Kraftwerk are one of the defining music acts of our time. Their repetitive rhythms, computerized vocals, synthesizers and drum machines paved the way for modern electronic music, influencing countless pop producers along the way. The German legends have just announced a string of performances in Los Angeles, setting up residency at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. From March 18th to March 21st, Kraftwerk will perform eight times, with each set highlighting one of their eight studio albums from Autobahn to Tour de France. Kraftwerk did a similar stint in 2012, holding a retrospective residency at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. You can register for tickets for the Los Angeles edition from December 3rd to December 6th on the LA Philharmonic’s official website.
Two and a half years ago, Eric Prydz took over London’s O2 Academy Brixton for the inaugural EPIC, or ‘Eric Prydz in Concert.’ The storied London nights reverberated through the dance music community, paving the way for an all out hysteria at the announcement of EPIC 2.0, the North American edition. With an emphatic two night NYC run in the books, Eric Prydz returned to his new hometown of Los Angeles for the only West Coast installment of the groundbreaking tour. As expected, what went down this past Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium was something quite spectacular — a feast not only for the eyes and ears but for the mind and soul.
Dragan Roganovic, more commonly known as progressive house producer Dirty South, has announced an upcoming small scale club tour with stops in some of the biggest dance music metropolises in the United States. The tour will be hosted by a string of premier night clubs and most shows will be 21+. From November 14th to the 23rd, the #YOURCITY tour will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Austin. Roganovic’s first stop in sunny San Diego, California is in collaboration with LED Events and will be hosted at Bang Bang on November 14th. His second California stop hits San Francisco’s club Vessel on November 15th before heading back down to Southern California for Los Angeles’s Sound Nightclub on November 16th. Stay up to date on Dirty South’s official Facebook page for future announcements for the New York, Chicago, and Austin dates and tickets.
Fool’s Gold is bringing an all-star Sunday Funday to Los Angeles this November 10th. The Fool’s Gold Day Off will return for free with RSVP and boasts an already impressive line up including A-Trak, Danny Brown, Kill the Noise and more.
There are some serious notable hip-hop names on the Day Off lineup like the wild but undoubtedly talented Danny Brown and the whiz kid and Kanye prodigy, Travis Scott. As per usual, Fool’s Gold perfects the balance between the hip-hop and dance worlds and will bring co-captains A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs along with dubstep firepower Kill the Noise to the decks as well.
Though the show is free with RSVP, limited space is available, so sign up today and clear your calendar for Fool’s Gold Day Off.
In celebration of the first ever electronic dance music course added as a course option at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles school invited some of dance music’s most important business pioneers for a panel and night of discussion. Gary Richards, creator and mind behind HARD Presents, COO of Insomniac Simon Rust Lamb and TAO and Marquee owner and Las Vegas connoisseur Jason Strauss sat down with an intimate crowd and delved into their individual histories and developments of each of their own innovative brands.
HARD Presents is ready to turn up the dial on one of the biggest holiday celebrations on the West Coast. Halloween is less than two weeks away which means HARD’s annual Day of the Dead Festival is almost ready to touch down in Los Angeles Historic Park. The lineup for this anticipated event was released in early October and received massive positive feedback from not only fans excited about the return of their favorite veteran acts like Eric Prydz, Skrillex, Boys Noize, and Pretty Lights, but also newcomers and acts you can’t miss like Deadmau5, Giorgio Moroder, and Bauuer and RL Grime’s b2b set.
Those who are worried about conflicting sets and planning out your Halloween weekend can rest easy today: HARD has released their set times for the two-day November 2nd and 3rd event, and they’re more than agreeable. Head here for more details or to snap up the few remaining tickets.
This weekend marked the final round of shows for Kaskade’s Atmosphere Tour, named after his recently released, hit-packed album. Before bringing Atmosphere’s 14 tracks to his first stop in Miami, the Grammy-nominated DJ hyped his “big room, small tour” by hinting that he would be sporting premier and never-before-seen production.
Los Angeles attendees were stunned when not one, but two stages lined the floor area and acts switched back and forth between sets. Fans swarmed back and forth as Late Night Alumni finished with “Empty Streets” and Amtrac appeared at the back stage for a tech house style set.
The success of acoustic performances in the UK have led Above & Beyond to bring the live show stateside, announcing a one-time only show in Los Angeles this October. As the concept has garnered an abundance of positive reception, Jono, Tony and Paavo have added a second date, revealing two nights at LA’s legendary Greek Theatre for October 12th and 13th. Teasing the blissful atmosphere that will engulf America’s west coast for 48 hours, Above & Beyond share a snippet of the acoustic version to “Love Is Not Enough” ahead for the August 14th ticket pre-sale date.
“You ever heard this song?” Gary Richards asks as I arrive, reaching across his desk to crank the volume.
An ululating instrument ascends from the bowels of Live Nation’s Beverly Hills office building, phased and twisted into an acid-like lead above pounding drums. I haven’t, but I immediately wish I had.
The track is an early Aphex Twin cut called “Didgeridoo,” courtesy of Richards’s – aka Destructo’s – 1992 mixtape. The HARD boss spins his sticker-plastered laptop around to show me the cover art, a mock-up of a cassette tape with the A-Side marked “Hard” and the B-Side labeled “Medium.”
“Why did you call it Hard?” I ask.
“Because this side was more banging,” he replies without pause.
Sometimes in times of change, we look for signals from higher powers that the path we tread is the correct one. Barely one week into a major cross-country move to Los Angeles, it hadn’t taken too long for my omens to arrive, be it in the form of eye-opening festivals on the shores of Lake Skinner or Animal Style fries at In-N-Out. But it was the discovery that Dixon would be gracing my first Friday night in the city that told me I had arrived where I belonged.