DJ Larry Mac

Return of the mixmaster

Larry Mac stages an alternative attack at Anderson’s and The Sets.
Larry Mac stages an alternative attack at Anderson’s and The Sets.
Turns out that not everything stays in Vegas after all. To wit: DJ Larry Mac, who ditched the PHX in 2005 for a radio gig in Sin City but pulled a prodigal son. He recently returned to the city where he made a name for himself running legendary (and now-defunct) AM alternative station KUKQ in the mid-'90s, as well as spinning indie and alt-rock on KUPD and at Valley clubs like Anderson's Fifth Estate. You can now find the 42-year-old platterman working weekends on 103.9 KEDJ, in addition to resuming his Tuesday night slot at Anderson's, 6820 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale, and his newest night at The Sets, 93 East Southern Avenue in Tempe, on Wednesdays. At both clubs, Mac promises to drop the same mix of rock and alternative cuts — both classic and current. "I'm trying to set a cool vibe, playing a mixture of everything, rock and alternative, where people can hear some really cool new stuff, rarities, and also the songs they know," he says. He also may whip out a few alt-rock mash-ups, such as Primus' "Blue Collar Tweakers" versus Golden Earring's "Radar Love." Doors open at 9 p.m. at Anderson's (with no cover), and 8 p.m. at The Sets (with free admission for ladies and a $3 cover for guys).
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Larry Mac is the best. I was lucky enough to find him when when he returned to the station here has not been he landed in the city of sin to open the new alt station here, Area 108. (now Area 107.9) I started hearing songs that they never played on the other stations here in town, and was also fortunate enough to meet him personally...although we may have run into each other yrs ago when i attended I grew up in the Phoenix area. He restored my faith in music and radio and i was devastated the same since his departure. I still listen to him online at his new gig at KLPX in Tucson, and of course, whenever i am in AZ, i turn the dial to him. Guess i'll have to move back to the Grand Canyon state so i can listen all the time again, like i did in Vegas. Any station that hires him has a gem of a dj and a person. He is definitely one of a kind, unlike so many "smarmy" characters one encounters in this business. I will forever be grateful for his many talents, and his true concern for people and what they want to hear.

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