By: Megan Sutherland
Mad Decent Block Party Los Angeles 2012, Courtesy of Roni's Photobooth
Stuck in some nasty traffic on my drive home from work last night, I was feeling rather beat down and burned out. Then some tasty tunes on my trusty lil VW speakers had my ride bumpin' and turned my frown upside down. Quickly I was reminded of all the musical talents gracing L.A yet again, and given a 2nd wind to write em' down. So enjoy & indulge. Summer forever...
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11
ROBOT EARS FEATURING LAUREN LANE, AMANDA PANDA & DIRTY WORK
ROOM 86. HOLLYWOOD
The folks at Perfect Driver Music present ROBOT EARS, a Wednesday monthly @ Room 86 in Hollywood. Bringing a refined underground sound ranging from Deep House to Techno. If you aren't familiar with this venue, you are in for a treat. Room 86 is the adjoining lounge to Dim Mak Studios and is the newest renovation to the venue. The old Hollywood themed lounge includes an indoor smoking patio and is styled out in chic red décor. With the smoldering sounds provided and sexy scenery this night is bound to be smokin'(no pun intended).
Lauren Lane (Visionquest, Saved Records)
Dirty Work (MDA)
Free with RSVP before 11PM:
$10 at the door (18+, $10 all night)
Open Vodka Bar 10-10:30
The lovely Lauren Lane killed it at Coachella, the Visionquest stage at Wavefront Chicago with Seth Troxler, and Kool Beach at the BPM festival in Playa Del Carmen. Fresh off of her 'Cool Kids' release on Nic Fanciulli's Saved Records, this chick is comin' in hot!
Amanda Panda took on DJing just three years ago, and has rapidly made a mark in SD, SF and of course LA where she currently resides. From driving techno to soulful house, she never wants to be pigeonholed into one style or genre. Getting major props when she played with Green Velvet, this talented lady is one to be watched and don't let the innocent dimples or cute nickname fool you. She plays one ferocious set.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13
VSSL FEATURING INHALT, ISRAEL VINES, NICHTCHILDE & REMY MARC
TBD. LOS ANGELES
VSSL nearly has a year under it's belt, so they proudly welcome INHALT down from the Bay for a special late-night live/dj hybrid set. LA favorite ISRAEL VINES also joins the dirty fun this intimate warehouse setting deep in DTLA provides. Embrace the dark...
$10 ADV / $10 B4 1AM / $15
11PM - LATE
Discounted, advance tickets available via
INHALT consists of European and East Coast natives– Matia Simovich, Bryan Gibbs, and Philip Winiger– . After experiencing the plummeting of the music industry and professional studio system while working at Asphodel Records/ Recombinant Media Labs, INHALT needed to create their own creative working environment. Thus, they designed and built The Bunker Studio. Designed around the ideology of employing the best of vintage and modern technologies and technique. With the raw electronics of the likes of Kraftwerk and the drive of Moroder disco, but ultimately their own interpretation of the border between the past and the present. The word "inhalt" translated from german means "content" and prepare to immerse yourself in it, in a very vibey warehouse with stellar sound.
Watch the Video here.
Israel Vines has over 20 years of DJ experience, bringing a level of purpose, skill, and awareness to mixing that only comes with time and passion. Currently based in Los Angeles but a Midwesterner at heart, Israel discovered techno music as so many growing up in Michigan did: via the sounds of the Belleville Three and Underground Resistance. He started DJing soon thereafter. Moves between Chicago and Detroit followed, and included a three-year stint at Gramaphone Records, a Chicago institution where the likes of Derrick Carter and DJ Heather paid their dues. Israel’s approach to DJing is all-inclusive, incorporating classics, house, techno, and dubstep rhythms to create a sound that’s far from purist.
VSSL is the creation of Mikey Nightchilde, Genevieve D, and Remy Marc, each long-time deejays with a taste for the dark and the deep. The VSSL crew states this as their mission statement; "THE MIND IS A PRISON. THE BODY A VESSEL. A NIGHT OF MOVEMENT. AN ESCAPE."
