August 4, 2013 |
"I need everybody to make some noise for underground dance music," yelled one of the two DJs in Flosstradamus. "Make some noise if you've been down with Mad Decent since Day One!" added MC and DJ Say Wut. The commands boomed over a lawn teeming with new-age candy-ravers and Miley Cyrus-inspired twerkers during the course of the Baltimore/D.C. stop of the Mad Decent Block Party tour, which took over Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday. It's been a long time since Grammy nominee Diplo has been "underground" — his Mad Decent...
June 27, 2013 |
Summer tours continue to bring high-profile performers to Washington, but July delivers some of the most diverse musical choices. She & Him brings its vintage pop (and a Hollywood starlet) to Wolf Trap, globetrotting dance act Brazilian Girls stages a comeback at the 9:30 Club and inexplicably famous chiptuners Anamanaguchi hit the Rock & Roll Hotel. Here are five shows to see, rated by their current buzz. Brazilian Girls New York lounge lizards Brazilian Girls have, in just a...
May 16, 2013 |
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) introduced a new twist at Thursday's bill-signing ceremony in Annapolis: barn dance music. For much of the two-hour event, a compact disc by The Barn Owl Band was piped into the governor's reception room as he and legislative leaders signed more than 250 bills into law. Aides said that O'Malley, a musician himself, had inquired for some time about having music played at the series of bill signings that follow...
April 23, 2013 |
It's past midnight on a Sunday and the line outside the W Hotel stretches all the way to Hollywood Boulevard. A hundred or so disgruntled dudes fold their arms and swear to an aloof doorman that they're "on the list. " If you can talk your way past the velvet rope, you enter an elevator bathed in red light and ascend to the rooftop. This is Dim Mak Sundays at Drai's , a poolside Vegas-style nightclub that hosts weekly electronic dance music bacchanalia. On the roof, Dave...
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,...
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.