DJ and producer Kaskade, a.k.a. Ryan Raddon, describes his silky blend of pop songsmithing and progressive house as "epic," even titling a recent remix album The Grand (no doubt tongue in cheek). But while the description of his music might be lofty, there's a refreshing lack of bombast to his productions. His wildly appealing mix of the tough and the sunny has led Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake to turn to him for remixes. But it's on original material that Kaskade's songwriting and musicality come to the fore. Dynasty features a passel of great female vocalists—ethereal Haley, quavery Mindy Gledhill, suave Polina, and wistful Becky Jean Williams—over killer grooves ranging from near-tribal to danceable modern iterations on '80s post-punk like the Cure and Cocteau Twins. Collaborations with trance king Tiesto and quirky Canadian electro group Dragonette round out the set. With Shiek and Dayne. 18+.
Fri., June 11, 10 p.m., 2010