February 3, 2013 |
The cylindrically shaped D.C. Armory is a massive venue, capable of holding 10,000 concertgoers at one time. And Friday night, the Swedish DJ Avicii played a set fit to scale. From the moment he took the stage, Avicii twisted the knob that controls drama up to 11. It felt like dance music's take on a TV soap: The rises in tension were immediate, almost panicky, and the payoffs were absurdly over the top. The audience for this show, a chaotic sea of baby-faced grownups, was immersed in the melodrama; laughing, crying, hugging and...
January 17, 2013 |
Heavily electronic, the Soft Moon's music features synthesized riffs, whacks and swoops of the sort that resound through rave clubs. Yet the second album from this California one-man-band, " Zeros ," isn't exactly dance music. Luis Vasquez's style is kinetic, but the motions it evokes are jogging, chugging or gliding. The cadences recall the "motorik" rhythm of such 1970s German art-rock outfits as Neu! and Kraftwerk. Vasquez is a home-recording ace who thinks in terms of psychedelic production gambits.
October 25, 2012 |
Walk by the corner of 14th and U streets NW on a weekend night, and you'll hear bubbly, joyful dance music blasting out of a new nightclub called Tropicalia. What makes this basement bar stand out from other recent arrivals in the neighborhood is that several times a week, the sounds drawing crowds onto the dance floor come from musicians instead of a DJ. It's easy to understand why bars shy away from live music: It's expensive to install a stage, lights and a sound system, let alone pay a group of musicians, when...
October 4, 2012 |
Porter Robinson and Zedd are two of electronic dance music's rising stars. Known for producing electro-house music that combines synth-heavy instrumentals, ethereal vocals and enough bass to rattle your ribcage, both received mainstream acclaim after touring with Skrillex in 2011. Now they're co-headlining a fall tour, sharing the DJ booth and spinning back-to-back tracks. You can catch them at Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Porter Robinson ...
August 21, 2012 |
Stock up on glow sticks. Echostage is coming. Panorama Productions — a Washington-based music promotion company whose weekly Club Glow parties have helped popularize electronic dance music in the District — has leased the hulking nightclub on Queens Chapel Road NE known as D.C. Star. With a new sound system and a new name, Echostage will open Sept. 22 with performances from Sander Van Doorn and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano . "The idea is to create the biggest concert venue in the tri-state area,"...
August 12, 2012 |
Shortly after the sun set on the Trillectro music festival and DJ Wonder took the main stage, it began to pour. There was nowhere to hide. Aside from a few small tents, the venue was largely open pavement. But rather than whine or flee, the crowd bloomed. Like a Coca-Cola commercial come to life, people shrieked playfully, grabbed their friends and flooded the lot in front of the stage for a wet and wild dance party. It was one of many magical moments at the hybrid...