This Brillz fellow is an interesting character. The New Jersey-born DJ/producer quickly made a name for himself on the EDM/trap scene, collaborating with Diplo, serving up ace remixes of Zedd and Kill the Noise, and releasing a couple of solid long-players (Twonk and Retwonked) on Slow Roast Records. But Brillz isn’t just making music to move bodies, he wants to move fans in other ways. He penned a lengthy Facebook essay last year, describing his past drug use and current sobriety, reminding fans (gently, and without judgment) that they “don’t have to do drugs to ‘fit in’ or belong.” Brillz is coming to Hard Rock Live on April 25 ($27) with Victor Niglio, so grab your Twonk gear because this is music you can dance to.
Swinging for the Fences
The swing revival came and went, but after 20 years it’s clear that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is no fad. They’ve released nine high-energy albums since 1994, including an homage to Cab Calloway (2009’s How Big Can You Get?), several Christmas albums and a rousing live set, and show no signs of slowing down. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays Star of the Desert Arena at Primm Valley Resort on April 26 ($11-$33), so get those zoot suits out of mothballs and get ready to move your feet, hepcats!
On Sale Now
Call it Southern rock, call it blues rock, call it Allman joy. Gregg Allman plays the Pearl on June 21 ($43-$83), which means fans of “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” or “Whipping Post” have a pretty good chance of hearing those songs live. The Allman Brothers Band recently announced their plan to quit touring at the end of the year, but let’s hope Gregg Allman rambles on indefinitely.