While one Mike Huckabee had a controversial turn at last night's GOP debate, an extremely different Mike Huckaby is likely to have a much better night on Saturday at Lot 613. The Detroit-based DJ and producer heads up a long bill of Motor City techno spliced with house, soul and disco from his student Kyle Hall and the residents of the party/promotion team States of Being.
Elsewhere and earlier, the noisy techno savant Raiz leads one of Friday's better underground bills, while L.A. beat-music maniac Gaslamp Killer heads to Costa Mesa's Wayfarer for a bill of his feverish, ever-more-musical mélanges of rap, dubstep and sound experiments. At Avalon, the melody-driven rising house producer Bynon is a highlight on a triple bill with Henry Fong and Reid Stefan.
On Saturday, a splendid double bill of Victor Calderone (a highlight of EDC Vegas this year) and Green Velvet revives '90s sounds at Exchange for our sleeker era in techno and hard house. Later that night, Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel and the Postal Service uncorks a much less populist but more involved techno set with his project Sana Shanai, alongside Kid 606 of the great label Tigerbeat6. Details are at Restless Nites if you dig around for them.
For a bigger victory-lap festival, Low End Theory takes over the Shrine with staples Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Nosaj Thing, Earl Sweat and almost every name that's passed through their beloved Airliner en route to the most mind-bending bass sounds imaginable.
Too much to ask you to leave the pool for the day? We get it. Le Jardin gets Eduardo Castillo and Goldcap fresh off their Habitas adventure.
Too much to ask to leave the pool for the whole weekend? We definitely get it. Splash House returns to Palm Springs for a hotel-hopping odyssey of daytime dance music from Cashmere Cat, RAC and scores of others. Because, really, if you have to leave the pool deck, is it truly a party?
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