Burning Man starts tomorrow, which means a whole lot of people doing a whole lot of dancing out in the desert. What was once known mainly as a hippy festival has become a hot gig for international DJs covering the range of electronic dance music. With soundsystems running all night-long (and all day too), there’s far to many DJs to list. So here’s URB’s picks for the DJs we’d like to see at Burning Man 2011. If anyone has a spare ticket to the sold out event, give us a shout. …MORE
When it comes to music festivals, the experience is as much defined by the location as the artists booked to play. Would Coachella be Coachella were it not in the surreal landscape of the California desert? Or how would Sónar
go off were it not for the vitalic Barcelona audience that fills the Center of Contemporay Culture? MELT Festival—located a quick 90 minute train ride from the European party epicenter of Berlin again gains much of it’s stature from it’s amazing venue, Ferropoilis, an outdoor museum of massive modern industrial machines located at the site of an old strip mine. It is within the gigantic arms of these Transformer-esque monsters that the mid-sized fest (about 20,000 attendees) gains it’s magic. …MORE
It seemed like a mega-club line-up more worthy of London than Los Angeles. But recent LA transplant Damian Lazarus brough half a dozen headliners together to celebrate the release of his first album, Smoke the Monster Out. The evening started and ended with local techno heros The Droog crew, who took their regular residency on the mainstage.
Next came Lazarus’ live set, which found the one time music journalist decked out in a pork pie hat and poncho, tweeking a table of effect pedals and transforming his rather moody album into more club friendly fair (custom composed for this night only). Lazarus was joined onstage by Swedish twins vocalist Taxi Taxi who appear throughout the album while friends in animal masks stalked the stage. The live set was inspired, but Lazarus wasn’t finished yet…