It’s probably no coincidence that
On a bill devoted to skull-knocking techno and dubstep from genre staples such as Justice and newcomer Knife Party, Coles' set of deep and entrancing house was more than a palate-cleanser from the sternum-punch bass drops shaking L.A. State Historic Park.
The rich mystery of her mixes (she’s remixed Florence & the Machine and Lianne La
There was an artist at Day of the Dead called Bro Safari, for goodness' sakes. We've nothing against bros, being one ourselves, but it's time they lost their monopoly on mainstream-ish dance music today.
Saturday was the first HARD event to be planned entirely after the company’s merger with
The success of the HARD franchise suggests the fests are must-see events in themselves, beyond any particular lineup that's playing. This year's Day of the Dead, an update of the popular HARD Haunted Mansion series, sold out to the tune of 35,000 tickets. It follows August's two-day HARD Summer.
The headlining French duo Justice beat expectations at this year's Coachella with a set as mean and distilled as a shot of high-proof whiskey. They didn't vary the formula much at Day of the Dead, and its prog-metal with a four-on-the-floor beat felt less immediate the second time around.
Diplo might be the most reliable and omnivorous party-purveyor in America right now. Saturday’s set caught him in two guises — his solo act and as half of the dancehall-infused
The aforementioned “dude problem” felt more pronounced in the immediate undercard. In the wake of
It’s not that acts like Knife Party (a new effort from members of the much-derided electro-rock band
Youth music movements are all about the big rush and wild energy, but a few years into the U.S. EDM wave, we’re hitting a point of diminishing returns from stuff like this. No teenager wants to get caffeinated, dolled up in face paint and rally a dozen friends to a field to sit and listen attentively to
A round of late-night acts in the more-thoughtful Discotheque tent – which included France’s Gesaffelstein and Boston’s
Above all, that's what Maya Jane Coles was best at – reminding a crowd that dance music is an inexhaustible source of possibility. Bros on safari should put their guns down for a bit.