Before mega events like Ultra Fest, EDC and Electric Zoo turned EDM into big business (again), a little upstart festival called Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) denied all of the odds and brought the sounds of techno and house to the struggling metropolis for all to enjoy. Now in it’s 13th year, the gathering renamed Movement continues to buck the trends by offering a unique overview of global electronic music that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our performer picks for 2012 aren’t all of the biggest names on the line-up, but give yourself a chance to catch something you won’t find on every other event listing in the world.
Perennial favorite Mark Farina has rocked many a dance floor, but for a generation of party kids, his contributions to the after party are just as significant. The DJs Mushroom Jazz series was the soundtrack to many the “morning after,” and virtually became it’s own genre of downtempo, acid jazz, trip-hop and other slow and soulful beats. Don’t miss this rare public performance of tunes the SF legend usually reserves for private playing. (Saturday, Main Stage, 3-5) …MORE
This weekend, an estimated 200,000 party people will make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to experience Electric Daisy Carnival, the three-day party to end all dance music parties marking it’s first year in Sin City (after 13 years in Los Angeles). Running from 8PM until 6AM, America’s only all-night mega-rave offers more bang than even the most ADD fan can experience. Here’s URB’s tips for the acts you positively don’t want to skip. …MORE
This weeks’ podcast come courtesy of Avaland resident DJs Droog, who have been warming up the crowd week after week while gaining their own popularity via their Culprit imprint and events. You can check out their techy yet eclectic style live …
If you ask most Hollywood clubbers these days, they’ll likely tell you that L.A. is going through a clubbing renaissance. After all, Tinseltown is now practically awash in high-end venues catering to electronic music: the revamped Palladium, H Wood and even hoary old Avalon are just a few that immediately come to mind, hosting big-name headlining DJs that bring in equally big—but often disappointingly mainstream—Hollywood crowds. Crowds that have little or no personal experience with the rich history of dance music in this town, particularly the time period when the music was just getting established and off the ground. When the seeds were sown that would eventually germinate into the present-day scene that all too many of them are already taking for granted. Yes, back when the music was something that many of them have heard about but never actually seen—underground. So, for the benefit of those who think that modern dance entertainment began with AutoTune, this reviewer is going to tell you a little story. So fluff up your pillows, turn on the night light and pull up your blankies, boys and girls…