Good morning! We apologize for the lack of the usual update on Monday that was due to our server being down. Today’s news includes a wealth of information on Avicii, I Love This City Festival (SF/SD), Lightning in a Bottle, The Music Box, Keys N Krates, Justin Martin, Mary Anne Hobbs, Sympho Nympho, SBTRKT, Body Language Vol. 11, & Ibiza 123 Rocktronic. Please read on after the jump.
Recently receiving the #7 spot in Resident Advisor’s (truthful) Top 100 DJ Poll, Loco Dice is undisputedly one of the most successful, talented, and influential DJs in the global scene. From his unprecedented knack for A&R to his pumping DJ sets to thousands around the world, Dice garners a respect from those in and out of the industry, which is why I humbly requested to have a chat with the man to see what he’s been up to and what’s coming up for him.
Please read on after the jump to see our conversation about his label Desolat, how he likes playing in America, and what he thinks about people calling Vegas the new Ibiza, as well as find out how to receive one of the 4 pairs of tickets that we’ll be giving away to Loco Dice and Victor Calderone this Saturday, December 17th at The Music Box in Hollywood.
We are proud to announce that Porter Robinson will be making his way back to Los Angeles to play at The Music Box on Saturday, December 3rd. As if the show would already be devastating to miss, the dance music prodigy will have a heady supporting lineup featuring Mat Zo, The M Machine, pennybirdrabbit, and last but certainly not least, our boy ///BONES. Here in LA, we are lucky enough to have a plethora of excellent shows, so please do yourself a favor and take advantage of the world-class talent that comes through our city. It’s almost sold out, so be sure to grab a ticket fast!
Start off your Halloween weekend with the frightening sounds of Trentemoller, who will be performing with Xylos and Summer Twins at the Music Box October 27th. I was lucky enough to see Trentemoller at this year’s Coachella. The set began with a few simple notes looped together, which led to extensive layering, creating a complex cinematic masterpiece by the end of the set. While Trentemoller produces all of the music by himself, the Danish multi-instrumentalist will be performing live with a five piece band. Stay tuned for Trentemoller’s newest album, Remixed / Reworked, is set to drop on his label, In My Room, on November 8th.
Last night, Troy Kurtz and I eagerly ventured out to The Music Box in Hollywood to witness a live, sold out performance from James Blake and his band. Stripping away the ensuing bodily pains from late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, we knew that this was a show that we couldn’t pass on, and we were right.
Blake took the stage around 10:15PM along with his team, Ben Assister on drums and Rob McAndrews on the guitar and sampler, and started right off into a powerful one-two punch of ‘Unluck’ and ‘Give Me My Month.’ Seemingly very glad to be back in Los Angeles, Blake never once forgot to share his appreciation for the thundering applause after each of the first few emotional numbers. Moving piano solos then transformed into wall-shaking low end, and two of my personal favorites, ‘CMYK’ and ‘Limit To Your Love,’ proved to be a perfect, back to back halfway point of the performance. Supplemented by a barrage of dramatic spotlights and strobes, the trio went on to play 3 more songs before the encore, including the title track of the forthcoming EP, Enough Thunder. As James, Ben, and Rob left the stage for the first time, the applause was nearly deafening and all faces remained vexed toward the stage. Just as the shouts of awaiting concert-goers began to fade, Blake re-entered the stage at Music Box for 2 final songs, including the pumping Digital Mystikz cover and another from the new EP, ‘Once We All Agree.’
As Troy and I turned away to head back to the car, we realized that James Blake may just be the next generation’s Thom Yorke. Don’t agree? See him live.
Check out the set list from last night as well as James Blake’s Essential Mix from last Saturday after the jump.
Los Angeles, I can confidently say that this Saturday marks one of the best dance music events to ever happen in this city. Crosstown Rebels, the lauded label run by the mysteriously interesting Damian Lazarus, and Flaunt Magazine are bringing the infamous Get Lost party to the West Coast after multiple successful and wildly hedonistic events during WMC in Miami in years past. With some of the biggest names in the global underground scene, Get Lost LA should be a bequest of auditory knowledge to all electronic music enthusiasts in this city. Find all necessary info below and make sure to read after the jump to see what Los Angeles’ trio, Droog, have to say about Get Lost, the Culprit label, and how Jamie Jones and Lee Foss helped them be where they’re at now.
† Crosstown Rebels + Flaunt Magazine present: Get Lost LA † ► Damian Lazarus, Visionquest (Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves), Art Department (Live), Deniz Kurtel (Live), Droog, and more ► Saturday, August 27th, 2011 ► The Music Box, Hollywood, CA ► 10:00PM – 6:00AM • 21+ ►Tickets $20