NPR's blog The Record just published an interesting end-of-the-year survey of the current rise of dubstep, and it's frattier doppelganger "bro-step" (read the comments thread for that post for a kinda pointless debate about the nuanced differences or lack thereof between the two bass-heavy genres). But what caught our attention was the claim the the controversial Electric Carnival Rave at the LA Coliseum was bigger than Coachella and Bonnaroo this year:
From the NPR blogpost:
If the crowds at electronic music festivals are any indication, the sound is already being passed around. It was reported that the Electric Daisy Carnival brought in over 100,000 people in a single day, something that neither of the mega-festivals Coachella nor Bonnaroo managed to do. And at just about every electronic music festival, the DJs with the youngest and most energetic audiences were playing bass heavy, grimy dubstep.
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Curious claim, right? See also Dennis Romero's probe into the contradictory mix of raving culture and politics in this week's LA Weekly cover story, "Death, Money and Megaraves."