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Favorite ThisWide variety of EDM coming to NYC's Irving Plaza

Published: April 2, 2012
Since reopening as a rock club in the 70's, New York City's Irving Plaza has hosted some of the most important acts in contemporary music history including Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. But the Plaza's greatest gift to music fans is serving as a launchpad for artists on the cusp of superstardom. In this day and age, that means electronic music. Over the next month, Irving Plaza is hosting some of the biggest and brightest talents across the dance music spectrum, from livetronica and dubstep, to drum 'n' bass and hip-hop.

In less than a week, the Pretty Lights Music tour hits the Plaza with Gramatik, Break Science, and Paul Basic. On April 7th, one of PLM's most recent roster additions, Basic, will join producing sensation Dennis J and his Gramatik-brand bass music. Mega-drummer Adam Deitch and his production partner Borham Lee will be bringing their evolved take on the world of hip-hop, fresh off the release of their second EP Monolith Code.

Purchase Tickets (4/7): Pretty Lights Music Spring Tour featuring Gramatik & Break Science with Paul Basic

In late April, livetronica legends Conspirator (featuring Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits) will hit NYC. The show will feature two of the best drummers on the planet, not just in electronic music, but any genre. Jojo Mayer will bring his live d&b act Nerve to match the drumming prowess of KJ Sawka. As if that wasn't enough, one of the most revered producers in all of underground hip-hop, Blockhead, will be a staple of the April 28th bill.

Purchase Tickets (4/28): Conspirator with Nerve, Blockhead & KJ Sawka

Fans of eclectic hip-hop will be thrilled to learn UK's Star Slinger will be heading to Irving Plaza on May 9th. The young Darren Williams has made huge fans out of Pitchfork, Diplo, and everyone at BBC Radio 1 in recent years. Joining him will be Chicago's finest mash-up export The Hood Internet, as well as footwork impresario Chrissy Murderbot.

Purchase Tickets (5/9): Star Slinger / The Hood Internet with Chrissy Murderbot

Finally, Lotus makes its triumphant return to the Big Apple with a two-night stand at Irving Plaza. The post-rock, jam, and live-electronic act has been growing and growing over the past decade, culminating in the critically-acclaimed release of their eponymous studio album last year. The first show on May 10th brings guitar and production wizard Derek VanScoten in as a feature act, while Lotus' own Jesse Miller will perform as Beard-o-Bees as the opener on Friday, May 11th.

Purchase Tickets (5/10 & 5/11): Lotus

Big acts and big sounds, it's all part of the package at Irving Plaza. EDM fans in NYC have to look no further than the Plaza this spring to get their dance music fix.

Tags: DubstepGlitchHip HopDrum and BassLivetronicaDowntempoElectroHouseTranceHard DanceHardcore