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March 24, 2014 | By August Brown
Add "being in on the joke" to the long list of things that Skrillex does well. The EDM producer kicks off his surprise debut LP "Recess" with a track called "All's Fair in Love and Brostep," winking at the fact that he's responsible for making bass music safe for frat-house jello wrestling pools. The 26-year-old Sonny Moore has always been a lot smarter than that reputation would suggest though, and "Recess" is his most ambitious and varied collection. While Skrillex may have found the perfect setting for his music in last year's guns-drugs-and-dubstep flick "Spring Breakers," "Recess" is a similar road trip through his many interests and vices.
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April 13, 2014 | By August Brown
There was a huge, heaving mass of Coachella fans listening to time-shifting, hard-riffing music with an apocalyptic sci-fi bent last night. But they weren't watching the headliner Muse. While a trickle of committed fans progged out with the English hard rock trio, all the action was deep in the Sahara tent last night, where the 26-year-old Sonny Moore led a beyond-capacity crowd in a reverie of the restless, insistent party music he makes as Skrillex. The producer is one of the kingpins of the American EDM wave, riding a tide of harsh bass music to the headliner slot of almost ever major electronic music fest in the U.S. But after the surprise release of his new album "Recess," which touches on deep reggae, K-pop and a thousand other influences, his Coachella set cemented just how much bigger his project is. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 Moore took the stage in an update of his spaceship stage motif, where he appears to be performing in the cockpit of some junked "Star Wars" fighter plane.
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February 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
One would think Skrillex would be used to nabbing Grammys by now. Having scored three statues last year, the former best new artist nominee was awarded another big night Sunday, taking home three awards and beating out Deadmau5, Kaskade and surprise nominee Al Walser along the way. The dubstep spinster sheepishly emerged backstage (who doesn't like dozens of reporters staring at you?), where he chatted about scoring Harmony Korine's upcoming film “Spring Breakers,” working with ASAP Rocky and maintaining his underground credibility now that he's dipped into the mainstream.
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March 27, 2014 | By August Brown
After the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expanded to two weekends a couple of years ago, many bands capitalized on the gap days by playing extra shows around L.A. and Indio, Calif. Now, EDM promoters LED are getting some of the fest's marquee dance artists in on the act too. The San Diego promotion firm (now partners with Goldenvoice) has booked Coachella dance headliners including Skrillex, Martin Garrix and Disclosure for daytime dates at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs.
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August 24, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
One would think that L.A.-based electronic producer Skrillex would stick closer to home for his just-announced festival, "With Your Friends. " But instead, he and fellow producer Pretty Lights on Friday planted their stakes in the country music capital of the world, Nashville. Could new subgenres bass twang and country-step be far behind? Skrillex in the last two years has risen to superstar status and nearly singlehandedly propelled his noise-heavy version of dubstep into the mainstream.
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March 27, 2014 | By August Brown
After the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expanded to two weekends a couple of years ago, many bands capitalized on the gap days by playing extra shows around L.A. and Indio, Calif. Now, EDM promoters LED are getting some of the fest's marquee dance artists in on the act too. The San Diego promotion firm (now partners with Goldenvoice) has booked Coachella dance headliners including Skrillex, Martin Garrix and Disclosure for daytime dates at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs.
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August 7, 2013 | By August Brown
Just days after wrapping up its flagship Hard Summer event, Hard Events announced that dubstep kingpin Skrillex and the EDM wiseacre Deadmau5 will headline its fall festival Hard Day of the Dead . The fest, now a two-day affair, sports just as much headline muscle as its summer cousin. Nero, Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize and Pretty Lights are among the immediate undercard; underground-leaning acts include Jamie Jones, Benoit & Sergio, Maya Jane Coles, Tokimonsta, Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb.
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February 10, 2013 | By August Brown
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Although the 2013 Grammy winners won't be known for one more day, the winner for best Grammy party may no longer be in doubt. At about 11 p.m. Friday night, pretty much the entire dance-music establishment was being whisked to the top floors of a skyscraper in South Park. This was Skrillex's pre-Grammy party for the AIDS charity Dance (RED), Save Lives, and it looked like a rave thrown in the boardroom of a multinational energy conglomerate (kind of an apt metaphor for the genre these days)
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November 3, 2013 | By August Brown
Sometimes, it's OK to throw the same festival twice. Dance-music fans scanning the lineup at Saturday's Hard Day of the Dead  festival at L.A. State Historic Park north of downtown might be forgiven for thinking they'd raved themselves through a cosmic wormhole back to 2012. Headlining acts including Skrillex, Nero, the Bloody Beetroots and Boys Noize all played Hard's summer festival just last year. Along with all the heebie-jeebies from the Día de los Muertos costumes in the crowd, it was hard not to feel some déjà vu as well.
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April 13, 2014 | By August Brown
There was a huge, heaving mass of Coachella fans listening to time-shifting, hard-riffing music with an apocalyptic sci-fi bent last night. But they weren't watching the headliner Muse. While a trickle of committed fans progged out with the English hard rock trio, all the action was deep in the Sahara tent last night, where the 26-year-old Sonny Moore led a beyond-capacity crowd in a reverie of the restless, insistent party music he makes as Skrillex. The producer is one of the kingpins of the American EDM wave, riding a tide of harsh bass music to the headliner slot of almost ever major electronic music fest in the U.S. But after the surprise release of his new album "Recess," which touches on deep reggae, K-pop and a thousand other influences, his Coachella set cemented just how much bigger his project is. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 Moore took the stage in an update of his spaceship stage motif, where he appears to be performing in the cockpit of some junked "Star Wars" fighter plane.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" has stopped the competition cold -- again. The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney film topped the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, reflecting sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week ending March 23. With a 104% increase over the previous week (when "Frozen" was also No. 1), that's the biggest weekly number the album has logged since it came out in November -- an unusual time for such an achievement, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out . SPRING ARTS PREVIEW: Pop music "Generally," he writes, "albums start big and then taper off as the weeks tick by. " One probable explanation for "Frozen's" late-in-the-game boost?
