The Union Park party sends summer off to the beat.
1/10Courtesy of: Cultivate LifeBassnectar
3/10Courtesy of: David GuettaDavid Guetta
4/10Courtesy of: James Zabiela James Zabiela
5/10Courtesy of: Windish AgencyLittle Dragon
6/10Photograph: Tracy GrahamLoyal Divide
7/10Photograph: DINO PERRUCCINew Mastersounds
8/10Courtesy of: Madison HousePaper Diamond, Alex B
9/10Courtesy of: AM OnlySBTRKT
10/10Courtesy of: AM OnlyMusic: Zed's Dead + araabMUZIK + Dillon Francis + Midnight Conspiracy at Congress TheaterMarch 2As far as the "brostep" brand of dubstep goes, Zed's Dead falls to the more tolerable side of the sound. The duo mixes heavy amounts of soul samples into its speaker-rattling bass stompers. Another cross-genre talent, MPC wizard araabMUZIK looks to the euphoric side of dance music for his source material, sampling acts like Kaskade and flipping it into some of the most potent hip-hop beats coming out. Diplo discovery Dillon Francis has his roots in dubstep, but has recently taken a liking to the emerging moombahton sound, stripping away the Latin-heavy side of the midtempo dance sound and giving it a potent pop makeover. Kicking the whole night off, local electro-step duo Midnight Conspiracy rolls out a new live show based around the humongous LED screen you might have seen at one of its earlier gigs this year. Congress Theater, 2135 N Milwaukee Ave (773-486-6672, congresschicago.com). Mar 2 at 7pm; $25, discounts in advance at clubtix.com. 17 and up.
By Joshua P. Ferguson|
Mixing radio-friendly electro giants, rhyme slingers, smoked-out beats and bands that know how to make people dance, North Coast Music Festival brings downtown clubgoers and rave-ready youths together in the name of outdoor revelry. The fledgling festival takes over Union Park Friday 2 through Sunday 4 for its sophomore run. To help you satisfy your craving for stoner grooves, fist-pumping beats and everything in between, we’ve outlined some of its more noteworthy acts on this handy breakdown for you.
Bassnectar The dreadlocked bass fiend from Cali mixes dubstep with a side of Burning Man psychedelia. Sun 4 at 8:30pm, North Coast Stage
SBTRKT Dubstep’s latest poster child, this masked sensation is really the future of soul. Fri 2 at 6:30pm, North Coast Stage
Paper Diamond Representing for Colorado’s dank beat scene, he’s one for the Pretty Lights fans. Sun 4 at 3:35pm, Red Bull Stage
Thievery Corporation This D.C. duo helped usher in downtempo. With a new record, its dubby lounge is a smoker’s delight. Sun 4 at 8:30pm, Red Bull Stage
David Guetta He’s the reason dance music is bigger than ever. He’s also the main attraction this weekend. Fri 2 at 8:30pm, North Coast Stage
James Zabiela Fresh-faced and ready to rave, Zabiela’s sets are pure energy. Fri 2 at 5:30pm, Red Bull Stage
Zeds Dead Dubstep gone hip-hop; this duo was at it way before Yeezy started sampling Flux Pavilion. Sat 3 at 3pm, Red Bull Stage
Common The festival’s elder statesman, hometown hero Common commands mass appeal. Sat 3 at 7:30pm, Groupon Stage
Loyal Divide This local indie-electronic quartet gives the fist pumpers something to rock out to. Sun 4 at 5pm, Magic Hat Stage
STS9 STS9 is Phish for a generation that likes its jam with a side of beats. Sat 3 at 8:30pm, North Coast Stage
Little Dragon Beloved by the press, Little Dragon has mastered the art of the organic dance groove. Sun 4 at 5:30pm, Groupon Stage
New Mastersounds Many of NCMF’s acts wouldn’t be around without funk breaks. This U.K. quartet focuses on the real McCoy. Sat 3 at 2:30pm, North Coast Stage
North Coast Music Festival engulfs Union Park Friday 2 through Sunday 4.