Kanye West on 'SNL'
A lightning rod for controversy throughout 2013, Kanye West was never more electric than his appearance on, of all places, "Saturday Night Live." Dwarfed under stark projections of snarling hounds and wall-sized price tags, West howled through the frenzied drive of "Black Skinhead" and compressed himself into a slow, furious burn for "New Slaves." There was no more hype, no more "Kimye," and all that remained was a barbed provocation from one voice that swerved hip-hop into abrasive punk rock. Kanye wasn't just loud, maybe he really was saying something big enough to broadcast on buildings. Then, well, the album came out.
— Chris Barton (Dana Edelson / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dance music's newest Member of the Order of the British Empire will now be holding court in Hollywood for a monthly residency.
Pete Tong, the influential U.K. DJ and broadcaster, recently relocated to L.A. to further his myriad dance music projects in America. Now that roster includes a monthly installment of his "All Gone Pete Tong" residency series at Sound nightclub, which kicks off Jan. 24.
The first night will feature the excellent neo-house guests Benoit & Sergio, with Lee Foss' Modern Amusement joining for a Feb. 14 edition.
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It caps a busy year of performances for Tong, whose U.S. dates have included Coachella, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and the IMS Engage conference in Hollywood.
Tong, who co-founded WME's electronic music division. currently hosts a syndicated block on the dance-music themed Evolution channel of iHeartRadio, while continuing a show on his longtime home of BBC Radio 1.
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