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It’s going to be a big one for Avalon tomorrow night! LA’s favorite avant-garde performance collective, Lucent Dossier Experience, is taking over the Hollywood hot spot, alongside an all-star lineup of underground house acts such as Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Psychemagik, and Desert Hearts’ Tara Brooks. Lucent Dossier has graced stages far and wide, but some of their most notable performances have been at Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, where fans witnessed their unique blend of dancing, acrobatics, and fire with live downtempo electronica. With their spectacle of a show and excellent support acts to match, tomorrow night will bring diverse musical programming that is uncommon in LA nightlife, so be sure to experience it for yourself. Buy tickets here.

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Over the past few months, you may have noticed that producer Sebastian Carter has been keeping a low profile, but it’s for good reason. The 22-year-old Swiss native has been diligently working on his debut EP, City Lights, that is a display of his authentic artistry and exploratory musical direction, which picks up influences from Bonobo, Four Tet, Odesza, Maribou State, and bits of Lapalux along the way. Sebastian’s new lead single, “Shallow Waters,” is a perfect example of this with its blissful vibe driven by varied drum patterns, spacey atmospheres, layered synths, and more, striking a precise balance of energy and emotion fit for any listening environment. Enjoy the song below and follow Sebastian as he continues to roll out his debut EP until its full release on September 23rd.

“After a walk in the woods near my home in Switzerland followed by a night out in Zurich, the contrast between nature and city inspired me to create ‘Shallow Waters’. The organic, rhythmic and calm flow of the first part of the track resembles nature, while the energetic 80s influenced electronic part resembles the city. Just like my walk in the woods I started with the soothing airy lead melody and rhythmic beat and continued with the contrastive electronic part, musically telling the story of this experience. The choice of synthesizers in the electronic part is heavily inspired by 80s synth-pop, conveying a feel of nostalgia. The title ‘Shallow Waters’ comes from the tracks relaxing and river-like flowing nature, which gives it a calm and safe feel, just like wading in shallow water.” – Sebastian Carter

In recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about the famed party paradise, Ibiza, and its current state with dance music. Carl Cox famously announced that this summer season will be his last on the White Isle, and stories about parties getting shut down by police have been making the rounds. But what exactly is happening in Ibiza? I know most of us over here state-side could definitely use a little more context…

Billboard has released a 5-part mini-documentary series, The Real Ibiza, that covers all angles, from artist residents to the actual nightclubs, underground vs. mainstream, and more. Watch the all of the parts in succession above to be in the know about Ibiza, and to hear from Claude VonStroke, Seth Troxler, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and more on the pressing matters at hand.

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In today’s music world, there are many emerging artists that have the skills necessary to make an impact in the scene, but there are few that are truly able to carve out their own lane and hold a lasting, influential presence. As a native of Athens, Greece, Nick Martin is quickly positioning himself as the latter. Although he is a new artist, he has already paid his dues and taken the time to refine his skills under a previous alias, which saw him become a local legend in the underground house and tech-house circles over the past six years.

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With a year that has included performances from Coachella to Cream in Ibiza, showcases for their CUFF label, and a grip of fresh releases, the French duo, Amine Edge & Dance, have been thriving, and they’re primed to continue on their ascent for the second half of 2016. They recently announced a North American tour, including appearances at HARD Summer this weekend, New York’s Flash Factory, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and more in the coming weeks (full list dates after the jump).

Additionally, Amine Edge & Dance have also unveiled plans for their forthcoming album, Past Before Future, that is a collection of 10 unreleased singles and remixes of some of their favorite artists, including Drake and Kreayshawn (full tracklist after the jump). They’ve started rolling out the album, and today, they dropped the second song, “Get Dat.” Enjoy their newest offering below, along with a handful of other Amine Edge & Dance jams for your listening pleasure.

