Monday, July 28, 2014

The Wild Bunch

A week's worth of parties around EDC 2013

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Slept on tickets for this year’s sold-out Electric Daisy Carnival? They are still available on Stub Hub for an arm and a leg.
 
You could do that…and based on last year's experience we doubt you’d have a bad time.
 
Or you could taste all the neon-covered insanity at more reasonable rates by following our daily guide to this year's EDC Week parties.
 

THURSDAY: RUSKO AT TRYST
With a devious trifecta of chip tune electronics, throbbing dance beats, and insistent dance music mantras, Rusko’s music piles on layers of dizzying joy. It’s this brand of jittering, unpredictable dub that makes this Leeds-born wunderkind your perfect launching pad for a wild EDC weekend.
Thu Jun 20 10p. Tryst at the Wynn, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., The Strip. $25-35 here.

FRIDAY: STEVE AOKI AT WET REPUBLIC (pictured)
Dim Mak Records founder and barn-burning indie dance legend Steve Aoki traffics in heavy, distorted electro that intermittently soars into the upper registers of progressive house and forces you into party mode no matter what time of day — just the kind of guy you’d want to DJ your chill-turned-not-so-chill pool party.
Fri Jun 21 11a. Wet Republic at MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S., The Strip. $30-50 here.

SATURDAY: SKRILLEX AT DAYLIGHT
If you don’t know who Skrillex is by now, we can tell you his influences range from Aphex Twin to Marilyn Manson to NIN, that he describes his sound as a mix of dubstep, electro, and glitch, and that he’s produced remixes for Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and Korn. But none of that really matters. Just go see his show.
Sat Jun 22. Daylight at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Strip. Ticket price and time TBA here.
 
SUNDAY: ERIC PRYDZ AT XS
Famous for declining a spot on Swedish House Mafia’s all-star EDM roster, the 36-year-old Swedish born DJ/producer effortlessly steers his larger-than-life sets through soaring, melodic highs and portentous, bass-filled lows, creating a sound that’s incredibly accessible without pandering to the lowest common denominator.
Sun Jun 23 10p. XS at the Wynn, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., The Strip. $25-35 here.
 
MONDAY: AFROJACK & DIPLO AT XS
Think you’ve got nothing left in the tank after a long EDC weekend? Think again. Manic Dutch party starter Afrojack will be joined by electro hip-hop legend and Major Lazer founding member Diplo for a set packed with so much crunk, funk, and dirty house junk that you’ll refuse to even look at another light show until EDC 2014.
Mon Jun 24 10p. XS at the Wynn, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., The Strip. $25-35 here.

Electric Daisy Carnival
Friday, June 21 — Sunday, June 23
7p-5:30a
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 644-4444
electricdaisycarnival.com
 
Tickets: Sold out; $455 and up on Stub Hub
Lineup: View full lineup here

photo courtesy Al Powers

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