Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Beat Down: Diplo w/Hollyweerd and Muffy at Lenny's Bar

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 6:01 PM

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By Jonathan Williams

Originally making a name for himself as part of Philadelphia’s Hollertronix music collective, Diplo has gone on to become a sought-after solo DJ and producer. He’s worked with and remixed the likes of M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Radiohead, Britney Spears and Atlanta’s own Black Lips. He also toured as a member of Santigold’s band, opening for Bjork.

This weekend, however, Diplo — who also owns the Mad Decent record label — brings his mix of funk, electro, dub, drum-n-bass and South American beats to town for a headlining set at Lenny’s. Known for providing sets that are equal parts psychedelia, hip-hop, reggae and alterna-rock mash-up, Diplo has already impressed local crowds numerous times and established himself as a tastemaker for indie and electro fans across the nation.

Expect an eclectically energetic set of manipulative blips and heavy beats from one of the biggest stars in the underground dance music scene. Not many DJs can bring a punk rock attitude to turntablism and knob-twiddling the way Diplo does.

Diplo with Hollyweerd and Muffy. $15. 9 p.m. Fri., May 1. Lenny’s Bar, 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721.

Dario Zenker. Accomplished German DJ Zenker headlines with a set of forward-thinking house beats and minimalist techno. Likeminded local DJs Mike Bradley, Drew Van Atten and Inferno open the show.

$5. 10 p.m. Thurs., April 30. Bazzaar, 654 Peachtree St. 404-885-7505.

Scion Expressionism. Scion brings two nights of house beats and other festivities to Opera this week. First is a headlining set by house legend Robbie Rivera on Thursday, followed by Yves Larock with Jaba on Friday. Scion also offers chances for winners to meet each performer at backstage meet-and-greets.

Free. 10:30 p.m. Thurs., April 30 and Fri., May 1. Opera, 1150 B Peachtree St. 404-874-0428.

Telepath. Telepath combines worldly elements, including Middle Eastern and Asian influences, with dub beats and other electronica qualities in a live band setting. Eliot Lipp opens with a set steeped in funk, hip-hop, glitchy IDM and techno.

$10. 7 p.m. Fri., May 1. Masquerade (Hell), 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178.

The Breaks X. This b-boy battle features Mighty Erfling, Deaf Judges, King Robot, Burn Unit and others. The event is hosted by DJ Synthesis, a member of local hip-hop crew Psyche Origami, and also features art by Isto.

Free for women. $5 for men. 9 p.m. Fri., May 1. The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100.

(Diplo photo by Shannon McCauley)

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