Rarely a night goes by in L.A. without a few top-shelf electronic-music acts at shiny new venues competing for the spigot of EDM money in SoCal.
So what to do on the biggest night for dancing, drinking and four-on-the-floor abandon out of all of them? Here are your big, ravey options for this New Year’s Eve — as well as a few welcome exceptions from all that relentless bass thump.
The sprawling NYC disco combo Escort may be the ultimate live party band in 2013. Now that culture has caught up with its roller-rink flourishes, this gig alongside L.A. beatsmiths Nosaj Thing and Salva should be just the thing to make you feel good about 2014’s prospects. Standard Hotel, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 9 p.m. https://www.standardhotels.com.
One of Brazil’s finest musical exports, Sergio Mendes, throws a blowout of psychedelic samba alongside drum virtuoso Sheila E. and a bevy of dancers. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $70.50 to $197.
The past and present of heady house music team up for a long night of smarter-than-average merriment. John Digweed is a deep-house veteran; Claude VonStroke runs the rowdy and fabulous label Dirtybird. Exchange L.A., 618 S. Spring St., L.A. 9 p.m. $50. https://www.exchangela.com.
The gender-bendy electronica mainstay A Club Called Rhonda takes over the downtown L.A. Standard, encompassing four nightclubs and a morning-after day party. With Todd Edwards, Derrick May, Peanut Butter Wolf and more behind the decks, get a room if you can, because this will be a party worth sleeping over for. The Standard, 550 S. Flower St., L.A. 9 p.m. $30. https://www.rhondasays.net.
German techno producer Alex Ridha has long been a festival staple under his alias Boys Noize, but he gets a fest of his own with OMFG NYE. He’ll play his set alongside house and dubstep peers like Feed Me, Madeon, GTA and lots more. Shrine Expo Hall, 655 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $60. https://www.goldenvoice.com.
Most L.A. NYE shows are about raving your face off until this rotten year disappears forever, but the Satellite is taking a more analog tactic. The Silver Lake venue hosts a longtime favorite act, the neo-psych shredders Entrance Band, to send us off into 2014. Catch Entrance Band now before bassist Paz Lenchantin starts her new day job as the latest member of the Pixies. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $12. https://www.thesatellitela.com.
Create Nightclub, a new partnership between Insomniac and SBE, became the new 800-pound gorilla in local techno in 2013. They’re ringing in another year with appropriate panache, with the Dutch hard-house mainstay Laidback Luke behind the wheels of steel all night. Create, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. $150. https://www.createnightclub.com.
The Israeli dubstep dude Boregore was one of the first to move the genre from meticulous head-nods to wilding-out bass serrations. Naturally, he became a star for it, and he’ll hold what will likely be one of the loudest New Year’s countdowns in Hollywood. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 9 p.m. $65. https://www.livenation.com.
Prohibition NYE will evoke the era of its title with live jazz and flapper-era dancing in the Art Deco environs of Union Station. But the night fast-forwards to the future when the L.A. electronica experimentalist Robert Delong hits the stage with his bevy of hand-modified controllers, noisemakers and digital whirligigs for one of the more physical dance shows you’ll see. Union Station, downtown L.A. 9 p.m. $150. https://www.prohibitionnye.com.
Avalon Hollywood has been a north star for late-night dance music culture in L.A. for years and has no intention of slowing down in 2014. Fedde Le Grand, Sultan and Ned Shepard hold down a long night of rousing house. Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., L.A. 9 p.m. $75. https://www.avalonhollywood.com.