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March 24, 2014 | By August Brown
Add "being in on the joke" to the long list of things that Skrillex does well. The EDM producer kicks off his surprise debut LP "Recess" with a track called "All's Fair in Love and Brostep," winking at the fact that he's responsible for making bass music safe for frat-house jello wrestling pools. The 26-year-old Sonny Moore has always been a lot smarter than that reputation would suggest though, and "Recess" is his most ambitious and varied collection. While Skrillex may have found the perfect setting for his music in last year's guns-drugs-and-dubstep flick "Spring Breakers," "Recess" is a similar road trip through his many interests and vices.
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February 19, 2014
Not many artists can get their name placed before that of superstar rapper Kanye West on a festival lineup, but piano man Elton John has received top-billing for the 2014 edition of the  Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival . Other headliners at the four-day event in Manchester, Tenn., include Jack White, Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, the Avette Brothers and Phoenix. Set for the weekend of June 12-15, the festival features a cross-section of artists amid multiple genres. Unlike Southern California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo has relied slightly heavier on a selection of jam bands, roots artists and bluegrass acts.
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January 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Talent agency Paradigm is expanding its reach into Europe through a joint venture with the London-based CODA Music Agency, the companies said Tuesday. The deal gives Paradigm a 50% stake in CODA, which represents 500 artists and DJs including Imagine Dragons, Bastille and the XX. CODA will continue to operate as a stand-alone company and keep its headquarters and management team, but additional financial details were not disclosed.   With this transaction, Paradigm can represent its roster of music artists - which include Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and Toby Keith - in European countries.
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November 3, 2013 | By August Brown
Sometimes, it's OK to throw the same festival twice. Dance-music fans scanning the lineup at Saturday's Hard Day of the Dead  festival at L.A. State Historic Park north of downtown might be forgiven for thinking they'd raved themselves through a cosmic wormhole back to 2012. Headlining acts including Skrillex, Nero, the Bloody Beetroots and Boys Noize all played Hard's summer festival just last year. Along with all the heebie-jeebies from the Día de los Muertos costumes in the crowd, it was hard not to feel some déjà vu as well.
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August 8, 2013 | By August Brown
Pop culture phenomena generally have to wait a few decades before being enshrined in museums. But such is the power of K-Pop that "hallyu" culture is about to get a dedicated museum in L.A.'s Koreatown.   SM Entertainment, the K-Pop conglomerate responsible for breaking Girls Generation, BoA and Super Junior among many others, plans to open an "SMTOWN Museum" at 6th Street and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Koreatown, as noted by Curbed L.A. "We've been planning for a long time to create a place where residents in Hollywood could experience hallyu, but we decided that it was more meaningful to bring U.S. residents and tourists who were interested in hallyu to L.A.'s Koreatown,” the company said in a statement to the K-Pop network MWave.
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September 14, 2012 | By August Brown
Say you're a young electronic music fan, whose entry point into the genre was a David Guetta pop production or Skrillex's face-shearing bass drop festivals. Say you get your hands on “ Electrospective, ” a new compilation of electronic music culled from the vaults of EMI that spans the genre's 50-year history, and cue its first track -- the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's original theme to “Doctor Who.” You might say, “Good Lord, what is this?” And that reaction would be the point of “Electrospective.” “There's an entire generation whose access point to electronic music is Skrillex, and they need to know the contributors that got us here,” said Jason Bentley, the music director at KCRW-FM (89.9)
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August 5, 2012 | By August Brown
Amid the bass-heavy bluster at the second night of the electronica festival HARD Summer on Saturday in Los Angeles' Chinatown, the best song anyone played was a Neil Young cover. James Murphy, the LCD Soundsystem frontman and an inspired crate-digger of rare disco cuts, was a few tunes into his late-night DJ set when he quietly slipped in an edit of the folk rocker's “Harvest Moon” by the local dance duo Poolside. It's an unlikely fit for a rave tent, as Young's version is a spooky, minimal tune about maturing love.
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August 7, 2013 | By August Brown
Just days after wrapping up its flagship Hard Summer event, Hard Events announced that dubstep kingpin Skrillex and the EDM wiseacre Deadmau5 will headline its fall festival Hard Day of the Dead . The fest, now a two-day affair, sports just as much headline muscle as its summer cousin. Nero, Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize and Pretty Lights are among the immediate undercard; underground-leaning acts include Jamie Jones, Benoit & Sergio, Maya Jane Coles, Tokimonsta, Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb.
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July 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Followers of celebrity gossip have seen a lot of Selena Gomez's driveway over the last few months. Located off a winding residential street in Tarzana, it's where paparazzi have snapped countless pictures of the former Disney Channel star and where her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Justin Bieber, was photographed one night after a reported argument between the two tween idols at a restaurant in Encino. Arriving home first, Gomez apparently locked the gate in the driveway, leading to a widely circulated image with this immortal TMZ caption: "Biebs Denied.
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