simon, an aspiring rocker with an adoring wife (Cate Buscher) and not a few stresses in his life, including money struggles and a baby on the way. When Simon begins to hear recurring noises, however, it's his conspiracy-theorist brother Jonas (Sam Repshas)
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May 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The clean, crisp modern lines of "Tron" have been replaced by the chaotic, rose-colored acid trip of "Alice in Wonderland," but outside of an extensive cosmetic makeover, little has changed now that Disney California Adventure has rethemed its nightly dance party from ElecTRONica   to the Mad T Party. PHOTOS: Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure The shiny new look seems tailor-made for the short attention spans of the wall-to-wall under-25 crowd of mostly high school and college kids who have made the alcohol-infused and music-centric outdoor rave a wildly popular success at the Anaheim theme park.
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August 2, 2012
MUSIC Dubstep-dance auteur Skrillex, reunited neo-post-punkers Bloc Party and scads of au courant dance acts and DJs fill out the bill of the annual electronica show HARD Summer, the first for HARD since its acquisition by Live Nation. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., L.A. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. $129-$250. Hardsummer.com.
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June 29, 2012 | By August Brown
When we interviewed M83's Anthony Gonzalez earlier this year, the French epic-electronica producer mentioned film work as a major new goal. Recounting a trip to Joshua Tree, he said: " You just drive for an hour, and it's like being in a sci-fi movie out there, which was perfect for the kind of music I make. " He can now check "sci-fi epic score-writing" off that list -- he's been tapped to compose original music for Tom Cruise's new thriller, "Oblivion. " The Playlist reports that the film's director, Joseph Kosinski, who previously helmed"Tron: Legacy"(which had an original score by another French electronica act, Daft Punk)
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