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.
June 27, 2010 |
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.
September 24, 1997 |
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.
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.
April 25, 1999 |
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.
August 16, 2007 |
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.