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San Diego’s pride and joy, CRSSD Festival, is set for its highly anticipated return in the fall, and there is no shortage of top-tier talent that will grace its seaside, sun-kissed grounds. Staying true to its indie meets dance music programming, the festival continues to impress, despite having to follow outstanding lineups from past editions. CRSSD is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand festivals around, and with one look at its lineups and unique venue, you can see why. Enjoy Damian Lazarus’ set from the CRSSD Festival earlier this past spring, and pick up tickets here to kick off your countdown.

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Although the 4th of July is quickly approaching, we have our sights set on this year’s Woogie Weekend that’s taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA next weekend. Some of the finest house and techno artists like Blond:ish, Rodriguez Jr., Roman Flugel, Mark Farina, Dance Spirit, Visionquest, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and newly added Lee Reynolds of Desert Hearts, are all expected to guide the outdoor dance floors to groove-driven bliss throughout the highly anticipated weekend. If you want in on this, as you should, Do LaB and The Confluence Group are hosting a big festival package giveaway that includes a grand prize of two festival passes and a 25th anniversary limited edition New Belgium bicycle, and a runner-up prize of two festival passes. Enter to win HERE, and if you don’t want to test your luck, buy festival passes here!

Since its launch in 2006, Sabo‘s Sol Selectas label has grown to become a go-to underground label featuring a unique fusion of dance music and world music with tribalistic tendencies. As the founder and figurehead artist, Sabo continues to push the sounds that resonate the most within himself, and this is apparent through the carefully curated releases that offer a distinctive vibe to move hearts, minds, and bodies. For this fantastic Summer Sol compilation, he has reached into different cultures around the world to bring us a collection of 21 original songs created by a family of like-minded producers from over 14 different countries. On top of featuring Sol Selectas artists like Sabo, KMLN, Goldcap, and SAAND, the release also includes gems from more well-known artists like Canson, Dance Spirit, and LUM, while also bringing new artists such as Rodrigo Gallardo, Spaniol, and Armen Miran into the spotlight. Summer Sol has been supported by everyone from Richie Hawtin and Claude VonStroke, to Acid Pauli, Jon Charnis, Yokoo, and more, so hear what it’s all about above and pick it up on Beatport.

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Just last year, the inaugural house and techno-focused Woogie Weekend festival descended upon Southern California, finding its home at one of my favorite festival venues, Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. The old Lightning in a Bottle venue served as the perfect grounds for Danny Daze, J.Phlip, Lee Burridge, Sabo, Pumpkin, Jonas Rathsman, and more to throw down memorable sets, while it was also a natural playground for attendees enjoying all that the festival had to offer. Despite the brief bouts of rare summer rain, Woogie Weekend 2015 was a resounding success, and this is ever more true as Do LaB brings it back for a triumphant return this year.

Woogie Weekend 2016 is already looking to be a stand-out festival this season. In true Do LaB fashion, the festival boasts a lineup of heavy hitters, as well as some rarer talents, including Damian Lazarus, Jon Hopkins (Live), Extrawelt (Live), NU, Sebastian Mullaert of Minilogue, Mathew Jonson (Live), TÂCHES, Benoit & Sergio and more. On top of the main acts, LA local crews Subtract, Deep, Favela bar, and more will be heading up the after hours to keep you groovin’ through sunrise, and there will be yoga offerings to help keep your experience balanced. Be sure to grab a ticket here and start counting down the days until Woogie Weekend.

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The swiftly emerging indie-pop/rock/electro trio Paper Route has been making their name known through stand-out songs like “Laugh About It,” which is the lead single off of their forthcoming album due out in the Fall. The Nashville-based group is currently being supported on Alternative radio nationwide, so they are bound for more success. In celebration of the release, they’ve enlisted Utah’s 19-year-old producer, Jorgen Odegard, to transform “Laugh About It,” into a melody-rich, mid-tempo groover appropriate for dance floors. Have a listen above and don’t miss Paper Route live at The Echo in Los Angeles on June 20th, Soda Bar in San Diego on June 21st, and Popscene in San Francisco on June 23rd.