These are busy years for spacey, sad electronic soul music. But 23-year-old L.A. transplant Gallant still stands out in a crowded pack. Positive early looks at his indie EP “Zebra” helped the Valley dweller’s single “Weight in Gold” break through via Beats 1 upon the station’s launch. Though he’s managed by the team the helped the house-music producer Zhu breakthrough to the dance-music mainstream, Gallant’s face and presence is front and center in this project, and fans of the emotionally precise writing of Frank Ocean, big vocal runs of Sam Smith and the progressive electronic instrumentation of today’s laptop savants will have a lot to like when he plays Echoplex on Thursday night.
Don’t want to venture from the Westside on Thursday? Funk god Morris Day leads his immaculate live band alongside the like-minded L.A. synth staple Dam-Funk at the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series kickoff. It will be the most imposingly funky thing to happen on the Westside since the 405 was widened.
The Aussies of Cut Copy always walked a line between club culture and the need to be a live band. That made for some singles that defined the mid-aughts’ indie-dance scene, which paved the way for contemporary EDM. Now the group is on a low-stakes, high-pleasure DJ-set tour. They swing by A Club Called Rhonda at Los Globos on Friday with Super Flu and Kornel Kovacs (who also plays a second gig later that right at Rhonda’s other downtown location).
L.A.’s Bixel Boys have been purposefully moving away from the hard-fisted EDM music of their early years into a more spontaneous sound that pulls from a wider array of genres (a good decision, all in all). But the group can still credibly turn out a big mainstream club floor, and they play Create in Hollywood on Friday night. There, you can likely get one of their ubiquitous Freelife shirts, which have become staples at EDM festivals on par with flower crowns and glowsticks.
Also on Friday: want something a little more vintage? Scene fixture Felix Da Housecat delivers the uncut '90s house goods at Sound. Want something more wholesome? The Music Center downtown hosts an unexpectedly edgy (and free) outdoor party with DJ’s Suzanne Kraft, Benedek, Cooper Saver, Heidi Lawden and Secret Circuit. Want something much more evil? Nitzer Ebb’s noisenik Douglas J. McCarthy joins TR/ST at Echoplex.
On the hotel-party circuit, downtown’s Standard returns its beach-vibey Sunblock party with Detroit Swindle on Saturday and the always-busy Disco Dive on Sunday with Jon Charnis and Gab Rhome. West Hollywood’s Mondrian gets Hot Natured’s vocalist Anabel Englund on with headliners Gari Safari and Human Life on Saturday.
Cap it all off with a Sunday nightcap of Eduardo Castillo (of Pattern Bar and Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions) Voodoo series with the South African Culoe De Song’s inaugural L.A. show at Sound. No better way to start the summer workweek than with a healthy deep tech-house hangover ringing in your ears.
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