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    November 21, 2014

    Global Dance Festival: A Field Guide to Tonight's Event

    Downtown Tempe is in no danger of running low on electronic dance music or off-the-chain dance parties anytime soon, what with the clubs of Mill Avenue pumping out four-on-the-floor jams and killer drops most nights. The clamor of beats and bass coming from Tempe is going to get even louder tonight ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Skrillex Embraces Brostep, and is Anyone Surprised?

    It's easy to hate on Skrillex or even just razz the dude. Probably since the erstwhile screamo frontman, once known as Sonny Moore, is sui generis and a polarizing figure in electronic dance music who provides critics with plenty of ammunition. For starters, there's that funky hairstyle (a.k.a. the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Tom Swoon Is Ready To Play Cinco de Mayo (And Learn What Cinco de Mayo Is)

    Polish DJ Tom Swoon will help El Santo in Scottsdale celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, taking to the DJ booth prior to Porter Robinson. From the beginning of his career, only a few years ago, Swoon has emerged rapidly into the EDM scene and is now making himself known throughout North America. We ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013
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    March 17, 2013

    Ten Raver Tips on How to Dress for Ultra 2013

    By Liz Tracy They danced. They rolled. They yelled: Glitter! Yes, these are ten talkative fashionistas of Ultra Music Festival 2013. Certainly, there were some better dressed, and others more sensibly garbed. But the following folks found during night one of 2013's three-day shit fest -- they wer ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Dave Grohl On His Film Tribute to the Studio That Gave the World Nevermind

    By Whitney Friedlander The lobby of Dave Grohl's Northridge-based 606 Studios has a Joan Jett book on the coffee table and a row of classic arcade games like Donkey Kong Jr. against one wall. On top of a photo booth sits an iconic "Moonman" MTV Video Music Award, festooned with a roll of toilet pap ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Why Is Everyone So Pissed About the EDM Reality Show?

    By Andy Hermann As the Hollywood-based casting guru behind Jersey Shore and A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, Doron Ofir knows how the lowbrow culture game is played. But even the man who gave the world Snooki might have been caught off-guard by the outrage over one of his latest projects: a compet ... More >>

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    December 8, 2012

    La La Land Music Festival, Phoenix Convention Center, 12/7/2012

    La La Land Music Festival @ Phoenix Convention Center, 12/7/2012Has the current zeitgeist of electronic dance music about to hit its expiration date? It's a contentious topic that's been bandied about by DJs, producers, and online music wonks in recent weeks. No less a source than the great godhea ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Four Reasons Lollapalooza Needs EDM

    See also: Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions See also: 10 Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You By Ian Traas With every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Former Scottsdale Favorite Markus Schulz Among the Richest DJs in the World

    More than 15 years ago, trance wunderkind Markus Schulz earned some serious scrilla performing at now-defunct Valley clubs like The Works in Scottsdale and Freedom in Tempe, as well as spinning up EDM on local radio. The German-born trance artist, who resided in the Phoenix area back in those days ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    TABS Remixes Indie Pop and EDM Hits into Ass-Shaking Extravaganzas

    In last week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun. See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Incoming: Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Walkmen

    As usual, we're stoked for lots of upcoming concerts, but this week we're excited about a little extra hard-rockin' estrogen on the list.Nobody puts on a great performance quite like a strong female frontwoman. If you're a heartbreaker who loves rock 'n' roll, then you won't want to miss out on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    EDC 2012: The Underground Has Left The Building

    See more EDC Vegas coverage: EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better? EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing Slideshow -- EDC Day 1 Slideshow -- EDC Day 2 Twenty years after rav ... More >>

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    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

    See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Intrinzik and lululemon to Bring "Yoga Rave" to Phoenix

    Admit it, you saw the words "yoga" and "rave" and thought they were two mutually exclusive propositions. One involves healthy living and the other...uh, drugs and baby pacifiers is the first thing that springs to mind there. That thought has certainly crossed the mind of enterprising local rapper Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Silent-J on EDM's Popularity, His Beat-Mixing Philosophy, Working With Miss Krystle, and How 300 Inspired His Tracks

    ​Despite what his nom de guerre of Silent-J might portend, Jimmy Ng is rarely at a loss for words. Ask him his opinion on the current state of electronic dance music or what skills are necessary to succeed as a DJ these days and you'll get an earful from the veteran producer and mixer jock. Such ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Korn and Sluggo at Comerica Theatre, 3/1/12

    ​Korn and Sluggo Comerica Theatre Thursday, March 1 James Blake would've been in absolute hell watching Korn last night. The waifish English electronica producer, who's loudly decried the overflowing machismo and thuggish aura of Americanized dubstep, would've seen his worst nightmare writ large ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Grimes and Born Gold at Rhythm Room, 2/27/12

    Grimes and Born Gold Rhythm Room Monday, February 27 Montreal-based Claire Boucher, known as Grimes, not only has a stirringly sweet voice that she layers like K-pop frosting but also a penchant for weaving bombastic beats inside ambient textures. Her latest record on 4AD, Visions, manages to embod ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Skrillex and 12th Planet at Marquee Theatre (VIDEO)

    Francis LazaroSkrillex (a.k.a. Sonny Moore) performs for the screaming masses.​As a rocker and vocalist, Sonny Moore was passable at best. As his alter ego Skrillex, however, the dude's an electronic music maestro and fifth-degree party instigator. Moore displayed said skills last night at the M ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    May 11, 2011

    Fatboy Slim Talks Las Vegas, Detroit, Quitting Drinking, and How Cool Americans Think They Are

    ​ Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, has been rocking beats hard since the late '70s, when he played in bands like Disque Attack and the Housemartins. He achieved mainstream popularity in the '90s, when "Praise You" blew up as a radio staple. In recent years, Cook has focused on production, stepping ... More >>

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    April 3, 2011

    Wolfgang Gartner at Marquee Theatre Last Night

    Melissa Fossum​Wolfgang Gartner Marquee Theatre April 2, 2011 Wolfgang Gartner (a.k.a. Joey Youngman) took an interest to electronic music at an early age. Gartner taught himself how to DJ by making remixes with a recorder and tape deck when he was only 12 years old. In 2007, he began producing h ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Chad Lanier, What Are You Listening To?

    Chad Lanier​Chad LanierThe executive chef of Modern Steak will show off his eats at The Original Taste 2011 food and wine tasting event this Saturday, April 2. Find out more information at When you put your key in the ignition, what station would play right now? Definite ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Paul Oakenfold and Calvin Harris Get Marquee Theatre Crowd to Dance Their Pants Off

    Paul Oakenfold​Who cares if the Marquee Theatre smelled like a fishtank last night? Not the hundreds of people who came out to shake it like it was nobody's business last night at the Paul Oakenfold concert. Before the Big O came out, Calvin Harris got the crowd warmed up, and not even the most te ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The MTV Video Music Awards Get Worse Every Year

    ​MTV's annual Video Music Awards have been working their way steadily downhill for a few years now.This year's show was pretty damn near the bottom of the slope, one would hope. The 2010 iteration included predictable performances, a lack of pans to stars in the crowd, and a lack of award winners ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    SXSW Starts Anouncing Bands

    The first batch of bands for SXSW, the large music industry trade show, conference and festival every year in Austin Texas, have been announced. Unlike my Coachella post earlier this week, the list comes straight form so we know it is right (but subject to change). This year's line up has a ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008