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14
SUMMER STREAM SERIES FEATURING THE RANGE, SPACEGHOST & DANE CHADWICK & MORE
6607 SUNSET BLVD. LOS ANGELES
Presented by Delicious Vinyl & The Melt; SUMMER STREAM SERIES volume 1 In the summer of 1987, two Los Angeles DJs — Matt Dike and Michael Ross — converted a tiny L.A. apartment into a recording studio and started a record label called Delicious Vinyl. Championing artists from the streets and delivering music to dance floors and living rooms worldwide, the upstart label quickly made hip hop history. They continue their legacy as a staple LA hip-hop label that's catalogue includes releases by The Pharcyde,
J Dilla, Mast Ace, Peter Tosh, Illa J, and many, many more.They proudly announce their launch of a new series of free, all age shows at Delicious Vinyl for the remainder of the summer! Bask in beats as they
showcase their live music selections at the Delicious Vinyl Headquarters on Sunset Blvd. Oh and not only is this event free for all those thrifty peeps, but they offer free PBR. Sounds pretty delish to me!
The Range (Astro Nautico/Donkey Pitch)
Spaceghost (Astro Nautico/Ontask)
Dane Chadwick (Astro Nautico)
Fuzz (The Melt/TeamSupreme)
Kloud (The Melt/TeamSupreme)
Moiety (The Melt)
9PM - 1AM
NO COVER / FREE PBR!
6607 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
More info here.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14
MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY FEATURING MAJOR LAZER & MORE
LA Center Studios - 1201 W 5th St.
Mad Decent is a Philadelphia via Los Angeles-based record label spearheaded by Diplo, a successful record producer and also leader of dancehall project Major Lazer. The label has helped introduce Brazilian baile funk globally and continues to thrive from its techno, dancehall and electropop among other artists. Decent's bass heavy, booty shaking, and hit making roster currently includes Baauer, Blaqstarr, Crookers, Diplo, Major Lazer, The Partysquad, Rusko, Raf Riley, Riff Raff, Snoop Lion, and ZedsDead among others. Put your knees to your elbows kids and twerk responsibly.
Matt & Kim
Samo Sound Boy
Sasha Go Hard
It'll be poppin' off like Bubbleyum..so RSVP buds!
LA Center Studios - 1201 W 5th St.
12PM - 8PM
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15
ANONYMOUS LOVE FEATURING MANIK, JIMMY MAHERAS & BAS, COOPER SAVER
PLASTIC LOVE & AFTERHOURS ANONYMOUS combine forces to bring you a new Sunday afternoon house affair at a newly minted outdoor venue in the heart of Hollywood. SADIE Kitchen and Lounge is Hollywood's newest leading lady. Take in the vintage charm of this multi-room, indoor/outdoor venue to end your weekend on a high with the perfect blend of House, Disco, & Techno. Boasting a retractable roof and heaters for when the light fades. Hostess's , Samantha Ogle and myself (#sorry for shamelessly self promoting) will help light up the decadent dance floor debauchery on this lovely lord's day. Amen.
M A N I K is a New York City born and bred Music Producer/Songwriter/DJ who’s tastes reach beyond the dance floor. In his short time on the scene, he’s received accolades from XLR8R, VIBE, Mixmag, DJ Mag and more. His diverse synths and analog gear mimic Electronica, House, Nu-Disco, Funk, Deep House, and Acid.
Brooklyn born Jimmy Maheras started to fiddle with knobs and faders back inthe late 90s. Jimmy refuses to limit himself to a single genre. His uniquesound spits soulful house, groovy disco and dark techno. He has played at some of the top tiered venues in LA, such as Vanguard, King King, Culprit's
Standard rooftop parties, and a brief music residency at Avalon Hollywood. About 3 years ago Jimmy partnered with fellow DJ, Bas, to launch Plastic Love. Today, the DJ pair conduct music podcasts, events, and fuse their talents behind the DJ booth to play shows all over Los Angeles and beyond.
Throwing and DJing some of the best parties in LA, Cooper Saver is bound to throw down some choice cuts for the select crowd. Regular music writer (Thump, Magnetic) and all around fresh kid, Cooper's blend of dance beats get any party going. Seeing his name up on a billing let's you know the party is going down as legendary status for sure.
Full Hearts - Dancing Shoes - Anonymous Love
Free before 3pm and $10 after with RSVP to AAEvents.LA@gmail.com