After a noticeable hiatus from the Los Angeles party scene, deep & tech connoisseurs Minimal Effort are back in a huge way. Today, they announced what is probably the go-to Halloween event for those looking to get down to some underground electronic sounds. Every act you read on this bill is more mouth-dropping than the next, and there are apparently still more to be announced. Hold onto your hats as the rest of this story unfolds.
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.
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.
Whether you went to a festival or not over Memorial Day Weekend, chances are you’re probably starting to get the itch to get back on the dance floor. This Saturday, Sound Nightclub will be welcoming the French Express/Ministry of Sound affiliate, Chris Malinchak, RIS Labs’ Eric Sharp, and our DJ duo, The Interns, for a groove-fueled soirée in the heart of Hollywood.
For those unfamiliar, Chris Malinchak is best known for his blissful deep house anthem, “So Good To Me,” but he’s also gone on to release a grip of other well-received jams like “Happiness” featuring MNEK, which has surpassed the 1 million play mark on SoundCloud. On closing duties, LA local Eric Sharp has been building his profile as both a producer and label head with sophisticated house music taste, while also playing everywhere from Outside Lands to ADE, so be sure to stick around for his set. Lastly, The Interns, who you may know from their eclectic sets at Coachella, Holy Ship!, EDC Las Vegas, or WAVEY, will be warming things up with the feel-good vibes that they have built their name off of.
Get ready for the night with the music below, and grab a ticket here.
Following yet another fantastic spring festival earlier this year, the Desert Hearts crew, featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and Deep Jesus, is back in full force with their Endless Summer Tour. Kicking off on June 17th in Brooklyn, the tour will bring the house, techno, and love ambassadors to a city near you, but if they’re not stopping in your vicinity, it’s definitely worth traveling for as they throw one of the best parties around. Also, if you haven’t been to their festival, this is your chance to get a taste of what you can expect in the fall when they throw their anticipated 4 year anniversary festival in Southern California.
On top of this exciting tour news, Desert Hearts co-founder Lee Reynolds and up-and-comer Machino released their Desert Hearts Records debut EP, Moon Matrix, and it’s been picking up steam as a stand-out addition to the label’s growing catalog of out-there jams. Dive in and get familiar with the chugging techno rhythms, shadowy atmospheres, and hypnotizing synth melodies – you’ll probably hear them on an underground dance floor soon.
The famed Culprit parties are back in proper form for their first underground affair of 2016. Together with Transmit, the well-respected LA-based label and event company is bringing us a night of house and techno with an all-star lineup featuring Ripperton, Sandrino, and residents Droog. Each of these artists hold their own, and have carved out their own places amongst a crowded artist landscape to cut through the noise and push quality, forward-thinking dance music. For tickets and more information, visit here. It’s bound to be a fantastic way to kick off the holiday weekend.
The largest electronic music festival in Canada, Bud Light Digital Dreams, announced its full lineup today. This year’s headliners include Above & Beyond, Damian Lazarus, MK, Tiga & more. They will be performing on 3 visually stunning stages in Toronto at the The Flats at Ontario Place on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd. Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets here:
Over the years, A Club Called Rhonda has played a pivotal role in shaping Los Angeles’ underground dance scene with its authentic approach to creating its free-spirited parties with passionately curated world-class music programming. House, techno, and disco luminaries behind the decks at “Rhonda” events come standard, and the return of RHONDAVOUS this Friday at Union in no exception. Even after its last outstanding RHONDAVOUS that featured headliners The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber, and Bonobo, the influential party brand steps up once again to bring our city by the sea a full night of multi-room debauchery with legends like Kerri Chandler and Felix Da Housecat, as well as Body High’s DJDS, two of Chicago’s finest Roy Davis Jr. and Mike Dunn, a personal favorite, Dauwd, and more. There are simply no other events in LA where you can find all of this talent under one roof for one night, so grab a ticket and get out on the dance floor this Friday.
If you need further convincing, Kerri Chandler’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix should do the trick: