Lollapalooza for the EDM Fan
Sets You'll Probably Catch: Skrillex and Calvin Harris are the main-stage EDM extravaganzas to check out in the year where the genre outstrips many others at Lolla — with more than 20 EDM acts represented. Harris will present his bubblicious hit "Summer" with a dazzling light-and-magic pageantry. And while Skrillex's giddy bass warfare reliably spins the world off its axis, you definitely don't want to miss Gesaffelstein's doomy, irascibly funky Theater of Existential Boom, wherein the French producer Mike Lévy (who has collaborated on tracks with both Kanye West and Daft Punk) will drop beats and cigarettes with equal ferociousness.
You Might Also Like: Babyfaced "Animals" wunderkind Martin Garrix, whose frolicsome EDM-pop has more low-end crunch than most of his peers, and Chase & Status, the British dubstep-crossover vets whose monumental "Blind Faith" is reason enough to sweat it out in Perry Farrell's dance tent. Also, Rudimental's arena-sized dubstep-pop spectacle is not to be missed, though an after-hours party on Saturday at EvilOlive for their label Black Butter might be even more of a satisfying immersion. Also, if you're a brave traveler, check out the brooding ambient-electronic soundscrapes and digital death-blips of Nicolas Jaar's project Darkside. Once the sort of DJ who'd drop a BBC Essential Mix, Jaar is going in the other direction now, but with just as overwhelmingly intense results.
Best-Kept Secret: Disclosure's "live" after-hours set at the Aragon Ballroom will likely be the weekend's most sought-after dance ticket, as the Lawrence brothers are now certified U.S. pop kingmakers after their radio breakthrough with "Latch." By Charles Aaron