We don't wanna hear the phrase, "everybody's at South By" this week, okay? Yes, Austin's mega music fest, South By Southwest, is well underway and many LA promoters, bands, DJs and musicheads are there BBQ-ing and boozing their brains out. No doubt, many turntablists and producers are still recovering from Winter Music Conference in Miami -from the week prior- as well. Regardless, there's no shortage of bashes (some biggies too) and dynamic destinations for dance music lovers this week. Far from a ghost town, LA remains funkytown. Wont you let us take you?
Fri., March 18-
Friday night continues to offer some of dance music's finest. Incognito's garnered a nice rep for its international line-ups, and this week is no exception. The club offers the "exclusive USA and first LA performance" of French house producer Agoria, scheduled for a 3 hour set. With visuals by Kris Bertrand and the club's award-winning sound, it should be Euro-spastic. At King King Hollywood, 6555 Hollywood Blvd. More info here.
Over at Avalon, Control's got electro bodyrockers from right here. LA Riots always cause chaos on the dance floors, especially local ones. Also with Starkillers, Rifat Ziadeh and Spiggy in the main room. At Avalon, 1735 Vine St., Hlwd. More info. here.
Sat., March 19-
When Nocturnal Wonderland "the rave" became Nocturnal Festival the organized concert, it gained patrons, an expansion of music genres and a visibility and viability that went way beyond the underground. With electronic styles going mainstream via the hip-hop and pop charts, Insomniac started touting its sister fest, Beyond Wonderland, as something different, "building on and moving further than both of its predecessors and evolving the concept in rich, new directions." After the drug-related death at Electric Daisy Carnival causing press and parents alike to malign massive dance parties like this, another thing is likely to be different: a seriously enforced "zero tolerance" drug policy for the 18 and over event. Line-up wise, one thing hasn't changed; the fest has some of the best of the best: Calvin Harris, DJ Fresh, Richie Hawtin, Infected Mushroom, Cosmic Gate, Dirty South, Kascade, Noisia, Joker, and too more to list here, plus art installations, theatrical performers, and fantastical attractions. 689 South "E" Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. More info. here.
Wed., March 23-
After two much-buzzed about recent surprises at Low End Theory (Odd Future's live jam and Thom Yorke's much lauded DJ turn), the Lincoln Heights club is sure to see an influx of new faces for a while. Will it kill the vibe? Will OTs (original Theorists) be hating? Hopefully not, but even low-enders-come-lately are likely to become converts after catching the eclectic mixes of rap, dubstep, glitch, psych and who knows what from residents from Nobody, D Styles, Gaslamp Killer and Daddy Kev. The secret is out friends. Expect long lines at L.E.T. to continue and expect them to be worth it, surprises or no. At the Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway. More info. here.
Follow Lina Lecaro on Twitter at @L_in_A